International and Interdisciplinary Conference, Leipzig University,13–15 June 2024

zur Vergrößerungsansicht des Bildes: Johanna Henriette Breyne, Eugenia, Gotha Research Library, Chart. A 782, fol. 21r
Johanna Henriette Breyne, Eugenia, Gotha Research Library, Chart. A 782, fol. 21r

The Breynes were a family of merchants and physicians in early modern Gdańsk. Approximately from 1670 to 1760, they dedicated themselves to the study of nature. Their papers were acquired for the ducal collections in Gotha at the end of the 18th century and survive in the Gotha Research Library​​​​​​​. Although the various multifaceted documents were indexed in 1988, they have only been researched rudimentarily.

Focusing on the Breynes the conference examines the practices of late-17th and early-18th century natural history in their transregional implementation. The international and interdisciplinary conference brings together individual examinations about the Breyne family and embeds them in the larger context of early modern history of knowledge with the objective to establish a foundation for further systematic research. 

The event is organised by Prof. Dr. Julia A. Schmidt-Funke und Louisa-Dorothea Gehrke in cooperation with the Centre of Science Studies of the Leopoldina with the support of fellow Prof. Dr. Kärin Nickelsen and the Gotha Research Library. It is sponsored by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation

The conference takes place at University Library Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstr. 6, 04107 Leipzig.


Participation is free, but for catering a small fee is required to be paid on site.

Please register until 27 May via fnzgeschichte(at)