The Global Dimensions of European Knowledge, 1450-1700 Speakers’ Biographies



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Speakers’ Biographies
MIRUNA ACHIM teaches at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City. Her research interests include the history of Iberian science between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, with a focus on museums and natural history cabinets, astrology and alchemy, and the production and circulation of facts and artefacts in the transatlantic Spanish world. Her most recent book, Lagartijas medicinales: remedios americanos y debates científicos en la Ilustración, was published in Mexico City in 2008. She is currently working on the formation of the National Museum of Mexico during the first half of the nineteenth century.
RALPH BAUER is an associate professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. His publications include The Cultural Geography of Colonial American Literatures: Empire, Travel, Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 2003/2008), An Inca Account of the Conquest of Peru: by Titu Cusi Yupanqui (Colorado UP, 2005), and (co-edited with José Antonio Mazzotti) Creole Subjects in the Colonial Americas: Empires, Texts, Identities (University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2009). He is currently at work on a book entitled The Snake in the Garden: the Esoteric Hermeneutics of Discovery in the Early Modern Atlantic World.
ALEXANDER BICK is a PhD Candidate in History at Princeton University and Adjunct Professor of History at Barnard College. His dissertation examines the practice of Dutch mercantilism through a detailed study of a single, six-week meeting of the board of directors of the Dutch West India Company in the fall of 1645. He earned an MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics in 2004 and a BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 1999. He has published on the Anglo-Dutch social critic Bernard Mandeville, the Leiden geographer Johannes de Laet, and the early history of the Dutch West India Company.
JOSIAH BLACKMORE is Professor and Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Toronto. His research centres on medieval and early modern Iberian literatures and cultures, especially the literature of Portuguese maritime expansion. Publications include articles on the chronicles of Gomes Eanes de Zurara and medieval and early modern poetry. His books include an edition of Charles R. Boxer’s The Tragic History of the Sea (2001), and the monographs Manifest Perdition: Shipwreck Narrative and the Disruption of Empire (2002) and Moorings: Portuguese Expansion and the Writing of Africa (2009). Work in progress includes articles on Luís de Camões as an expansionist writer and a book on nautical textuality in Renaissance Portugal.
PABLO ARIEL BLITSTEIN is a doctoral candidate and teaching assistant at the Institut National de Langues et Civilisations (INALCO), Paris, where he gained a Master’s degree in Chinese Studies. He is investigating the literati and the political uses of writing in Early Medieval China. His research interests are the historical construction of the literati in imperial China, the contemporary discourses on the Chinese imperial tradition, and the comparative historical sociology of the literati in different political traditions. He is also a part-time professor in the Chinese division of the Center for Slavic and Chinese Studies (CEMECH), at the University of San Martín (UNSAM), Argentina. In 2006 he obtained a first degree in Literature at the School of Humanities, University of Buenos Aires, focussing on classical literature and philosophy. He has published articles and translations mainly in the fields of ancient Roman literature and Chinese history.
PETER BURKE is Emeritus Professor of Cultural History, University of Cambridge, and Life Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. From 1962 to 1979, he held posts in history and intellectual history in the School of European Studies, University of Sussex. He moved to Cambridge to become a Lecturer in History and subsequently Reader in and then Professor of Cultural History. He has published 23 books, including The Italian Renaissance (1972), Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe (1978), The Fabrication of Louis XIV (1992), The Art of Conversation (1993), A Social History of Knowledge (2000), Eyewitnessing (2000), What is Cultural History? (2004) and Languages and Communities in Early Modern Europe (2004) and has been translated into 30 languages. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, and is working on a book entitled The Social History of Knowledge, 1750-2000: from the Encyclopédie to Wikipedia.
