Graduate funding opportunities in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge for entry in October 2015

The Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge is the largest of its kind in the UK, and has an unrivalled reputation for teaching and research. Staff have expertise in the history, philosophy and sociology of a wide range of sciences and medicine. They run major research projects in association with the AHRC, the Wellcome Trust, the European Research Council and national museums.

If you are interested in studying for an MPhil or PhD in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge, you will find everything you need to know about the Department, the courses, the academic staff (, and the application process from our website at

For students applying to start in 2015-16, HPS at Cambridge has access to the following studentship opportunities, which each has a 9 January 2015 deadline:

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships
-- for PhD students from the UK and EU

Cambridge Home and European Union Scholarships (CHESS)
-- for MPhil and PhD students from the UK and EU

Rausing Studentships
-- for MPhil and PhD students

Williamson Studentships
-- for MPhil and PhD students studying history of biological sciences

Lipton Studentships
-- for MPhil students

Wellcome Trust Awards
-- for MPhil and PhD students studying medical humanities and PhD students studying society and ethics
-- contact us by 9 January if you would like to be nominated for a PhD studentship

For information on these and other awards available through the Department, please visit

For more general information on funding opportunities available to graduate students at the University of Cambridge:

For further information about graduate study at HPS in Cambridge:

Research workshop: Mathematical readers in the early modern world

Thursday 18 and Friday 19 December 2014
All Souls College, Oxford

How was mathematical writing consumed – read, used, responded to, and otherwise engaged with – in the early modern period? What was distinctive about mathematical reading, compared with the reading of other kinds of technical writing, or with the reading of prose more generally? Were mathematical books handled or annotated in distinctive ways? Was mathematical reading associated with a distinctive set of locations? How, where and when did readers learn the (presumptively specialized) skills of mathematical reading? These questions will be the subject of this two-day workshop, to be held in All Souls College, Oxford.

Confirmed speakers:
Ken Clements, Illinois State University
Nerida Ellerton, Illinois State University
Kathryn James, Yale University
Yelda Nasifoglu, McGill University
Benjamin Wardhaugh, University of Oxford

Proposals for papers are invited on all aspects of reading and consuming mathematics in the early modern world. Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief CV, and should be emailed to by 1 September 2014. The conference can contribute to travel costs for speakers.

Bodies of Ideas: Science and Classical Reception

11th December 2014, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

For further details and to register please visit the Warburg Institute website.


10.15 Registration opens

11.15 “Infinitely Material”? Francis Bacon and Ancient Wisdom
(Sam Galson, Princeton)

God or Nature, God and Nature: The Reception of Stoic Physics
(John Sellars, KCL)

12.30 Lunch

1.30 The Prehistory of Distraction: Unfelt Atoms from Lucretius to Locke
(Joe Moshenska, Cambridge)

Michel Serres’ Nonmodern Lucretius and the Time of Reception
(Brooke Holmes, Princeton)

2.45 Short Break

3.00 Purging the body and the soul. The ‘purgatio’ in the Sixteenth Century as a Treatment for Different Diseases
(Roberta Guibilini, Warburg Institute)

Sixteenth-century commentators of Aristotle’s De sensu on the relationship between medicine and natural philosophy
(Roberto Lo Presti, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

4.15 Tea break

4.45 The Material Subject of Ancient Experience
(Hamutal Minkowich, UCL)

Time for metaphysics? Reception after Bruno Latour
(Duncan F. Kennedy, Bristol)

6.00 Wine Reception

The conference is supported by Postclassicisms at Princeton ( and the Warburg Institute.

Organisers: Sam Galson and Guido Giglioni

‘Ideas and Enlightenment’ The Long Eighteenth Century (Down Under)

University of Sydney, 10-13 December 2014, proposals due 15 June

David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies XV

The Sydney Intellectual History Network and ‘Putting Periodisation to Use’ Research Group at the University of Sydney invite you to the Fifteenth David Nichol Smith Seminar (DNS), with the theme ‘Ideas and Enlightenment’. Inaugurated and supported by the National Library of Australia, the DNS conference is the leading forum for eighteenth-century studies in Australasia. It brings together scholars from across the region and internationally who work on the long eighteenth century (1688-1815) in a range of disciplines, including history, literature, art and architectural history, philosophy, the history of science, musicology, anthropology, archaeology and studies of material culture.

We welcome proposals for papers or panels on the following topics, although please note that the conference organisers are open to proposals for subjects that fall outside of these broad themes:
  • Making Ideas Visible
  • Biography and the History of Individual Life
  • Economic Ideas in Social and Political Contexts
  • Global Sensibilities
  • National Identity and Cosmopolitanism
  • Antiquaries and Alternative Versions of the Classical Tradition
  • Periodisation and the question of Period Styles
  • ‘Enlightenment’ and the Pacific
  • Spectacle, Sociability and Pleasure
  • Genres of Enlightenment
  • Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Borders and Empire
  • Historiography of the Enlightenment
  • Post-Enlightenment trajectories in literature and art

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers. Proposals consist of a 250-word abstract and 2-page cv, sent via email as a pdf attachment Deadline for submissions: 15 June 2014

Further details are at, where accommodation and keynotes will be posted soon. If you have questions about the conference, please contact the organizing committee at

DNS XV Organizing Committee: Dr Jennifer Ferng, Prof Mark Ledbury, Prof Jennifer Milam and Dr Nicola Parsons

Henry More (1614-1687): A Conference to mark the fourth centenary of his birth

Date: Friday 5 December 2014

Place: The Warburg Institute

Organisers: Sarah Hutton and Guido Giglioni

Despite being one of the most important thinkers in seventeenth-century British philosophy, Henry More has been denied the status of proper philosopher that his contemporaries Hobbes and Locke have long enjoyed. More’s work deserves to be recognized as a significant contribution to early modern philosophy. He was a figure who relentlessly engaged with the most pressing issues of his time. He intervened in the debate about the new science of nature and medicine, contributed in an original way to the recovery of Platonism and various elements of the classical tradition, left a lasting impact on the literary scene, played a role in the contemporary religious controversies and, finally, demonstrated a remarkable ability in identifying and reacting to the major cultural trends of the period.

This conference will take advantage of More’s centenary to engage in a one-day reappraisal of his legacy. It will do so against the background of a more nuanced and historicized understanding of early modern philosophy, theology and science, which have resulted in a more positive consideration of Renaissance theories of universal animation, a reassessment of the meaning of early modern experimental knowledge, the acknowledgment of the productive interplay of philology and philosophy advocated by the humanist movement, and, finally, a more balanced attitude towards the role that religious and theological arguments play in shaping metaphysical and logical ideas.

Speakers include: Alan Gabbey (Barnard), Guido Giglioni (Warburg Institute), Douglas Hedley (Cambridge), Sarah Hutton (Aberystwyth), David Leech (Bristol), Cecilia Muratori (Warwick), Jasper Reid (KCL).


10.00 Registration and coffee

10.45 Morning session - Chair: Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London)

Introduction: Sarah Hutton (University of Aberystwyth)

Jasper Reid (King’s College) - More's Place in Seventeenth-Century Thought

Guido Giglioni (Warburg Institute) - Henry More’s Psychozoia and the Epic of Emanation

Douglas Hedley (University of Cambridge) - Henry More and Nathaniel Ingelo: The Platonic Imagination in Cambridge?

12.30 Lunch

1.30 Afternoon session - Chair: Richard Serjeantson (University of Cambridge)

Cecilia Muratori (University of Warwick) - Henry More on Animals

Sarah Hutton (University of Aberystwyth) - Henry More and Renaissance Philosophy: More's Response to Girolamo Cardano in his Of the Immortality of the Soul

3.15 Tea


David Leech (University of Bristol) - Henry More on the ‘Boniform Faculty’

Alan Gabbey (Barnard College, Columbia University) - Philosophia Spinozana Destructa: Henry More (1671-1679)

5.30 Reception


Registration Details

Conference fees
Conference fees (which include coffee/tea, and a sandwich lunch) are as follows:

Standard rate: £25

Concessionary rate: £12.50 (for full-time students/retired)

CONFERENCE CATERING: We provide a range of meat/fish and vegetarian rolls/sandwiches for lunch. If you have other dietary requirements please email warburg(at) at least ten days before the conference so that we can try to cater for your needs.

