Collecting and Collections: Digital Lives and Afterlives

Event Date: 
14 Nov 2019 to 15 Nov 2019

 

The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

 

The shift from the disordered Kunstkammer or curiosity cabinet of the Renaissance to the ordered Enlightenment museum is well known. What has to be explored fully is the process through which this transformation occurred. Collective Wisdom, funded by an AHRC International Networking Grant, explores how and why members of the Royal Society, the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Leopoldina (in Halle, Germany) collected specimens of the natural world, art, and archaeology in the 17th and 18th centuries. In three international workshops, we are analysing the connections between these scholarly organisations, natural philosophy, and antiquarianism, and to what extent these networks shaped the formation of early museums and their categorisation of knowledge. Workshop III, concerning the afterlives, use and reconstruction of early modern collections is designed to benefit scholars interested in digital humanities. Registration, programme, and abstracts: https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2019/11/collecting-and-collections/