Antiquarian ‘Science’ in the Early Modern Academy

April 1-2, 2019, London, United Kingdom

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The shift from the purposefully disordered Kunstkammer or curiosity cabinet of the Renaissance to the ordered Enlightenment museum is well known. Satire of eighteenth-century Antiquaries, Rijksmuseum, RP-P-2015-26-305.What has to be explored fully is the process through which this transformation occurred. The AHRC International Networking Grant Collective Wisdom, led by A.M. Roos FSA (Lincoln) and Vera Keller (Oregon), explores how and why members of the Royal Society, the Society of Antiquaries of London, and the Leopoldina (in Halle, Germany) collected specimens of the natural world, art and archaeology in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Workshop II of this project, Antiquarian ‘science’ in the early modern Academy, asks the following questions (among others):

  • What was the relationship between archaeological fieldwork or antiquarianism and learned travel or the Grand Tour?
  • What does collecting on tour say about the manner and scale of personal and institutional contacts between London and the scientific world of the Continent?
  • What tools of natural philosophy were utilised to understand ancient buildings and artefacts?
  • Why were there such intensive connections between the Royal Society and the Society of Antiquaries of London in the first half of the eighteenth century, and what were they?

Speakers include Philip Beeley (Oxford), Dominik Collet (Oslo), Luke Edgington-Brown (East Anglia), Dustin Frazier Wood (Roehampton), Vera Keller (Oregon), Chantel Grell (Versailles), Clare Hornsby FSA (British School at Rome), Stephanie Moser FSA (Southhampton), Staffan Müller-Wille (Exeter), Cesare Pastorino (Berlin), Anna Marie Roos FSA (Lincoln), Edwin Rose (Cambridge), Martin Rudwick (Cambridge), Kim Sloan FSA (British Museum), Alexander Wragge-Morley (NYU), Elizabeth Yale (Iowa).

Working sessions using sources from the Society of Antiquaries Library and Museum will also be part of the programme, as well as an evening reception.

Posted: March 12, 2019