HUGH GLENN CAGLE is an Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Fellow at Rutgers University, where he is finishing a doctoral thesis on medicine and natural history in Goa and the Portuguese Atlantic (1450-1650). He has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Center of Latin American Studies at the University of Kansas, Portugal's Fundação Luso-Americano and the Arquivo Nacional, Rutgers, and the Society for the Social History of Medicine. He has also co-authored, with Michael Adas, an essay on the ‘Age of Settlement and Colonization, 1500-1900’ that will appear in Ashgate's Companion to Modern Imperial History (forthcoming, fall 2011).
DANIEL CAREY is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is author of Locke, Shaftesbury, and Hutcheson: Contesting Diversity in the Enlightenment and Beyond (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and editor of Asian Travel in the Renaissance (Blackwell, 2004). He is completing A Cultural History of Travel, 1550-1700 for Columbia University Press and is co-general editor of a critical edition of Richard Hakluyt’s Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of the English Nation, which will appear with Oxford University Press. Co-edited collections include The Postcolonial Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Colonialism and Postcolonial Theory (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Les voyages de Gulliver: mondes lointains ou mondes proches (Presses universitaires de Caen, 2002).
SUREKHA DAVIES a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of History, Classics, and Archaeology at Birkbeck. She trained in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge, and gained her PhD from the Warburg Institute, London. Her research interests include cultural encounters, travel writing, the history of knowledge, geographical exploration and cartography c.1450-1700. Her current project is examines representations of African, Asian and American peoples across several textual genres. She has published articles in Imago Mundi and Terrae Incognitae, and a forthcoming article, ‘America and Amerindians in Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographiae universalis libri VI (1550)’ will appear in Renaissance Studies. She is preparing a monograph entitled America Newly Described: Ethnography and Imagery on European Maps, 1500-1650. She is also co-editing, with Neil L. Whitehead, a special issue of History and Anthropology.
JAMES DELBOURGO is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, where he teaches early modern science and Atlantic history. He has published A Most Amazing Scene of Wonders: Electricity and Enlightenment in Early America (2006); Science and Empire in the Atlantic World (with Nicholas Dew, 2007); and The Brokered World: Go-Betweens and Global Intelligence, 1770-1820 (with Simon Schaffer, Lissa Roberts and Kapil Raj, 2009). He is currently editing forums for the journals Modern Intellectual History and Isis, and completing a book on Hans Sloane, entitled Empire in the Cabinet of Curiosities.
FELIPE FERNÁNDEZ-ARMESTO was an undergraduate and graduate student at Oxford, where he taught for many years before moving to chairs at London (Queen Mary), Tufts, and now Notre Dame (and, currently, as a visiting professor, a the Universidad Complutense de Madrid). His work includes contributions on global, maritime, environmental, cultural, intellectual, and religious history and the history of language. Recent books include Pathfinders (2006), Amerigo (2007) and The World (latest edn, 2010). He has won, among other things, Spain's national prizes for books on geography and gastronomy, the World History Association Book Prize, and the Caird and John Carter Brown medals.
ANDREA FRISCH is Associate Professor of French at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Her major teaching and research interests are in early modern French literature and culture, focusing in particular on travel literature and on the French Wars of Religion. The author of The Invention of the Eyewitness: Witnessing and Testimony in Early Modern France (University of North Carolina Press, 2004), she has just completed a book about the impact of the civil wars of the sixteenth century on the literature and aesthetics of the seventeenth century in France.
