Collecting the world. Natural History and Medicine in the Danish-Norwegian Monarchy and beyond (18th–19th centuries)

Collecting the world. Natural History and Medicine in the Danish-Norwegian Monarchy and beyond (18th–19th centuries)

Prof. Dr. Martin Krieger, Historisches Seminar, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Internationales Begegnungszentrum (IBZ) Christian-Albrechts- Universität zu Kiel Kiellinie 5, 24105 Kiel
Vom - Bis
04.09.2014 - 06.09.2014
Martin Krieger, Historisches Seminar, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, intellectuals, researchers and amateurs from the Oldenburg monarchy joined global networks of knowledge exchange.They shared a common passion for collecting, painting and describing plants, animals and objects and thus accumulated immense knowledge in the fields of natural science and medicine. The international workshop discusses patterns, concepts and an increasing institutionalization of medical and natural science in a broad, comparative perspective. It will notably consider developments and changes between the Age of Enlightenment and the times
of growing national identities.


Session 1: Natural Science in the Danish Norwegian Monarchy

Christina Burmeister (Oldenburg): The Natural History Museum of Oldenburg.

Birgitta Berglund (Trondheim):

Brita Staxrud Brenna (Olso): Collecting as a calling. Bishop Johann Ernst Gunnerus and 18th century collecting culture in Norway.

Anna Agnarsdóttir (Reykjavik): "A Volcano of Water". Sir Joseph Banks and the first British scientific expedition to Iceland, 1772.

Yngve Nilsen (Bergen): Professor Henrik Mohn and the founding of a Norwegian meteorological institute in 1867.

Martin Krieger (Kiel): Nathaniel Wallich and the discovery of the Assamese tea plant.

Session 2: Natural and Medical Science in a Globalizing World.

Sonia Horn (Vienna/Cambrigde): Medicine for the individual or the state. Parallel concepts and educational goals in late 18th century European medicine.

Karl-Heinz Reger (Schleswig): From Land to Sea, from London to Hong Kong. The Development of Medical Care on Board the Ships of the Royal Navy in the 19th Century.

Philippe Provençal (Copenhagen): Combining Natural History and Philology. On Forsskål's way of describing new plant and animal species and noting down their local names.

Ib Friis (Copenhagen): Early European observations on coffee - from early encounters to the decline of the Red Sea coffee trade.

Mark Watson (Edinburgh): The genesis and spread of scientific knowledge of the plants of Nepal in UK and Europe, 1800-1850.

Tobias Delfs (Kiel): Pietists, missionaries and natural science. The importance of religious clerics and clerical groups in 18th and early 19th century scientific networks.

final discussion


Martin Krieger

Historisches Seminar, CAU zu Kiel, Leibnizstr.8, 24118 Kiel


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