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If you are registering for a 2 day conference but only wish to attend for one day, please email warburg(at) to register. In your email please say which day of the conference you wish to attend and whether you are standard or concessionary rate (as explained above under Conference fees).

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Society for Neo-Latin Studies, Annual Lecture

November 28th 5 p.m.

‘Warwick in London’ premises, The Shard (32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG)

Dr Catarina Fouto (KCL)
‘Horace, Prudentius and Buchanan in Jacobus Tevius’s Epodon libri tres (1565): Classical and Christian Letters in Counter-Reformation Portugal’

Diogo de Teive (Jacobus Tevius) is often remembered as Buchanan’s friend and companion in misfortune when he was convicted in 1551 at the hands of the Portuguese Inquisition. However, after his conviction Teive went on to become one of the most successful Portuguese court poets of his time, boasting the patronage of Cardinal Henrique, the regent and Portuguese General Inquisitor.

While the expurgated reading of Horace’s Epodon and the deliberate imitation of Prudentius’s Peristephanon in Teive’s Epodon libri tres are in tune with the orthodoxy which prevailed at that time at the Portuguese court, there are also subtle examples of ambiguity towards it in this work. In Book II, which contains hymns to patron saints of Portugal, Teive celebrates the work of Prudentius and George Buchanan, establishing a genealogy of literary prestige which effaces the religious divide between Protestantism and Catholicism.

Due to security policy at The Shard, all visitors need to sign in: please contact Dr. Andrew Taylor ( before November 20th if you would like to attend the lecture.

‘Moveable Types: People, Ideas and Objects: Cultural exchanges in Early Modern Europe’

University of Kent, 27th-29th November

'Moveable Types' is a three-day conference, held at the University of Kent, which aims to re-examine the processes of cultural exchange in early modern Europe. Traditional historiography has tended to focus on a bilateral transfer of cultures, which, however meaningful, also lift out individual moments of cultural exchange from the environment which made such encounters not only possible, but also significant. By considering cultural exchange in discrete, isolated moments, one runs the risk of oversimplifying the complex networks of cultural exchange in Europe, and thereby skewing European history into a nation-centred perspective.

Recent scholarship such as histoire croisée, entangled histories, cultural translation and actor network theory (ANT) are, meanwhile, looking at such processes in their entirety, as a noisy hubbub rather than a dialogue between binaries (writer and reader, buyer and seller, one nation and another). These approaches explore a network of different elements and characters, all of which are given equal agency in shaping each others' views of the world.

This conference will explore the implications of these recent developments in scholarship by inviting papers with an interdisciplinary approach to cultural exchange in the early modern period. The objective is thus to question the binaries of traditional scholarship, and to suggest new ways of considering the cultural connections that were being formed, broken and reformed in this period.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Andrew Pettegree (University of St Andrews);
Tiffany Stern (University of Oxford);
Gilles Bertrand (Université Pierre Mendès France, Grenoble);
Ruth Ahnert (Queen Mary, University of London).

We invite papers on the following topics:
  • literary translation and adaptation;
  • exchange of ideas (scientific, humanist, technological, artistic);
  • epistolary networks;
  • theory of cultural exchange or cultural networks;
  • paths of ambassadors, sailors, traders, book pedlars and other travellers;
  • news, gossip and news books;
  • spaces of cultural exchange: cities, fairs, universities, theatres;
  • the making, trading, and consumption of consumer items;
  • any other paper relating to early modern cultural exchange.

Abstracts should be sent to before 1st of August 2014 and should not be longer than 300 words. Please include affiliation and contact information, as well as a short biographical note, on a separate document. For more information please visit or e-mail

Conference Sponsors:
'Moveable Types' is supported by The Royal Historical SocietyThe University of Kent's School of HistoryThe Kent Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities (KIASH), and Text and Event in Early Modern Europe (TEEME).

CALL FOR PAPERS: British Society for the History of Science Annual Conference 2015

2 – 5 July 2015, Swansea University

The BSHS Annual Conference will take place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 July 2015 at Swansea University.

The BSHS Conferences Committee now invites proposals for individual papers and for sessions from historians of science, technology and medicine, and from their colleagues in the wider scholarly community, on any theme, topic or period. Proposals are welcomed from researchers of all nationalities at all stages of their careers. Participation is in no way limited to members of the Society, although members will receive a discount on the registration fee. Offers of papers and sessions should be directed to which is the address for all enquiries about the programme (see below for enquiries about local arrangements).

Proposals for individual papers should include an abstract of no more than 250 words, be comprehensible to a non-specialist audience and avoid footnotes. Sessions, of either ninety minutes or two hours, should normally consist of three or four papers. They may also have a commentator. Proposals for alternative types of session, such as ‘round-tables’ (e.g., history of science and ‘impact’; managing research teams in history of science), are strongly encouraged. Please discuss your ideas for such alternative sessions well in advance of the submission deadline.

The deadline for proposals is 31 January 2015.

Further details on how to submit individual abstracts and session proposals are now available on the BSHS website at

Venue and accommodation

The conference will be held at the Singleton Park campus of Swansea University, which overlooks the magnificent sandy beach of Swansea Bay and adjoins Singleton Park proper, containing botanical gardens, boating lake, and acres of open meadow. It will start on the evening of 2 July with a plenary lecture delivered by Prof Iwan Morus (Aberystwyth University). Friday evening will offer a change of scene, with an opportunity to take in some of the sites and dining options of the city. On the Saturday evening, we shall remain on campus for the Presidential address and conference dinner featuring Welsh cuisine.

Delegates choosing to stay in the en-suite accommodation on campus will be no more than ten minutes from the dining facilities and the venue for the academic sessions, the appropriately-named Faraday Building. The programme will include parallel themed sessions, an opportunity to explore the archives and museums of the University and the city, and optional excursions to local sites of interest. An inclusive conference package will be available. Twin rooms can be requested. All enquiries relating to the local arrangements should be directed to

About the area
Swansea University was founded in 1920 as the fourth college of the University of Wales. It became a university in its own right in 2007. Currently it is enjoying the kudos of having been shortlisted by the Times Higher for ‘University of the Year 2014’, and the anticipation of expanding on to a second campus, due to open in 2015. History of science, medicine, and technology takes place at the University in a number of guises: in the activities of the historians of science based in the large History & Classics department, whose interests span the ancient world to the twentieth century; in the cross-campus collaboration that has led to the University become a leading centre for Disability History; in the ‘Science, Scientists, and Society’ seminar convened by staff within the College of Science; in work on the Dillwyn family, whose diverse nineteenth-century interests encompassed pottery, photography, astronomy, and literature; and in the ongoing historical work on the metal industries of South Wales, which includes the Cu@Swansea project to preserve, interpret, and regenerate the Hafod-Morfa copperworks in the Lower Swansea Valley. The University’s Richard Burton Archives contain not only the eponymous collection of the actor’s papers but also the papers of Raymond Williams, part of the South Wales Coalfield Collection, and many materials concerning the metal industries of South Wales and the families who dominated them in the nineteenth century.