SUSANNE FRIEDRICH is a Postdoctoral Researcher on ‘Schauplätze des Wissens in der frühneuzeitlichen Expansion’, Subproject B 1 of the Collaborative Research Center 573: ‘Pluralisation and Authority in the Early Modern Period’ at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich (LMU). She is also a coordinator of the PhD programme ProMoHist at LMU. Her main research interest are the Dutch East India Company, and the histories of geography/cartography, media and the Holy Roman Empire. Her publications include Drehscheibe Regensburg. Das Kommunikations- und Informationssystem des Immerwährenden Reichstags um 1700 (Berlin 2007), ’Gottorf et ses collections d’histoire naturelle provenant des Indes orientales. Objets et «savoir» des non-spécialistes’ in Deshima. Revue française des mondes néerlandophones 3 (2009), p. 285–302, with Peter Brachwitz, ’Historisch-politische Zeitschriften als Wissensspeicher’ in Frank Grunert & Anette Syndikus, (ed.), Erschließen und Speichern von Wissen in der Frühen Neuzeit. Formen und Funktionen, (Berlin 2010 [forthcoming]) and, with Arndt Brendecke and Markus Friedrich, Information in der Frü­hen Neuzeit. Status, Bestände, Strategien (Münster 2008).
ANNE GERRITSEN is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Warwick. She currently serves as the Director of the Warwick-based Global History and Culture Centre, and works with Dr Stephen McDowall on the AHRC-funded project ‘Global Jingdezhen: Local Manufactures and Early Modern Global Connections’, which aims to cast new light on the ways in which the southern Chinese city of Jingdezhen was linked to the early modern world. She has also published on the local culture of Ji’an prefecture in Jiangxi, and is working on a study that brings together local and global approaches to the study of history.
MICHIEL VAN GROESEN is Assistant Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He specializes in European representations of the Atlantic World in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In 2008, he published The Representations of the Overseas World in the De Bry Collection of Voyages (1590-1634), which analyzes how the well-known De Bry publishing family manipulated textual and iconographic information on European encounters with America, Africa, and Asia. He has since published articles in several academic journals including Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Journal of Early Modern History, Journal of Pacific History and Colonial Latin American Review. Supported by a VENI-grant of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), he is currently studying news and public opinion of Dutch Brazil in the early modern United Provinces.
THOMÁS A. S. HADDAD is Assistant Professor of the History of Science in the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities and in the graduate program in History of the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Among his publications are “Christoph Clavius, S.J. on the reality of Ptolemaic cosmology: Ex suppositione reasoning and the problem of (dis)continuity of early modern natural philosophy,” in Organon (Warsaw), vol. 41, 2009 and “Cristóvão Bruno and Michael Florent van Langren: two lunar maps and two lives in 17th century Iberian selenography,” 3rd Ibero-American Symposium on the History of Cartography, São Paulo, April 2010. He has also edited, with an introduction and historical notes, the “Memória sobre a máquina aerostática” (“Memoir on the aerostatic machine”), late 18th century manuscript by Félix António Castrioto, from the Lisbon Academy of Sciences, published in A. C. Martins and I. Travassos, Experiências Aerostáticas na ‘Gazeta de Lisboa’, 1784 (Rio de Janeiro, 2008).
HEIDI HAUSSE is a doctoral student in the History Department at Princeton University. Her research interests focus on social and cultural themes in early modern Europe, with a particular emphasis on Habsburg territories. She especially looks for opportunities to explore interactions between elites and non-elites in court pageantry, witchcraft studies, medical practice, and – most recently – in the codification of local and craft knowledge. She received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame (2005), where her senior thesis, entitled ‘The Emperor Remembered: Tradition and Policy in the Funeral Procession of Charles V,’ examined the dynamics between the emperor’s ritual legacy and the position of his son Philip of Spain in the Low Countries prior to the Dutch Revolt.
ANA CAROLINA HOSNE is a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, where she is researching the art of memory in Jesuit missions in Colonial Peru and in late Ming China. She is a part-time professor at the Center for Slavic and Chinese Studies (CEMECH) in the University of San Martín (UNSAM), Argentina, where she taught postgraduate courses on late Ming China. Her Ph.D. in History, from the University of Buenos Aires, was titled ‘Between Faith and Reason. The Third Lima Council Catechism (1584) by José de Acosta SJ as main author of the Spanish text and the True Doctrine of the Lord of Heaven (Tianzhu shiyi) (1603) by Matteo Ricci SJ in China’. Ana’s research area, the Society of Jesus in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, connects the three major fields that comprise her academic background: Colonial Latin American History, Modern European History and late Ming China.

