Seminário de Cultura Material da Ciência

Fev/22 17:00 - Fev/22 18:00
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Materialising the underground: objects, papers and the geological map of the Loire-Inférieure, 1810-1870

Segunda, 22 Fevereiro, 2021 - 17:00 a 18:00
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Seminário de Cultura Material da Ciência, com Déborah Dubald, Faculté de Médecine, Université de Strasbourg
Moderação: Catarina Madruga, MUHNAC/Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Universidade de Lisboa
The Nantes museum of natural history today hosts an important collection of minerals which was used not only to make, but also to complement in material form the geological map of the department. In an unusual manner, the mapping effort of the Loire-Inférieure, of which Nantes as the chief city, was conducted from the Natural History museum and by the successive directors Dubuisson (1810-1836) and Cailliaud (1836-1870). The documentation and collected objects left by the two naturalists and heads of the museum allow to shed a new, interesting light on the relationship between collecting and mapping. In this paper, I will seek to demonstrate how the use of a variety of documents, understood in a broad sense and including collection objects, papers, artefacts, but also museum architecture, is useful to interrogate categories such as the maps or the museum collection.

Nota biográfica
Déborah Dubald is a Teaching Fellow in the history of science at the University of Strasbourg. She holds a Ph.D. in History from the European University Institute in Florence. Her research deals with practices and cultures of natural history in the nineteenth century, with a focus on collections. She is also interested in the environmental history and the historicising of the relation between nature and the human societies. She is currently working on her first book about natural history museums of the French province during the nineteenth century.
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