Category Archives: Southern Science

Southern Science

In a post last month for the “Southern Roundtable” blog, Jay Malone (HSS executive director) makes a few noteworthy claims. For instance: historians of science and southern historians share peculiar senses of isolation in most history departments. Or:someone like William Dunbar (a Scot who came to North America in 1772 and became a planter) matters most to the history of science because he welcomed and supported visiting naturalists, like William Bartram or Alexander Wilson. (Also: tell me more about these visits. What they bring to mind most readily are the stops that Darwin made and recounted with Spanish officials on the Beagle voyage.)

But the most striking claim came in the title of the post. (And I know, I’m probably just showing my ignorance here.) What does “Southern Science” look like? Please, internet community, tell me more. (And, I know, you had the same question about “American Science.” My question is: does a literature on “Southern Science” exist that parallels the larger American version?)