The Making and Knowing Project

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From 2014-2017, I will be at Columbia University as a History of Science and Technology Postdoctoral Fellow and a team member of the epic and awesome Making and Knowing Project directed by Pamela H. Smith, Seth Low Professor of History and Director of the Center for Science and Society at Columbia University.

The Making and Knowing Project undertakes the textual and practical analysis of a remarkable late 16th-century anonymous French manuscript compilation of artisanal recipes of a proto-scientific nature on deposit at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, known as BnF Ms. Fr. 640…
… view high definition images from the manuscript here.

An integral part of the Making and Knowing Project is the graduate laboratory/seminar, “Craft and Science: Objects and Their Making in the Early Modern World,” co-taught by Pamela Smith and postdoctoral fellows Donna Bilak, Joel Klein, Jenny Boulboullé (2014-16), and Tianna H. Uchacz. Our graduate students undertake recipe recreations that integrates their laboratory experiences into annotation essays. Similar to a catalog entry for an exhibition, these make an argument about what their research (both textual and material) into the recipe revealed about process, materials, 16th-century culture and society, or the identity of the author, which will be part of an open source online critical edition of BnF Ms. Fr. 640. Our students reflect the project’s trans-disciplinary nature, coming from such fields as Art History, Anthropology, Architecture, History, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and English Literature.

The Making and Knowing Project also draws from a three-week Middle French Paleography Workshop led by Marc Smith, Professeur de Paléographie médiévale et moderne, École nationale des chartes, Paris. Held each June, these summer workshops use the expertise of an international group of graduate students who assist in revising and refining the existing transcription and translation of BnF Ms. Fr. 640 in order to provide for the accurate reading, editing, and interpretation of this manuscript as used in the Craft and Science lab/seminar.

Come see what we historians have been up to in the laboratory!
www.makingandknowing.org

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