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- Historical geographies of ideas
- History of geographical knowledge
My research interests include the cultural history and geography of the life and earth sciences, with a particular emphasis on religious responses to scientific developments in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. My earliest work examined the reception of glacial theory in Victorian Edinburgh, investigated the historical geographies of Scottish natural history societies in the period 1831-1900 and, with Charles Withers and Rebekah Higgitt, explored the role of geography in the work of the British Association for the Advancement of Science from 1831 – c.1933. My book on natural history societies in Victorian Scotland was published by Pickering & Chatto in 2009 and was awarded the Frank Watson Book Prize for Scottish History in 2011. In 2014, I completed a two-year AHRC-funded project on science in nineteenth-century Belfast. I have also written about the mix of metaphysics and science in the writings of the geologist James Croll and the reception of ideas about human evolution in the context of religious debates about the creation of Eve (rather than Adam). More recent work has centred on public speech as a situated mode of interaction between science and culture in the nineteenth century. A monograph on this subject examining the lecture tours of five British celebrity scientists in Gilded Age America published by the University of Pittsburgh Press has recently appeared. With Professor David N. Livingstone, I have now completed a 27 month project investigating debates about evolution and theology in the early twentieth century. This is part of a larger John Templeton Foundation-funded project on conjunctive explanations in science and religion (CESAR). I am currently at the early stages of writing a biography of Scottish evolutionist and evangelist, Henry Drummond.
GGY1011 Human Geography: Society, Power and Culture
GGY1012 Human Geography: Society, Economy and Population
GGY2055 Geographical Research Skills
GGY2056 Contemporary Approaches to Geographical Enquiry
GGY3066 Geography, Science and Society
GGY7001 Critical Geopolitics
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05/02/2019 → 31/03/2021
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Review of William J. Ashworth. The Trinity Circle: anxiety, intelligence, and knowledge creation in nineteenth-century EnglandFinnegan, D. A., 01 Sep 2022, In: American Historical Review. 127, 3, p. 1449-1450 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review
Finnegan, D. A., 21 May 2022, HSTM Magazine.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publication › ArticleOpen Access
Finnegan, D., 03 Dec 2021, In: Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences . 51, 5, p. 567-604 37 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile98 Downloads (Pure)
Finnegan, D., 10 May 2021, (Early online date) In: Earth and Environmental Sciences Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile100 Downloads (Pure)
Finnegan, D. A., 12 Oct 2021, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. 352 p. (Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century)
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Diarmid Finnegan (Invited speaker)28 Jun 2023
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk