MMEA Lecture Series

Written in the Stars: Digitising an Astrological Archive

2019-09-19 16:00:002019-09-19 17:30:00Asia/Hong_KongWritten in the Stars: Digitising an Astrological Archive

DATE: September 19, 2019

TIME: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm(UTC+08:00)

VENUE:Lecture Hall, G/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong

SPEAKER: Professor Lauren Kassell

ABSTRACT: Day by day, through the decades around 1600, a pair of English astrologer-physicians documented their consultations. They filled 30,000 manuscript pages with cases. This is one of the largest surviving sets of private medical records in history. They are the focus of the Casebooks Project, a team of historians of science and medicine who have produced a dataset of the information in the casebooks, a web-based search interface, a viewer for images of the original manuscripts and explanatory material about the records and their milieu. An engagement framework informs this work, shaping the data and its presentation. This talk reflects on what it means to create a new archive out of an old archive. It brings together approaches from the histories of science and medicine to the production of knowledge, both on paper and in xml, with broader questions about the history of record keeping, the meanings of archives, and the nature of scholarship in the twenty-first century.

ENQUIRY: (852)3917 5007/mmea@hku.hk

    2019-09-19 16:00:002019-09-19 17:30:00Asia/Hong_KongWritten in the Stars: Digitising an Astrological Archive

    DATE: September 19, 2019

    TIME: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm(UTC+08:00)

    VENUE:Lecture Hall, G/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong

    SPEAKER: Professor Lauren Kassell

    ABSTRACT: Day by day, through the decades around 1600, a pair of English astrologer-physicians documented their consultations. They filled 30,000 manuscript pages with cases. This is one of the largest surviving sets of private medical records in history. They are the focus of the Casebooks Project, a team of historians of science and medicine who have produced a dataset of the information in the casebooks, a web-based search interface, a viewer for images of the original manuscripts and explanatory material about the records and their milieu. An engagement framework informs this work, shaping the data and its presentation. This talk reflects on what it means to create a new archive out of an old archive. It brings together approaches from the histories of science and medicine to the production of knowledge, both on paper and in xml, with broader questions about the history of record keeping, the meanings of archives, and the nature of scholarship in the twenty-first century.

    ENQUIRY: (852)3917 5007/mmea@hku.hk

      Overview

      Title:

      Written in the Stars: Digitising an Astrological Archive

      Speakers:

      Professor Lauren Kassell (Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge)

      Date:

      September 19, 2019

      Time:

      4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

      Venue:

      Lecture Hall, G/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map)

      Language:

      English

      Enquiry:

      (Tel) (852) 3917-5007
      (Email) mmea@hku.hk

      Title:

      Written in the Stars: Digitising an Astrological Archive

      Speakers:

      Professor Lauren Kassell (Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge)

      Date:

      September 19, 2019

      Time:

      4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

      Venue:

      Lecture Hall, G/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map)

      Language:

      English

      Enquiry:

      (Tel) (852) 3917-5007
      (Email) mmea@hku.hk

      Organizer

      This is an event organized by the CRF Project “Making Modernity in East Asia: Technologies of Everyday Life, 19th – 21st Centuries” (RGC CRF HKU C7011-16G).

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