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Third Watson Seminar in the History of Material and Visual Science > Programme

cehic 20/05/2014

Third Watson Seminar in the History of Material and Visual Science

“How to write an urban history of science: New approaches and case studies”

Barcelona, 6 June 2014, Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC), Sala Nicolau d'Olwer



9:15  Welcome Address

9:30-10:20 Miriam Levin (Case Western Reserve University): “Science and the City: Museums, Expositions and the Modern Urban Context in the long nineteenth century”

10:20-11:10 Oliver Hochadel and Agustí Nieto-Galan (IMF-CSIC and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona): “Barcelona: A new urban history of science and modernity (1888-1929)”

11:10-11:40 Coffee Break

11:40-12:30 Maria Rentetzi and Spiros Flevaris (National Technical University of Athens): “Envisioning a New European Metropolis: The Athens Observatory, Greek astronomy, and the imposed path to modernization”

12:30-13:20 Ana Simões (Universidade de Lisboa): “Science in the capital city or a city turned into a scientific capital? Science, Technology and Medicine in Lisbon as seen through the press (1900-1910)”

13:30-15:30 Lunch

15:30-16:20 Diego Armus (Swarthmore College): “Hygiene in a modern peripheral city. Buenos Aires, 1870-1930”

16:20-17:10 Dorothee Brantz (TU Berlin): "The Urban Discovery of Nature: Science, Education, and the Display of Animals, 1850-1930"


17:10-17:40 Coffee Break

17:40-18:30 Ben Marsden (University of Aberdeen): “’Glasgow is our laboratory’: metropolis, province and philosophical engineering c. 1840s–1900”

18:30-19:00 Mitchell Ash (Universität Wien): “Concluding Remarks”