Book-discussion with Kapil Raj, Author of 'Relocating Modern Science: Circulation and the Construction of Knowledge in South Asia and Europe, 1650-1900'.
Prof. Mary Terrall (History, UCLA)
Prof. Sanjay Subrahmanyam (History, UCLA)
Relocating Modern Science challenges the belief that modern science was created uniquely in the West and that it was subsequently diffused elsewhere. Through a detailed analysis of key moments of knowledge construction in botany, cartography, terrestrial surveying, linguistics, scientific education, and colonial administration, it demonstrates the crucial roles of intercultural encounter and circulation for their emergence. It engages with questions central to imperial, colonial, and South Asian history and presents a heuristic model for other world regions, periods, and fields of knowledge, as also for transnational and global studies.
Kapil Raj is Maître de conferences (Associate Professor) at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France and a member of the centre Alexandre Koyré for the History of Science. He has published extensively on knowledge construction through processes of intercultural encounter. He is currently writing a book on early modern botanising in the Indian Ocean.
Sponsor(s): Center for India and South Asia
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