(Two-Day Conference) The World of Daniel Sennert (1572-1637): Creation and Dissemination of Medical Knowledge in the 17th Century (Organizers: Blair, Goeing, Mulsow)

Anja-Silvia Goeing Announcement
Subject Fields
Early Modern History and Period Studies, European History / Studies, German History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Intellectual History

International Conference, June 8-9, 2023 at Forschungszentrum Gotha, Universität Erfurt


The World of Daniel Sennert (1572-1637): Creation and Dissemination of Medical Knowledge in the 17th Century


Organization team: Ann Blair (Harvard), Anja-Silvia Goeing (Zurich/Harvard) (PI), Martin Mulsow (Erfurt)

Administration: Stefan Müller (Erfurt) and Dr. Markus Meumann (Erfurt)  


The conference is sponsored by Fritz Thyssen Foundation

June 8, 2023

8:45-9:00 Welcome by the Organizers

1) Chemistry, Religion, and Medicine: Ancient and New Knowledge


Christoph Lüthy, Center for the History of Philosophy and Science, Radboud University Nijmegen: "Ancient Knowledge, Growing Counterevidence: The Four Versions of Daniel Sennert’s Handbook of Natural Philosophy."

Harold Cook, History of Medicine, Brown University, Providence RI, USA: "Fear of Atheism and the Defence of Galenism: Problems with Substance rather than Quality."

Hiro Hirai, Research Associate at Center for Science and Society, Columbia University: "Sennert and Renaissance Debates on Occult Diseases."

(Coffee provided)



Elisabeth Moreau, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, UK: “Sennert’s Compromise between Galenic and Paracelsian Pharmacology.”

Andreas Blank, Private Docent in Philosophy at Universität Klagenfurt, Institut für Philosophie: “Sennert’s Critique of Emergent Properties and the Question of Confessionalization.”

(Lunch provided)

2) Medical and Chemical Practices

14:45 Coffee provided


Joel A Klein, Molina Curator for the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Huntington Library, San Marino, California: “Making Knowledge in Experimental Chymistry and Medicine: The Correspondence of Daniel Sennert and Michael Döring.”

Charles Gunnoe, Jr., Professor of History, Aquinas College: "Daniel Sennert: Anti-Paracelsian or Quasi-Paracelsian?"

William R. Newman, Ruth N. Halls Professor, History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine, Indiana University Bloomington: “An Aristotelian Experimentalist? Daniel Sennert as a Pre-Baconian Case-Study.


June 9, 2023

3) Medical Publications and the Book Market


Kaspar von Greyerz, em. Professor in History at University of Basel: “‘Epitomizers’, Pirates, and Translators: Seventeenth Century Publications of Sennert’s Works in France, Italy, The Netherlands, and England.”

Pietro Daniel Omodeo, Associate Professor  at Ca' Foscari, Venice: “Daniel Sennert and the University of Padua: Circulation of Medical Knowledge and Scholars across the Confessional Divide”.

Kevin (Ku-ming) Chang, Academia Sinica, Taiwan: “The Dissertation in the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries”.

         (Coffee provided)

4) Teaching, Students, and Networks


Anja-Silvia Goeing, Associate in History, Harvard University; Professor at Institute of Education, University of Zurich: “Teaching and Making Medical Knowledge in Early Modern Europe: The Case Study of Scurvy in Wittenberg”.

Natalia Bachour, Research Associate in Islamic Studies, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich: “The Unknowing Disciples of Daniel Sennert and his Inconspicuous Impact in the Ottoman Empire”.

(Lunch provided)


14:45 Coffee provided


Meelis Friedenthal, Associate Professor of Intellectual History and Intellectual History of the Baltic Sea Region, University of Tartu, Estonia: “Sennert’s Works in Baltic Dissertations”.

Manuel Huth, Institute for the History of Medicine, University of Würzburg: “‘Medicinae Alumni Witebergenses’. A Digital Analysis of the Influence of Wittenberg University on Contemporary Medicine (1502-1648)”.


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