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Mary Elizabeth Barber (1818-1899): A History of Knowledge, Gender and Natural History

Hammel, Tanja. Mary Elizabeth Barber (1818-1899): A History of Knowledge, Gender and Natural History. Doctoral Thesis, University of Basel, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Abstract

At the beginning of the 21st century, knowledge systems about nature face severe challenges. While science is heralded as a key contributor to future solutions of environmental problems, it is also investigated as a cause of nature’s destruction. In order to better understand the position and potential of scientific knowledge in the present crisis, there is a new need to examine the foundation period of natural science, its historical context and inherited structures. This project contributes to a wider debate on the development of scientific knowledge and environmental consciousness in the second half of the nineteenth century through a rigorous archival-based historical case study that examines the role of gender, locality and subjectivity in the transnational making of knowledge about nature. Mary Elizabeth Barber (1818-1899) was an exceptional British born and South African-based naturalist. In her pursuit of Humboldtian science, she transgressed gender boundaries, borders between the colony and the metropolis, and between local and cosmopolitan knowledge networks.
Advisors:Harries, Patrick and Tischler, Julia
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Geschichte > Ehemalige Einheiten Geschichte > Geschichte Afrikas (Harries)
04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Geschichte > Bereich Geschichte Afrikas > Geschichte Afrikas (Tischler)
UniBasel Contributors:Harries, Patrick and Tischler, Julia
Item Type:Thesis
Thesis Subtype:Doctoral Thesis
Thesis no:UNSPECIFIED
Thesis status:Ongoing
Last Modified:05 Apr 2018 17:37
Deposited On:06 Feb 2018 11:25

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