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James J. Bono, Associate Professor [History Department and Department of Medicine] and Chair, Department of History
office: 575 Park Hall
email: hischaos@buffalo.edu
phone (Chair's office): (716) 645-3435

 

Education: Ph.D., Harvard, 1981


Courses Regularly Taught:

UGC 111: World Civilizations 1
HIS 357: History of Medicine
HIS 351: The Scientific Revolution
HIS 517: History and Theory
HIS 525: Readings in the Cultural History of Science

Field(s): Early Modern Europe


Hub(s): Knowledge; Culture and Society; Gender; Transnational


Research Interests: My research interests include the cultural history of science and medicine during the Renaissance and early modern periods; the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries (especially the relations among language, religion, society, natural philosophy, medicine, and natural history); images, visualization, and technologies of the “literal” in early modern science; the history of the body and sexuality; the role of metaphor and narrative in science; and the function of technologies of communication in the production and dynamics of knowledge and culture. In addition, I am also interested in medical humanities, literature and medicine, and the narrative construction of illness and the physician-patient relationship.


Current Research: I am working on the following projects:
Figuring Science: Metaphor, Narrative, and the Cultural Location of Scientific Revolutions. To be published by Stanford University Press [Near completion].

"The Word of God and the Languages of Man: Interpreting Nature in Early Modern Science and Medicine. Volume 2, England, 1640-1670.

“Instrument or Mechanism? William Harvey, Industrious Bodies, and Vital Materialism in Seventeenth-Century England.” To be published in an edited volume in memory of Don Bates, tentatively entitled, Medicine and the Soul of Science.

“The Cultural Meanings of Images in the Scientific Revolution.” With Kenneth J. Knoespel.

“Imagining Nature: Technologies of the Literal and the Scientific Revolution.”


Selected Publications:
"The Word of God and the Languages of Man: Interpreting Nature in Early Modern Science and Medicine. Vol. 1, Ficino to Descartes." Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1995.

"Does the Body Matter? The University at Buffalo Sesquicentennial Symposium." Special Issue of Configurations 5:2 (Spring 1997). Guest Editor, James J. Bono.

"Ethical Issues in Health Care on the Frontiers of the Twenty-First Century." Ed. Stephen E. Wear, James J. Bono, Gerald Logue, and Adrianne McEvoy. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2000.

"Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World: Europe 1450-1789." Associate Editor for Science, Medicine, and Technology. {Editor-in-chief, Jonathan Dewald.] 6 vols. New York: Scribners, forthcoming [December 2003].

"Medical Spirits and the Medieval Language of Life." Traditio 40 (1984): 91-130.

"Science, Discourse, and Literature: The Role/Rule of Metapho-r in -Science." In: Literature and Science: Theory and Practice. Edited by Stuart Peterfreu-nd. Boston: Northeas-tern University Press, 1990. Pp. 59-89.

"Locating Narratives: Science, Metaphor, Communities, and Epistemic Styles." In: Grenzüberschreitungen in der Wissenschaft: Crossing Boundaries in Science. Ed. by Peter Weingart. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 1995. Pp. 119-151.

"From Paracelsus to Newton: The Word of God, the Book of Nature, and the Eclipse of the Emblematic World View." In Newton and Religion: Context, Nature, and Influence. Ed. James Force and Richard H. Popkin. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1999. Pp. 45-76.

“The Human Genome, Difference, and Disease: Nature, Culture, and New Narratives for Medicine’s Future.” In Ethical Issues in Health Care on the Frontiers of the Twenty-First Century. Ed. Stephen E. Wear, James J. Bono, Gerald Logue, and Adrianne McEvoy. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2000. Pp. 113-124.

"A New Ithaca: Toward a Poetics of Science.” 2B: A Journal of Ideas 14 (1999): 63-73.

"Why Metaphor? Toward a Metaphorics of Scientific Practice." In Science Studies: Probing the Dynamics of Scientific Knowledge. Ed. Sabine Maasen and Matthias Winterhager. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2001. Pp. 215-234.


Awards:
2003-04: Director, Year-Long Colloquium, “Imagining Nature: Technologies of the Literal and the Scientific Revolution.” The Folger Institute, Washington, D.C.

1999-00: National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant, Science and Technology Studies Program

1997-98: Eccles Fellowship in the Humanities, Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah

1997-98: Fellowship, Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, MIT [declined]

1995: Editor, Configurations Named "Best New Journal— Science/Technology/ Medicine" [1994] by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers

1993-95: President, Society for Literature and Science

1992- : Editor, Configurations. Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press.

1990-91: Member, School of Social Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton


Affiliations and Other notes:
Group for Early Modern Studies: http://wings.buffalo.edu/AandL/english/programs/earlymod.html

Center for Ethics and Humanities in Health Care and Medicine (member and chair, Research Committee): http://wings.buffalo.edu/bioethics/

Institute for Education and Research on Women and Gender (member of Steering and Executive Committees; chair of Research Committee): http://www.womenandgender.buffalo.edu/

Group for Critical and Cultural Studies of Information Technologies (member): http://www.gse.buffalo.edu/dc/eoap/ccsit/

I’m part of a burgeoning group of faculty and graduate students across CAS departments interested in “Science Studies.” Among affiliated faculty: Jim Swan and Joseph Conte (English); Don Pollock (Anthropology); Bernadette Wegenstein (Media Studies); Jorge Cañizares Esguerra and Andreas Daum (History).We hope to organize into an academic Center or Program at UB.

 

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