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Bugs and the Victorians

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20 November, 4pm
at the James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen
for scientists, researchers and the general public
John F. Clark

Dr John F. Clark from the University of St Andrews will give this seminar "Bugs and the Victorians" at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen. It has been organised by Aberdeen Entomological Club.

In the wake of the Scientific Revolution, the impulse to name and classify the natural world accelerated, and insects presented a particularly inviting challenge.

This talk will explore how science became increasingly important in nineteenth-century British culture and how the systematic study of insects permitted entomologists to engage with the most pressing questions of Victorian times: the nature of God, mind and governance and the origins of life.

By placing insects in a myriad of contexts - politics, religion, gender, and empire - the impact of Victorian culture on the science of insects and on the systematic knowledge of the natural world will be demonstrated.

Through engaging accounts of famous and eccentric innovators who sought to define social roles for themselves through a specialist study of insects - among them a Tory clergyman, a banker and member of Parliament, a wealthy spinster, and an entrepreneurial academic - the speaker will examine the role of insects in the making of modern Britain and the legacy of Victorian entomologists that continues to this day.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.