Past Event

James Secord - Against Revolutions

May 10, 2023
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Online and in-person: Gallatin School (Room 527), New York University, 1 Washington Place, New York

Event Description 

The history of science is in unprecedented ferment, but its long-term frameworks--particularly in teaching and public discussion--continue to be shaped by outdated 'ghost narratives' of dramatic revolution. Headlined by a seventeenth-century scientific revolution in method, these treat science as intellectual innovation largely distinct from the mundane worlds of healing, agriculture, and everyday technologies. They often treat world history as though it begins with colonial domination by the west, and locate epistemic violence within scientific communities at a time when the validity of science as a road to truth is under attack. This talk examines the issues involved in replacing revolutionary big pictures with a new historiography based on material exchange and communicative interaction.

Event Speaker

James Secord, Emeritus Professor in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge

Event Information

This event is free and open to the public; Registration required. In-person registration closes at 12PM on the event day. In-person attendees must follow NYU's COVID-19 policies. Online attendees will receive a Zoom link from Eventbrite. Contact [email protected] or [email protected] for questions.¬†

This event is part of the New York History of Science Lecture Series.

Sponsoring Organizations:

  • The University Seminars at Columbia University
  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • The Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • The New York Academy of Medicine
  • The New York Academy of Sciences