Seminars on scientific illustration in Dijon, Burgundy

Burgundy has a a rich heritage of scientists connected with illustrations and images. It was the home of Buffon (1707-1788), whose illustrated Histoire Naturelle made such an impact in the eighteenth century and beyond. It was also where Nicéphore Niepce (1765-1833) took the first photogravure etching, and collaborated with Daguerre in the early days of photography. It was the birthplace of Jules-Etienne Marey (1830-1904), the inventor of chronophotography, along with his exact contemporary Muybridge. The Centre Interlangues at the University of Burgundy, which gathers together researchers in different European languages, is dedicated to the study of the relations between image and text. It has decided to focus in a series of seminars on the relations between scientific texts and images, more precisely on the question of scientific illustrations. The series is conducted in either English or French, and started last autumn. So far, we have organised four seminars, which have attracted researchers from different parts of Europe. The seminars give researchers adequate time to present their topics, as we generally welcome two speakers for a two-hour session. We also organise visits to local places of interest, connected with images. The next seminar, on “The Cultural Politics of Scientific Illustration”, will take place on June 15th. We shall welcome Dr Alix Cooper, from the University of Stony Brook, who will talk about “Picturing Nature: Gender and the Politics of Description in Eighteenth-Century Natural History”, and Valérie Morrison, a colleague from Dijon, who will discuss “Photographic Portraits in Anthropological and Ethnological British Journals 1860-1900”. We are currently putting together next year’s schedule. The series, though, is likely to be continued if interest in the subject develops. We welcome proposals on a wide range of subjects, provided they tackle the question of how illustrations support, reinforce, challenge or contradict scientific texts. These seminars should lead to publication.  To know more about the organisation of the series, and what has been done so far, you can consult the bilingual blog :

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