History Comes to Life : Seventeenth-Century Natural History, Medicine and the « New Science » (London, 27 april 2012)

This conference, organised at the Royal Society of London, considers the interrelationships between medicine and the endeavour of natural history in the seventeenth-century.  It will be held to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Martin Lister (1639-1712), Royal Physician and the first arachnologist and conchologist.The meeting will not only address Lister’s work but will consider to what extent practices and technologies of natural history changed between the Renaissance and the seventeenth century. We will also explore how acquisition of natural history knowledge and new schemes of taxonomy affected perception and treatment of animals for medical and experimental use.

Speakers and session chairs include:
Prof. Tim Birkhead FRS, University of Sheffield
Dr Isabelle Charmantier, University of Exeter
Prof. Anita Guerrini, Oregon State University
Dr Sachiko Kusukawa, Trinity College, Cambridge
Dr Gillian Lewis, St. Anne’s College, Oxford
Dr Dániel Margócsy, Hunter College
Dr Brian Ogilvie, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dr Anna Marie Roos, University of Oxford
Dr Charlotte Sleigh, University of Kent
Dr Alexander Wragge-Morley, University College, London

The conference is organised by Dr Anna Marie Roos and sponsored by Cultures of Knowledge, University of Oxford, and the Mellon Foundation;  The Fell Fund; The British Society for the History of Science; the Royal Society; and the Wellcome Trust.

The conference fee is £40 (full fee), or £30 (student/retired/unemployed). The conference fee includes lunch and refreshments. An optional conference dinner will be organised at an extra cost of £35.  There are a limited number of student bursaries available to assist with conference fees and other expenses.

Registration for this event is now open online at: 


Please email Felicity Henderson (felicity.henderson@royalsociety.org) with any queries about this event.

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