Credit, Thanks and Blame in the Works of Conrad Gessner
In this illustrated lecture, Harvard historian Ann Blair discusses the work of Zürich physician Conrad Gessner, who published prolifically in a wide range of areas and genres, from bibliography and philology to natural history and medicine. Blair analyzes Gessner's many prefaces and dedications to show how he used the medium of print to distribute credit, thanks, and blame in unusually public ways. He sought to enhance his ability to gather information and to elicit contributions of manuscripts, images, and help from scholars all over Europe.
Ann Blair is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at Harvard University, where she specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of early modern Europe (16th–17th centuries). Her interests include the history of the book and of reading, the history of the disciplines and of scholarship, and the history of interactions between science and religion. Her publications include The Theater of Nature: Jean Bodin and Renaissance Science (Princeton UP, 1997), and Too Much To Know: Managing Scholarly Information Before the Modern Age (Yale UP, 2010).
This lecture is part of Bibliography Week in New York City.
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016
Time: 11:00 Am – 12:30 pm
Location: The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029
Free and open to the public; advance registration is requested. To register for this event, click here: Works of Conrad Gessner
For more information about this and other upcoming history of medicine events in the New York area, see the calendar page of our blog, “Books, Health, and History”: http://nyamcenterforhistory.org/calendar/.
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