All Roads lead to Slindon

Filling in some gaps in Slindon's religious history

Saturday 23rd March 2013
Venue: Slindon College, St Mary’s, & St Richard’s Churches,
Slindon, West Sussex BN18 0RH

10.00 Assemble at Slindon College and coffee.

10.30 Welcome and Introduction
Dr Andrew Foster & Ian Graham (Headmaster, Slindon College)

11.00 Professor Michael Questier (Queen Mary, University of London) Current research on early modern English Catholicism in the localities.

11.45 Dr Caroline Bowden (QMUL) - ‘Who were the nuns?’ project: the database and family connections

12.15 Dr James Kelly (QMUL and Centre for Catholic Studies, University of Durham) – ‘Who were the nuns? new developments’.

12.45 Phillip Berry (Slindon History Group) - Brief History of Slindon Hall.


2.00 Guided Tours: Slindon Hall (College), St Mary’s & St Richard’s Churches– in groups. Exhibitions available for unescorted visitors

3.30 Re-assemble at St Mary’s Church.
Boxgrove Choir – programme of 16th and 17th century church music.

4.00 Plenary panel discussion chaired by Dr Andrew Foster
The significance of Slindon and the value of research in the localities.

4.30 Close Tea and biscuits.

Registration: Attendees are advised to register a place by contacting Jane Greenshields via email

Catering: Light refreshments at each venue but please bring your own lunch.

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Losers of the Scientific Revolution

The 13th Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

5–10 July 2013, Bran, Romania

Organized by the Research Centre for the Foundations of Modern Thought (FME), University of Bucharest, in collaboration with the Philosophy Department at Princeton University

Invited speakers include: Igor Agostini (Università del Salento), Stefano Di Bella (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), Daniel Garber (Princeton University), Sophie Roux (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris), Emanuela Scribano (Università Ca'Foscari Venezia)

History is written by the victors -- but not when it comes to the Scientific Revolution. Revisionist historiographies in the post-Kuhnian tradition have often championed the losers. Questioning the traditional accounts (Whiggish or Marxist), recent narratives of the scientific revolution have drastically altered the portraits of the relevant actors, parties and currents of thought, while also questioning the categories and concepts formerly used to tell the story of the emergence (or ‘origins’) of modern science. However, not all the traditional historiographical categories have been replaced: narratives in terms of 'winners' and 'losers' still prevail. Meanwhile, intellectual historians have begun to ask a number of questions relative to these categories, such as:
  • What historiographical assumptions underwrite our decision that a thinker, an idea or a theory are to be numbered among the winning or the losing camp? Do these roles change with the specific perspective we adopt?
  • What kinds of interaction do we take the winners and the losers to have been engaged in -- battles between diverging worldviews or debates based on at least some shared presuppositions? polemical clashes or confrontations issuing in modified positions on either side?
  • What kinds of context (intellectual, social, religious, political, institutional, material) can best account for the fate of ideas or theories and their winner or loser status?

Our seminar invites reflection on such (and related) issues and investigation of particular cases that may illuminate them. It aims to do so by using the vantage point of the losers (variously defined), which may be the more profitable in trying to understand what exactly is going on when ‘you win some, you lose some’.

The Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy is an international annual meeting of scholars interested in various aspects of early modern thought. The aim of the seminar is to create a stimulating environment for discussing papers and ideas. It includes workshops in the morning and presentations of papers in the afternoon, where participants can present work in progress. While the morning sessions will focus on the theme of “The Losers of the Scientific Revolution*,*” the afternoon sessions seek to give participants an opportunity to discuss their own special interests with an open and sympathetic audience of students and scholars with broad interests in early modern thought. Throughout we try to maintain a balance between the high scholarly level and the informal friendly spirit of a colloquium.

The Seminar will take place in Bran, a small mountain resort near Brasov, in Transylvania. It will be hosted in a small, friendly Bed and Breakfast (single or double rooms). The participation fee is 150 EUR for faculty and

90 EUR for students (covering accommodation with breakfast). We invite applications for contributions (from researchers) and for attendance (from students). If you want to contribute a paper, please send a CV and a one-page abstract, and if you want to attend, a CV and a letter of intent – *by April 20* – to Vlad Alexandrescu (, Sorana Corneanu (, Dana Jalobeanu (

CALL FOR PAPERS: Tudor and Stuart Ireland Conference

Proposals for papers and panels (of three speakers) are invited for the third Tudor and Stuart Ireland Conference, to be held in University College Dublin on 30 and 31 August 2013. Papers relating to any aspect of Irish society during the Tudor and Stuart eras are welcome, including: 

  • Writing (and rewriting) History in Tudor and Stuart Ireland
  • The pursuit of profit: The merchant class in Tudor and Stuart Ireland - The Irish in England and on the continent
  • The role of women in Tudor and Stuart Ireland
  • Military History 

Proposals from postgraduate students are particularly welcome. 

