Microscopic Records

The New Interdisciplinarity of Early Modern Studies, c. 1400–1800

Microscopic Records: The New Interdisciplinarity of Early Modern Studies, c. 1400–1800 is made possible thanks to the generous support of the British Academy (grant number BARSEA19\190084, PI Dr Stefan Hanß), and will take place at The University of Manchester on 29 September – 1 October 2020.

By testing the use of scientific methods for broadening our understanding of the early modern period and its material cultures, this British Academy Rising Star event will establish new interdisciplinary collaborations linking history with the sciences. This event’s goal is to question and broaden the kind of knowledge historians of early modern material culture may acquire about the past.

The ways people experienced the world relied on the ability of things to elicit emotions and behaviour. This recent interest of historians forms the basis to build new conversations that aim at revealing information embedded in the early modern microscopic record. Objects’ microscopic records reshape our understanding of the role of things in past societies, wherefore archaeologists pioneered the use of technology. By asking how such methods can advance historians’ knowledge, this event establishes pathbreaking interdisciplinary cultures that make science a crucial element of a historian’s toolbox.

This British Academy event comprises a two-day masterclass (registration required, see CfP on this webpage) and a one-day public symposium that will link Early Career Researchers with key leaders of the field. Invited symposium speakers are:

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Microscopic Records: The New Interdisciplinarity of Early Modern Studies, c. 1400–1800 is funded by the British Academy and led by Dr Stefan Hanß.


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This British Academy Rising Star Engagement Event will explore the significance of scientific technologies and laboratories for the study of early modern material culture.

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