2016 Symposium: "Francis Bacon and the Problem of Method"
February 12, 2016
The goal of our spring 2016 symposium is to discuss how the Baconian method (broadly conceived) has provoked and inspired methodological debate, both in past centuries and in the present, about the nature and goals of "science." The symposium features three speakers drawn from the history of science, philosophy, and literary criticism. In bringing together these scholars from different disciplines, we will consider topics such as the divergent afterlives of Bacon's method; the extent to which Bacon's method has been understood as central to the past and modern practices of the sciences; whether there are specifically "Baconian" sciences; and how Bacon method has been understood as a proxy (in the work of Horkheimer and Adorno, for example) for more general processes of modernity and Enlightenment.
This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory and the Franklin Humanities Institute.
10:20-10:40 Coffee and breakfast pastries
10:40-11:00 Julianne Werlin
, Duke University, Assistant Professor of English: Introduction to the Symposium
11:00-12:30 Peter Dear
, Cornell University, Professor of the History of Science
12:30-1:30 Lunch break (lunch provided!)
1:30-3:00 Richard Serjeantson, University of Cambridge, Fellow and Lecturer in History
3:00-3:15 Coffee break
3:15-4:45 Henry Turner, Rutgers University, Associate Professor of English
In an ongoing trans-disciplinary collaboration initiated by Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin) and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), around forty scholars from around the world, working in the natural, environmental, and social sciences, as well as the humanities, arts, and architecture, will continue to jointly develop an Anthropocene Curriculum. Together with one hundred selected international researchers from different fields as well as actors from outside of academia, this program will be put into teaching practice at the Anthropocene Campus: The Technosphere Issue from April 15-23, 2016, opening up new fields of knowledge and seeking to respond to the challenges of the “age of humankind” by thinking beyond institutionalized disciplines, educational formats, and teaching content.
The Seminars of the Anthropocene Campus: The Technosphere Issue are developed by: Jeremy Bolen, Elena Bougleux, Susana Caló, Shadreck Chirikure, Heather Davis, Paul Edwards, Elaine Gan, Beate Geissler, Stéphane Grumbach, Joyeeta Gupta, Peter K. Haff, Orit Halpern, Olivier Hamant, Gabrielle Hecht, Brian Holmes, Erich Hörl, Karin Knorr, Adrian Lahoud, Manfred Laubichler, Mark Lawrence, Sander van der Leeuw, Herbert Lohner, D.A. Masolo, Clapperton C. Mavhunga, Chaz Maviyane-Davies, Myriel Milicevic, Robert Mitchell, Ioan Negrutiu, Daniel Niles, Matteo Pasquinelli, Claire Pentecost, Godofredo Pereira, Jürgen Renn, Oliver Sann, Emily Eliza Scott, Bettina Stoetzer, Bronislaw Szerszynski, Janot Mendler de Suarez, Masahiro Terada, Alexandra Toland, John Tresch, Anna Tsing, Andrew Yang.