Abstracts of 250 words may be submitted via the conference website. The closing date for submission of proposals is Friday, 10 May 2013. 

For more information, please visit the conference website or email

In the Beginning: Sources of Alchemy and Chemistry

The Spring Meeting of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC):
Saturday 16 March 2013, 13.00 to 17.30

Richard Eden Room, Gillian Beer House, Clare Hall (West Court site), Herschel Road, Cambridge

The early sources of alchemy, chemistry and chemical technology - influential antique and early medieval works, composed in Greek, Syriac, Arabic, and Hebrew - remain relatively little known, and present unique challenges to scholarship. This meeting showcases the most up-to-date work on these intriguing sources: both shedding new light on early ideas, practices and authorities, and evaluating their impact on the development of western alchemy, chemistry and chemical medicine.

The meeting celebrates the completion of the first volume of a new series, *Sources of Alchemy and Chemistry*. The series will provide monograph-length critical editions and English translations of influential works of early alchemy and chemistry, to be included in subscriptions to the Society's journal, Ambix.


Lawrence M. Principe (Johns Hopkins University): "Early Sources of Alchemy and Chemistry"
Matteo Martelli (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): "Zosimus and the First Book of Alchemy"
Gabriele Ferrario (Cambridge University Library): "Judaeo-Arabic Alchemy in the Cairo Genizah"
Sébastien Moureau (Université catholique de Louvain): "Elixir and Ferment, Alchemy and Medicine: The Link Between Pseudo-Avicenna's De anima, Roger Bacon, and Pseudo-Aristotle's Secretum secretorum"
Jennifer Rampling (University of Cambridge): "Plotting the Future of Medieval Alchemy"

Roundtable discussion

Full programme here:

Registration is £10 (£6 for students and SHAC members). Online registration here:

Colloquium organized by SHAC, with support from the British Society for the History of Science and the Charles Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe.

Please contact Jennifer Rampling with any queries:

Tobacco in the Early Modern imagination

An afternoon symposium at Chetham’s Library, Manchester

15 March 2013

12.30 arrival and coffee

1.00  Opening remarks (Jerome de Groot)

1.15  Lauren Working (Durham), Unnatural Disobedience: Sedition and the Literature of Tobacco in Jacobean England

1.45  Philipp Rössner (Manchester), Tobacco and Mechanisms of British Imperial Control. The case of Scotland and the Atlantic Economy

2.15  Coffee

2.30  Bruna Gushurst-Moore (Plymouth), ‘Take of Tobacco Leaves Bruised two pound’

3.00  Lucy Munro (Keele), Keynote, 'Joking about Tobacco on the Early Jacobean Stage'

4.00  End

Dr Jerome de Groot
Head of Graduate School
Director of Research Training
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
English and American Studies
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL

Call for Papers: Tobacco in the Early Modern imagination

A one-day conference at Chetham’s Library, Manchester, 15 March 2013

Plenary speaker: Dr Lucy Munro (Keele University)

We are looking for several 20 minute papers on any aspect of the way that tobacco was represented, formulated, desired, commodified, traded and investigated in the early modern world.

Papers might consider: tobacco and internationalism; maritime disputes and piracy; destruction and violence; the medicalization of smoking; smoking and gaming; tobacco and gender; physiology, psychology and addiction; pipes and prosthesis; performance; early modern drugs more generally; colonial dominion and the early modern subject; mapping; portraiture; death; tobacco and encounter; sexuality; medical tobacco; youth culture; taxation and legal issues; the development of druggist shops; the abject; smoke as revenant; purgation and disgust. We might also consider that the word ‘tobacco’ does not appear in the works of Shakespeare.

