Curiously Drawn: Origins of Science as a Visual Pursuit
21st – 22nd June 2012
Conference organised by Dr Sachiko Kusukawa, Dr Felicity Henderson, Dr Alexander Marr, and Susannah Gibson.
Science produces some of the most intriguing and arresting images in modern culture, from wildlife photographs to scanning electron microscope images. Yet the historical links between scientific research and visual representation are not always apparent. This conference brings together historians of science and art in order to examine the relationship between science and visual culture in the first hundred years of the Royal Society. We hope that the meeting will demonstrate how art, artists, and print-makers enabled creativity and innovation in science, and the extent to which naturalists and natural philosophers, in turn, transformed visual resources and strategies into something of their own.
This meeting is supported by the AHRC as part of an international network on ‘Origins of science as a visual pursuit: the case of the early Royal Society’. Books and archives from the Royal Society’s collections will be on display.
Speakers and chairs include:
Dr Sachiko Kusukawa, University of Cambridge
Prof. Paula Findlen, Stanford University
Dr Kim Sloan, British Museum
Prof. Domenico Bertoloni Meli, Indiana University
Mr Nathan Flis, University of Oxford
Mr Scott Mandelbrote, University of Cambridge
Prof. John Barrow, University of Cambridge
Dr Felicity Henderson, Royal Society of London
Dr Urs Leu, Rare Books, Zentralbibliothek, Zurich
Prof. Lorraine Daston, Max Planck Institute, Berlin
Prof. Matthew Hunter, McGill University
Dr Martha Fleming
Prof. Alexander Marr, University of Southern California
Prof. Michael Hunter, Birkbeck College, London