"Fire and Water: Entangled Histories of Empire and Science in the Early Modern Americas" Symposium

Date/Time: 
September 21, 2017 - 5:00pm

Against the backdrop of the Library’s four-year series on the early environmental history of the Americas, the John Carter Brown Library will host “Fire and Water: Entangled Histories of Empire and Science in the Early Modern Americas” on September 21-24, 2017. This symposium, which brings together scholars from different disciplines and distinctive stages of their scholarly careers, has two aims: in the first instance, it is to assess the last two decades of historiography related to the history of science (especially in the Iberian and Iberoamerican worlds) and to plan a bold agenda for the coming decade to consolidate the scholarly and intellectual progress made to date. In the second instance, it is to interrogate how fire and water as material, immaterial, social, cultural, political, and symbolic forces can help us think through the early environmental – and scientific – histories of communities throughout the Americas.

This conference is intended to be a conversation among specialists of early environmental history of the Americas. In order to facilitate this conversation, pre-registration is required and space is extremely limited. Scholars who would like to participate in the "Fire and Water: Entangled Histories of Empire and Science in the Early Modern Americas" Conference (beyond the already scheduled participants, listed here) should contact Tara Kingsley at tara_kingsley@brown.edu.

To learn more, please visit the conference website.