Papers will also be considered that are more methodological in focus (such as those that consider interdisciplinary approaches or arise from the medical humanities, new directions in theory, collaborative research and presentation, impact or knowledge exchange)

The day will also involve some workshop sessions with the magnificent collections held by the library:

Please send abstracts of 250 words to:

Deadline: 30 January 2013

David Hume in Paris: Reading a Friendship

Queen Mary Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar
Wed 13 March 2013

Prof Tony LaVopa (North Carolina State University)

The paper explores the intimate (and unlikely) friendship between David Hume and the Comtesse de Boufflers in Paris in 1763-65. It asks what Hume's imagined life with the Countess might tell us about the strains between his efforts to articulate a new ethos for the Scottish "Middle Station" and his very un-Scottish (and un-English) fondness for the culture of politeness and gallantry in le monde in Paris. Such an inquiry, the paper argues, provides a new angle of approach to one of Hume's central concerns: the relationship between Nature and social artifice.

Time: 5.00-7.00pm

Venue: Seminar Room, Lock-Keepers Cottage Graduate Centre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London, E1 4NS

For updates and more information, see our blog:

Convenors: Prof Markman Ellis, English (; Prof Colin Jones, History (; Prof Miles Ogborn, Geography (; Prof Barbara Taylor, English and History (; Prof Amanda Vickery, History (

[Travel instructions: Central Line or District Line to Mile End. Exit tube station, turn left down Mile End Road, cross Burdett Road, go under the Mile End Green Bridge (a large yellow bridge), over the canal, and the college is on the left. Enter East Gate, and the Lock-Keepers Cottage is the second building on the right].

CALL FOR PAPERS: Descartes’s Scientific and Philosophical Disputes with his Contemporaries

Issue no. 3/2013 of Studia UBB.

“I beg all who have any objections to take the trouble to send them to me,” wrote Descartes a number of times in his career. Descartes’s eagerness to impose his views, in the name of “the search after truth,” engaged him in various controversies, from 1637, the year of the publication of the Discourse on method, to the end of his life. Apart from the famous “Objections and Replies” to the Meditations (1641), the Cartesian correspondence presents a large number of equally interesting disputes, on both scientific and philosophical topics. The letters often resemble a battlefield in which an attentive observer can distinguish various defense strategies: Trojan horses, conceptual traps, misquotes, etc. Often the aim was to disqualify the opponent not only as a bad thinker, but also as a hidden atheist. By the late 1640s, Descartes’s position within the fragile intellectual circle composed of French Catholics, novatores of various persuasions or Calvinist theologians became very unstable. His decision to accept Queen Christina’s invitation to Stockholm appears like an escape attempt from this imbroglio.

The present issue of Studia UBB will be dedicated to these confrontations. It aims to show, on the whole, the historical and conceptual relevance of contemporary reactions to Cartesianism for an assessment of both the novelty and the consistence of Descartes’s project.

Papers should be written in English, French or German. Articles cannot be longer than 75.000 characters, including spaces and footnotes. Reviews cannot be longer than 25.000 characters. The deadline for submission is 15 September 2013. Papers should follow the guidelines for the authors ( and be prepared for blind review. Submissions should be sent both to the editor, Ion Copoeru:, and the guest editor, Vlad Alexandrescu:

Vacancy: Lecturer in Renaissance English Literature

UCL Department / Division: English Language & Literature
Grades: 7-8
Hours: Full Time
Salary: (inclusive of London allowance)
Grade 7: £36,064 - £39,132; Grade 8: £40,216 - £47,441

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be required to teach courses covering the Renaissance English period at undergraduate level, including the compulsory Shakespeare course and the Renaissance option course, and to contribute to the MA Shakespeare in History and the Early Modern Studies MA. In addition, the successful candidate will give one-to-one tutorials to undergraduate students and undertake the normal duties of teaching administration. It is expected that the successful candidate will make a full contribution to maintaining and enhancing the Department's research profile through publication at international standard and through the supervision of PhD students.

Key Requirements

Candidates must have a PhD. A proven research record in some field of Renaissance English literature is essential, as is a proven teaching record in the period at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. An ability to teach selectively outside the period is also required. Candidates must also demonstrate research achievement at a high level appropriate to their stage of career.
Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy, please click on Apply Now

If you have any enquiries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact the Departmental Administrator, Stephen Cadywold,

Further information about the Department is available on
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Closing Date: 15 Mar 2013
Latest time for the submission of applications: 5.00 p.m.
Interview date: Week commencing 29 April, 2013
This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Academic Staff.

Please use these links to find out more about the UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job, employee benefits that we offer and further information about UCL.