FLORENCE HSIA is an Associate Professor in the Department of History of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her main research interests are early modern science and exploration, scientific biography, scientific genres, science and religion, sinology, and antiquarianism. Her recent publications include Sojourners in a Strange Land: Jesuits and their Scientific Missions in Late Imperial China (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009); and ‘Chinese astronomy for the early modern European reader’, Early Science and Medicine 13:5 (2008): 417-450.
HENRIQUE LEITÃO is a Researcher at the Centre for the History of Science at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. His research interests include the history of exact sciences in Portugal from the 15th to 17th centuries. He is also interested in the history of scientific books and collaborates regularly with the Portuguese National Library, Lisbon. He has investigated the scientific activities in colleges of the Portuguese Assistancy of the Society of Jesus, paying particular attention to scientific practice in the missions in China and Japan. His wide-ranging publications include, most recently, Os Descobrimentos Portugueses e a Ciência Europeia (Lisboa: Alêtheia, Fundação Champallimaud, 2009), and, with Palmira Fontes da Costa, ‘Portuguese Imperial Science: A Historiographical Review’, in Daniela Bleichmar, Paula de Vos, Kristin Huffine, Kevin Sheehan (eds), Science in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires, 1500-1800 (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2008), pp. 35-53.
JOSÉ RAMÓN MARCAIDA is a  Ph.D. researcher at the Spanish Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).  His research project explores the relation between science, art and collecting in seventeenth-century Spain, with a particular emphasis on the works of Juan Eusebio Nieremberg and Spanish still-life painting.

