Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit



Experts in Early Modern Expansion

Internationaler Workshop am CAS unter Leitung von Dr. Susanne Friedrich

07.02.2013 – 08.02.2013

The workshop will closely examine the functions and relevance of the 'expert' in European expansion in a comparative perspective. The 'expert' – as bearer of a kind of specialized operative knowledge which was accepted as superior in a process of cultural negotiation – would be involved to implement knowledge projects or to deal with particularly challenging tasks. The constellations in which he acted and the functions he performed will be analyzed along with other aspects such as the construction and legitimation of his position. Also, it is imperative to consider opportunities and problems arising from historical work on the figure of the 'expert' in research on early modern expansion.

Participation on invitation only/ Teilnahme nur auf Einladung


7 February, 2013

14:00-14:30 Susanne SCHAFFRATH (CAS)
Opening Address
Susanne FRIEDRICH (Munich)
Opening Address and Introduction

14:30-14:50 Alison SANDMAN (Harrisonburg)
Planning Long-Distance Voyages in 17th-Century Iberia: War, Commerce, and Ideas of Expertise

14:50-15:10 Karel DAVIDS (Amsterdam)
Free Agents and Institutions. Experts in Early Modern Dutch Expansion

15:10-15:30 Djoeke VAN NETTEN (Amsterdam)
Famous as a Geographer, Working as a Publisher, Valued as a Mathematician. The Expert Willem Jansz Blaeu (1571-1638)

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-16:20 Erica CHARTERS (Oxford)
The Expertise of Manpower in Franco-British Warfare During the Eighteenth Century

16:20-16:40 Marian FÜSSEL (Göttingen)
Making Experts in Gunpowder Empires: Military Expertise in 18th-Century South Asia

16:40-17:00 Anke FISCHER-KATTNER (München)
Uncertain Experts? European Travelers to Africa (1760–1860) and the Problem of (Descriptive) Authority

17:00-17:20 Eric ASH (Detroit)
Who Owns the Fens? Expertise and Land Reclamation in 17th-Century England

17:20-17:40 William ASHWORTH (Liverpool)
Regulation Versus the Market: Manufac-turing in 18th-Century Britain and France

19:30 Conference Dinner

8 February, 2013

9:00-10:30 Systematic Discussion I

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Systematic Discussion II

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:30 Systematic Discussion III

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:00 Final Discussion