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Mobility and Early Modernity: Religion, Science, and Commerce in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Los Angeles, CA 90018 United States + Google Map
—a conference organized by Sebouh D. Aslanian, University of California, Los Angeles; Matthew Kadane, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; and Naomi Taback, Temple University
In Honor of Margaret Jacob
co-sponsored by UCLA Department of History
Mobility and all that it entailed does not figure as an analytical category in the prodigious body of scholarship created by Margaret Jacob, though it is certainly implied in much of her work from her earliest explorations of the unexpected connections between Newtonianism and Protestant theology, to her pioneering work in the transnational history of science, radical Enlightenment, freemasonry, and industry, much of it based on British, French, Belgian and Dutch sources, and finally in her more recent study of cosmopolitanism, Strangers Nowhere in the World.
The conference brings together scholars working on novel forms of knowledge and identity forged during the early modern age at the confluence of increasing mobility both in Europe and the larger world beyond. The speakers have worked with some of these insights presaged in Jacob’s scholarship but developed them in their own distinctive fashion to help shape religious, cultural, commercial, and transnational history in the twenty-first century. Rather than looking to celebrate past accomplishments, the conference aims to take stock of present trends in scholarship and suggest new paths for the future.