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Scientific Collections on the Move: Provincial Museums, Archives, and Collecting Practices (1800-1950)

Objective

SciCoMove promotes international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaborations between historians of science, scientists and museum professionals from 9 countries in Latin America and Europe with a view to trace the history of scientific collections in paleontology, anthropology, botany and related applied sciences. Its ambition is to reassess their significance and to develop new historical knowledge applicable to their curatorship, utilization by researchers and communication to the public. Drawing on the most recent historiography of science and scientific collections, SciCoMove focuses on the past, but it addresses current issues faced by science museums regarding repatriation demands and the dialogue with “source communities”. Its originality is based: 1 – on the shift of focus from major to smaller museums in the “provinces” or “peripheries” in order to outline a more complex, less centralized and less hierarchical vision of scientific exchanges; 2 – on a conception of collections as nodes in networks of circulation and as structures producing knowledge, rather than as heritage and conservation institutions. Accordingly, SciCoMove focuses on objects “on the move” and on the scholarly practices and sociability of the agents who made these moves possible. In line with its objective to better account for the multiple dimensions of science collections and for multilateral interchange between Europe and Latin America, SciCoMove promotes collaborations on equal terms between Latin American and European teams, in a multilateral and multilingual context of mutual training and sharing. The team has a majority of women. The research combining the material study of objects and investigations in archives will be carried out through case studies and workshops on crosscutting themes. It will feed into training seminars. A digital exhibition will communicate research results, in line with EU policy promoting the public understanding of science and citizen science.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/palaeontology
  • /social sciences/media and communications/library science/archives
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/botany

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2020
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DU MANS
Address
Avenue Olivier Messiaen
72085 Le Mans
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 156 400

Participants (10)

AGENTSCHAP PLANTENTUIN MEISE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 50 600
Address
Nieuwelaan 38
1860 Meise
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITE D'ANGERS
France
EU contribution
€ 41 400
Address
Rue De Rennes 40
49035 Angers Cedex 01
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MUSEUM NATIONAL D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE
France
EU contribution
€ 174 800
Address
Rue Cuvier 57
75005 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAET HEIDELBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 50 600
Address
Seminarstrasse 2
69117 Heidelberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAT BONN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 73 600
Address
Regina Pacis Weg 3
53113 Bonn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 82 800
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 23 000
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
COMMUNE DU MANS
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Pl Saint Pierre
72039 Mans
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
CONSORCI DEL MUSEU DE CIENCIES NATURALS DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 55 200
Address
Placa Leonardo Da Vinci 4-5
08019 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
REPUBLIQUE ET CANTON DE NEUCHATEL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 18 400
Address
Rue De La Collegiale 12 Chancellerie D'etat
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)

Partners (5)

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE LA PLATA
Argentina
Address
Calle 7 776
1900 La Plata
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CONSEJO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS Y TECNICAS (CONICET)
Argentina
Address
Godoy Cruz 2290
C1425FQB Buenos Aires
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA METROPOLITANA
Mexico
Address
Prolongacion Canal De Miramontes 3855 Col Ex Hacienda De San Juan De Dios Delegacion Tlalpan
14387 Mexico City
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION Y DE ESTUDIOS AVANZADOS DEL INSTITUTO POLITECNICO NACIONAL
Mexico
Address
Avenida Instituto Politecnico Nacional 2508
07360 Mexico
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE LA REPUBLICA
Uruguay
Address
Avenida 18 De Julio 1824
11200 Montevideo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments