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Scribal Science: Naturalists' Paper Empire in France ca. 1660-1770

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Project "SCRIBSCIE" data sheet

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Organization address
address: RUE MICHEL ANGE 3
city: PARIS
postcode: 75794

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Total cost 184˙707 €
 EC max contribution 184˙707 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2018
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-09-01   to  2021-08-31


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 Project objective

SCRIBSCIE seeks to understand the place of scribal practices and manuscript artefacts in the work of French naturalists between ca. 1660 and 1770, and especially their role in these scholars’ effort to gather a knowledge of the wider world’s nature. The aim is to measure the vibrancy of scholarly scribal labor in the age of print and well beyond epistolary exchanges. My overarching hypothesis is that manuscript culture shaped the ill-defined intellectual and social contours of both natural history and the naturalist’s persona, not the least in their global and imperial dimension: making and managing manuscript records of observations and data were imperial gestures through and through. In charting the hidden stories of taken-for-granted artefacts such as field notes, excerpt notebooks, plant catalogs, and sketches, as well as quotidian gestures such as notetaking, listing, drawing, arranging papers into folders, and moving archives from one location to another, this project asks about the social, political, and cultural implications of European scholars’ working methods at home and abroad in a context of colonial expansion. Mining principally the exciting and virtually untapped holdings of the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN) in Paris, the project fits particularly well the first major professional objective of this action, namely to develop my career as an independent historian of science with a strong expertise in museum and library curatorship. This last aspect in particular will be achieved through close collaboration with the MNHN and a secondment to Università di Bologna: such trans-sectorial transfer of expertise will materialize in a workshop, a special issue, and an exhibition. The second major professional goal is strengthening my experience in the organization of scientific and broad-public events, which will be attained by coordinating an international conference, a second special issue, and a graduate seminar.

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