Conversations About Our Scholarly Lives

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM
Monday Mar 10, 2014
Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching (Room 338), DeWitt Wallace Library

Ernie Capello, History, presents "Imagining the Equator: Commemorative Geodesic Science in the Andes."  Capello's research treats the visual and allegorical icons that mark tourist landscapes in Ecuador that are related to two French scientific missions undertaken during the 18th and 20th centuries. The first mission attempted to measure the curvature of the of the earth at the Andean equator in order to corroborate Newton's theory of gravity. The second mission helped fix a universal measure of time and established French primacy in geodesic measurement. Capello examines the famous Mitad del Mundo monument but also a series of counter-monuments focusing on indigenous knowledge of astronomy and celestial physics. He treats the familial, societal, and aesthetic tensions still undergirding the commemoration of the measurement of the Andean Equator.

Contact: Adrienne Christiansen, ext 6714

Sponsored By: Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching (CST)

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