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Margaret E. Schotte

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Department of History

Associate Professor
YCAR Faculty fellow
IHPST Associate Member, Graduate Faculty

Office: Vari Hall, 2138
Phone: 4167362100 Ext: 30418
Email: mschotte@yorku.ca
Primary website: http://www.margaretschotte.com
Secondary website: http://yorku.academia.edu/MargaretSchotte

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I am an associate professor in York's Department of History. My research and teaching interests include early modern history, the history of science and technology, history of the book and information, maritime history, and colonial trade networks in the Indian Ocean world.

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My award-winning first book, Sailing Schools: Navigating Science and Skill, 1550-1800 (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019), is a comparative study of nautical knowledge. How did early modern sailors develop mathematical and technical expertise in the age of exploration and the print revolution? By analyzing rare manuscripts produced by sailors themselves, this study explores the many different ways by which mariners mastered scientific concepts--on shore, in the classroom, and on board ship--and how these practices in turn shaped their societies. Find out more at www.SailingSchoolBook.com.

I am the PI for a collaborative project, "Sailing for the French: Labour, Trade, and Mobility in the Indian Ocean World." This research, supported by a SSHRC Insight Grant (2022-27), focuses on reinterpreting 18th-c. merchant records using ArcGIS and digital humanities.

Degrees

PhD, MA, Princeton University
MA, University of Toronto
BA, Harvard University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Research Interests

History , Science and Technology, Early Modern Science, Book History, Maritime History, Digital Humanities
  • 2019 John Lyman Book Award, Naval and Maritime Science and Technology (North American Society for Oceanic History), awarded to Sailing School - 2020
  • 2020 Leo Gershoy Award for the best book in the fields of 17th- and 18th-century western European history, American Historical Association - 2020
  • LA&PS Dean’s Award for Distinction in Research, Emerging Researcher category - 2021

Current Research Projects

Sailing with the French: Labour, Trade, and Mobility in the Indian Ocean World

    Summary:

    This international team project, supported by a SSHRC Insight Grant, focuses on reinterpreting 18th-c. merchant records using ArcGIS and digital humanities.

    See more
    Role: Principal Investigator

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Nautical Manuals and Ships’ Instruments, 1550-1800: Lessons in Two and Three Dimensions.” Routledge Research Companion to Marine and Maritime Worlds, 1400-1800: Oceans in Global History and Culture, Claire Jowitt, Craig Lambert, Steve Mentz, eds. (Routledge, 2020)

2020

“Sailors, States, and the Creation of Nautical Knowledge,” chapter in Lauren Benton and Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, eds., A World at Sea: Maritime Practices in Global History, 1500-1900 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020)

2020

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Review of Smith, Helen and Louise Wilson, eds. Renaissance Paratexts (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011) Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Reforme 38.2 (Spring 2015): 240-242.

2015

Monographs

Publication
Year

Sailing School: Navigating Science and Skill, 1550-1800 (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019)

2019

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“Distilling Water, Distilling Data: Questionnaires in Dutch East India Company Record-keeping,” Intellectual History Review 32.3 (2022), 531-551.

2022

“Expert Records: Nautical Logbooks from Columbus to Cook,” Information & Culture: A Journal of History 48 no. 3 (2013), 281-322.

2013

“Regimented Lessons: The Evolution of the Nautical Logbook in France,” Annuaire de Droit Maritime et Océanique (June 2013), 91-115.

2013

“‘Books for the Use of the Learned and Studious’: William London’s Catalogue of Most Vendible Books,” Book History, vol. 11 (2008), 33-57.

2008

Other

Publication
Year

Ph.D. Dissertation: “A Calculated Course: Creating Transoceanic Navigators, 1580-1800” Princeton University, 2014.

2014


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/HIST4230 6.0 A A History of Reading SEMR
Fall/Winter 2022 GS/HIST5701 6.0 A Modern Cultural History SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/HIST4230 6.0 A A History of Reading SEMR
Fall/Winter 2022 GS/HIST5701 6.0 A Modern Cultural History SEMR


I am an associate professor in York's Department of History. My research and teaching interests include early modern history, the history of science and technology, history of the book and information, maritime history, and colonial trade networks in the Indian Ocean world.

My award-winning first book, Sailing Schools: Navigating Science and Skill, 1550-1800 (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019), is a comparative study of nautical knowledge. How did early modern sailors develop mathematical and technical expertise in the age of exploration and the print revolution? By analyzing rare manuscripts produced by sailors themselves, this study explores the many different ways by which mariners mastered scientific concepts--on shore, in the classroom, and on board ship--and how these practices in turn shaped their societies. Find out more at www.SailingSchoolBook.com.

I am the PI for a collaborative project, "Sailing for the French: Labour, Trade, and Mobility in the Indian Ocean World." This research, supported by a SSHRC Insight Grant (2022-27), focuses on reinterpreting 18th-c. merchant records using ArcGIS and digital humanities.

Degrees

PhD, MA, Princeton University
MA, University of Toronto
BA, Harvard University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Research Interests

History , Science and Technology, Early Modern Science, Book History, Maritime History, Digital Humanities

Awards

  • 2019 John Lyman Book Award, Naval and Maritime Science and Technology (North American Society for Oceanic History), awarded to Sailing School - 2020
  • 2020 Leo Gershoy Award for the best book in the fields of 17th- and 18th-century western European history, American Historical Association - 2020
  • LA&PS Dean’s Award for Distinction in Research, Emerging Researcher category - 2021

Current Research Projects

Sailing with the French: Labour, Trade, and Mobility in the Indian Ocean World

    Summary:

    This international team project, supported by a SSHRC Insight Grant, focuses on reinterpreting 18th-c. merchant records using ArcGIS and digital humanities.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Nautical Manuals and Ships’ Instruments, 1550-1800: Lessons in Two and Three Dimensions.” Routledge Research Companion to Marine and Maritime Worlds, 1400-1800: Oceans in Global History and Culture, Claire Jowitt, Craig Lambert, Steve Mentz, eds. (Routledge, 2020)

2020

“Sailors, States, and the Creation of Nautical Knowledge,” chapter in Lauren Benton and Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, eds., A World at Sea: Maritime Practices in Global History, 1500-1900 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020)

2020

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Review of Smith, Helen and Louise Wilson, eds. Renaissance Paratexts (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011) Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Reforme 38.2 (Spring 2015): 240-242.

2015

Monographs

Publication
Year

Sailing School: Navigating Science and Skill, 1550-1800 (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019)

2019

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“Distilling Water, Distilling Data: Questionnaires in Dutch East India Company Record-keeping,” Intellectual History Review 32.3 (2022), 531-551.

2022

“Expert Records: Nautical Logbooks from Columbus to Cook,” Information & Culture: A Journal of History 48 no. 3 (2013), 281-322.

2013

“Regimented Lessons: The Evolution of the Nautical Logbook in France,” Annuaire de Droit Maritime et Océanique (June 2013), 91-115.

2013

“‘Books for the Use of the Learned and Studious’: William London’s Catalogue of Most Vendible Books,” Book History, vol. 11 (2008), 33-57.

2008

Other

Publication
Year

Ph.D. Dissertation: “A Calculated Course: Creating Transoceanic Navigators, 1580-1800” Princeton University, 2014.

2014


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/HIST4230 6.0 A A History of Reading SEMR
Fall/Winter 2022 GS/HIST5701 6.0 A Modern Cultural History SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/HIST4230 6.0 A A History of Reading SEMR
Fall/Winter 2022 GS/HIST5701 6.0 A Modern Cultural History SEMR