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UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies is an interdisciplinary centre for the integrated study of science's history, philosophy, sociology, communication and policy, located in the heart of London. Founded in 1921. Award winning for teaching and research, plus for our public engagement programme. Rated as outstanding by students at every level.

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STS Seminar: Science and Diplomacy: Joseph Banks and the Macartney Embassy to China

Publication date: Oct 02, 2013 04:21 PM

Start: Mar 05, 2014 04:00 PM
End: Mar 05, 2014 06:00 PM

Location: South Wing, Garwood LT


Science and Diplomacy: Joseph Banks and the Macartney Embassy to China, 1792-1794

Speaker: Dr Jordan Goodman (STS Honorary Research Associate)

In 1778, Joseph Banks (1743-1820) was elected President of the Royal Society, a post he held until his death. There was no one in science, politics and culture, whom Banks did not know. Yet despite his pivotal position in British science and imperial politics for more than forty years, Banks’s role in shaping his world remains unrecognized, undervalued and under-researched. An excellent example of this is the Macartney Embassy to China, between 1792 and 1794. My paper will argue that this diplomatic mission was an example of the Banksian project designed to make science perform politically.

Dr Goodman's book on The Enlightenment of Joseph Banks is due in 2017 (link). He has written on Paul Robeson and the history of science in 19th and 20th centuries (link).

About the Macartney Embassy (link)

Tea begins at 16:00. 

Talk begins at 16:30.

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