Journal Centaurus, vol. 65.2 (2023)

Centaurus. Journal of the European Society for the History of Science, Volume 65 (2023), Issue 2

Special Issue: Collections, Knowledge, and Time, edited by Karin Tybjerg and Martin Grünfeld

  • Pages: 243 p.
  • Size:178 x 254 mm
  • Illustrations:25 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2023

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-60359-9
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    In museums and laboratories, collections constitute material reservoirs for knowledge and today history and science recombine in new ways to generate knowledge from collections. This special issue, Collections, Knowledge and Time, treats collections broadly across museums of history of medicine, history of science, natural history and ethnography, as well as scientific institutions including biobanks, seed banks and fly centres investigating how collections overlap and change status and use. We focus in particular on the temporal dynamics of collections: the layering and interweaving of asynchronous temporalities as collections are preserved, frozen, re-interpreted, sampled and deteriorated over time, and how these temporalities constitute knowledge potentials.


    Special Issue: Collections, Knowledge and Time, edited by Karin Tybjerg and Martin Grünfeld

    Martin Grünfeld & Karin Tybjerg, Collections, Knowledge and Time

    Karin Tybjerg (Medical Museion and CBMR, University of Copenhagen), The Anamnesis of Medical Collections: The Role of Past Collections in Diagnosis and Prognosis

    Joshua Nall & Boris Jardine (University of Cambridge), The Lab in the Museum, or: Using New Scientific Instruments to Look at Old Scientific Instruments

    Adrian Van Allen (Smithsonian Institution / California Academy of Sciences / U.C. Berkeley), Entangled Timelines: Crafting Types of Time Through Making Museum Specimens

    Frédéric Keck (LAS, École des hautes études en sciences sociales), Filling China's Gaps: Viral Banks and Bird Collections as Museums for Pandemics

    Xan Chacko & Jenny Bangham (Programme in Science, Technology, and Society, Brown University and School of History, Queen Mary University of London), Lively Stasis: Care and Routine in Living Collections of Flies and Seeds

    Tiziana Nicoletta Beltrame (CAK, École des hautes études en sciences sociales), A Matter of Dust: From Infrastructures to 'Infra-thin' in Museum Maintenance

    Martin Grünfeld, Adam Bencard & Louise Whiteley (Medical Museion and CBMR, University of Copenhagen), From Mausoleum to Living Room: Practicing Metabolic Carpentry in the Museum 

    Ken Arnold (Wellcome Collection, London, and Medical Museion and CBMR, University of Copenhagen), Epilogue: Redeeming the Past, Present and Future

    Book Reviews