[MGSA-L] Princeton Hellenic Studies Lecture: October 11, 2011

Dimitri H. Gondicas gondicas at Princeton.EDU
Thu Oct 6 12:48:39 PDT 2011

Hellenic Studies


Onwards to the Past:

Progress, Science, and the Early Modern Greek State

Kostas Tampakis

ketampak at princeton.edu<mailto:ketampak at princeton.edu>

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Hellenic Studies

When discussing the historical role of science, it is usually taken to have been one of progress and modernity. But this straightforward association was neither unproblematic nor self-evident for the Greek science savants of the nineteenth century. Working within the cultural and social space of the early Modern Greek State, they had to navigate the turbulent ideological currents of their era, while creating and defending a role for themselves. This talk will examine some of the ways the small, emerging Greek scientific community negotiated the changing ideals of progress, morality, nationhood and modernity, by focusing on its public discourses and practices. A more holistic view of the Greek scientists' activities and their involvement in the  public sphere suggests that traditional historiographical categories and their accompanying assumptions do not easily apply in their case.

Kostas Tampakis holds a B.A. in Physics (2002) and a M.A. in Science Education (2004), both from the University of Athens. His doctoral dissertation (University of Athens, 2008) focused on the history of science education in nineteenth century Greece. Kostas Tampakis has been a Visiting Scholar in the History and Philosophy Department (2009-10), University of Cambridge, and a Research Associate at Darwin College (2009-10).  He has been awarded scholarships from the National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, and from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation. He is currently working on the discourses and practices of the scientific community within the early Modern Greek cultural sphere.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

6:00 p.m.

Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103
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