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Le Spécimen et le Collecteur: Savoirs Naturalistes, Pouvoirs et Altérités (XVIIIe-XXe Siècles) [The Specimen and the Collector: Naturalistic Knowledge, Powers and Otherness (18th-20th Century)]

Series: Collection Archives Volume: 27
By: Dominique Juhé-Beaulaton(Editor), Vincent Leblan(Editor)
509 pages, 190 colour illustrations and b/w photos
Le Spécimen et le Collecteur: Savoirs Naturalistes, Pouvoirs et Altérités (XVIIIe-XXe Siècles) [The Specimen and the Collector: Naturalistic Knowledge, Powers and Otherness (18th-20th Century)]
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Language: French

Le Spécimen et le Collecteur focuses on the first of the steps specific to any naturalistic undertaking, that of specimen collection. The authors endeavor to understand the material, intellectual and political specifics and to identify the issues of knowledge that motivate its protagonists. Exploring the field of collection is tantamount to bringing out the knowledge and expectations of informants and local intermediaries. Over the course of the pages, over more than two centuries, unexpected oppositions and coalitions of interests and disparate agents (explorers and informers, colonists and colonized, scholars and merchants, etc.) come into play in the creation of collections. The specimens are then not only objects arranged in a classification of nature independent of the knowledge and the practices that produced them, but are also elements of material culture which one can consider as symbolic and constitutive of social relations. In a word, they become an object and sometimes a source of history. The contributions clarify the course of the collectors or the specimens themselves, the policy of the museums to channel their trajectories, and testify to the otherness of the places where the specimens were taken. The authors describe the diversity of knowledge, naturalist or not, involved in these singular material accumulations that can now be explored at new expense.

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Le Spécimen et le Collecteur se concentre sur la première des étapes propres à toute entreprise naturaliste, celle de la collecte des spécimens. Les auteurs s’attachent à comprendre ses spécificités matérielles, intellectuelles et politiques et à cerner les enjeux de connaissance qui motivent ses protagonistes. Fouler le terrain de la collecte revient à sortir de l’ombre les savoirs et les attentes des informateurs et des intermédiaires locaux. Au fil des pages se dessinent, sur plus de deux siècles, des oppositions et des coalitions inattendues d’intérêts et d’agents hétéroclites (explorateurs et informateurs, colons et colonisés, savants et marchands…) qui entrent en jeu dans la création des collections. Les spécimens ne sont alors plus seulement des objets agencés dans une classification de la nature indépendante des savoirs et des pratiques qui les ont produits, mais bien des éléments de culture matérielle que l’on peut considérer comme symboliques et constitutifs de relations sociales. En un mot, ils deviennent objet et parfois source d’histoire. Les contributions éclairent le parcours des collecteurs ou des spécimens eux-mêmes, la politique des muséums pour canaliser leurs trajectoires, et témoignent de l’altérité des lieux où les spécimens furent prélevés. Les auteurs relatent ainsi la diversité des savoirs, naturalistes ou pas, impliqués dans ces singulières accumulations matérielles que l’on peut désormais explorer à nouveaux frais.

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Series: Collection Archives Volume: 27
By: Dominique Juhé-Beaulaton(Editor), Vincent Leblan(Editor)
509 pages, 190 colour illustrations and b/w photos
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