Swansea, Wales’s second-largest city, is situated on the sandy southwest Wales coast, not far from the Brecon Beacons, and serves as the gateway to the Gower peninsula, the first site in Britain to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Direct trains to Swansea run from London Paddington and Manchester Piccadilly, taking approximately 3 hours and 4 hours respectively; buses run directly from the train station to the University via the city centre. Swansea can also be reached by intercity coach services. The nearest airports are at Cardiff, and then Bristol. The attractions of Swansea include two medieval castles, the Swansea Museum (formerly the Royal Institution of South Wales), the National Waterfront Museum, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, West Glamorgan Archives, and the Dylan Thomas Centre. It can serve as your staging post for day-trips and vacations further afield: to Worm’s Head and Rhossili Bay, named Britain’s best beach by TripAdvisor; to the castles of Gower; to the National Botanic Garden of Wales at Llanarthne; further west to Pembrokeshire and the spectacular Pembrokeshire Coast Path; northeast to the Brecons; or southeast to Wales’s capital city, Cardiff. Further information on getting to Swansea can be found here. General tourist information for the area is available here, with information specific to the city to be found at here

Dr Ben Marsden
Senior Lecturer, Department of History
Associate Member, Department of Music
Director, Centre for History and Philosophy of Science,Technology and Medicine (CASS)
Chair, BSHS Conferences Committee

Crombie Annexe
Meston Walk
Aberdeen AB24 3FX
United Kingdom
phone: +44 (0)1224 272637 (office)

Recent publications:

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London Renaissance Seminar: Renaissance Loves II

22 November, 1.30pm-5.00pm, room tbc, Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1

1.30pm COFFEE

2.00pm Dr Sarah Carter (Nottingham Trent University), ‘ “With kissing him I should have killed him first”: Death in Ovid and Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis’

Dr Eric Langley (UCL), ‘Try a little extendedness: paying attention to Renaissance tenderness’


4.00pm Ms Catrin Griffiths (Birkbeck), ‘Brotherly loves: Robert and Roger Boyle and the sanctified romance body’


The organisers for this event are Linda Grant (RHUL), Judith Hudson (Birkbeck), Sue Wiseman (Birkbeck)

It is funded by Royal Holloway & Birkbeck.


The London Renaissance Seminar meets at Birkbeck College, University of London to discuss topics in the culture of the Renaissance. Anyone with an interest in the Renaissance is welcome to attend. Seminars are usually held in the School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square.

London Renaissance Seminar contact
London Renaissance Seminar mailing list:

Forum for European Philosophy Public Lecture: Ethics Matters in the Family

Thursday 13 November, 6.30-8.00pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Adam Swift, Professor of Political Theory, University of Warwick

Chair: Gabriel Wollner, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, LSE and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow

The family is hotly contested ideological terrain. Some defend the traditional two-parent heterosexual family while others welcome its demise. Opinions vary about how much control parents should have over their children’s upbringing. Adam Swift will discuss the ethics of parent-child relationships, telling us why the family is valuable, who has the right to parent, and what rights parents should -- and should not -- have over their children.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEfamily

Podcasts of most FEP events are available online after the event. They can be accessed at

CALL FOR PAPERS: European Women in Early Modern Drama

Convenors: Dr Edel Semple, University College Cork,
Dr Ema Vyroubalova, Trinity College Dublin,

While England’s early modern drama presents us with a plethora of foreign female characters – women such as Franceschina, the eponymous villain in The Dutch Courtesan, Queen Katherine in Henry VIII, the displaced Bella-Franca in Four Prentices of London, and Tamora in Titus Andronicus – no single study has taken these pervasive and significant figures as its focus. This seminar seeks to redress this gap in existing scholarship by exploring representations of European women in the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

Building on work by critics including Ton Hoenselaars, Jean E. Howard, Lloyd Edward Kermode, Michele Marrapodi, Jean-Christophe Mayer, Marianne Montgomery, and Jane Pettegree, and drawing on recent developments in studies of gender, race, culture, and politics, this seminar aims to explore why and how early modern dramatists repeatedly fashioned female characters of distinct nationalities. How notions of gender and foreignness intersect and/or diverge in early modern English play-texts will be the central concern of the seminar.

In a range of Elizabethan and Jacobean plays, foreign women are depicted as valuable links to European nations, and as threatening apertures within the English nation. In Sharpham’s The Fleer, for instance, the Italian courtesans bring strange customs to London, while in The Patient Man and the Honest Whore, the Italian courtesan is accused of spreading disease across national borders. Conversely, in Henry V, the ‘wooing’ of Katherine is a moment for linguistic exchange and she is seen as the desirable conduit to unite England and France. Thus, the seminar will consider how the staging of foreign women may enable English dramatists and their audiences to engage in debates about international relations, to deliberate on racial anxieties, to play out strategies of integration or exclusion, and to imagine England’s future vis-à-vis the rest of Europe.

Furthermore, in considering such a diverse range of characters, the seminar seeks to uncover points of commonality and difference in representations of European women, and will consider whether these women – from different nations, with varied social, religious, economic, and political identities – constitute a distinct phenomenon in the drama of the period. We are particularly interested in papers discussing theatrical depictions of European women as agents of and conduits for social, sexual, political, economic, linguistic and cultural interchange.

The papers may examine, among other aspects, representations of European women in early modern English drama in relation to:
  • social, sexual, or cultural encounters and interactions
  • notions and theories of race, ethnicity, hybridity, and miscegenation
  • misogyny and/or xenophobia
  • political and/or economic power
  • crime and transgression
  • linguistic exchange (e.g. accents or multilingualism)
  • religious and/or social identities and groups (e.g. refugees, economic migrants)
  • early modern geography and cartography
  • locations and their theatrical renderings
  • travel, travellers, and mobility
  • early modern staging (e.g. playhouses, costumes, or stage props)
  • printing and circulation of play-texts
  • source texts and/or dramatic genres

Please submit an abstract (200-300 words) and a brief biography (150 words) by 1 December 2014 to all seminar conveners. All participants will be notified about the acceptance of their proposals by 1 March 2015. The deadline for submitting the completed seminar papers (3,000 words) is 1 May 2015.

Dr. Edel Semple (School of English, University College Cork)
Dr. Ema Vyroubalová (School of English, Trinity College Dublin)

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Halved Heart, Shakespeare and Friendship

17 – 19 April 2015

For men and women in Shakespeare’s England, friendship was a relation that spanned the exquisite virtue of amicitia perfecta and the everyday exchanges of neighbourliness and commerce. A friend might be ‘another self’, but it was essential to be wary of false friends or flatterers. The complex nature of early modern friendship was a rich source of inspiration for early modern dramatists. Globe Education at Shakespeare’s Globe is pleased to announce our spring  conference, The Halved Heart: Shakespeare and Friendship (Friday 17 – Sunday 19 April 2015), and we invite proposals for papers and panels.

Speakers may address the Renaissance fascination with the ethical demands of idealised friendship, or the pragmatic reality of instrumental alliances, as explored on stage. Papers might consider the theatre as a site of social promiscuity, where spectators could be instructed in the arts (and hazards) of friendship even as such relationships were enacted in the auditorium. Or they might examine the overlap between friendship and eroticism, and the points of conflict between friendship and other forms of social alliance such as marriage, or the relationship between monarch and subject.

The conference will conclude on Sunday 19 April with a staged reading by a company of Globe actors of The Faithful Friends (Anon., King’s Men, c.1614).

Proposals of no more than 300 words for papers (or panels of up to three papers) may be submitted to Dr Will Tosh on

The deadline for submissions is Friday 12 December 2014.
The conference is for scholars and students but is open to all members of the public who are interested in debates about early modern theatre and friendship.

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Idea of Logic, Historical Perspectives

Workshop at the 5th World Congress on Universal Logic, 25-30 June 2015 - Istanbul, Turkey

Workshop organized by: Juliette Lemaire (CNRS, Centre Léon Robin, France) & Amirouche Moktefi (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)

Logic as a discipline is not characterized by a stable scope throughout its history. True enough, the historical influence of Aristotelian logic over the centuries is something of a common denominator in Western philosophy. But Aristotelian logic certainly was not alone (see stoic logic for instance), not to mention non-western logics. Even within the Aristotelian tradition there is significant variability. Furthermore, as is well known, in the 19th century logic as a discipline underwent a radical modification, with the development of mathematical logic. The current situation is of logic having strong connections with multiple disciplines - philosophy, mathematics, computer science, linguistics - which again illustrates its multifaceted nature. 

The changing scope of logic through its history also has important philosophical implications: is there such a thing as the essence of logic, permeating all these different developments? Or is the unity of logic as a discipline an illusion? What can the study of the changing scope of logic through its history tell us about the nature of logic as such? What do the different languages used for logical inquiry - regimented natural languages, diagrams, logical formalisms - mean for the practices and results obtained?

This workshop will focus on both the diversity and the unity of logic through time. Topics may include:
  • Historical analyses on what specific logicians or logic traditions considered to be the nature and scope of logic. 
  • Historical analyses illustrating differences in scope and techniques with respect to the current conception of logic, but also suggesting points of contact and commonalities between these past traditions and current developments 
  • Historical and philosophical discussions on the place of logic among the sciences and its applications/relations with other disciplines, now and then. 
  • Discussions of the logical monism vs. logical pluralism issue in view of the historical diversity/unity of logic over time 
  • General philosophical reflections on what (if anything) the diversity of scope and practice in the history of logic can tell us about the nature of logic and the role of universal logic as such. 

