Most accessed history articles in 2015 (Wiley)

Nice news! My article “Rubens and the bird of paradise. Painting natural knowledge in the early seventeenth century” has made it to the top of the most accessed Renaissace Studies articles in 2015.

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Westinghouse Time Capsules

Fascinating project > the Westinghouse Time Capsules

(from Wikipedia:

The Westinghouse Time Capsules are two time capsulesprepared by the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company: “Time Capsule I”, created for the 1939 New York World’s Fair; and “Time Capsule II”, created for the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Both are buried 50 feet below Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, the site of both world’s fairs, the 1965 capsule 10 feet north of the 1939 one. Both are to be opened at the same time in the year 6939, five thousand years after the first capsule was sealed.[1]

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Arte y ciencia en el Barroco español – Nuncius review

New review of my book Arte y ciencia en el Barroco español. Historia natural, coleccionismo y cultura visual (Marcial Pons, 2014), written by Susana Gómez López and published in the latest issue of Nuncius.

PDF available here: Review Marcaida Nuncius

Nuncius, Volume 30, Issue 3, pages 725 – 728 (2015)

DOI: 10.1163/18253911-03003010

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Views of Constantinople: The Freshfield Album online

Trinity College Library, Cambridge

black rhino A young black rhino, from the Freshfield Album (Trinity College Library MS O.17.2)

One of Trinity College Library’s more intriguing manuscripts is an album of sketches of the architectural highlights of Constantinople. Several of the drawings are dated 1574, and it seems that they were produced by a Western artist visiting Constantinople as part of the diplomatic entourage sent to the Levant by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II. The album, a simple gathering of folio sheets sewn into a plain vellum wrapper, was presented to Trinity in 1935 by Edwin Hanson Freshfield, a member of the College with antiquarian interests, whose father (also Edwin) had acquired it in the late nineteenth century. It has been available to researchers ever since, and has now been made freely available online for the first time as part of the Wren Digital Library. The original manuscript will also be on display in…

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Digital Map of the Roman Empire

Progressive Geographies

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An interesting digital map of the Roman Empire. Thanks to António Ferraz de Oliveria for the link.

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Perec’s Geographies / Perecquian Geographies

Open Geography

The unaccountably overlooked Georges Perec (member of Oulipo) and author of Espèces d’espaces (Species of Spaces) a great geographical fiction, is the subject of a symposium about his work. The cfp follows:

Interdisciplinary Symposium, University of Sheffield, Friday 6 May, 2016

Georges Perec was one of the most inventive and original geographical writers of the twentieth century. His writing explores cities and streets; homes and apartments; conceptions of space and place; mathematical and textual spaces; imagined, utopian and dystopian spaces; time and the city; landscapes of memory and trauma; consumption and material culture; domestic spaces; everyday life, the everyday, the quotidian; ordinary and ‘infra-ordinary’ places. Perec addressed methods of urban exploration and observation; classification, categorisation and taxonomy; spatial inventories and indexes; and geographical and ethnographic description.

This symposium explores Perec’s Geographies (his own geographical writing) and the wider body of geographical writings…

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Descartes and Ingenium

A two-day conference which will explore the significance of the notion of ‘ingenium’ for Descartes and his circle, and place it in the context of contemporary pedagogy, erudition, philosophy, mathematics, and music. This event is part of the research project, Genius Before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science, a five-year ERC funded project based at CRASSH.

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Further information about the conference programme, speakers’ biographies, abstracts to follow.


Poster: Poster_Descartes (1)


Richard Serjeantson and Raphaële Garrod with Alexander Marr, Jose Ramon Marcaida, and Richard Oosterhoff


Igor Agostini (FrU Salento), Roger Ariew (EU S Florida), Erik-Jan Bos (ENS Lyon), Michael Edwards (Cambridge), Dan Garber (Princeton), Raphaële Garrod (Cambridge), Emma Gilby (Cambridge), Denis Kambouchner (Sorbonne Paris 1), Richard Oosterhoff (Cambridge), Lucian Petrescu (Université libre de Bruxelles),  David Rabouin (Diderot Paris 7 CNRS), Sophie Roux (ENS ULM), Dennis Sepper (EU Dallas), Richard Serjeantson (Cambridge), Justin Smith (Diderot Paris 7), Theo Verbeek (Utrecht).

For further information please contact the Genius Research Project Administrator .


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Event: Can social media work for me?

Social Media Knowledge Exchange

A round-table discussion organised by the Social Media Knowledge Exchange
12.30-2pm Thursday 19 November
SG2, Alison Richard Building

With Barney Brown, Rachel Holmes, Jose Marcaida, and the Doing History in Public project

This event is free to attend and open to PhD students, researchers and other staff at the University of Cambridge

Eventbrite - Can social media work for me?

Social media is part of everyday life for millions of people but can you make platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Storify work for you in your academic career? What are the challenges posed by using commercial social media platforms to disseminate your research or communicate with academic colleagues? How are PhD students and early career researchers in Cambridge making social media work for them?

Whether you are experienced in using social media for scholarly communication or just curious to see if these platforms and tools can help your academic career, come and join the conversation at…

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Ulisse Aldrovandi – Bologna, 2015

Libri e immagini di storia naturale nella prima età moderna – Museo di Palazzo Poggi, 2015

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The Lewis Collection

University of Cambridge Museums

 A Private Antiquarian Collection from Corpus Christi College

Decades after the opening of the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1848, and a long time before the establishment of the archaeology museums in Cambridge, the Rev. Samuel Savage Lewis was starting to amass his own private museum in his rooms in Old Court at Corpus Christi College. As Librarian, Lewis had a suite of rather unconventional rooms: with an Early Tudor gallery, a crypt, a barred doorway into St Bene’t’s Church and a narrow spiral staircase with views into the chapel, Lewis’s rooms were perhaps not ideal for displaying and storing an antiquarian collection of over 4,000 objects. But imagining the way that these objects were displayed and the visitors who saw them quickly fascinated me.

Lewis PortraitMy initial perceptions of Lewis were influenced largely by a rather unfortunate description of him as ‘notoriously ugly’ and his nickname of ‘Satan Lewis’. Revolving the…

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