Job Description and Person Specification

Vacancy: Reader in Renaissance Studies

Queen Mary, University of London -School of English & Drama

Queen Mary's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is embarking on the latest phase of strategic investment to recruit excellent researchers and teachers who can contribute to the achievement of its ambitious and exciting plans.

English seeks to appoint a Reader of international standing with an outstanding track record in research, teaching and academic leadership. We seek someone who will play a prominent role in our research and teaching programmes through innovative critical and pedagogical practice, both individually and through collaboration with others. We invite applications from excellent candidates in any area of early-modern studies, but we especially welcome applications from those who will extend the historical reach of our scholarship, expand the cultural breadth of our work, and offer original perspectives on our interdisciplinary and archival study.

The post is full time and permanent, starting from 1 September 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter. Starting salary will be within the range £50,627 – £56,185. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.
Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.
Details about the School of English and Drama can be foundat
Details about the English Department can be found at
Further details and an application form can be found at:
The closing date for applications is 30th March 2013.
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 22nd May 2013.

Laboratories of Art

Main Conference Room, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstr. 22, 14195 Berlin

Organisers: Sven Dupré Max Planck Research Group Director, MPIWG/Freie Universität Berlin
Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk Kunstpalast Museum Düsseldorf

Common components of art and alchemy were materials, instruments, apparatus as well as processes and experiments. Laboratories of Art investigates ways in which artists' workshops could be said to be sites of alchemy. Exploring the relationship between art, knowledge, and technology, speakers discuss various visual and decorative arts: glassmaking, metallurgy, sculpture, goldsmithing, ceramics, and painting.

Thursday, March 7
09:15 – 09:30 Sven Dupré, Introduction

09:30 – 10:30 Session I Chair: Sven Dupré
Matteo Martelli, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Alchemy as the Art of Dyeing
Commentator: Lawrence Principe

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee

11:00 – 12:00 Session II Chair: Jennifer Rampling
Sylvie Neven, University of Liege, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Transmission of Alchemical and Artistic Practices and Materials in Medieval and premodern Recipe Books Commentator: Marjolijn Bol

12:00 – 13:00 Spike Bucklow, Hamilton Kerr Institute, Cambridge
Alchemy and Vernacular Colour Coding
Commentator: David Brafman

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Session III Chair: William Newman
Andrea Bernardoni, Institute and Museum of the History of Science (Museo Galileo)
Chemical Technology and Epistemological Debate in the Works of the
Italian Renaissance Engineers Commentator: Stephen Johnston

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee

15:30 – 16:30 Session IV Chair: Anke Timmermann
Fanny Kieffer, Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Tours
The Laboratories of Art and Alchemy at the Uffizi Gallery in the Renaissance Florence: Some Material AspectsCommentator: Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk

16:30 – 17:30 Marco Beretta, Università di Bologna
Material and Temporal Powers at the Casino San Marco (1574-1621)
Commentator, Didier Kahn


Friday, March 8

09:30 – 10:30 Session I Chair: David Brafman
Alan Williams, Conservation Dept.,The Wallace Collection, London.
Chemical Knowledge and the Armourers’ Art
Commentator: Jennifer Rampling

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee

11:00 – 12:00 Session II Chair: Stephen Johnston
Henrike Haug, Technische Universität Berlin
Disturbing Nature. Artificial Interventions in the Natural Form of Things
Commentator: William Newman

12:00 – 13:00 Steve Wharton, University of Sussex
Art and Alchemy, Cipriano Piccolpasso and the Transmutation of Matter
Commentator: Anke Timmermann

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Session III Chair: Sven Dupré
Morgan Wesley, Sotheby’s Institute of Art/University of Oxford
Refutata per Ignem: Evidence for the Use of Fire Analysis in the Laboratory Practices of John Dwight and Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, Commentator: Ursula Klein

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee

15:30 – 16:30 Session IV Chair: Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk
Lawrence Principe, Johns Hopkins University
Goldsmiths and Chymists: The Activity of Artisans within Alchemical Circles
Commentator: Sven Dupré

16:30 – 17:30 Matthew C. Hunter, McGill University
Joshua Reynolds’s ‘Nice Chymistry’, Commentator: Spike Bucklow

If you would like more information please see the events page of the MPIWG: and the web page of the workshop:

Observers are welcome but space is limited, to register please email

Gina Grzimek
Sekretariat Dupré
Max Planck Research Group
Art and Knowledge in Premodern Europe
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Boltzmannstraße 22
14195 BERLIN