Toronto 2015

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

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

Scientiae 2015 is 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.

Scientiae 2015 has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Victoria University, the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, the Department of History, the Department for the Study of Religion, the Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies, the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, and Brill, whose sponsorship we gratefully acknowledge.


The final programme is now available for Scientiae 2015. Click on the icon below to download.



Registration for Scientiae 2015 is now closed. On-site registration will take place in Emmanuel College, room EM 119, beginning at 8.15 am on Wednesday, 27th, and remain open until the morning of Friday, 29th. For location details, please see ‘Venue Information’ below.

The registration fee is $225.00 CAD, or $115.00 CAD for students. The registration fee includes tea/coffee breaks, a reception on Wednesday evening, and a delegate package. It is an additional $35.00 CAD to attend the conference banquet on Thursday night.

Venue Information

A mini map showing the location of Emmanuel College (registration) and Northrop Frye Hall can be downloaded here. For a larger, more detailed map showing the location of Victoria College on campus and within the city more generally, please click here. Detailed travel information, including directions, parking, and transit options to the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus (on which Victoria College is located), can be found here.

The venue for Scientiae 2015 will be Emmanuel College and Northrop Frye Hall, both located at the centre of Victoria College. The entrance to Emmanuel College, where registration will take place, is pictured to the left. A map showing its location can be downloaded here.

Travel & Accommodation

Accommodation is available for conference participants in Victoria College’s halls of residence from $67.00 CAD per night, or $62.00 CAD per night for students. Double rooms are also available. Internet facilities and a hot breakfast are included. To make a reservation, please click here and follow the instructions on Victoria College’s accommodation website. You must include ‘Scientiae 2015’ under the appropriate heading when you fill in the online reservation form.

Please note that you will not be guaranteed a room at Victoria College if you place your reservation after 27 February 2014.

Alternatively, there are many hotels located in close proximity to Victoria College and the University of Toronto. You may use hotel booking sites such as Travelocity, TripAdvisor, or Expedia for the best deals. We recommend the following for their proximity to the host venue:

Please be aware that, as the conference will take place in May, hotel prices will rise quickly. Participants wishing to stay in nearby hotels are thus advised to make reservations earlier rather than later.

Making Knowledge Visible

The Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies is pleased to present an exhibition of rare books in honour of Scientiae 2015:

Making Knowledge Visible
An Exhibition of Rare Books from the CRRS Collection

May 27 – June 10. Entrance Foyer, E. J. Pratt Library

This exhibition will showcase a selection of rare books in the CRRS collections that reveal the many and varied ways early modern thinkers investigated, understood, and depicted the world. Inspired by Scientiae’s mandate, our selections cut across disciplinary boundaries and include works of cosmology, astronomy, and astrology; geometry, architecture, and technology; alchemy, medicine, and natural history. Curated by John Christopoulos, CRRS Fellow.


For any questions, please contact James A.T. Lancaster.

Conference Committee: James A.T. Lancaster (Warburg), Richard Raiswell (Prince Edward Island), Erin Webster (Toronto), and Paul Greenham (Toronto).
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