John Finch from the Medici to the Ottoman court. A Science in, as well as of, the Mediterranean (ca. 1649-82)
29 June 2022, h. 17:30 (Rome); 16:30 (London); 11:30 (New York)
TRaCer (TACITROOTS* Research Colloquium Series) presents: John Finch from the Medici to the Ottoman court. A science in, as well as of, the Mediterranean (ca. 1649-82)
Speaker: Stefano Gulizia (University of Milan)
Discussant: Mordechai Feingold (Caltech)
Chair: Andreea Badea (Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt)
This paper is about the interplay of science and information in the early modern period. As a way into a world of rising academic aspirations and seventeenth-century communication, I consider one English virtuoso, Sir John Finch (1626-82), whose life lends itself to be repackaged as a small palimpsest of European-Ottoman sociability. Finch’s anatomical notebook and miscellaneous reports will allow us to question the relationship between experimenting and publishing, and to rehearse the construction of the scribal self as a dynamic adjustment between gaps and interactive awareness. Against this background, my talk defends a more dynamic, polycentric view of the Cimento’s network, which includes both Medicean and cosmopolitan historical actors, and reassesses the notion of connectedness by using a comparative approach. Finally, Finch’s career also ensures a discussion of Livorno as a pivotal port city and diplomatic entrepôt.
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* Project TacitRoots (PI Giulia Giannini) – Funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (GA n.818098)