'From History to Science in the Early Modern Atlantic'

'From History to Science in the Early Modern Atlantic'

A one-day symposium about the Iberoamerican development of early modern science with Spanish researcher José Pardo Tomás among others.

Cutting-edge scholarship reveals that new empirical practices first appeared in the Iberian World, anticipating those that would be later conceptualized by Francis Bacon as essential components of a “new science.” Early modern Spanish ethnography and natural history were deeply co-related in the early Americas.

The symposium will explore the role of indigenous people, ethnographers, and naturalists in the Spanish Atlantic in the development of early modern science.  We will have a keynote by Jorge Cañizares Esguerra, two plenaries by José Pardo Tomás (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC) and Carlos Viesca Treviño and presentations by María Portuondo, Marcy Norton, Ralph Bauer and Jaime Marroquín Arredondo.

Light breakfast, lunch and Mexican tapas in the closing reception will be provided. View program (PDF).

  • Heritage
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Tue, April 29, 2014
  • 9:00 am – 6:00 pm


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Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009


Free and open to the public. RSVP required.

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GWU Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute


Sponsored by the Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMSI) at George Washington University, the Kislak Family Foundation, the Early Americas Working Group, the Mexican Institute of Culture, George Washington University and SPAIN arts & culture.