José is the author of several publications on early modern science and visual culture, including ‘Portraying technology in gallery paintings’, History and Technology 25: 4 (2009), 391-397, and (in collaboration with Juan Pimentel) ‘Dead Natures or Still Lifes? Science, Art and Collecting in the Spanish Baroque Period’ in Collecting Across Cultures: Material Exchanges in the Early Modern World, Daniela Bleichmar and Peter Mancall, eds. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press [forthcoming]) and ‘La ciencia moderna en la cultura del barroco’, Revista de Occidente 328 (2008), 136-151. In May 2010 he organised the international meeting Knowledge and Visual Culture: International Workshop for Young Researchers (CSIC, Madrid).


DÁNIEL MARGÓCSY is an assistant professor at Hunter College – City University of New York (PhD Harvard, 2009). His current research and book project examine the impact of global trade on cultural and scientific production in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, exploring how commercial networks played a crucial role in the growth and transmission of empirical knowledge, and how commercial secrecy and marketing transformed the public sphere and the Republic of Letters. His publications include ‘“Refer to Folio and Number”: Encyclopedias, the Exchange of Curiosities and Practices of Identification before Linnaeus’ (Journal of the History of Ideas 71:1); ‘Advertising Cadavers in the Republic of Letters: Anatomical Publications in Early Modern Netherlands’ (British Journal for the History of Science 42:2); and ‘The Camel’s Head: Representing Unseen Animals in Sixteenth-Century Europe’ (forthcoming in the Netherlands Yearbook of Art History).
LIA MARKEY specializes in Italian Renaissance art (PhD University of Chicago, 2008) and is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania where she is working on revising her dissertation on the reception of the New World at the Medici court for publication. She has written for various museum catalogues and is a contributor to the Princeton University Art Museum's forthcoming catalogue of Italian drawings. She has published articles on the Ponte Santa Trinita in Florence, on Sahagún’s General History of the Things of New Spain, and on the meaning of the word “Indian” in Medici and Austrian-Habsburg inventories (co-written for a special volume of the Journal of the History of Collections).

STEPHEN MCDOWALL is Research Fellow in History at the University of Warwick.  His interests include late-imperial Chinese history, travel in the early modern world, Asia in the European imagination, global connections and material culture.  He is the author of Qian

Qianyi's Reflections on Yellow Mountain: Traces of a Late-Ming Hatchet and Chisel (Hong Kong University Press, 2009), which examines the fascinating and complex world of late-Ming China through travel literature.  Dr McDowall works with Dr Anne Gerritsen on

`Global Jingdezhen: Local Manufactures and Early Modern Global Connections', an AHRC-funded project based at the Global History & Culture Centre, University of Warwick, which aims to cast new light on the ways in which the southern Chinese city of Jingdezhen was linked to the early modern world.


SIMON MILLS is British Institute Scholar at the Council for British Research in the Levant and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies, Queen Mary, University of London. His current research focuses on the chaplains who served the English Levant Company between 1620 and 1760 and on the intersection between exploration and the development of biblical and oriental studies in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England.

