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dc.contributor.authorJardine, Borisen
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-18T12:53:13Z
dc.date.available2017-08-18T12:53:13Z
dc.date.issued2017-08en
dc.identifier.issn0039-3681
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/266636
dc.description.abstractPaper occupies a special place in histories of knowledge. It is the substrate of communication, the stuff of archives, the bearer of marks that make worlds. For the early-modern period in particular we now have a wealth of studies of ‘paper tools’, of the ways in which archives were assembled and put to use, of the making of lists and transcribing of observations, and so on. In other fields, too, attention has turned to the materiality of information. How far is it possible to draw a stable methodology out of the insights of literary and book historians, bibliographers, anthropologists, and those working in media studies? Do these diverse fields in fact refer to the same thing when they talk of paper, its qualities, affordances and limitations? In attempting to answer these questions, the present essay begins in the rich territory of early-modern natural philosophy – but from there opens out to take in recent works in a range of disciplines. Attending to the specific qualities of paper is only possible, I argue, if it is understood that paper can be both transparent and opaque depending on the social world it inhabits and helps to constitute. Paper flickers into and out of view, and it is precisely this quality that constitutes its sociomateriality.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.subjectPaper toolsen
dc.subjectSociomaterialityen
dc.subjectScientific instrumentsen
dc.subjectHistory of informationen
dc.titleState of the field: Paper toolsen
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage63
prism.publicationDate2017en
prism.publicationNameStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Part Aen
prism.startingPage53
prism.volume64en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.12321
dcterms.dateAccepted2017-05-28en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1016/j.shpsa.2017.07.004en
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-08en
dc.contributor.orcidJardine, Boris [0000-0002-9590-0102]
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
cam.issuedOnline2017-08-24en
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2019-02-24


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