New CosmoLocal Project!
Dominik Wujastyk and Madhusudan Rimal have been involved with an exciting CosmoLocal sub-project called “Early Science Manuscripts” as part of the PANDiT (Prosopographical Database for Indic Texts) initiative and with thanks to the University of Alberta.
“Early Science Manuscripts” is a research project about the scientific heritage of South Asia in the pre-colonial period. One of the foundational issues facing researchers in the history of science is that of access to “the archive.” The documentation generated by Europeans in India offers an extraordinarily rich source for research. But the documentary archive of indigenous Indian-language materials is equally, if not more voluminous, diverse and informative. Scientific treatises on astronomy, medicine, mathematics, alchemy and other sciences were composed in Indian languages from the fifth century BCE onward, and this literature grew and specialized until the eighteenth century. However, finding aids for the indigenous archive are far less developed that those for European-language sources.
The aim of the present project is to document the archival manuscript sources for the history of indigenous science in India and Nepal, beginning with the rich manuscript collections identified by the Nepal-German Manuscript Preservation Project.
New issue of Communiqué out now!
Communiqué is the newsletter of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science/Société canadienne d’histoire et de philosophie des sciences. Issue No. 101 focuses on issues relating to coronavirus and systemic racism.
Announcement from the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science/Société canadienne d’histoire et de philosophie des sciences
“Dear all: The in-person version of Congress 2020 has now been cancelled due to covid-19. CSHPS is working with the Federation in considering options for holding its 2020 conference. We will have more news in the coming days.”
The Call for Papers for the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science Annual Conference/Société canadienne d’histoire et de philosophie des sciences is now out! Registration info coming soon.
Check out the conference website for more info about the Congress 2020 theme “Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism”: http://www.yorku.ca/cshps1/meeting.html There is also info about the annual student presentation prize, submission procedures, and donating to the student travel fund.
Congress 2020 will be held at Western University, London, Ontario, 30 May – 5 June. Western’s campus is situated on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and Attawandaron (Neutral) people, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and with the Dish with One Spoon Convenant Wampum. This land continues to be home to diverse Indigenous peoples who are recognized as contemporary stewards of the land and vital contributors to society.
MEET SARAH QIDWAI
Head over to the blog to read our latest Grad Student Research Profile! Meet Sarah Qidwai, a PhD Candidate at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto.