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QMCECS Reading Group – Language and Science

October 11, 2012

The Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies Reading Group will be up and running again from October 17 with the theme of Language and Science. As usual, we will meet on Wednesdays, 5-7pm in ArtsTwo 2.18.

17 October: Bruno Latour, We Have Never Been Modern (1995) [extract] and Sprat, History of the Royal Society(1667) [extract]. Introduction: Tessa Whitehouse

31 October: Steven Shapin, ‘Chapter Three: A Social History of Truth-Telling: Knowledge, Social Practice, and the Credibility of Gentlemen’, in A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994), pp. 65-125. Introduction: Markman Ellis

14 November: Shelley Trower, ‘Nervous Motions,’ in Senses of Vibration: A History of the Pleasure and Pain of Sound (New York: Continuum, 2012), pp. 13–37, and Coleridge’s ‘Aeolean Harp’ and ‘This Limetree Bower My Prison’. Introduction: Miranda Stanyon

28 November: Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison, Objectivity (Zone: New York, 2010) [extract], John Bender and Michael Marrinan, The Culture of Diagram (Stanford University Press, 2010) [extract]. Introduction: Megan Kitching

5 December: Universal languages, John Wilkins and Paula Findlen on Athanasius Kircher [tbc]. Introduction: Nydia Pineda.

Further details and readings will be circulated in advance of each meeting. To receive reminders and reading material, contact Megan Kitching (megankitching[at] or Nydia Pineda (nydia_pda[at]
We hope to see you there.

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