Materials, Governance and Production, 1760-1840
Compound Histories: Materials, Governance and Production, 1760-1840 offers a new view of the period during which Europe took on its modern character and globally dominant position. By exploring the intertwined realms of production, governance and materials, it places chemists and chemistry at the center of processes most closely identified with the construction of the modern world. This includes the interactive intensification of material and knowledge production; the growth and management of consumption; environmental changes, regulation of materials, markets, landscapes and societies; and practices embodied in political economy. Rather than emphasize revolutionary breaks and the primacy of innovation-driven change, the volume highlights the continuities and accumulation of incremental changes that framed historical development.

Contributors are: Robert G.W. Anderson, Bernadette Bensaude Vincent, José Ramón Bertomeu Sánchez, John R.R. Christie, Joppe van Driel, Frank A.J.L. James, Christine Lehman, Lissa L. Roberts, Thomas le Roux, Elena Serrano, Anna Simmons, Marie Thébaud-Sorger, Sacha Tomic, Andreas Weber, Simon Werrett.
In: Compound Histories
In: Compound Histories
In: Compound Histories
The new series Cultural Dynamics of Science (CDS) at Brill aims to contribute to on-going efforts in the history of science to understand the relations between the production, communication, consumption and use of knowledge without having recourse to the traditional equation of popularization with notions such as 'diffusion' and 'simplification'. The same goes for the distinctions they imply between expert knowledge and practices, on one side, and lay communities and understanding on the other. Focused on the period from the Enlightenment to the present, CDS intends instead to consider the various ways in which tensions and exchanges among the different actors involved have historically fed the productive circulation of knowledge. Sensitivity to specific contexts, epistemologies, spaces and networks, in which material production merges with knowledge production, is therefore paramount.

CDS also aims to contribute to recent efforts in the history of science to move across fields traditionally studied by different scholarly disciplines, and to evolve into more inclusive, interdisciplinary cultural studies. It is further committed to a geographically expansive scope of coverage, focusing on the transnational and transcultural character of the scientific endeavour.

While the series aims foremost at the publication of well-written scholarly monographs, carefully integrated collections of essays will also be welcome.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts by email to the publisher Stefan Einarson or to one of the series editors: Lissa Roberts (University of Twente, the Netherlands), Agustí Nieto-Galan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) or Oliver Hochadel (Institució Milà i Fontanals, Spain). For information on how to submit a book proposal, please consult the Brill Author Guide.
In: Compound Histories