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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of History

Title

Mobile objects: The space of shells in eighteenth-century France

Language

English

Abstract

The frequent distinction made between scientific and purely amateur collections misrepresents the specificity of the field of eighteenth-century natural history. This paper argues that the extent and the boundaries of a scientific field can be determined only within the framework of concrete historical constellations of institutions, protagonists, practices and objects. By tracing the circulation of shells in eighteenth-century France, Paris in particular, between about 1735 and 1780, it becomes evident which individuals or groups actually came into contact with these shells; in what practices of collecting, describing and classification they were involved; and in what spaces they were displayed. Thus the contours of a constellation emerge which differ considerably from those drawn hitherto. © British Society for the History of Science.

Publication Date

2006

Source Publication Title

British Journal for the History of Science

Volume

39

Issue

3

Start Page

363

End Page

382

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

ISSN (print)

00070874

ISSN (electronic)

1474001X

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