Events / Polymathy and the Origins of the Research University
Vera Keller

Polymathy and the Origins of the Research University

January 9, 2020
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

EMU-Crater Lake South (room 145)

Vera Keller, Associate Professor of History, researches the history of science and of knowledge more broadly in Europe of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Her talk will look at the long history of universities and major shifts they have faced in the past, and how interdisciplinarity offered a means to regroup and face those challenges. In particular, she will explore the emergence of the research model and the modern scientific disciplines at the turn of the eighteenth century in Northern Europe. There, new research practices and disciplines were forged from a deliberately diverse blend of activities, including the study of global cultures, collecting art and nature, archaeology, mechanical invention, gardening, history, poetry, and opera.