Executive Committee

Richard Raiswell (University of Prince Edward Island)


Richard Raiswell is Associate Professor of History at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada and Fellow at the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, Victoria University in the University of Toronto. His research investigates the cultural dialogues underlying specific constructions of demonism and geography in the late medieval and early modern periods, focussing on the resilience of particular discursive frames in the light of the broader developments in natural philosophy in this period. Publications include Evidence in the Age of the New Sciences (Springer, 2018) with James Lancaster, Knowing Demons, Knowing Spirits (Palgrave, 2018), with Michelle Brock and David Winter, The Devil in Society in Premodern Europe (Toronto, 2013) with Peter Dendle, “Evidence before Science,” (with James Lancaster), “Edward Terry and the Demons of India” and “Edward Terry and the Calvinist Geography of India.” His current projects include editing a primary source collection on medieval demonism and editing The Routledge History of the Devil.

Vittoria Feola (University of Padova)

Vittoria Feola’s fields of enquiry are British and European political and religious history; the history and historiography of alchemy. Feola’s latest book, Mobilità confessionale, costituzione e tolleranza. Lo spazio transatlantico inglese in età moderna (Milan 2021), considers the constitution of the first British empire in connection with Atlantic confessional mobility. She is currently working on two alchemy-related projects, one on the American reception of Elias Ashmole’s Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum, and another on the alchemical production of the Padua Medical School in the 17C. She is also working on Jacques Gaffarel’s intellectual biography. Feola is the author of Elias Ashmole and the Uses of Antiquity (Paris 2012), Elias Ashmole. The Quartecentenary Biography (Rome 2017); she is the editor of Antiquarianism and Science in Early Modern Urban Networks (Paris 2013) and  Early Modern Universities and the Sciences  (Milan 2020).

Cornelis Schilt (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Cornelis J. (Kees-Jan) Schilt is a postdoctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. A historian of early modern science and Transcription Manager for the digital Newton Project, he was educated at Utrecht University, the University of Sussex and the University of Oxford, where he completed his doctorate on Isaac Newton’s chronological studies in 2018. Previously a Junior Research Fellow at Linacre College, Oxford, with a project detailing Newton’s career at the Royal Mint, he is now working on a comparative study of Newton’s methodology. He combines a strong background in Information Technology with a fascination for early-modern knowledge-making and has published on the intersections between Newton’s optics, his alchemy, and his chronological studies. His other interests include the history of physics and the history of science & religion. He blogs about all things Newton on Corpus Newtonicum.

Cassie Gorman (Anglia Ruskin University)

Cassie Gorman is a Lecturer in English at Anglia Ruskin University. Prior to this she held lecturing posts at Trinity College, Cambridge and Oriel College, Oxford, after completing her doctorate at the University of Cambridge in 2014. Her research explores ways in which English imaginative literature of the seventeenth century was not only responsive to but a part of scientific progress, with particular interests in early modern women’s writing and the reciprocal influence between corpuscular philosophy and theological thought. She has published papers on Henry More, Lucy Hutchinson and Thomas Traherne, and co-edited a volume of essays on the latter with the theologian Elizabeth Dodd: Thomas Traherne and Seventeenth Century Thought (Boydell and Brewer, 2016). Cassie is currently finishing her first monograph, a study of early modern poetry and atomic thought, and is about to begin a new research project on early modern women’s alchemical writing.

Stefano Gulizia (Polish Institute of Advanced Studies)

Stefano Gulizia is a historian of early modern science and philosophy, with a focus on forms of intellectual coordination. Trained as a classicist and philologist, he taught extensively in the U.S. (after his PhD from Indiana University) and held fellowships in California, Oxford, Chicago, Montréal, Berlin, Wolfenbüttel, Bucharest and Warsaw. He has now joined the faculties of History at the University of Milan, and he is a research fellow at the Center for Early Modern History. Recent publications consider Aristotelian natural philosophy, the relation of science and print culture, cosmology and textual scholarship; an updated list is here. In 2020 he edited a special issue on mechanical automata in early modern Europe. He is currently the editor in chief of the Scientiae Studies series at AUP, on which see our dedicated page.

Karen Hollewand (University of Utrecht)

Karen Hollewand is currently a postdoc in the Skillnet project at the Faculty of History of the University of Utrecht. She completed her PhD thesis, on the banishment of humanist Hadriaan Beverland in the year 1679, at the University of Oxford and she is working on a translation of Beverland’s main work De Peccato Originali together with dr Floris Verhaart. Her research concentrates on the social, intellectual, and cultural history of early modern Europe, with a particular focus on sex and science and the Republic of Letters.

David Beck (University of Warwick)

BeckDavid Beck is based in the Department of History at the University of Warwick, where he completed his PhD in 2013. He is currently a fixed-term Lecturer in History, and Academic Technologist for Research in the Faculty of Arts. He has published on physico-theology and natural history in late seventeenth-century England. His current research focuses on two disparate areas of English intellectual culture around the turn of the eighteenth century: local natural history, and the relationship between erotica/pornography and the early Enlightenment. David Beck was responsible for organising the second Scientiae conference in Warwick in 2013.

Former Executive Committee Members

Steven Matthews (University of Minnesota, Duluth)

MattewsSteven Matthews is associate professor of history and departmental head of history at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.  He holds a Masters in Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, and a PhD in History from the University of Florida.  He specializes in the history of science and the history of Christianity with an emphasis on the foundations of both and their subsequent interactions.  He is the author of the ponderously titled monograph, Theology and Science in the Thought of Francis Bacon (Ashgate, 2008), as well as a series of articles on the relationship between science and theology in the thought of Francis Bacon more generally. Steven is also a founding member of Scientiae.

James Dougal Fleming (Simon Fraser University)

J.D. Fleming is Professor of English Literature at SFU in Vancouver, B.C. A Columbia PhD, he has published widely on early modern intellectual culture. Books: The Mirror of Information in Early Modern England: John Wilkins and the Universal Character (Palgrave, 2016); Milton’s Secrecy and Philosophical Hermeneutics (Ashgate, 2008); and (ed. and intro.) The Invention of Discovery, 1500-1700 (Ashgate, 2011). Most recent article: “‘At the end of the days’: Francis Bacon, Daniel 12:4, and the possibility of science” (Cahiers François Viète 3.7, 2019). J.D. organized the original Scientiae conference, held at SFU in 2012. He was also lead organizer of our 2019 conference, held at Queen’s University, Belfast. He served on the conference executive from 2012-2015 and from 2018-2020.

James Lancaster (Royal Holloway, University of London)

James A.T. Lancaster (Communications Director until 2016) is an intellectual historian, who received his PhD from the Warburg Institute in London. He is currently a Teaching Fellow in the Department of History at Royal Holloway, where he is in the process of writing a book on the interrelation of religion and the natural world in the thought of Francis Bacon. In addition, as a board member of the Oxford Francis Bacon (OFB), James has been responsible for compiling the most comprehensive bibliography to date of both editions of the works of, and secondary sources on, Francis Bacon. His publications include: ‘The Semantic Structure of Evolutionary Biology as an Argument Against Intelligent Design’ in Zygon: The Journal of Religion and Science; ‘Natural Knowledge as a Propaedeutic to Self-Betterment: Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Natural History’ in Early Science and Medicine; and ‘Natural Histories of Religion: A (Baconian) “Science”?’ in Perspectives on Science. He is co-editor of Francis Bacon on Motion and Power (Springer, 2016) and (together with Richard Raiswell) of  Evidence in the Age of the New Sciences (Springer, 2018).

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