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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.

All seminars are held on Mondays at 1pm in Seminar Room 1. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Organised by Sebestian Kroupa (sk796).

Lent Term 2018

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22 January Ádám Mézes (Central European University, Budapest)
Blood will tell? Constructions of the 'vampire problem' in the eighteenth century
29 January Meira Gold (HPS, Cambridge)
The first geological chronology of ancient Egypt and the antiquity of man, 1846–63
5 February Simon Werrett (University College London)
Joseph Banks: science, culture and the remaking of the Indo-Pacific world
12 February Petter Hellström (Uppsala Universitet)
Trees as keys, ladders, maps: a revisionist history of early systematic trees
19 February Caterina Schürch (LMU München)
Physico-chemical biology in practice, 1920s–1930s
26 February Justin Rivest (History, Cambridge)
How to rediscover a medical secret in eighteenth-century France: the lost recipe of the Chevalier de Guiller's powder febrifuge
5 March Spike Bucklow (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)
A cabinet of natural history: the long-lost Paston collection
12 March Genie Yoo (Princeton University)
The Ambonese Rumphius and his inter-island information networks