Dr Mills’s forthcoming publications include ‘Scripture and Heresy in the Biblical Studies of Nathaniel Lardner and Joseph Priestley’, in Dissent and the Bible in Britain, 1650-1950, ed. Scott Mandelbrote and Michael Ledger-Lomas (forthcoming, Oxford University Press). He is also a contributor to the forthcoming A History of the Dissenting Academies in the British Isles, 1660-1860 (Cambridge University Press), for which he is writing chapters on ‘Pneumatology’ and on the connections between the English dissenting academies and the Scottish universities.


LIMOR MINTZ-MANOR is a PhD candidate at the Department of History of the Jewish People at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Research Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Institute for Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University. She received her BA and an MA (both with distinction) from the Hebrew University and is currently writing a doctoral dissertation entitled The Jewish Discourse on the New World in Early Modern Europe. This explores representations of America and its indigenous people in sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Jewish literature, mostly from Italy and the Dutch Republic. In 2009 she published Symbols and Images in the Sephardic Congregation in Amsterdam in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, an article based on her Master’s thesis, in Pe'amim: A Quarterly for the Study of Oriental Jews. Her research interests include Early Modern Jewish society in its larger European context and contemporary ethnographical, geographical and scientific literature.
RICARDO PADRÓN is an Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Virginia interested in the culture of empire in the early modern Hispanic world.  His first book, The Spacious Word: Cartography, Literature and Empire in Early Modern Spain (U of Chicago, 2004), explores the spatiality of empire in Spain's encounter with America, 1520-1590.  His current work focuses on the Hispanic transpacific imagination, 1520-1640.  He has articles on lyric and epic poetry, as well as on colonial historiography, in various academic journals including Representations, the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and the Colonial Latin American Review.  His work has been supported by grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
DIOGO RAMADA CURTO is a professor in the Departments of History and Sociology, and Coordinator of the Group of Historical and Comparative Sociology (CesNova), in the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He formerly held the Vasco da Gama Chair on the History of European Expansion, European University Institute (Florence). He has been a Visiting Professor at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Brown University, Yale University and King’s College, London. His publications include Cultura imperial e projectos coloniais (1415 - 1800) (Campinas: Unicamp, 2009); As múltiplas faces da história (Lisbon: Livros Horizonte, 2008); Cultura escrita séculos XV-XVIII (Lisbon: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, 2007); and O Discurso Político em Portugal (1600-1650) (Lisbon: Universidade Aberta, 1988); He co-edited, with Francisco Bethencourt, Portuguese Oceanic Expansion, 1400-1800 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007).
IRIS MONTERO SOBREVILLA is a doctoral candidate at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. Originally trained in International Relations, she has been consultant to the United Nations Development Progamme and is co-founder of the Mexico City-based think tank 'Fundación Este País'. She received an MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies from the University of Warwick in 2000. Since then, she has combined her interest in the history of scientific knowledge production with her work in the field of development. At Cambridge, Iris is writing a dissertation on how knowledge about New World nature traveled back and forth across the Atlantic in the early modern period - and how it transformed in the process. She has published on unrepresented nations and peoples, eighteenth-century epistolary cultures, Beaumarchais and the public sphere, and Darwin and hummingbirds.
JUAN PIMENTEL is a tenured researcher at the Center for Human and Social Sciences, CSIC, Madrid. He had been Visiting Scholar at the HPS, University of Cambridge (1994-1996). He works on history of early modern science, travel literature, explorations and natural history. He is the author of the books La física de la Monarquía. Alejandro Malaspina 1754-1810 (Doce Calles, 1998), Testigos del mundo. Ciencia, literatura y viajes en la Ilustración (Marcial Pons, 2003), and El Rinoceronte y el Megaterio (Abada, 2010). His recent contributions include ‘Baroque Natures: Nieremberg, American Wonders and the Preter-Imperial Natural History’, in D. Bleichmar, P. De Vos, K. Huffine & K. Sheehan (eds.), Science in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires, (Stanford University Press, 2009); and ‘Across Nations and Ages. The Creole Collector and the many lives of the Megatherium’, in S. Schaffer, L. Roberts, J. Delbourgo and K. Raj (eds), The Brokered World: Go-Betweens and Global Intelligence, 1770–1820, (Uppsala, 2009).
AYESHA RAMACHANDRAN received her BA from Smith College and her PhD in Renaissance Studies from Yale University. Her research and teaching focus on the literature and culture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, primarily on Europe's relations with an expanding world. She is currently working on a book-length study, The Worldmakers: Speculation, Knowledge and Global Imagining in Early Modern Europe, which explores the reshaping of the concept ‘world’ and its implications for theories of modernity across a range of disciplines, including geography and cartography, natural and moral philosophy, political theory, theology and poetry. She has published articles on Elizabethan poetry and early modern natural philosophy, on Renaissance epic and romance, and on postcolonial drama. She was awarded a Junior Fellowship at the Harvard Society of Fellows in 2007 and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of English at Stony Brook University.
JOAN-PAU RUBIÉS is Reader in International History at the London School of Economics, where he teaches European cultural and intellectual history, and the comparative study of early modern empires. He has written extensively about travel writing and cultural encounters, and also specialized in the historiography and political thought of early modern Spain.

