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Cabinet of Natural History

This research seminar is concerned with all aspects of the history of natural history and the field and environmental sciences. The regular programme of papers and discussions takes place over lunch on Mondays. In addition, the Cabinet organises a beginning-of-year fungus hunt and occasional expeditions to sites of historical and natural historical interest, and holds an end-of-year garden party.

Seminars are held on Mondays (except for the seminar on Friday 14 February) at 1pm in Seminar Room 1. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Organised by Jules Skotnes-Brown (jasb2).

Lent Term 2020

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20 January Peter J. Bowler (Queen's University Belfast)
'Home and colonial' wildlife literature around 1900
27 January Tamara Fernando (History, Cambridge)
Seeing like the sea: the pearl fishery of Ceylon as a maritime assemblage, 1799–1925
3 February Sarah Qidwai (University of Toronto)
Decolonising history of evolutionary biology: a perspective from 19th-century India
14 February
Jonathan Saha (University of Leeds)
Monkeys and modernity in colonial Myanmar
17 February Chris Manias (King's College London)
Fossils in the Fayum: biogeography and colonial palaeontology in the 1900s
24 February Laura Brassington (HPS, Cambridge)
Darwin and the dog breeders: on correspondence and class in 19th-century Britain
2 March Chris Wingfield (University of East Anglia)
Unicorn hunting? Ontologies and collecting in early 19th-century South Africa
9 March J'Nese Williams (Stanford University)
Building authority: botanical workers in the British Empire, 1770s to the 1820s