Oxford 2016

St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, 5-7 July 2016

Keynote Speakers: Wouter Hanegraaff (Amsterdam), Martin Kemp (Oxford), & Tara Nummedal (Brown)

Proposals are invited for the fifth annual Scientiae conference on disciplines of knowing in the early modern world (roughly 1400-1800). The major premise of this conference series is that knowledge during this period was inherently interdisciplinary, involving complex mixtures of theories, practices and objects, which had yet to be separated into their modern ‘scientific’ configurations. Although centred on attempts to understand and control the natural world, Scientiae addresses natural philosophy, natural history, and the scientiae mixtae within a wide range of related fields, including but not restricted to Biblical exegesis, medicine, artisan practice and theory, logic, humanism, alchemy, magic, witchcraft, demonology, divinatory practices, astronomy, astrology, music, antiquarianism, experimentation and commerce. Attention is also given to mapping intellectual geographies through the tools of the digital humanities.


Registration for Scientiae 2016 is now closed. Please contact the conference convenor, Jo Hedesan, with any queries related to registration.

A conference poster with registration details for Scientiae 2016 is now available to download.


The final programme for Scientiae 2016 is now available to download. A downloadable catalogue of abstracts will be made available in due course.


Conference programme

For any questions, please contact the convenor, Jo Hedesan.

Convenor: Georgiana Hedesan (Oxford), Senior Adviser: Howard Hotson (Oxford).
Organising Team: Karen Hollewand (Oxford), Cornelis Schilt (Sussex), Luca Guariento (Glasgow).

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