Registration Open for Day Conference: Archival Afterlives, The Royal Society

June 2, 2015, The Kohn Centre, The Royal Society, London

Registration is now open for Archival Afterlives: Life, death and knowledge-making in early modern British scientific and medical archives at The Kohn Centre, The Royal Society, London.

2 June 2015, 9:15am-6:30 pm.

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The registration fee of £50 (£35 for students and concessions) includes lunch and refreshments.  Please register at:

This international conference explores the posthumous fortunes of scientific and medical archives in early modern Britain. If early modern natural philosophers claimed all knowledge as their province, theirs was a paper empire. This conference analyses how did these (often) disorderly collections of paper come to be ‘the archives of the Scientific Revolution’.  To what extent did the histories unearthed serve as an index of the cultural position of scientific activity since the early modern period? Exploring the posthumous scientific and medical archive also lets us consider the genealogies of scientific influence, and the creation and management of scientific genius as a posthumous project. Scientific activity, then, as now, is a collective endeavor in which scribes, archives and library keepers, editors, digital humanists and naturalists’ surviving friends and family members had a stake.

The conference is organized by Dr Vera Keller, Dr Anna Marie Roos, and Dr Beth Yale, with sponsorship from the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School, Brill Academic Publishing, the British Society for the History of Science, the University of Iowa, the University of Lincoln, the University of Oregon, and the Royal Society.

Speakers and chairs include: Dr Anne Goldgar, Dr Felicity Henderson, Dr Vera Keller, Dr Arnold Hunt, Professor Michael Hunter, Dr Lauren Kassell, Dr Leigh Penman, Dr Anna Marie Roos, Dr Richard Serjeantson, Ms Victoria Sloyan, Ms Alison Walker, and Dr Beth Yale.

The British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) has kindly sponsored some bursaries to cover registration fees for postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  If you would like to be considered for a BSHS bursary, please send your cv and 200 words on how attending this conference would aid your research to Dr Anna Marie Roos: Please submit your application by 1 May 2015.

Posted: April 10, 2015