The spatial turn: geographical approaches in the history of science

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    Over the past decade or so a number of historians of science and historical geographers, alert to the situated nature of scientific knowledge production and reception and to the migratory patterns of science on the move, have called for more explicit treatment of the geographies of past scientific knowledge. Closely linked to work in the sociology of scientific knowledge and science studies and connected with a heightened interest in spatiality evident across the humanities and social sciences this ‹spatial turn’ has informed a wide-ranging body of work on the history of science. This discussion essay revisits some of the theoretical props supporting this turn to space and provides a number of worked examples from the history of the life sciences that demonstrate the different ways in which the spaces of science have been comprehended.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)369-388
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of the History of Biology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • History
    • History and Philosophy of Science


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