Sven Dupré

Research Group Director

Dr., Professor of History of Knowledge, Institute for Art History, Freie Universität Berlin

Residence: July 1, 2011–September 30, 2016

Profile

Sven Dupré, previously Director of the Centre of History of Science at Ghent University, is Professor of History of Knowledge at the Institute for Art History at the Freie Universität Berlin and Research Group Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. His research has been supported by visiting fellowships at the Flemish Academic Centre for Science and the Arts (Institute for Advanced Study) in Brussels, the Institute for History and Foundations of Science of the University of Utrecht, the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) and the Department of History and Philosophy of Science of the University of Cambridge, at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and at the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science at the University of Sydney.

He has published on a wide range of topics in the history of early modern science, technology and art in Italy, the Spanish Netherlands, the German lands, Britain and France. Recent publications include Translating Knowledge in the Early Modern Low Countries (LIT, 2012), From Earth-Bound to Satellite (Brill, 2012) and Silent Messengers (LIT, 2011).

Sven Dupré is currently working on a monograph on Renaissance cultures of optics; an exhibition on art and alchemy at the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, an edited book on laboratories of art; and a project (with Christine Göttler) on the inventory of the Portuguese merchant-banker Emmanuel Ximenes in early seventeenth-century Antwerp.

He is a member of the editorial boards of the journals Nuncius, Science in Context and Studium, a former member of the advisory board of Isis, and a corresponding member of the Académie Internationale d’ Histoire des Sciences in Paris. 

Talks and presentations

June 2013 “To Do or Not To Do. The Translation of Artisanal Knowledge”, Conference “Translation and the Circulation of Knowledge in Early Modern Science”, London, The Warburg Institute
June 2013 „Reconstructing Recipes between Technical Art History and the History of Science“, Seminar „Reproducing Practices“ – „Pratiques: Réflexion critique sur le concept de ‚pratique’ dans le domaine HPS aujourd’hui, Université Paris 7
May 2013 „Galileo, the Telescope and the Renaissance Culture of Glass“, The Crawford Lecture, University of Edinburgh
February 2013 “Recipes and Images: Writing about the Visual, Visualizing Knowledge in Early Modern Antwerp“, Friends Lectures Series “Visualizing Knowledge in Early Modern Europe“, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
April 2012 “Optics and the Transformation of the Artist’s Workshop”, Office of the History of Science, University of Uppsala

Teaching activities

WS 2013/14 FU Berlin, Seminar: Optics and Perspective in Early Modern Art
SS 2013 SS 2013 FU Berlin, Colloquium: Künstlerwissen. The History and Theory of Artists' Knowledge
WS 2012/13 FU Berlin, Seminar: The Material Culture of Knowledge: Objects of Art and Science in the Early Modern History of Collecting
SS 2012 FU Berlin, Seminar: Early Modern Art and Alchemy: Between Theory and Craft
WS 2011/12 FU Berlin, Seminar: Optics and Perspective in Early Modern Art
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