Co-operative Inter-regional Worlds and Networks of Higher Learning: Productions, Markets, Travel and Trade


Saturday, October 15, 2016 (All day)


Institute for Historical Research, London

Research Questions

Institutions of higher education could not operate without the supply of different materials that helped every-day learning and teaching. They sought co-operative and inter-regional networks of trade and skills: how did the marketing of book along trade routes reflect the connections between regionally, nationally and internationally-connected universities and colleges? How were objects for natural philosophy courses or the scholarly collection of a university produced and merchandised?

Workshop Program

10:00 Welcome by the Organizers (Coffee)

10:10–10:45 Jane Stevenson (The University and King’s College of Aberdeen):

Domestic Academies

10:45–11:20 Martina Hacke (University of Düsseldorf):

The Messengers of the University of Paris and the Book Trade (late 15th – 16th cent.)


11:30–12:05 Urs B. Leu (Zentralbibliothek Zürich):

The Cooperation between Professors and Printers in Basle and Zurich during the Early Modern Period

12:05–12:40 Alette Fleischer (Independent Scholar):

Travelling salesmen or scholarly travellers? Early modern botanists on the move marketing their knowledge of nature.


13:55–14:30 Iolanda Ventura (Université d’Orleans):

University Prologues as Instrument of Marketing


14:40–15:15 Ian Maclean (University of Oxford):

Authors and international publication in 1700: the case of Georgio Baglivi (1668-1707)

15:15–15:50 Matthew Daniel Eddy (Durham University/Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin)

Prelude to Literacy: The Utility of Note keeping in Scottish Schools and Academies


16:00–16:35 Peter Davidson (University of Oxford):

How the University of Aberdeen acquired things and from whence

16:35–17:10 G. M. (Bert) van de Roemer (University of Amsterdam):

The Academy of Science in St. Petersburg. Promoting science and art in Russia

Conclusive Discussion to 17:30


Peter Davidson, History, University of Oxford

Matthew Eddy, History of Science and Culture, Durham University/Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

Alette Fleischer, Amsterdam, Independent Scholar

Anja-Silvia Goeing, History, Harvard University/University of Zurich

Martina Hacke, Universität Düsseldorf

Urs Leu, Zurich Central Library

Ian Maclean, History, Oxford University

Glyn Parry, History, University of Roehampton

Bert van de Roemer, Cultural Studies, University of Amsterdam

Jane Stevenson, Humanities, University of Aberdeen

Iolanda Ventura, History of Medicine, Université d’Orleans