HPS Colloquia 2018 - 2019

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The colloquium meets generally three times per quarter on Thursdays at 4:30
in the Lane History Building, Room 307, unless noted below.

  • Alison McConwell, Suppes Post Doctoral Scholar, Stanford University

    "From Evolutionary Contingency to Scientific Applications of Individuality Concepts: Two Avenues to Individuality Pluralism"

    Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 4:30pm

    History Building 200 Room 15

    Abstract: Philosophers disagree over the criteria for evolutionary individuals—the units or objects of natural selection that comprise evolving populations (Godfrey-Smith 2009, Ereshefsky and Pedroso 2015, and Clarke 2013). After tracking some recent history and puzzles concerning the conceptual development of evolutionary individuality, I argue for different types of evolutionary individuals that emerge, evolve, and disappear through evolution. Rather than give a single set of criteria, I demonstrate how evolutionary contingency—a view of evolution that emphasizes the role of dependency relations and chance-based factors (Gould 1989, Beatty 1995, 2006—makes sense of that pluralism. I then explore future directions for approaching individuality pluralism from a practical vantage point.

  • Phillip Huneman, French National Centre for Scientific Research, Sciences, Philosophie, Histoire

    title TBA

    Winter date TBA

    location TBA

  • Federica Favino, University of Rome, La Sapienza

    talk from our visiting Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow

    Thursday, January 24, 2019, 4:30pm

    Location TBA

  • MaryAnne Horowitz, Occidental College

    noon, Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    "Exotic Female (and Male) Continents: Early Modern Fourfold Division of Humanity"

    Location Building 260 Room 252

    with CMEMS, lunch will be provided

  • Martin Kemp, Oxford University, visiting Stanford as a Kratter visiting professor, a renowned scholar on Leonardo da Vinci, on this important 500th anniversary year

    Living with Leonardo: Fifty Years of Sanity and Insanity in the Art World and Beyond: A Book Talk with the Author

    Tuesday the 19th, at 6pm in the Cantor Center Auditorium

    There will be a book signing at this Cantor event.

    Martin Kemp blue book cover Living with Leonardo Abstract: Leonardo is a unique figure in the history of world culture, attracting analysis at the highest level and a huge proliferation of crazy ideas. The lecture will look at selected incidents from Martin Kemp's engagement with Leonardo over 50 years to show how the “detached and objective’ business of historical research becomes immersed in an unmanageable context of myth and wild theories. The moral will be that how information emerges, from whom, when and where shapes its reception in both the scholarly and public arenas.

    Also, there will be a CMEMs lunch talk, noon, on February 20th, 2019

    Building 260 Room 252

    Lunch will be provided

    and he will give the plenary lecture for Humanities West Lectures on Friday, February 22nd, in San Francisco

    Martin Kemp is renowned for his lifelong work on Leonardo da Vinci and more generally the relations between art and science. He is Professor Emeritus of the History of Art at Oxford University and has written a column for many years on "Science in Culture" for Nature. Professor Kemp has curated numerous exhibits on Leonardo and allied subjects in different parts of the world. His publications includes Leonardo: The Marvellous Works of Nature and Man (1981), Leonardo (2005), La Bella Principessa (2010), and most recently Living with Leonardo: Fifty Years of Sanity and Insanity in the Art World and Beyond (2018).

  • Vincenzo De Risi, French National Centre for Scientific Research, Sciences, Philosophie, Histoire

    Tuesday, February 27th, 2018, 4:30pm

    Location TBA

    Title TBA

  • Nükhet Varlik, Rutgers University

    April 25th, 2019, 4:30pm

    Location TBA

    Title TBA

  • Feraz Azhar, Harvard University

    Tuesday, May 2, 2018, 4:30pm

    Location TBA

    Title TBA

  • Writing Global History: Rethinking the World in the Early Modern Era

    Stanford Humanities Center Levinthal Hall

    Paula Findlen and Alex Statman, organizers

    May 3- 4, 2019

  • Paolo Galluzzi, Museo Galileo in Florence, also visiting us this year as a Kratter Visiting Professor, to wrap up our celebration of 500 years of Leonardo

    Galluzi book cover

    evening, May 14, 2019

    Location TBA

    on his work on Renaissance engineering and Leonardo's machines

    Galluzzi is an expert on Leonardo's engagement with technology. He is the long-time director of an important museum and research institute in Florence, has taught periodically for Stanford OSP in Florence. He is currently president of the Leonardo commission overseeing the public commemorations in Italy this year.

