What is the Early Science Workshop?

The Early Science Workshop brings together faculty, graduate students, and other members of the UC Davis community, who share an interest in the study of science, medicine, and technology from ancient times through the eighteenth century. In keeping with premodern categories and recent theoretical trends, we take “science” to include not only the study of nature, but also other branches of learning. We are interested in the history of knowledge, expansively construed—technologies as well as texts, practices as well as ideas, artisanal traditions as well as learned systems, Western as well as non-Western cultures, and topics that transcend such dichotomies. The Workshop holds a regular seminar for the discussion of works-in-progress by cluster members and organizes special events with scholars from outside UCD.