Locations of Knowledge in Dutch Contexts


Locations of Knowledge in Dutch Contexts brings together scholars who shed light on the ways locations gave shape to scientific knowledge practices in the Dutch Republic and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This interdisciplinary volume uses four hundred years of Dutch history as a laboratory to investigate spatialized understandings of the history of knowledge. By conceptualizing locations of knowing as time-specific configurations of actors, artefacts, and activities, contributors to this volume not only examine cities as specific kind of locations, but also analyze the regionally and globally networked and transformative character of locations. Many of the locations which are studied in this volume are still visible until the present day.

Contributors are Azadeh Achbari, Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis, Alette Fleischer, Floor Haalboom, Marijn Hollestelle, Dirk van Miert, Ilja Nieuwland, Abel Streefland, Andreas Weber, Martin Weiss, Gerhard Wiesenfeldt, and Huib Zuidervaart.

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Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis works at the University of Twente and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands. His background is in cultural history of early modern exact sciences, in particular optics and other knowledge practices of light and color. In the history of knowledge he pursues projects on the dynamics of transfer and the valuation of knowledge.

Andreas Weber is an assistant professor in the department of Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS) at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. His research focuses on the history of natural history and chemistry in the context of the former Dutch empire in insular Southeast Asia.

Huib Zuidervaart worked as a senior researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands in Amsterdam. His main topic of research is the history of scientific instruments, institutions and collections.
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1 The Netherlands as a Laboratory of Knowing: Introduction to Locations of Knowledge in Dutch Contexts
Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis and Andreas Weber

Part 1: Cities

2 Science in the Theatre of Towns
Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis

3 The ‘Duytsche Mathematique’ and Leiden Family Networks, 1600–1620
Gerhard Wiesenfeldt

4 The Middelburg Theatrum Anatomicum: A Location of Knowledge and Culture in an Early Urban Context
Huib J. Zuidervaart

Part 2: Connections

5 Breyne’s Botany: (Re-)locating Nature and Knowledge in Danzig (circa 1660–1730)
Alette Fleischer

6 An Amphibious Science: Where Storms Took Shape
Azadeh Achbari

7 Science to Bring the Nation Together: The Formation of Nomadic Congresses in the Netherlands and Flanders
Ilja Nieuwland

8 Between Openness and Classification: Early Dutch Ultracentrifuge Development in International Context
Abel Streefland

Part 3: Transformations

9 The Disputation Hall in the Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic: An Urban Location of Knowledge
Dirk Van Miert

10 The Lorentz Transformation of a Museum
Martin P.M. Weiss

11 Scientists in Cowsheds: Disputes Over Hygienic Milk Production in the Netherlands, 1918–1928
Floor Haalboom

12 Blending Research: Linking Dutch Industrial and Academic Polymer Laboratories, 1940–1980
Marijn J. Hollestelle

All interested in the History of Science and Knowledge in general, especially in the European context.
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