Conference: Circulating Knowledge, East and West

Announcing the conference CIRCULATING KNOWLEDGE, EAST AND WEST Inspired by Dalhousie University’s online launch of their Dinwiddie Archives, this conference aims to further international dialogue and scholarly exchange between those working on the history of science in Asia, Europe and North America by examining the global circulation of scientific knowledge from the Early Modern Period to today.

CIRCULATING KNOWLEDGE, EAST AND WEST will culminate in a half-day facilitation workshop to plan for further Science Studies dialogue and exchange, “East” and “West”, with future conferences in Bangalore and Singapore.


Fa-ti Fan, State University of New York at Binghamton Yves Gingras, l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Jan Golinski, University of New Hampshire Jahnavi Phalkey, Imperial College London Dhruv Raina, Jawaharlal Nehru University Kapil Raj, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales Sundar Sarukkai, Manipal University Jon Topham, University of Leeds

CIRCULATING KNOWLEDGE, EAST AND WEST will be held at the University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada from July 21-23. For further details – including information on registration and accommodations – please visit: WWW.SITUSCI.CA.

Sponsored by the Situating Science Knowledge Cluster, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (University of King’s College)

The James Dinwiddie (1746-1815) papers were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives in 1999 and are now being prepared for online access. Dr. Dinwiddie (1746-1815) was the scientific attaché of the first British embassy to the 18th Century Chinese imperial court, and the first Professor of Mathematics, Natural Philosophy and Chemistry at the College of Fort William in Calcutta, India. One of the most important of the new itinerant Newtonian natural philosophers and lecturers of the Early Modern Period, the bulk of Dinwiddie’s papers consist of his scientific observations, experiments, lecture notes, and journals with dates ranging from 1767 to 1815.