History Pub: The History of Innovation
What is New is Old Again!
History Pub presents Vera Keller and “The History of Innovation”:
Monday, January 14, 2019
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
WOW Hall, 291 W. 8th Avenue
Drinks by WOW Hall (no food truck for this event)
Co-sponsored by the UO Department of History and the Lane County History Museum.
Vera Keller is a historian of science of early modern Europe and a professor with the University of Oregon’s Department of History. Her book, Knowledge and the Public Interest, 1575-1725 (Cambridge, 2015), looks at the simultaneous rise of the reason of state – the precursor to ideas of private and public interest – and experimental reasoning, arguing that each shaped the other. Keller’s current book project looks at how late 17th-century German academics sought to reign in, winnow, connect and re-order three previous epistemic cultures: the court culture explored in my first book, mercantile and medical collecting networks, and pansophic erudition.