Material Histories of Time. Objects and Practices 14th-18th Centuries

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Type: 
Conference
Date: 
November 29, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Location: 
Switzerland
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Early Modern History and Period Studies, European History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Social History / Studies

Material Histories of Time. Objects and Practices 14th-18th Centuries

La Chaux-de-Fonds, 29 November-1 December 2017

 

The historiography of timekeeping is traditionally characterized by a dichotomy between research that investigates the evolution of technical devices, and research concerning the examination of cultures and uses of time. One on the main consequences of this dichotomy has been the scarcity of studies that take into account the influence of socio-cultural factors on the layout of technical devices. Contributions that conversely investigate cultures and practices of timekeeping through the analysis of objects are equally rare.

This conference aims to contribute to a dialogue between these two approaches by taking table clocks, portable watches, astronomical clocks, marine chronometers, carriage clocks, tact watches, alarm clocks, bells and hands as the starting point of a joint reflection that will get specialists of the history of horology together with scholars studying the social and cultural history of time.

 

Conference venue

Musée international d'horlogerie

Rue des Musées 29

CH-2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds

 

Program

29 November

17.00pm:   Registration

17.15pm:   Welcome

                  Théo Bregnard (Municipal councilor of La Chaux-de-Fonds)

                  Prof Dr Kilian Stoffel (Rector, Université de Neuchâtel)

                  Dr Philippe Cordez (Research Group “Premodern Objects”, Munich)

17.30pm:   Guided visit of the Musée international d’horlogerie

18.15pm:   OPENING LECTURE, Ludwig Oechslin (Musée international d’horlogerie)

                  Les modèles du cosmos à leur limite: Homann/Landeck contra Ducommun

19.00pm:   Aperitif & Dinner

 

30 November

09.00am:   Introduction (Gianenrico Bernasconi & Susanne Thürigen)

09.30am:   Chair: Régis Huguenin (Musée international d’horlogerie)

  • Günther Oestmann (TU, Berlin), Designing a Model of the Cosmos. Theoretical Considerations in the Construction of Astronomical Clocks of Medieval and Early Modern Times
  • Philippe Cordez (LMU, München), Les machines musicales. Automates et figuration de la musique de l’univers à la fin du Moyen Âge

11.00am:   Coffee break

11.15am:   Chair: Gianenrico BernasconiI (Université de Neuchâtel)

  • Víctor Pérez Álvarez, (National Maritime Museum Greenwich, London): A Close Approach to a Renaissance Astronomical Table Clock. The Buschmann clock of the National Maritime Museum of Greenwich
  • Susanne Thürigen (LMU, München), Instruments for Exercise – Book Shaped Table Clocks around 1600

12.45pm:   Lunch at the museum

 

14.15pm:  Chair: Laurent Tissot (Université de Neuchâtel)

  • Grégoire Besson (Université Grenoble Alpes), Les voyageurs européens et leurs montres: entre précision technique et flou temporel
  • Catherine Herr-Laporte (Université de Neuchâtel / Université Paris-Diderot), Montres de carrosse et autres garde-temps utiles aux voyageurs: constitution et analyse d’une collection (1700-1850)
  • Nicolas Verdier (EHESS, Paris), La montre et l’odomètre: aux origines de la diffusion du concept de vitesse Louis Dutens et son itinéraire des routes les plus fréquentées 1775-1793

16.30pm.  Coffee Break

17.00pm:  Chair: Susanne Thürigen (LMU, München)

  • Gerrit Verhoeven (Universiteit Antwerpen), Clockwise? Time Awareness in Early Modern London

18.00pm:  KEYNOTE Gerhard Dohrn-van Rossum (TU Chemnitz)
                 Clocktime and Time Consciousness in the Visual Arts. William Hogarth’s ‘Modern Moral Subjects’

20.00pm:  Conference Dinner

 

1 December

09.00am:   Chair: Philippe Cordez (LMU, München)

  • Marie-Agnès Dequidt (IDHES, Paris), De l’acquisition au réglage: réflexions sur l’horlogerie parisienne du XVIIIe siècle et ses utilisateurs
  • Alexis McCrossen (Southern Methodist University, Dallas / Texas), Broken Watches. Sources and Methods for the Study of Time Consciousness

10.30am:   Coffee break with finger food

11.00am:   Chair: Estelle Fallet (Musée d’art et d’histoire, Genève)

  • Gianenrico Bernasconi (Université de Neuchâtel), Temps et cuisine au XVIIIe siècle: quelques remarques sur la relation entre objets et pratiques
  • Fabio Pruneri (Università degli Studi di Sassari, Sardegna), From Whom Does the Bell Toll? Time Devices and Time Management in School from 16th to 20th Centuries
  • Johannes Graf (Deutsches Uhrenmuseum Furtwangen), The First Black Forest Clock. How a Fake Affected Our Idea Of Clock History

13.15pm   Lunch at the museum

 

 

 

 

Contact Info: 

Gianenrico Bernasconi

Institut d'histoire

Université de Neuchâtel

Espace Louis Agassiz 1

Ch-2000 Neuchâtel

gianenrico.bernasconi@unine.ch

 

Susanne Thürigen

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität

Institut für Kunstgeschichte

Research Group "Premodern Objects"

Zentnerstraße 31

D-80798 München

susanne.thuerigen@kunstgeschichte.uni-muenchen.de