Summer School 2024

Controversies vs. collaboration in the scientific revolution: societies, experiments, and the “common language” of science across seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe.

This summer school will bring together students, early career researchers, and established researchers, providing an international, interdisciplinary, and interactive learning environment.

Lectures and informal reading groups, panel discussions, and presentations will focus on some of the well-known episodes of scientific and philosophical collaborations that shaped the early modern world. The summer school will investigate collaborative practices of reading, writing, and doing experimental research. We will see how some of the famous philosophers – such as Descartes, Leibniz, and Newton – fared as collaborators. It will be shown that some of the early modern controversies – such as the vacuum controversies or the metaphysical debates over the nature of space and the place of God in the universe – emerged from what was initially a collaborative project. More generally, the purpose of the summer school is to prove that collaborative stages of experimentation, concept formation and instrumental language building are essential prerequisites to defining the terms of a controversy.

In addition, a more general reflection (and self-reflection) on the nature, purpose, and features of scientific collaboration in our integrated world of research will be encouraged.  


Dana Jalobeanu, University of Bucharest and Universität Hamburg Fellow 2022/23


  • Rodolfo Garau, Universität Hamburg
  • Daniel Garber, Princeton University
  • Matthias Schemmel, Universität Hamburg

Invited Speakers

  • Roger Ariew, University South Florida
  • Scott Mandelbrote, Cambridge University
  • Sophie Roux, Ecole normal supérieure Paris

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