New List: Historical Sciences

Fri Sep 3 20:51:36 CDT 1993


DARWIN-L at is an international network discussion group
on the history and theory of the historical sciences.  Darwin-L has been
established to promote the reintegration of a range of fields all of which
are concerned with reconstructing the past from evidence in the present, and
to encourage communication among practitioners in these fields.  Darwin-L is
not restricted to the work of Charles Darwin, but rather covers the entire
range of historical sciences, including: evolutionary biology, archeology,
historical linguistics, cosmology, textual transmission and stemmatics,
paleontology, historical geology, systematics and phylogeny, historical
anthropology, and historical geography.

Darwin-L welcomes discussion of any of these fields with special reference
to history, theory, and interdisciplinary comparison.  Appropriate topics
might include the development of historical linguistics in the 18th and 19th
centuries; stratigraphic approaches to historical reconstruction in geology
and other fields; the genealogical trees produced by systematic biologists,
historical linguists, and students of textual transmission; the comparative
movements of the 19th century (comparative philology, comparative anatomy,
comparative ethnography); the historical clocks used in radiometric dating,
molecular systematics, and historical linguistics; and the representation of
the past in text and diagrams.  Darwin-L also welcomes queries, notices,
course outlines, and bibliographies relating to the historical sciences.

To join Darwin-L send an e-mail message to listserv at
containing this one line:
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Darwin-L is supported by the Center for Critical Inquiry in the Liberal
Arts, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and by the Department of
History and the Academic Computing Center, University of Kansas.  For more
information contact the list owner, Robert J. O'Hara (darwin at

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