Seminar History of Science, History of Text, 2011-2016

Programme November 2014- November 2015 – PDF version with abstracts

 NB: This year, in relation to the activities of the SAW Project, the seminar will have a special format

November 13, 2014 – Room 646 A
Forms of written knowledge: Compilations, note-taking, commentaries
Elaine Leong (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin) Creating Treasuries for Health: Knowledge Codification in the ‘Margins’
Sho Hirose (SAW ERC Project, SPHERE) Revision or new work? What lies between the two Goladīpikās
Eva Wilden (EFEO/CSMC, Hamburg)Text, pretext, paratext — commentaries in manuscripts of the Tamil literary-grammatical tradition

December 1-4, 2014 – Room 366 A
Conference “Shaping the sciences of the ancient world—2”, organised by Agathe Keller (SPHERE, CNRS & Université Paris Diderot, SAW Project), with the SAW group.

January 15 – February 5 & 19, 2015 – Room 646 A
Three-day Meeting “How do Writings in the astral sciences document mathematical practices and the practitioners?”, organised by Matthieu Husson (SYRTE and SAW project), Rich Kremer (Dartmouth College), with the SAW group.   Programme with abstract

March 23 & 24, 2015 – Room 646 A
Joint Conference SAW & Brown University: “Science and Scholarship in Late Babylonian Uruk”, organised by Christine Proust (SPHERE, CNRS & Université Paris Diderot, SAW Project) and John Steele (Brown University).

April 16, 2015 – Room 483
Meeting on theCollections used in The History of Science – Scholarly value, market value, patrimonial value, organised by Magali Dessagnes (SPHERE, CNRS & Université Paris Diderot, SAW Project), Christine Proust (SPHERE, CNRS & Université Paris Diderot, SAW Project), and the rest of the SAW Group.

The historian of science who uses written objects kept in a collection as a source for his research may use information relating to the path of this object before they join the collection. It is for this reason that we are interested in the processes which led the objects into collections and some of the factors that affected their paths, by focusing specifically on issues relevant to historians of science collections. The process of building collections arise primarily the question of the value that different actors have given to these objects, of why they were torn from their original context, their circulation and their insertion or keeping them in a collection . It is more specifically to this question that day will be spent. Such objects from the time of their discovery until their use as exhibit or source for the work of a researcher, pass from hand to hand, those collectors, but also those of excavators, antiquarian or adventurers. It took each of them in turn to assign them a value so that they are inserted, ultimately, in a given collection.
However, these values differ, depending on the view that each has of the object and his objective in regard to that object. What is the value of a document for different actors who had it in the hands ? And how this valuation has affected the movement of the object relative to others ? To this general question, we associate, in the context of the SAW project, more specific issues. How the academic knowledge, especially mathematics, of which a document testifies, are interacted with the value that different types of actors gave him ? How the valuation of an object, in certain contexts, elicited historical research on the scholarly content, and in particular mathematics, related to these objects ? Can we identify different types of knowledge of the history of mathematics that would sometimes influence the value of a given object ? How a particular content knowledge of a document could, for example, transform his market value ? The objectives that govern the formation of a collection depend on different types of value given to objects and therefore these values influence the constitution of the collection. How these elements could change our approach of the sources of the history of science ? This is an issue that will remain to the horizon of our concerns during the study day.

List of Speakers
Wendy Shaw (Freie Universität Berlin)
Intersecting Narratives, Interpolating Collections: the Museum of Islamic Art, Berlin, Abstract
Magali Dessagnes (SPHERE, CNRS & Université Paris Diderot, SAW Project)
Elias Géjou, seller of antiquities from Mesopotamia, heart of a network of collectors and scholars, Abstract

Round table chaired by Florence Bretelle-Establet with the participation of Agathe Keller (SPHERE, CNRS & Université Paris Diderot, SAW Project) and Jens Høyrup (Roskilde University)

May, 28 2015 – 646 A
Isabelle Lémonon (EHESS, Centre Alexandre Koyré)
La Table alphabétique et analytique de chimie de Mme Dupiery : quels enjeux de savoir ? / Mme Dupiery’s Table alphabétique et analytique de chimie : What’s to know ? Abstract

Discussion about the seminar “History of science, History of text” for next academic year

Discussion led by Florence Bretelle-Establet and Stéphane Schmitt about the book in preparation “Pieces and parts in scientific texts”.

Programme 2014-2015 PDF version with abstracts

Continuing on page 3 with previous academic years’ programmes