5 de diciembre de 2017

CfP: ESHS/BSHS, London 2018: The nature of the city. The making and circulation of knowledge in interurban spaces (Europe and Latin America,19th-20th centuries)

European Society for the History of Science / British Society for the History of Science
 London, 14-17 September, 2018
The nature of the city. The making and circulation of knowledge in interurban spaces (Europe and Latin America, 19th-20th centuries)
Organizers: Álvaro Girón (IMF-CSIC, Barcelona), Oliver Hochadel (IMF-CSIC, Barcelona), Carlos Tabernero (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
This session will ask how knowledge was produced and circulated in urban spaces in Europe and Latin America, from the second half of the nineteenth century until well into the twentieth century. The assumption is that the urban space conditions (generates, facilitates but also obstructs) the production, appropriation and communication of knowledge. And in turn: the process of generating knowledge (about nature, but also about man and society) shaped the modern city in Europe and Latin America in significant ways.
The perspective of this session is explicitly inter-urban, not confined to one individual urban space. The case studies should not only compare cities but also ask for the connections between them. In this trans-urban space we assume a dialectical and multi-directional exchange of ideas and practices but also of objects and persons.
We are looking for case studies that deal with a whole range of historical actors: naturalists of all sorts physicians and hygienists, taxidermists and veterinarians, science popularizers, journalists and writers, politicians, social reformers and eugenicists, anarchists and freethinkers, but also the numerous and various publics of the modern city. The assumption is that the discourses of these actors on nature, politics and the human condition are crucially shaped by their specific urban experiences.
We would like to put specific emphasis on the media that deal with nature, natural history and wild-life. The hypothesis is that these media, ranging from museums and journals to TV documentaries, convey a specific urban view of nature. This “production of nature” ranges from the (usually moralizing) rhetoric of contrasting the city with the countryside to the emergence of preservationist concepts and the protection of nature through natural parks. Case studies about the dialectical relationship between the urban space and nature, the city and the country-side would be most welcome.
Yet while the geographical focus of this session is the inter-urban space between Europe and Latin America it goes without saying that this kind of inter-urban – and transnational – history can only be dealt with adequately in a global perspective. The session thus tries to adopt recent approaches that combine urban and global history. 
We ask for abstracts (maximum 250 words) to be sent to oliver.hochadel@imf.csic.es until 15 December, 2017.