Abstracts (500 words maximum) should be sent via e-mail before DECEMBER 1ST, 2014 to: [1]
and/or [2]

Notification of acceptance: December 15th, 2014
More information on the congress is available at: [3]


Second Call for Papers: 6th Norwegian Conference on the History of Science

Oslo, 11-13 February 2015

We are pleased to invite proposals for the 6th Norwegian conference on the History of Science, which will take place in Oslo, Norway, 11-13 February 2015, and is organized by the Norwegian Museum for Science and Technology. The conference will bring together scholars working on the history of science, medicine and technology on any theme, topic or period to discuss historical, epistemological, political, institutional and ethical issues of relevance to both a Scandinavian and international audience. Building upon the success of the previous meetings, which encouraged national cooperation and the strengthening of ties with the broader international community, we welcome proposals from researchers of all nationalities at all stages of their careers.

Greg Radick, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, Director of the Leeds Humanities Research Institute, and President of the British Society for the History of Science will give the opening plenary lecture on "We Need to Talk about Mendel: Raw Peas, Cooked Data, and the Lessons of History for Genetics." Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis, Professor of History of Science, Departments of History and Biology, University of Florida will give the conference's public lecture on "It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature: The History and evolution of Infectious Disease." Finally, Gard Paulsen, historian and author of “Building Trust: The History of DNV, 1864-2014,” will give a second plenary lecture on "The Norwegian Truth: On the Legitimacy of Ship Classification and Commissioned History."

Proposals for organized sessions, alternative types of sessions, such as round-tables, and individual papers are especially welcomed. Presentations will be scheduled for 20 minutes, allowing for up to 10 minutes for discussion. No speaker may present in more than one session. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Programme Committee on the basis of their scientific merit and relevance.

Planned session proposals should include:
• a brief description of the panel’s aims (150 words maximum),
• a session title,
• an individual abstract for each paper in the session (250 words maximum),
• titles for all individual abstracts,
• full contact details of the organiser and all speakers,
• details of any specific audiovisual equipment required.

Individual paper proposal should include:
• a paper title,
• an abstract (250 words maximum),
• 5 keywords,
• full contact details,
• details of any specific audiovisual equipment required.

All proposals should be sent as a single electronic document to: The conference language will be English. The deadline for submissions is 14 November 2014.

For conference news and announcements, please regularly check the conference website:

For any queries regarding the conference, please contact:

PhD Funding: School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science at the University of Leeds

The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science at the University of Leeds is pleased to inform potential applicants for postgraduate study that it is able to offer up to 18 fully-funded PhD scholarships for UK/EU students for 2015-16 entry, plus further scholarships for international students.

For more information about postgraduate study in History & Philosophy of Science and/or Philosophy at Leeds see

For full, regularly updated information on upcoming awards and deadlines, including application procedures, see the University of Leeds Postgraduate Scholarships site

Funding opportunities for full-time or part-time PhD study include the following:


  • Up to two School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science Scholarships - UK/EU Fees + £14,000 Maintenance (Awards may be made on a rolling basis after 2 FEBRUARY 2015)
  • Up to six White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities AHRC Studentships (Deadline 2 FEBRUARY 2015)
  • Up to five University of Leeds 110th Anniversary Research Scholarships (Deadline: 18 FEBRUARY 2015)
  • Up to two University of Leeds Research Scholarships (Deadline: 13 MARCH 2015)
  • University of Leeds Endowed Research Scholarships (Deadline: 1 JUNE 2015) 

  • Two studentships on the AHRC-funded project "Scientific Realism and the Quantum", starting 1 March 2015, and working with Dr Juha Saatsi and Prof. Steven French (Deadline: 1 DECEMBER 2014)


  • University of Leeds International Research Scholarships - 18 in total (Deadline: 19 JANUARY 2015)
  • China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Awards - around 15 in total (Deadline: 2 JANUARY 2015)
  • Up to two School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science Scholarships - £14,000 Maintenance + a contribution to fees equivalent to UK/EU Fees (Awards may be made from 2 FEBRUARY 2015). N.B. This is a partial scholarship; to be eligible for consideration, applicants will be expected to demonstrate their ability to pay the remainder of their international fees (i.e. approx. £9000 p.a.). 

Correspondence regarding the application procedure may be directed to


Those interested in applying are advised to contact potential supervisors at an early stage. You should contact them by email, either directly or through the relevant postgraduate research tutor:

Prof. Pekka Vayrynen for Philosophy (
Dr Juha Saatsi for History and Philosophy of Science (
Dr Jamie Dow for Applied Ethics (
Dr Sean McLoughlin for Theology and Religious Studies (

You are invited to consider visiting Leeds, by arrangement, to meet potential supervisors and current students, attend seminars, and explore the university's excellent resources. Modest travel bursaries are available for such purposes.

You are also strongly encouraged to attend (in most cases following application) the university's Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 6 February 2015, 11am-4pm (, when you will have opportunity to meet potential supervisors, current postgraduates, and the postgraduate team.

Dr Jon Topham
Senior Lecturer in History of Science &
Director of Postgraduate Research

School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT

Tel: +44 (0)113 34 32526
Fax: +44 (0)113 34 33265

Call for Papers: Recent European (Re)translations of Shakespeare

29 June - 2 July 2015, University of Worcester, UK
A seminar at the ESRA conference

Conveners: Lily Kahn (UCL),
Márta Minier (University of South Wales),
Martin Regal (University of Iceland),

The longevity of Shakespearean translations is generally somewhat limited. Although some canonical translations have a relatively long life as literary works and/or in the theatre, it is common for Shakespeare to be retranslated periodically. Within Europe there is a widespread phenomenon of systematic series of (re)translations of Shakespeare’s complete works; in recent years this trend has given rise to the WSOY Finnish Complete Works, completed in 2013, the new Polish Complete Works, the New Romanian Shakespeare series, and others. In addition, specially commissioned individual retranslations designed for specific productions are a common feature of the European theatrical scene. Examination of the rich variety of issues surrounding this phenomenon of retranslation in the European context can provide valuable insights into the theory and practice of Shakespearean interpretation.

This proposed seminar will bring together scholars, editors and practising translators engaged in the production and analysis of Shakespearean translations. It will also be open to dramaturges or directors who would like to comment on working with new or revised (that is, dramaturgically adjusted) translations. Proposals will be welcomed on topics including but not limited to the following:

  • factors galvanising the decision to produce new translations, including philological and interpretive shifts, changing conventions of theatre, and the emergence of new performance and directorial styles; 
  • the collaborative framework behind commissioned translations and the relationship between the translator and other stakeholders;
  • societal perceptions of the modern Shakespeare translator; trends in the selection of different translation strategies (e.g. foreignising vs. domesticating);
  • comparisons between alternative translations of the ‘same’ play (both synchronically and diachronically);
  • different translations of a single play by the same translator; the use of updated and otherwise modified versions of existing translations in new productions instead of commissioning completely original work; 
  • the critical reception of new translations both in textual format and in theatrical contexts.

We will consider papers focusing on academic translation series not necessarily intended for performance in addition to those specifically commissioned or designed for theatrical use that may not be as suitable for employment in educational contexts.

Please submit an abstract (200-300 words) and a brief biography (150 words) by 1 December 2014 to all seminar conveners. All participants will be notified about the acceptance of their proposals by 1 March 2015. The deadline for submitting the completed seminar papers (3,000 words) is 1 May 2015.

Conference Announcement

The traffic of Shakespeare’s stage invites spectators and readers to travel to different places, imagined and real. Italian and French cities – Verona, Venice, Mantua, Padua, Florence, Milan, Rome, Navarre, Roussillon, Paris, Marseilles – set the scenes of his plays. Rome, Athens, Ephesus and Troy occasion travels in time. On Britain’s map – divided in King Lear – other places are mapped: Scotland, England, Windsor, the Forest of Arden, York. Viola arrives on ‘the shore’ of Illyria while, in The Winter’s Tale, the action shifts between Bohemia and Sicilia. Othello sets up camp in Cyprus and Don Pedro returns, victorious, to Messina. Within the confines of one play, Hamlet, too, maps Europe: from Elsinore, Laertes requests permission to return to France; the Mousetrap is set in Vienna, which will become the setting for Measure for Measure; Hamlet is sent to England, and on his way encounters the Norwegian army marching across Denmark on its way to Poland.

