Pamela Smith, "New Worlds of Stuff: Nature, Books, and Things in Early Modern Germany."
The sixteenth century opened up new worlds to Europeans—not just distant lands, but also a new picture of the universe and a new conception of the subterranean world. European entry into new world and far eastern trading routes brought new stuff—natural products, human-made things, as well as new books and new ideas--to the Old World. This talk will illustrate some of this new “stuff,” and the ways in which it was integrated into older knowledge systems to produce a new picture of the natural and human world.
In conjunction with the exhibition in the MacMillan Reading Room (through September 16), Neue Welt: Germans and the Americas, 1493-1830, and the symposium,