Proposals are invited for the sixth annual Scientiae conference on disciplines of knowing in the early modern world (roughly 1400-1800), which will take place at the University of Padua, 19-22 April 2017.
Our Keynote Speakers will be Paula Findlen (Stanford), Claire Preston (QM London), and Antonio Clericuzio (Roma Tre).
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.
This year attention is especially given to the history of early modern knowledge and erudition, the history of universities, particularly though not exclusively the history of the University of Padua, as well as the history of the book and the history of political thought.
In addition to individual panels, we seek panel proposals about, though not exclusively:
- Teaching with Collections
- The Enlightenment
- The Republic of Letters
- Early Modern Universities and Amateur Knowledge
- Venice-Vienna-Constantinople-Moscow: The Other Early Modern Europe
Please email your 250-word abstract, together with a one-page CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for abstract submission is 15 December 2016. We shall be notifying the selection outcome by 15 January.