Time and geographical travels map a whole continent and its social, political and cultural exchanges – a feature that Shakespeare’s plays shared with his early modern contemporaries as much as they have with his readers, editors, translators, spectators, film adaptors and critical commentators since.

The 2015 ESRA conference continues the long-standing dialogue between Shakespeare’s Europe and Europe’s Shakespeare(s). It asks scholars to take a look at the wider playwriting context of the early modern period and the European reception of Shakespeare as a subject that has been continuously developing, not least due to Europe’s several recent remappings. Twenty-five years since the first events that focused exclusively on European Shakespeares (Antwerp 1990) and Shakespeare in the New Europe (Sofia 1992), ESRA 2015 invites a look back at 425 years of European Shakespeare and towards a vigorous debate on what Shakespeare means for Europe today, as well as on ESRA’s place in Shakespeare Studies, European and beyond.

Funding: RSA Grants for Renaissance Studies

The RSA is pleased to announce that the 2015 Research Grant competition is now open. For the 2015 grant cycle, the RSA will award thirty-three (33) individual grants to scholars working in the field of Renaissance Studies. The average grant is $3,000 for one month of research or travel. 

During the past five years, the RSA has awarded grants to more than 100 scholars working on topics from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century; a list of previous award winners is posted on the RSA website

Additional details about the application process, eligibility, residential awards, non-residential awards, publication subventions, and more are all available at the RSA website: 

CALL FOR PAPERS: British Milton Seminar

The Spring 2015 meeting of the British Milton Seminar will be held on Saturday 14 March 2015.

Venue: The Birmingham and Midland Institute on 14 March 2015. There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

We currently intend that each session will have two papers (of approx. 25-30 minutes each), for which proposals are invited.

Please send proposals to Dr Sarah Knight ( and/or Dr Hugh Adlington ( by no later than 16 January 2015.
Sarah Knight and Hugh Adlington
Joint Conveners

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PhD Studentship: Oxford Brookes University - Department of English and Modern Languages

Qualification type: PhD
Location: Oxford
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,000
Hours: Full Time

Placed on: 3rd November 2014
Closes: 24th November 2014

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
To mark its 150th Anniversary, Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a full-time PhD Studentship in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, starting in January 2015. Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in ‘Melancholy Past, Melancholy Present’: Renaissance History of Women’s Melancholia through archival, literary and dramatic sources. The supervisory team will be led by Dr Katharine Craik, Reader in Early Modern Literature (1500-1750). The aim of the research project is to shed light from fresh historical perspectives on the major contemporary problems of clinical depression. Drawing on a range of literary, dramatic and archival sources, the project seeks to explore the forms of knowledge which melancholia involved in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and to consider the contribution such knowledge may make to public health today. A full project description will be provided in the application pack.

The successful candidate will receive an annual payment of £14,000 for a maximum of three years to cover Home/EU fees (currently £3,966 per annum) and provide a stipend towards living expenses.

As a successful applicant, you will be supported by an inter-disciplinary team and will join a supportive and research-active Department. For more information on the Department of English and Modern Languages, visit

Eligibility: Applications are invited from Home/EU students only. We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a Ph.D. thesis within 3 years. Applicants are expected to have completed a relevant Masters degree prior to the Studentship start date. The Studentship holder may also be required to complete supplementary research methods training in their first year of study. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

Deadline: The closing date for applications is 17:00 on Monday 24th November

Interview date: Interviews will be held on in the week commencing 8th December.

Start date: January 26th 2015

How to apply: To request an application pack, a project description and for further details of how to apply, please contact the Research Administrator, Charmian Hearne. Please specify which studentship you are applying for.


CALL FOR PAPERS: Domestic Devotions in the Early Modern World, 1400-1800

An Interdisciplinary Conference 9-11 July 2015 University of Cambridge

Across faiths and regions and throughout the world, the home was a centre for devotion in the early modern period. Holy books, prayer mats, candlesticks, inscriptions, icons, altars, figurines of saints and deities, paintings, prints and textiles all wove religion into the very fabric of the home. While research into religious practice during this period often focuses on institutions and public ceremonies, it is clear that the home played a profound role in shaping devotional experience, as a place for religious instruction, private prayer and contemplation, communal worship, and the performance of everyday rituals.

The ERC-funded research project Domestic Devotions: The Place of Piety in the Italian Renaissance Home will be hosting this three-day international interdisciplinary conference in July 2015. The project team invites proposals for 20-minute papers that explore domestic devotions in the early modern world. Papers may consider this theme from a variety of perspectives, including material culture studies, art and architectural history, gender studies, theology, religious studies, economic and social history, literary studies, musicology, archaeology and anthropology. Topics may include, though are not limited to:

  • The use of images, objects or books in private devotion 
  • Daily life and life cycles 
  • The relationships between collective (e.g. institutional or non-familial) devotion and private devotion 
  • The role of the senses in spiritual experience 
  • The production and ownership of religious objects found in the home 
  • Gender, race or age and devotional life 
  • Policing and regulating household religion 
  • Encounters between different faiths and traditions in domestic context 
  • Domestic devotional spaces 
  • Music in domestic devotion 
  • Devotional literature

Plenary speakers will be Debra Kaplan (Bar-Ilan University), Andrew Morrall (Bard Graduate Center) and Virginia Reinburg (Boston College).

Please email abstracts of no more than 300 words to Maya Corry at, Marco Faini at, and Alessia Meneghin at by 7th January 2015. Along with your abstract please include your name, institution, paper title and a brief biography. Successful applicants will be notified by 7th February 2015. For further information on Domestic Devotions see our website
College accommodation will be bookable nearer the time. Registration fees (tbc) will be kept as low as possible and graduate bursaries will be available to help with costs. 

Images provided by the Fitzwilliam Museum MS 336, folio 2r & PD158-1963

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Persecution, Punishment, and Purgatory in the Long Middle Ages

10th Annual Pearl Kibre Medieval Study Graduate Student Conference
CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY, November 7, 2014

The Pearl Kibre Medieval Study, the CUNY Graduate Center’s student-run organization for medieval studies, announces its tenth annual Graduate Student Conference at the CUNY Graduate Center on Friday, November 7, 2014. This year's theme, Persecution, Punishment, and Purgatory, is designed to address a number of methodological, historical, and theoretical issues within the diverse fields of medieval studies ranging from late antiquity to the early modern period. We invite grad students to submit proposals.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Origins and uses of persecution
  • The result of religious and ethnic pogroms
  • Forced conversions and expulsions
  • Persecution as a method of socio-cultural nation and identity formation
  • The character of legal and extra-legal punishment,
  • Punishment as a form of discipline
  • Self-inflicted punishment
  • The role of punishment in the family
  • The variations of punishment based on class, status, and gender
  • Punishment as social control
  • Concepts of the afterlife
  • The relationship between sin/punishment and the afterlife
  • Liminal spaces
  • Peripheries

Please send 200-word abstracts by Friday, August 15th, 2014 to

Call for Papers: Travel and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern World

Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) Aberystwyth-Bangor

Biennial conference, 3rd-5th September 2015, Bangor University

Confirmed Keynote Speaker:
Michal Biran (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
Daniel Carey (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Judith Jesch (University of Nottingham)

The meeting points between travel, mobility, and conflict are numerous. Travel can be a conflictual experience; in medieval Europe, movement may be perceived as being restricted to travel motivated by the exigencies of piety, pillage, or trade. It would however be too easy to suggest a clear binary between a medieval state of stasis and the more leisurely travel and exploration in the early modern period. Until relatively recently, domestic travel and voyages to the wider world remained dangerous undertakings. Utopian fiction and travel writing are two genres that have been closely aligned by scholars who recognise how these genres reshape medieval discourses on the ideal state for an early modern audience. Weary travellers arrive at geographically unspecified places comprising ideal societies, but these ideal societies occupy a liminal space between fiction and reality: these spaces are ultimately unattainable due to the imprecision and prevarication present in the narrative. This draws to focus tensions within documenting imaginary travel and the material world. Far from being a site of concord, they become spaces of conflict. Travel – whether it is real or imagined, or if it has been implemented for public or private purposes – can be obstructed by conflicts; it remains often restricted and always bitterly debated.

This interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars working in the fields of medieval and early modern studies to interrogate the relationship between travel and conflict. Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Travel in times of war and conflict 
  • Restricted travel 
  • Forbidden travel 
  • Exile and travel 
  • Colonial encounters 
  • Piracy 
  • Travel, subterfuge and deceit 
  • Conflict of body and mind in travel 
  • Travel, religion and conversion 
  • Conflicting readings of travelogues 
  • Debates on travel 
  • Liminal spaces 
  • Utopian/Dystopian travel 
  • Travel and synaesthesia 
  • Vagrancy 
  • Matter, materiality and the unreal 
  • Travel as a violent act 
  • Remembering and forgetting travel 
  • Conflict between topography and spatial movement 
  • Conflict between mapped space and inhabited space 
  • Language communication and miscommunication 
  • Pilgrimage or Crusade 
  • Migration and persecution 

We invite abstracts of 200-250 words for individual papers of twenty minutes, or of up to 850 words for panels comprising no more than three papers, to be sent to by 25th January 2015. Please send your abstract in the text of your message, and not in an attached file.

The conference organisers are Rhun Emlyn, Gabor Gelléri, Andrew Hiscock, and Rachel Willie.

Further details are available via the conference website:, or you can follow us on Twitter @Travel_Conflict

‘The Royal Typographer and the Alchemist: Willem Sylvius and John Dee’

SHAC event, 26 October 2014: ‘The Royal Typographer and the Alchemist: Willem Sylvius and John Dee’, Museum Plantin-Moretus, Vrijdagmarkt 22, Antwerp, Belgium, 26 October 2014

A meeting sponsored by the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, ‘The Royal Typographer and the Alchemist: Willem Sylvius and John Dee’, will take place on 26 October at the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, Belgium. Coinciding with the 450th Anniversary of the publication of John Dee’s Monas Hieroglyphica, this colloquium will bring together specialists on John Dee and specialists on late sixteenth-century print culture and humanistic activities in Antwerp. The aim of the colloquium is to investigate the links between Antwerp’s vibrant print culture and its relationship to alchemy and the occult philosophy in the late sixteenth century.


Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London), “The printer and the alchemist: John Dee’s Monas Hieroglyphicaafter 450 years”.

Peter J. Forshaw (University of Amsterdam), “John Dee and the Stars (Astrology, Magic, and Alchemy)”

Steven vanden Broecke (University of Ghent) “Spirit, print, and the public good in the productions of Willem Silvius”.

Manuel Mertens, “Willem Silvius and the archive”.

Arjan Vandixhoorn (University of Utrecht), “Printers and the Culture of Knowledge in Sixteenth Century Antwerp: The Vernacular Perspective”.

Goran Proot, “The typographical identity of the Monas hieroglyphica”.

Registration fee: 20 Pounds/20 Euros. To register for this colloquium, or for further information, please contact Stephen Clucas:

Theatres of Conversion workshop: Early Modern Cities, Courts, and Playhouses

Toronto: 24-25 October, 2014
Deadline for application: 1 August 2014

The Theatres of Conversion workshop, co-hosted by the Early Modern Conversions Project and the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS) at Victoria University in the University of Toronto, will study how early modern cities, courts, and playhouses became sites of performative transformation (religious, social, sexual, cultural, human-animal, material). In London, Madrid, Paris, and Lima/Cuzco, among other cities, urban, courtly, and theatrical spatiality and culture attracted people to the metropolis from within national boundaries and across borders between nations, religions, and ethnic identities and afforded migrants the chance to change themselves or be changed in radical ways. Indeed the boundary-crossing movements themselves became the central agents and means of transformation.

In addition to the members of the Early Modern Conversions project, the workshop invites work-in-progress from scholars from the Toronto academic community at all stages of their careers, and especially welcomes the participation of graduate students and recent graduates. The workshop will also feature working sessions that focus on particular texts, works of visual art, music, and artifacts.

To apply to participate, please send a one-page abstract and a short (2-page) CV to by 1 August 2014.

Shakespeare Poetry Day

Thursday 23rd October 2014, 10 am-5 pm

Drama Studio, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

10.00 Venus and Adonis: Raphael Lyne and Subha Mukherji

11.20 Lucrece: Hester Lees-Jeffries, with Sarah Howe, Lucy Razzall, and Jane Partner
13.20 Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Gavin Alexander, with Sarah Howe, John Kerrigan, Angela Leighton, Sophie Read, and Jason Scott-Warren
16.00 A Lover’s Complaint: Sophie Read

16.20 ‘The Phoenix and Turtle’ and the songs from the plays: Jason Scott-Warren and others

Dr Gavin Alexander leads a group of lecturers from the Cambridge Faculty of English who will read aloud Shakespeare’s complete poetry to mark the 450th anniversary of his birth.

Shakespeare’s plays are performed every day throughout the world. His poems are read everywhere too; but usually in silence. We aim to bring Shakespeare’s non-dramatic verse to audible life in a day of readings of all of his poems and songs, performed in the Drama Studio of the Faculty of English at Cambridge, and broadcast live online.

You can come and go throughout the day. You can also tune in online at any time. Further information and link to the live audio relay at

Research into the Medieval and Early Modern: Navigating Issues of Engagement

Queen Mary, University of London and London Medieval Graduate Network
Saturday, 18 October 2014 from 10:00 to 18:30 (BST)

This colloquium is free of charge. Lunch and refreshments will be served throughout the day, and the colloquium will be rounded off with a drinks reception.

This one-day Colloquium will focus on the how and why of researchers connecting with wider audiences and ‘the public’, via radio, television, popular books and journals, newspapers, exhibitions, blogs, etc. We want to look into the role of public engagement - to what extent will current graduates need to be – or can they be – involved in this and how will they grow into it? Other questions we may ask are: how can early career researchers be selective and know when to seize opportunities, how can they access various types of media, how can these media be used most effectively, how accessible is the academic ‘style’, and how can public engagement help us to develop and progress professionally?

Many emerging academics would like an opportunity to communicate their research to the public via various forms of media, but they are often unsure how to access these types of media and they might not know the best ways to use these forms of media if an opportunity arises. On a more fundamental level, a common concern is how this type of public engagement might affect an academic’s research life. Will turning a PhD into a more commercially viable book actually be detrimental to academic job applications? Will an appearance on a television or radio programme change the way your colleagues and potential future employers could view you and/or your research? How do we know which opportunities to agree to, and which to turn down? These are some of the questions we hope might be partly answered during the course of this colloquium.

During three panels, the various speakers will explain how they became involved with various projects and how this affected their research (both positively and negatively), and there will be ample time for questions afterwards. The first two sessions will feature several academics talking about public engagement through their own experiences and current projects, whilst the third session will feature industry professionals who will share their experiences in working with academics (publisher, radio producer, artist in residence). As well as offering practical advice for students who want to engage with the public about their research via various media, the event will provide a forum for wider discussion of increasingly important questions on how public engagement ‘fits’ with an academic career and the importance we should place on this aspect of academia.

Although the day will be focused on research into the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (where do these periods even fit in with ideas of ‘public engagement’?), the event is open to all who are interested in attending. The speakers will share some of their own experiences and will offer practical advice, applicable to any field of study.

Our confirmed speakers include Prof. Miri Rubin (Queen Mary, School of History), Prof. Adrian Armstrong (Queen Mary, School of Languages, Linguistics, and Film), Clare Whistler (Leverhulme Art Fellow for the History of the Emotions, 2013/2014) Mukti Campion (BBC radio producer) and Claudia Bickford-Smith (Cambridge University Press). More speakers tbc.

This event is sponsored by QMUL, together with the London Medieval Graduate Network. The main organisers are: Hetta Howes, Ella Kilgallon, and Lydia Zeldenrust.

