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  • Paris

    Seminar - History

    The history of accidents and industrial risks (France / Great Britain), late 17th-late 19th centuries

    Pour la troisième année, ce séminaire propose d’étudier l’émergence des risques et accidents industriels en Europe de la fin du XVIIe à la fin du XIXe siècle (principalement en France et en Angleterre). Il s’agit de rassembler des problématiques souvent disjointes (techniques, économiques, juridiques, médicales, urbaines, etc.) dans une compréhension globale de leur leur incidence sur nos sociétés. En tant qu’objet d’étude à part entière, ils sont étudiées dans toutes leurs dimensions : prévention, action, réparation… Il s’agit de suivre la chaîne chronologique, philosophique et logique du risque et de l’accident, pour mieux éclairer la mise en place de notre civilisation industrielle. Le séminaire privilégie ainsi la question de l’économie de l’accident industriel, entendu dans un sens très large, où peuvent être analysés les dialectiques prévention / réparation, régulation par la loi / par le marché, savoirs et expertise / décisions politiques, économie / écologie, ou encore techniques et organisations / responsabilités humaines. 

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  • Paris

    Call for papers - History

    Industrial hazards and accidents (late 17th – late 19th century)

    Technological accidents question our industrial society; they are an inherent part of the “risk society” concept that scientists, sociologists, geographers and anthropologists have popularised since the eighties. However, in order to step back and take a longer term view, historicization of the concept is necessary. Although historians have also begun to examine this question, they have focused primarily on the most contemporary period during which spectacular accidents have occurred and have sometimes led to disasters. But industrial (or artisanal or mining) accidents occurred throughout the earlier economic development process in Europe. They went hand in hand with the emergence of the industrial society that they helped to create. 

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  • Neuchâtel

    Lecture series - History

    Manufacturers and merchants : making and exporting clocks and other luxury goods in the 18th century

    Roger Smith is an independent historian who was educated at the University of London. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2006. He is chiefly interested in the organisation of the manufacture and sale of clocks, watches and related luxury articles in the eighteenth century, including international aspects like the migration of craftsmen. He has done much research into the Anglo-Swiss watchmaking firm of Vulliamy of London, and is currently working on a major study of James Cox and his competitors in the trade in clocks and watches from Western Europe to Asia. As well as publishing extensively on such topics, he has acted as historical adviser to museums and auction houses, including the loan exhibition SingSong, Treasures from the Forbidden City at the Museum Speelklok, Utrecht in 2010-11.

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  • Paris

    Conference, symposium - History

    Industrial hazards and accidents (late 17th – late 19th century)

    Technological accidents question our industrial society; they are an inherent part of the “risk society” concept that scientists, sociologists, geographers and anthropologists have popularised since the eighties. However, in order to step back and take a longer term view, historicization of the concept is necessary. Although historians have also begun to examine this question, they have focused primarily on the most contemporary period during which spectacular accidents have occurred and have sometimes led to disasters. But industrial (or artisanal or mining) accidents occurred throughout the earlier economic development process in Europe. They went hand in hand with the emergence of the industrial society that they helped to create.

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