Vancouver 2012

Simon Fraser University Vancouver 26-28 April 2012


Scholars have increasingly theorized the Scientific Revolution as an interdisciplinary function, involving Biblical exegesis, art theory, and literary humanism; as well as natural philosophy, alchemy, occult practices, and trade knowledge. Yet it remains rare to find a forum for early-modern science studies that attempts to gather the field’s diversity into a single and coherent focus. Scientiae will provide such a forum, for more than 100 presenters and their auditors, in more than 30 sessions, spread over three days. It will be an opportunity for scholars from multiple relevant disciplines, but all taking early-modern science as their common intellectual object, to share their research and spark new investigations.

The keynote speakers for Scientiae will be Mario Biagioli and Peter Harrison. Dr. Biagioli is Distinguished Professor of Law and Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Director of the Center for Innovation Studies at the University of California (Davis). He is the author of Galileo’s Instruments of Credit (Chicago, 2006) and Galileo, Courtier (Chicago, 1993), among many other publications. Dr. Harrison is Research Professor and Director of the Centre for the History of European Discourses, University of Queensland, and Senior Research Fellow at the Ian Ramsey Centre, Oxford University. His publications include The Fall of Man and the Foundations of Science (Cambridge, 2007), The Bible, Protestantism and the Rise of Natural Science (Cambridge, 1998), and, as editor, The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion (Cambridge, 2010).

For a full list of speakers, see the final program. Presenters at Scientiae will be invited to submit article-length versions of their papers for a special number of the Intellectual History Review. In addition, Palgrave Macmillan has expressed an interest in bringing out a collection of essays based on select papers from the conference.

Registration for Scientiae is now open. The regular conference fee is $150 (Cdn). Student registration is $125 (Cdn). Fees are inclusive of the conference banquet, as well as breakout coffee and snacks throughout the conference itself.

All sessions of Scientiae will be held at the Harbour Centre campus of Simon Fraser University, on the waterfront in the heart of downtown Vancouver. A favorable rate has been secured for conferees at the Delta Vancouver Suites hotel, located directly across the street from Harbour Centre. Other accommodation options are numerous, various, and close. Rich options for dining, shopping, and entertainment are within walking distance of the conference site. Direct transport links to Vancouver Airport (YVR), and to almost anywhere in the metropolitan Vancouver area, including extensive outdoor recreational opportunities, are available from Waterfront Station, also steps away from Harbour Centre.

Download the final program for Scientiae 2012.

For further information, contact the co-convenors, James Dougal Fleming (SFU, English) and Steven Matthews (U of Minnesota, History) at

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