His publications include, besides numerous articles in various languages, Travel and Ethnology in the Renaissance: South India through European Eyes, 1250-1625 (Past and Present Publications: Cambridge University Press, 2000) and Travellers and Cosmographers. Studies in the History of Early Modern Travel and Ethnology (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007). He has also edited Medieval Ethnographies: European Perceptions of the World Beyond (Ashgate, 2009); Voyages and Visions: Towards a Cultural History of Travel (with Jas Elsner) (London: Reaktion Books, 1999); Shifting Cultures: Interaction and Discourse in the Expansion of Europe (with H. Bugge) (Münster: Lit Verlag, 1995) and Exploring Cultural History: Essays in honour of Peter Burke (with M. Calaresu and F. de Vivo) (Ashgate, 2010).



He is currently writing a new monograph, Europe's New Worlds: Travel Writing and the Origins of the Enlightenment, 1550-1750, to be published by Cambridge University Press.
ARIEL RUBIN is a graduate student in the history department at Columbia University. Her research interests include social and economic history of the Low Countries and gender history. She is currently completing a dissertation on low-level credit networks in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Netherlands.
NEIL SAFIER is assistant professor of history at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, associate principal of St. Johns College at UBC, and co-editor of Atlantic Studies: Literary, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives. He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and has held visiting teaching and research appointments at the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Measuring the New World: Enlightenment Science and South America (Chicago, 2008), which was awarded the 2009 Gilbert Chinard Prize by the Society for French Historical Studies and the Institut Français d’Amérique. He has a wide collection of published books and articles, and has a forthcoming essay in Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales (2011). His current research relates to the environmental and ethnographic history of the Amazon River basin, from deep history to the present.
MARGARET SCHOTTE is a doctoral student in the History of Science programme at Princeton University. Her dissertation explores the ways in which navigational knowledge was developed, transmitted and authenticated in France, England and the Netherlands in the 17th and 18th centuries.  She received her AB from Harvard and her MA from the University of Toronto. Having worked as a rare book cataloguer, she is interested in the intersection of book history with the history of technology and pedagogy. She has written about Baron Lahontan, Simon Stevin, and Samuel Pepys, and has published an article on ‘“Books for the Use of the Learned and Studious”: William London's Catalogue of Most Vendible Books’ (Book History 11, 2008).
PAMELA H. SMITH is a professor of History at Columbia University and the author of The Business of Alchemy: Science and Culture in the Holy Roman Empire  (Princeton, 1994) and The Body of the Artisan: Art and Experience in the Scientific Revolution (Chicago, 2004).  She co-edited Merchants and Marvels: Commerce, Science, and Art in Early Modern Europe (with Paula Findlen, Routledge 2002) and Making Knowledge in Early Modern Europe: Practices, Objects, and Texts, 1400-1800 (with Benjamin Schmidt, Chicago 2008).  In her present research, she attempts to reconstruct the vernacular knowledge of early modern European metalworkers from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including hands-on reconstruction of historical metalworking techniques.
ISABEL SOLER is a lecturer in Portuguese literature and culture at the Universitat de Barcelona and a specialist in Renaissance travel literature. Her books include El nudo y la esfera: el navegante como artífice del mundo moderno (Acantilado, 2003), Los mares náufragos (Acantilado, 2004), Carta del descubrimiento del Brasil (Acantilado, 2008) and Derrotero del primer viaje de Vasco de Gama a la India (Acantilado, 2010 [in press]). Currently, she is working in an essay on the portuguese presence in Asia, focusing on the experience of the ocean voyage as a new form of learning in the Renaissance. She has also worked on research projects in the history of science, which include her present collaboration with Juan Pimentel in the translation and edition of the Garcia da Orta treatise, Colóquio dos Simples e Drogas da Índia (1563).
EMMA SPARY is a lecturer in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include the history of food, natural history and agriculture in France during the ‘long eighteenth century’, and more generally, the history of chemistry, technology, natural history and medicine in eighteenth-century Europe. She has published several edited volumes and numerous papers concerning these areas, as well as the monograph Utopia’s Garden: French Natural History from Old Regime to Revolution (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000). A second book, Eating the Enlightenment: Food and Knowledge in France, 1670-1760, will also appear with the University of Chicago Press. Her current project is entitled Economic Chemists / Industrial Eaters, and concerns the early history of industrial food production in Paris from 1760 to 1815.
JENNIFER SPINKS is an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Historical Studies at The University of Melbourne (2009–2012). Her fellowship is part of the Australian Research Council Discovery Project Reading the Signs: Disaster, Apocalypse and Demonology in European Print Culture, 1450–1700, held with Professor Charles Zika of the University of Melbourne and Professor Susan Broomhall of the University of Western Australia. Dr Spinks has published a number of articles on the cultural history of early modern northern Europe, and a substantially revised and expanded version of her 2006 PhD has appeared as Monstrous Births and Visual Culture in Sixteenth-Century Germany (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2009). With Susan Broomhall, she has co-authored Early Modern Women in the Low Countries: Feminizing Sources and Interpretations of the Past (Burlington: Ashgate, forthcoming 2011). Currently, she is working on a study of ‘wonder books’ in sixteenth-century France, Germany and Switzerland.
MARJORIE TRUSTED is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute of Art. She is Senior Curator of Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where she has been based since 1979. She has published widely on sculpture, and has also specialised in Spanish and Latin American art. Her catalogue of the Spanish sculpture at the V&Aappeared in 1996, and her book on The Arts of Spain came out in 2007. She advised on sculpture and contributed an essay to The Arts in Latin America 1492-1820, the catalogue of an exhibition held in Philadelphia, Mexico and Los Angeles in 2006-7. She was founding Editor of the Sculpture Journal, and founding Chair of ARTES, Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group. She co-edits the annual visual issue of the Hispanic Research Journal. She is currently working on a catalogue of post-1550 ivories at the V&A.
NICOLÁS WEY-GÓMEZ is Professor of History in the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. He studies early modern Atlantic history and literature, specializing in the history of exploration and geography, as well as in Spanish Golden Age and colonial letters. His first book, The Tropics of Empire: Why Columbus Sailed South to the Indies (MIT Press, 2008), rewrites the history of the Discovery as part of Europe’s imperial awakening to the natural and human resources of the tropics. It received the 2009 Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize awarded by the Modern Language Association of America, as well as an Honorable Mention in the World History/Biography category of the 2008 PROSE Awards presented by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers.  His current book project, The Machine of the World: Nature’s Culture in the Early Colonial Spanish Americas, tracks the interrelated developments of the natural sciences and anthropology in the early Atlantic world.
ANNA WINTERBOTTOM studied at the universities of Oxford and London and now teaches history at Sussex. Her interests include global history, environmental history, the history of science and medicine and digital humanities. She is currently revising her PhD, on the circulation of knowledge between the settlements of the early East India Company, for publication.

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