“Art, Anatomy, and the Body: Vesalius 500″, NYAM's second annual Festival for Medical History and the Arts

The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Saturday, October 18, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

On October 18, NYAM’s Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health presents its second-annual Festival for Medical History and the Arts. “Art, Anatomy, and the Body: Vesalius 500″ will celebrate the 500th birthday of anatomist Andreas Vesalius.

Vesalius’ groundbreaking De humani corporis fabrica (The Fabric of the Human Body) of 1543 is a key Renaissance text, one that profoundly changed medical training, anatomical knowledge, and artistic representations of the body, an influence that has persisted over the centuries. Our Festival is one of a global series of celebrations of his legacy.

Our day-long event will explore the intersection of anatomy and the arts with a vibrant roster of performers and presenters, including

  • Heidi Latsky’s “GIMP” Dance Project;
  • the comics artists of Graphic Medicine;
  • Sander Gilman on posture controlling the unruly body;
  • Alice Dreger on inventing the medical photograph;
  • Bill Hayes on researching hidden histories of medicine;
  • Steven Assael, Ann Fox and Chun-shan (Sandie) Yi on anatomy in contemporary art;
  • Chase Joynt’s Resisterectomy, a meditation on surgery and gender;
  • Brandy Schillace on ambivalent depictions of female anatomy in the 18th century;
  • Lisa Rosner on famous body snatchers Burke and Hare;
  • the art of anatomical atlases with Michael Sappol;
  • medical 3D printing demos by ProofX;
  • anatomical painting directly on skin with Kriota Willberg;
  • Daniel Garrison on translating Vesalius for modern audiences;
  • Jeff Levine and Michael Nevins on revisiting the Fabrica frontispiece;

and many more.

In connection with the Festival, NYAM’s Center will host 4 hands-on workshops

1. From the Cradle to the Grave: Session One: The Cradle

Working with NYAM’s conservation team, produce your own articulated anatomical figures in the Gladys Brooks Book & Paper Conservation Laboratory. Participants will have time to make at least one paper baby and pelvis, which can be produced as paper dolls or magnets.

2. From the Cradle to the Grave: Session Two: The Grave

Working with NYAM’s conservation team, produce your own “exquisite corpse” in the Gladys Brooks Book & Paper Conservation Laboratory. To produce a Vesalian-themed exquisite (or rotating) corpse, this workshop will employ a special, rotating binding structure and mix-matched facsimile images from NYAM’s rare book collections to allow students to create their own unique, moveable pieces of art.

3. Renaissance Illustration Techniques Workshop with Marie Dauenheimer, Medical Illustrator

Artists and anatomists passionate about the mysteries of the human body drove anatomical investigation during the Renaissance. In this workshop, students will learn and apply the techniques used by Renaissance artists to illustrate anatomical specimens.

4. Understanding the Hand, physical anthropology workshop with Sam Dunlap, Ph.D.

Basic anatomical dissection, illustration, and knowledge continue to be fundamental in many fields from evolutionary biology to surgery, medical training, and forensic science. This workshop will offer participants the opportunity to explore the human hand and its anatomy, which will be demonstrated with at least three dissections.

Workshop registration fees cover both the workshop and all-day admission to the Festival.

For more information and to register, see

Paul Theerman, PhD
Associate Director
Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health
New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY, 10029

Dacre Centenary Lectures 2014: Ideas and Society c 1600-1800 (17 Oct to 28 Nov)

Venue: Oxford University Examination schools, High St, Oxford.
Time: Fridays at 5pm.

Provisional titles:

17 October: Colin Kidd, ‘Priestcraft, the Devil and the Union of 1707”

24 October: Anthony Grafton, ‘Humanism and History in the Late Renaissance: Isaac Casaubon, Polybius, and the Political uses of the Past.’

31 October: Jonathan Israel, ‘Radical Enlightenment and the French Revolution’

7 November: David Womersley, ‘Ideas and Society in the Pays de Vaud: Edward Gibbon and Georges Deyverdun read the Classics’.

14 November: Michael Hunter, ‘The Enlightenment Rejection of Magic: New Thoughts on an Old theme’.

21 November: Brian Young, ‘Hume and History’

28 November: Noel Malcolm, ‘Hobbes’s Leviathan and Christian Doctrine’.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Shakespeare’s Unsung Heroes and Heroines

Shakespeare Seminar at the Annual Conference of the German Shakespeare Society

Berlin, 23-26 April 2015

Without Paulina and Antigonus there would be no reunion, however tainted, between Leontes and Hermione, and there would be no union of Perdita and Florizel in The Winter’s Tale. In a sense, then, Paulina and Antigonus are the unsung heroine and hero of the play. Undoubtedly, Antigonus’ exit pursued by a bear is not typical of a tragic hero. Taking Antigonus melodramatic exit as an example, Sir Walter Raleigh, then Professor of English Literature at Oxford, famously complained in 1907 that Shakespeare disposed of his minor characters “in the most unprincipled and reckless fashion.”

In this seminar we would like to explore heroic qualities in Shakespeare’s ‘minor’ characters, and thus equally revisit preconceived notions about the status of these minor characters as well as traditional concepts of the (tragic) hero. What did Shakespeare’s contemporaries make, for example, of Enobarbus deserting Antony and then dying of grief when confronted with Antony’s generosity and Octavius’ cynicism? Was Enobarbus a tragic hero in the eyes of contemporary audiences of Antony and Cleopatra? Do we see him as a tragic hero? What about the minor female characters? Are Ophelia and Lady Anne, for instance, the tragic heroines of Hamlet and Richard III? Considering heroic qualities in Shakespeare’s minor characters can help bring into focus changing attitudes to heroism and hero worship. At the same time, this perspective also allows for probing into more fundamental dramatic and literary conventions: how ‘minor’ are minor characters in Shakespeare’s plays? Does poetic justice only appertain to the great? Which concepts of heroism can we use to take account of marginal characters in the comedies and romances? Which role do categories such as gender and race play in our / the early modern conception of what is ‘heroic’? Which methods (genre theory, network theory, New Historicism) are productive tools to analyse Shakespeare’s minor characters? How have theatrical and filmic adaptations dealt with Shakespeare’s unsung heroes and heroines?

Our seminar plans to address these and related questions with a panel of six papers during the annual conference of the German Shakespeare Association, Shakespeare-Tage (23-26 April 2015 in Berlin), which will focus on “Shakespeare’s Heroes and Heroines.” As critical input for the discussion and provocation for debate, panellists are invited to give short statements on the basis of pre-circulated papers presenting concrete case studies, concise examples and strong views on the topic. Please send your proposals (abstracts of 300 words) and all further questions by 30 November 2014 to the seminar convenors:

Felix Sprang, Humboldt University, Berlin:
Christina Wald, University of Konstanz:

See also:

CALL FOR PAPERS: Science and Information Conference 2015

About the Conference

Science and Information (SAI) Conference is a premier venue for researchers and industry practitioners to share their new ideas, original research results and practical development experiences from Computer Science, Electronics and Communication related areas.

Science and Information Conference 2015 features specialized keynote talks, contributed papers, special sessions, poster presentations, workshops, and tutorials on theory and practice. Its drive is to convene a high quality, well-attended, and up-to-date conference on technology and research.

Science and Information Conference 2015 will be held at London, U.K from July 28-30, 2015. It is hosted by The Science and Information Organization, and is being organized with sponsorship and support from IEEE and Springer.

Technically Sponsored by IEEE Computer Chapter UKRI.

Past Conferences: 
  • Science and Information Conference 2014 was held from August 27-29, 2014, at Park Inn London Heathrow. The Conference was an overwhelming success, attracting 190+ delegates, speakers and sponsors from 50 countries and provided great intellectual and social interaction for the participants. Science and Information Conference 2014 is hosted by The Science and Information Organization, and was being organized with sponsorship and support from Microsoft, RK Trans2Cloud, IEEE and Springer. 
  • Science and Information Conference 2013 witnessed 160 researchers, students and scientists from more than 55 countries attending the conference! The conference was structured with paper and poster presentations from the international community of authors, including presentations from keynote speakers and state-of-the-art lectures It was full of engaging speakers and lively discussion. The conference was technically sponsored by 4 units of IEEE and supported by Springer. 

