‘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: s.clucas@bbk.ac.uk

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 conversions@mcgill.ca 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 http://www.english.cam.ac.uk/multimedia/shakespeare/.

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 http://nyamcenterforhistory.org/vesalius-500/

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: felix.sprang@hu-berlin.de
Christina Wald, University of Konstanz: christina.wald@uni-konstanz.de

See also: http://shakespeare-gesellschaft.de/publikationen/seminar.html

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.

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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, kevin.killeen@york.ac.uk

This symposium is part of a diffuse and ongoing Thomas Browne Seminar that has digressed quite far: http://www.york.ac.uk/english/news-events/browne/


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 p.c.vandenhooff@uu.nl. For details and registration, please consult www.timecapsule.nu/materia-medica.

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 | p.c.vandenhooff@uu.nl | +31 (0)30 253 5697 (office) | +31 (0)6 38 48 07 58 (mobile) | www.timecapsule.nu |

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 ronald.woodley@bcu.ac.uk 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: sihn.rih@sydney.edu.au

Deadline for submissions: 30 November 2014
Website: http://sydney.edu.au/intellectual-history/news-events/rih-conference-2015.shtml

CALL FOR PAPERS: Scientiae Toronto 2015

27-29 May 2015, Victoria College, University of Toronto

Keynotes: Anthony Grafton (Princeton) & Peter Dear (Cornell)

The CFP for Scientiae 2015 (Toronto, 27-29 May) is now available online: http://scientiae.co.uk/?page_id=740

Paper, panel, and round-table proposals are invited for the fourth annual international conference on the emergent knowledge practices of the early-modern period (1450-1750). The major premise of this conference is that knowledge during the period of the Scientific Revolution was inherently interdisciplinary, involving complex mixtures of practices and objects which had yet to be separated into their modern “scientific” hierarchies. Our approach, therefore, needs to be equally wide-ranging, involving Biblical exegesis, art theory, logic, and literary humanism; as well as natural philosophy, alchemy, occult practices, and trade knowledge. Attention is also given to mapping intellectual geographies through the tools of the digital humanities. Always, our focus must be on the subject-matter at hand, rather than on the disciplinary performances by which we access it. Although centred around the emergence of modern natural science, Scientiae is intended for scholars working in any area of early-modern intellectual culture.

Abstracts for individual papers of 20 minutes should be between 250 and 350 words in length. For panel sessions of 1 hour and 30 minutes, a list of speakers and chair (with affiliations), a 500-word panel abstract, and individual abstracts from each speaker are required. Newly at Scientiae 2015, we also invite proposals for a limited number of topic-based roundtable sessions. These should feature brief presentations from 2 or 3 knowledgeable speakers on a defined but broad issue in early-modern intellectual history, with the intention of opening up multilateral discussion from the floor—the main business of the session.

All submissions should be made by 17 November 2014 using the online form here.

For any questions, please contact the conference convenor:

James A.T. Lancaster.
H.B.A. (Toronto), M.A. (Toronto), PhD Candidate (Warburg)
The Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Studies
University of London

The Oxford-Globe Forum for Medicine and Drama in Practice

The Oxford-Globe Forum meets twice a year, alternating between Shakespeare’s Globe and the University of Oxford. It brings together researchers and practitioners in medicine, theatre and academia to explore a designated theme.

The theme for October 2014 is Anatomy and Dissection. Papers are informal and are limited to 12-15 minutes; the aim is to enable discussion among different constituencies of interest.

Registration is required: the £15 fee includes a sandwich lunch and coffee.

To register, go to the calendar at www.gtc.ox.ac.uk/whats-on-calendar. Then click on 4 October.

To offer a paper, please send your proposed title and a brief abstract by September 15th to english.office@ell.ox.ac.uk (Inquiries may be made to this email address too.)

4 October 2014 at the University of Oxford, 10.00am-4.30pm
Sponsored by Globe Education and Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

Venue Address:
University of Oxford,
Green Templeton College,
43 Woodstock Road
Oxford, OX2 6SG

CALL FOR PAPERS: Science in the City

On October 3rd 2014, the committee of the Irish Network for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine will host their annual conference at the Edward Worth Library in Dublin. The conference provides an opportunity to strengthen the Irish network of researchers in the history of science, technology and medicine and create further links with practitioners abroad.

The 2014 theme is ‘Science in the City’ and at this time proposals are being sought for papers interpreting this theme.

Abstracts should be emailed to the secretary of the Irish Network for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Dr. Juliana Adelman, at juliana.adelman@dcu.ie by 25 August. Presenters will be contacted no later than 1 September.

For further information on the conference or the History of Science Network Ireland please e-mail juliana.adelman@dcu.ie

Dr Elizabethanne Boran,
The Edward Worth Library (1733),
Dr Steevens' Hospital,
Dublin 8,

Tel: 00 353 1 635 2215.


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