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Edward Collins

Research Fellow

School Of History & Archives
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168451
Email: edward.collins@ucd.ie

Biography

Edward Collins is an Irish Research Council CARA postdoctoral fellow from 2011 to 2015. His research project is entitled 'Iberian contributions to European scientific endeavours in the Atlantic world in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries', and examines Portuguese and Spanish influences on the development of the nautical and natural sciences in England and France in the early modern period. From 2011 to 2013, he was a visiting fellow at Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain, and has undertaken research in a number of archives in Spain, Portugal, England and France in that time.

Dr. Collins completed his PhD in 2010 at NUI Galway. His PhD thesis is entitled 'Portuguese contributions to the knowledge and practice of nautical science at the Casa de la Contratación, 1500 - 1580'.

Professional

 

Associations

Association: International Committee for the History of Nautical Science, Function/Role: Vice-President
     

Conference Contributions

Edward Collins (2008) Portuguese-Spanish relations and the Badjoz-Elvas meeting, 1524. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Colonization & Globalization c. 1500-1800, Moore Institute, NUI Galway , 26-SEP-08 - 27-SEP-08.
Edward Collins (2010) Assessing the ascendency of Spanish nautical science towards the end of the sixteenth century. [Plenary Lecture], Graduate Research Seminars in History, Moore Institute, NUI Galway , 16-SEP-10 - 16-SEP-10.
Edward Collins (2011) Theory and Practice: Scientific Ambition and the Problem of Application in Sixteenth-Century Spain. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Scientific Instructions for Travellers, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge , 18-MAR-11 - 18-MAR-11.
Edward Collins (2012) Science and the Age of Discovery: Spain, Portugal and the International Atlantic in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. [Plenary Lecture], Voyages: Three Talks on Medieval and Modern Seafaring organized by Prof. Mairín Ní Dhonnchadha, NUI Galway , 04-JUL-12 - 06-JUL-12.
Edward Collins (2012) Portuguese pilots at the Casa de la Contratación and the Cátedra de Cosmografía, 1552-1580: politics and nationality. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], 43rd annual meeting of Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Tufts University, Boston, MA , 22-MAR-12 - 25-MAR-12.
Edward Collins (2012) Nación y competición imperial en la ciencia naútica de la época moderna. [Plenary Lecture], 7º Ciclo de Conferencias: Métodos, Teorías y Nuevas Líneas de Investigación Histórica, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain , 15-MAR-12 - 15-MAR-12.
Edward Collins (2012) Iberian contributions to European nautical science in the Atlantic world in the sixteenth century: pilots and cosmographers. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], XVI Reunion for History of Nautical Science (Nautical Science and the Transmission of Knowledge), German Maritime Museum, Bremerhaven, Germany , 03-OCT-12 - 06-NOV-12.
Edward Collins (2012) [Conference Organising Committee Member], Mundus Novus. Vespucci: Ancient World and New World, University of Lisbon , 13-DEC-12 - 14-DEC-12.
Edward Collins (2013) Marriage, Union, and the Transfer of Knowledge in the Maritime Enterprises of Spain, Portugal and England in the Sixteenth Century. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Early Modern Travel: Theory and Practice, Moore Institute, NUI Galway , 27-SEP-13 - 28-SEP-13.
Edward Collins (2014) Portuguese Mariners and the Examenes de Pilotos at the Casa de la Contratación, 1508-1600. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], 6th International Conference of European Society of History of Science, University of Lisbon , 04-SEP-14 - 06-SEP-14.
Edward Collins (2014) Knowledge Transmission and the Creation of Empire: the role of Seville in sixteenth-century Spain. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], 2014 Annual Conference of the Centre for Port and Maritime History, Liverpool (Vectors: Port Cities as Gateways, Channels and Conduits), University of Liverpool , 11-SEP-14 - 12-SEP-14.
Edward Collins (2014) Portuguese Chief Pilots on Spanish expeditions to the Río de la Plata in the sixteenth century. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Nautical Science, Navigation, and the Exploration of the Atlantic: the XVII Reunion of the International Committee for the History of Nautical Science, Moore Institute, NUI Galway , 02-OCT-14 - 04-OCT-14.
     

Languages

Portuguese:
French:
Spanish:
       

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Edward Collins (2015) 'Pilotos e Pilotagem' In: Francisco Contente Domingues (eds). Dicionário da Expansão Portuguesa 1415-1600. Lisbon: Círculo de Leitores. [Details]
Edward Collins (2015) 'Vespucci, imperial competition, and the Casa de la Contratación, 1508-1530' In: Angelo Cattaneo (eds). Mundus Novus - Vespucci: Ancient World and New World. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang GmbH. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Edward Collins (2013) 'Francisco Faleiro and Scientific Methodology at the Casa de la Contratación in the Sixteenth Century'. Imago Mundi, 65 (1):25-36. [Details]

Other Journals

Edward Collins (2014) 'Portuguese pilots at the Casa de la Contratación and the Examenes de Pilotos' International Journal of Maritime History 26 (2) :179-192. [Details]

Conference Publications

Edward Collins (2016) Portuguese Chief Pilots on Spanish expeditions to the Río de la Plata in the sixteenth century . In: Edward Collins eds. Nautical Science, Navigation, and the Exploration of the Atlantic: the XVII Reunion of the International Committee for the History of Nautical Science [Details]
Edward Collins (2016) Iberian contributions to European nautical science in the Atlantic world in the sixteenth century: pilots and cosmographers . In: Albrecht Sauer; Francisco Contente Domingues eds. Proceedings of the XVI Reunion for History of Nautical Science [Details]
                                                                                         

Research

Research Interests

My research interests include Iberian history of science the early modern period, and its impact on Spanish and Portuguese activities in the exploration of America, Asia and Africa. I am particularly interested in the role of nautical science and navigation in the creation and consolidation of empire in Europe in this period. This includes the transmission of knowledge between Portugal and Spain, and their subsequent influence on northern European maritime enterprises. I examine this transmission through the movement of pilots, mariners, cosmographers, as well as map and instrument makers. I am also interested in the transmission of knowledge through the literary output of the period.
     

Teaching

 

Modules Coordinated

201400   HIS31420     History: Iberian Science
       

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Dr. Declan Downey, School of History and Archives (Project Mentor)

External Collaborators

Professor Bethany Aram, Área de Historia Moderna, Universidade Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain (International Project Mentor)