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Early Bird Submission (Submit early and Save £100!)
Paper Submission : November 01, 2014
Acceptance Notification : December 01, 2014
Author Registration : January 15, 2015
Camera Ready Submission : February 01, 2015
Conference Dates : July 28-30, 2015

Regular SubmissionPaper Submission : December 15, 2014
Acceptance Notification : January 15, 2015
Author Registration : February 15, 2015
Camera Ready Submission : March 15, 2015
Conference Dates : July 28-30, 2015

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  • Authors should submit their papers in English of up to 10 double column pages, presenting the results of original research or innovative practical applications relevant to the conference. 
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Post Conference Publication and Filming

All SAI Conference 2015 papers will be submitted to IEEE Xplore and indexed in various international databases like Scopus, Inspec, DBLP and more. Authors of selected outstanding papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers for consideration of publication in the following:

Springer Book Series - Studies in Computational Intelligence, Indexed by DBLP, Ulrichs, SCOPUS, MathSciNet, Current Mathematical Publications, Mathematical Reviews, Zentralblatt Math: MetaPress and Springerlink.
International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications(IJACSA)
International Journal of Advanced Research in Artificial Intelligence(IJARAI)

During the conference, the different talks will be filmed and made available at the conference website.

Review Process

The review process will be double-blind. Therefore, please anonymize your submission. This means that all submissions must contain no information identifying the author(s) or their organization(s): Do not put the author(s) names or affiliation(s) at the start of the paper, anonymize citations to and mentions of your own prior work that are directly related to your present work, and do not include funding or other acknowledgments.

Each paper will be reviewed by at least three regular PC members or two senior PC members. The acceptance decisions will take into account paper novelty, technical depth, elegance, practical or theoretic impact, and presentation.
  • Original: the paper explores a new idea, project or issue; discusses existing research with promise of new insight, discusses new research; or presents new ways of considering existing information 
  • Engaging: presentation format will involve the audience in some way, or has high potential to attract conference attendees by addressing needs of the community 
  • Significant: the paper raises and discusses issues important to improving the effectiveness and/or sustainability of open education efforts, and its contents can be broadly disseminated and understood 
  • Quality: claims are supported by sufficient data; claims draw upon relevant literature; and limitations are described honestly 
  • Clear: the intended outcomes of the paper are easily understood 
  • Relevant: the paper addresses one or more of the themes of the conference 

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Magic and Intellectual History

Thursday 5th March 2015 - CREMS, University of York

A day symposium – Keynote speaker: Dr Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck)

This symposium will explore the place of magic in the intellectual culture of early modern England and Europe. It will focus on how magic was perceived and understood in philosophical, religious and scientific thought, and the ambivalence that surrounded it as topics of scholarship.

Papers might attend to the following:
  • How did early modern thought accommodate magic into its disciplines?
  • Why was magic the object of so much ‘elite’ scientific and philosophical thought?
  • Magic and the study of nature
  • Magic and the ineffable
  • Redefining the parameters of magic
  • Magic and religion.
  • The occult and hidden operations of nature
  • Scepticism and magical thought
  • Magic and language / magic and metaphor
  • Literature and the portrayal of magic
  • Magic and the devil
  • Magicians and their day-jobs.

Call for Papers: Abstracts by 15th October (c. 250 words)

Contact: Kevin Killeen,

This symposium is part of a diffuse and ongoing Thomas Browne Seminar that has digressed quite far:


The Thomas Browne Seminar is a forum for exploring the intellectual history of the seventeenth century, the relations between its apparently incompatible disciplines and the social, scientific and political contexts in which they arose. It is not, by any means, restricted to Thomas Browne himself, but also examines more broadly the intellectual culture in the mid-seventeenth century.

Papers are invited on any aspect of mid-century culture, the history of science and scholarship, religious and antiquarian thought, natural history, politics and the history of trivia, in particular, but not restricted to, those related to Browne. As the seminar will involve an ongoing series of meetings, ideas for future seminars are also invited.

The TBS is run jointly by the Department of English and Related Literature and the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. Thomas Browne was a significant figure in the scholarly and scientific community of the seventeenth century, who nevertheless defies categorisation and whose blend of humanism, scholasticism and natural philosophy is testament to the intellectual flux of the period.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Descartes Centre, Circulation of knowledge regarding non-European plants and plant components

The Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, Huygens ING, and Naturalis Biodiversity Centre invite abstracts for papers on the circulation of knowledge regarding non-European plants and plant components, to which therapeutic properties were attributed in the early modern period (1500-1800) for their conference, to be held in Leiden, the Netherlands, 15 April to 17 April 2015.

We encourage presentations that utilize digital methods for the history of botany and pharmacy (e.g. digital visualizations of pharmaceutical networks) and presentations that are based on non-printed and/or non-textual cultural and scientific heritage (e.g. letters, cabinets of curiosities, collections of materia medica, herbals, medical chests, etc.).

Abstracts should contain no more than 400 words (for 15 minute presentations) and should be sent before 15 November 2014 to Peter van den Hooff (Descartes Centre) at For details and registration, please consult

Peter C. van den Hooff, MA | academic staff member | Utrecht University | Faculty of Science | Freudenthal Institute for Science and Mathematics Education | Division of History and Philosophy of Science | Visiting address: Buys Ballot Building, Princetonplein 5,3584 CC Utrecht | Room 4.69 | Mailing address: PO box 85170, 3508 AD Utrecht | | +31 (0)30 253 5697 (office) | +31 (0)6 38 48 07 58 (mobile) | |

CALL FOR PAPERS: Johannes Tinctoris and Music Theory in the Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance

9–10 October 2014
Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, University of London

Keynote Speaker: Dr Stefano Mengozzi (University of Michigan), ‘Johannes Tinctoris, the Ambiguity of Language, and the Nature of Music-Theoretical Knowledge’

Birmingham Conservatoire, in association with the Institute of Musical Research, invites proposals for individual 20-minute papers (to be followed by 10 minutes of discussion) for inclusion in this two-day conference. Papers may either directly address Tinctoris’s own theoretical writings, musical compositions, biography, and their cultural, historical and intellectual contexts, or deal with broader approaches to music theory, its status and function in the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance. We are also interested in proposals relating to technologies of presentation for modern readers, and relationships between medieval music theory and other aspects of musical analysis and criticism.

Proposals should consist of a title, an abstract of up to 250 words and a biographical note of no more than 150 words; they should be sent to by Thursday 1 May 2014.

It is anticipated that delegate fees will be waived for speakers, though it is unlikely that other travel and accommodation costs can be supported.

This conference marks the culmination of the first phase of the research project ‘The Complete Theoretical Works of Johannes Tinctoris: A New Digital Edition’ (2011–14), which has been generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and hosted by Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University. The edition, as well as further information about the project, is ongoing at:

Information regarding booking for delegates will be circulated in May–June 2014.

Project Team and Programme Committee:
Professor Ronald Woodley: Principal Investigator
Dr Jeffrey J. Dean: Senior Researcher
David Lewis: Researcher
Christian Goursaud: PhD Student

CALL FOR PAPERS: Rethinking Intellectual History

The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 7-9 April 2015.

The Sydney Intellectual History Network at the University of Sydney invite proposals for papers and proposals for 3-4 paper sessions for the Rethinking Intellectual History Conference.

Organisers: Stephen Gaukroger, Jennifer Milam, Glenda Sluga

The conference focuses on ten topic areas with the aim of stimulating discussion across disciplines about the past and future of intellectual history.

1. History of economic thought

2. Women and intellectual history

3. Biography, autobiography and individual life

4. History/historiography of intellectual history and hstory of ideas

5. Visual ideas and the history of art

6. ‘Ancient and modern ‘debates

7. The project and process of Enlightenment

8. History of science and intellectual history

9. History of political thought

10. History of legal thought

In addition to sessions devoted to the specific conference themes, there will also be a general section covering any aspect of intellectual history. The organisers welcome abstracts of individual papers as well as proposals for sessions of 3 papers. Abstracts of the proposed papers and proposals for sessions should be sent, by 30 November 2014, to the conference committee:

Deadline for submissions: 30 November 2014