Thursday, July 09, 2009

A new contributor to PACHSmörgåsbord

Posted by Darin Hayton on 07/09 at 12:53 AM

Darin Hayton has agreed to muse periodically on various topics that attract his attention. If you were hoping for another “smoldering redhead” in a pencil skirt (a.k.a., Anke Timmerman), you will be sorely disappointed. Think, instead, of a gadfly.

Darin’s research focuses on 15th- and 16th-century astrology and related bodies of natural knowledge, especially in Central Europe. In particular, he interested how natural knowledge serves as an important mechanism of governance and how political figures legitimate and deploy natural knowledge within politics. He is also interested in how certain bodies of knowledge and individuals become authoritative and canonical. He is preoccupied with questions of historiography and spends too much time wondering about the relevance of the history of science.

Darin is completing his first book, tentatively entitled “Nature, Knowledge, and Politics in the Holy Roman Empire.” As soon as he can get it off his desk, he looks forward to starting in earnest a book on astrology and politics in Renaissance Hungary.

He teaches the history of science in the History Department at Haverford College, where he is lucky enough to teach just about anything that appeals to him.

Once a week he will ladle out a helping of the thoughts simmering in his unarguably petty head. Welcome to my world.

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