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Joseph Banks: Science, Culture and Exploration, 1743-1820

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 at 09:00 - Friday, 15 September 2017 at 17:30 (BST)

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In a career spanning more than fifty years, Joseph Banks became one of the most influential figures in European science. Through his participation in James Cook’s first Pacific voyage (1768-71), Banks received much of the credit for descriptions of a ‘new’ and exotic oceanic world that fascinated Europe and which would come to influence the course of European and Pacific science, culture, politics and commerce. After the voyage, and as President of the Royal Society from 1778 to his death in 1820, he would spend the remainder of his career supporting expeditions and forging networks that brought together Atlantic, Indian and Pacific worlds.

With the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, a collaborative partnership between the National Maritime Museum, University College London, the Royal Society, National Portrait Gallery, National Historic Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew are holding this conference at the Royal Society on 14-16 September 2017 as the culmination of an 18-month Network project to explore the intersections of Enlightenment science, culture, commerce and empire through the figure of Joseph Banks, his correspondents, circles and networks.

Professor David Igler (University of California, Irvine) and Professor Kapil Raj (Centre Alexandre-Koyré, Paris) are the two keynote speakers. With speakers from a range of disciplines, the conference reflects the global contexts of Banks’s interests, influence and legacies.

The formal proceedings of the conference will take place at the Royal Society on 14 and 15 September, and will be followed by an informal study visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, on Saturday 16 September, to view Banks-related material.


 

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6-9 Carlton House Terrace
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Thursday, 14 September 2017 at 09:00 - Friday, 15 September 2017 at 17:30 (BST)


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