    Cosponsored with Continuing Studies Program

Previous events of the year

  • Julia Heideklang, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft

    "Botanical Garden and Botanical Prose: The Paratextual Discourse in the 16th Century"

    Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 12-1:15pm

    Building 260 Room 252

    in the CMEMS workshop, lunch will be provided

  • Barry Loewer, Rutgers Center for Philosophy of Science

    "What Breathes Fire into the Equations"

    Since the 17th century discovering the laws of nature has been the primary goal of fundamental physics. While it is the task of scientists to discover what laws there are, it is the task of philosophers to explain what laws are. In Stephen Hawking's words the philosophical question is "What breathes fire into the equations?" In recent metaphysics there is a debate tween Humean and non-Humean answers to Hawking's question. In the course of dealing with a serious objection to Lewis' account I sketch an alternative, "the Package Deal Account" (PDA). The PDA transcends the dispute between Humean and non-Humean accounts in a manner that may strike one as a kind of Kantian compromise. In my talk after some table setting I explain and defend the PDA of laws.

    Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 4:30 PM

    Building 200, Room 307

  • Pablo Gómez, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    "Enslaved Histories: Bodies, Capital, and Knowledge Making in the Early Modern Atlantic"

    Thursday, October 18, 2018, 4:30pm

    History Building 200 Room 307


    Friday, October 19th, 12-1:30pm

    History of Science and Technology Workshop

    Grad student mentorship session: "From Dissertation to Book" with Pablo Gómez

    Building 200, Room 307

    Please RSVP for lunch.

  • One of several visits this year to our program by distinguished Leonardo scholars for the 500th anniversary of his death in 2019:

    Carlo Vecce, University of Naples

    "A Lost Library? Leonardo's Books"

    Abstract: Throughout his life, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1509) made lists of books. His lists grew over time as a reflection of his desire to gain an education and explore different kinds of knowledge. Join Professor Carlo Vecce from the University of Naples who will discuss Leonardo's library based on his his highly acclaimed recent book, La biblioteca perduta. I libri di Leonardo (The Lost Library; Leonardo’s Books).

    Leonardo's Virgin of the Rocks

    7:00pm, Thursday, October 25, 2018

    Location Jordan Hall, Building 420, room 40

    Co-sponsored with the Continuing Studies Lectures Series

    also — Oct. 24th, noon, a talk with the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Workshop

    "How Leonardo Worked: At His Desk with the Codex Leicester"

    Abstract: The Codex Leicester is one of the most amazing manuscripts of Leonardo da Vinci: just 36 leafs, that collect from previous manuscripts more than one thousand texts, notes and drawings, mostly related to the project of a great treatise on water and Earth Sciences. How did Leonardo work to create his Codex? Which materials did he use, and how did he arrange them? Which was his method of transcription, and which were his sources? Between order and chaos, his ‘open’ textuality became the way to go across the labyrinth of reality.

    Building 260 Room 252

    Lunch will be provided

    Carlo Vecce is Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Naples "L'Orientale", and has been visiting professor at Paris 3 (Sorbonne Nouvelle) and UCLA where he teaches Renaissance literature and culture. He has worked on the manuscripts of Leonardo da Vinci, publishing the Book on Painting (Codex Urbinas), the Codex Arundel, and an anthology of Leonardo’s writings. He has collaborated on the exhibitions of Leonardo’s drawings and manuscripts at Louvre (Paris) and Metropolitan Museum (New York), and organized an exhibition of Leonardo’s drawings of fable and tales from Codex Atlanticus at Ambrosian Library (Milan). His biography Leonardo is translated in several languages, and he has recently published La biblioteca perduta. I libri di Leonardo (2016). He has also published poetry, dialogues, and compositions for theater.

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