Article ID: CBB339433878

Caribbean Stones and the Creation of Early-Modern Worlds (2018)


Gómez, Pablo F. (Author)

History and Technology
Volume: 34
Issue: 1
Pages: 11-20

Publication Date: 2018
Edition Details: Special Issue: Thinking with the World: Histories of Science and Technology from the ‘Out There’
Language: English

This article considers the role that objects which anthropologists and historians have labeled ritual stones perform in the theorization of early modern worlds’ materiality. These stones function primordially as locators of epistemic and ontological difference. They define the categories through which historians engage early-modern things that are similar to these metonymically construed objects only in naturalistic terms. Histories that engage with “non-western” technologies stem in many cases from a benevolent impulse of paternalistic inclusivity. Such projects, however, depend ostensibly on the identification of certain types of things as being part of a world that is not, really, ours. The history of the criollo/creole things of the early modern Caribbean invites us to think of objects like seventeenth-century Caribbean stones, not as elements belonging in realms of incommensurable alterity, but instead as part of a shared history, one that belongs intrinsically together with the history of “the moderns” and their things.

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Authors & Contributors
Valleriani, Matteo
Stolzenberg, Daniel
Forde, Maarit
Paton, Diana
Bronfman, Alejandra
Popper, Nicholas Seth
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Environment and History
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
American Historical Review
History of the Human Sciences
University of Chicago Press
Duke University Press
Boydell & Brewer
University of Pennsylvania Press
University of Minnesota
Taylor & Francis
Slavery and slaves
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Transmission of material objects
History as a discipline; chronology; study of the past
Galilei, Galileo
Benedetti, Giovanni Battista
Biancani, Giuseppe
Guevara, Giovanni de
Kircher, Athanasius
Raleigh, Walter
Time Periods
17th century
Early modern
16th century
18th century
19th century
15th century
Atlantic world

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