“History Comes to Life”: conference around Martin Lister (1629-1712), Royal Physician

This conference considers the interrelationships between medicine and the endeavour of natural history in the seventeenth-century.  It will be held to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Martin Lister (1639-1712), Royal Physician and the first arachnologist and conchologist. The meeting will not only address Lister’s work but will consider to what extent practices and technologies of natural history changed between the Renaissance and the seventeenth century. We will also explore how acquisition of natural history knowledge and new schemes of taxonomy affected perception and treatment of animals for medical and experimental use.

The day conference “History Comes to Life: Seventeenth-Century Natural History, Medicine and the ‘New Science'” will be held on Friday, 27 April 2012, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Royal Society, 6 Carlton House Terrace  London SW1Y 5AG.

Speakers and session chairs include:

Prof. Tim Birkhead FRS, University of Sheffield;
Dr Isabelle Charmantier, University of Exeter;
Prof. Anita Guerrini, Oregon State University;
Dr Sachiko Kusukawa, Trinity College, Cambridge;
Dr Gillian Lewis, St. Anne’s College, Oxford;
Dr Dániel Margócsy, Hunter College;
Dr Brian Ogilvie, University of Massachusetts, Amherst;
Dr Anna Marie Roos, University of Oxford;
Dr Charlotte Sleigh, University of Kent;
Dr Alexander Wragge-Morley, University College, London

Conference programme:


The conference is organised by Dr Anna Marie Roos and sponsored by Cultures of Knowledge, University of Oxford, and the Mellon Foundation;  The Fell Fund; The British Society for the History of Science; the Royal Society; and the Wellcome Trust.
The conference fee is £40 (full fee), or £30 (student/retired/unemployed). The conference fee includes lunch and refreshments. An optional conference dinner will be organised at an extra cost of £35.  There are a limited number of student bursaries available to assist with conference fees and other expenses.

Registration for this event is now open online at:

Please email Felicity Henderson (felicity.henderson@royalsociety.org) with any queries about this event.

Further informatio
Anna Marie Roos, Ph.D.
The Lister Research Fellow
Honorary Secretary, The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Modern History Faculty, University of Oxford
Old Boys’ High School, George Street, Oxford OX1 2RL
Email: anna.roos@history.ox.ac.uk
“Web of Nature:  Martin Lister (1639-1712), the first arachnologist” now published
THES review: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=417885