Circulating Knowledge, East and West

Network Node: 
Wed., Jul. 21, 2010 (All day) - Fri., Jul. 23, 2010 (All day)

Thank you for a great workshop!



Inspired by Dalhousie University’s online launch of their Dinwiddie Archives, this conference aimed to further international dialogue and scholarly exchange between those working on the history of science in Asia, Europe and North America by examining the global circulation of scientific knowledge from the Early Modern Period to today.

Circulating Knowledge, East and West culminated in a half-day facilitation workshop to plan for further Science Studies dialogue and exchange, “East” and “West,” with future workshops proposed in Manipal, Bangalore and Singapore.

Evening Lecture    Abstract and Video

Event listing:

Radio Interview: East and West mingle at conference

Listen to a local radio (CKDU) interview with Situating Science Director Dr. McOuat.

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Also announced             here


 Arun Balasubramaniam, Insitute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore)

"Bringing Eastern Science to the West: Portuguese Voyages of Intellectual Discovery"

Paola Bertucci, Yale University

"Enlightenment and the Secret Knowledge Economy"

Fa-Ti Fan, State University of New York at Binghamton

"Nationalism, Internationalism, and the Science of Antiquities in Modern China"

Yves Gingras, l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM

"Changing Networks of Collaboration Between Countries in the Sciences from 1980 to 2008"

Jan Golinski, University of New Hampshire

"From Calcutta to London: James Dinwiddie’s Galvanic Circuits"

Savithri Preetha Nair, Independent Scholar

"Bungallee House set on Fire by Galvanism: Exhibition, Electricity and the Social Life of the Voltaic Pile in India (1794-1806)"

Khyati Nagar, York University

"Between Calcutta and Kew: The Divergent Circulation and Production of Hortus Bengalensis and Flora Indica"

Jahnavi Phalkey, Imperial College London

"From Origins to Practice: Problems in the Historiography of Science"

Dhruv Raina, Jawaharlal Nehru University

"18th Century Jesuit Astronomy, Pere Boudier and Jai Singh’s Astronomers"

Veena Rao, National Institute of Advanced Studies (Bangalore, India)

"J.B.S. Haldane’s Indian Period"

Sundar Sarukkai, Manipal University

"Translating Concepts"

Grace Shen, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

"Meetings and Metonymy: Geology and Representations of China on the International Stage"

Larry Stewart, University of Saskatchewan

"The Spectacle of Experiment: From Dumfries to Calcutta and Back"

Jon Topham, University of Leeds

"Print and the Circulation of Knowledge between the UK and Continental Europe in the Early Nineteenth-Century"

Haiyan Yang,                            Peking University

"Knowledge across Borders: Encounter, Transmission and Interaction of Darwinism in the Chinese Context"

The Dinwiddie Archives
The James Dinwiddie papers were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives in 1999 and will be going online this summer. Dr. Dinwiddie (1746-1815) was the scientific attaché of the first British embassy to the 18th Century Chinese imperial court, and the first Professor of Mathematics, Natural Philosophy and Chemistry at the College of Fort William in Calcutta, India. One of the most important of the new itinerant Newtonian natural philosophers and lecturers of the Early Modern Period, the bulk of Dinwiddie’s papers consist of his scientific observations, experiments, lecture notes, and journals with dates ranging from 1767 to 1815. One of the most significant of the Early Modern “itinerant” Newtonian natural philosophers, “experimental” council to the first British diplomatic mission to China as well as first professor of “natural philosophy” in Calcutta, Dinwiddie’s papers cover various issues of itinerant Newtonianism, the exchange of knowledge “East” and “West,” and the growth of national forms of scientific knowledge.

Organizing Committee
Bernard Lightman (York University)
Gordon McOuat (University of King's College)
Kapil Raj (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales)
Larry Stewart (University of Saskatchewan)
Andrew Fenton (Dalhousie University and University of King's College)
Emily Tector (University of King's College)

Thanks to our sponsors

Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (University of King's College)

 Killam Library, Dalhousie University





Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute




University of King's College

Situating Science Knowledge Cluster

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada