Appel à communication : « Scientae » (Toronto, 27-29 mai 2015)

  • Start date:
    17/11/2014, 00:00
  • Place:
    Toronto, Canada, Victoria College, University of Toronto

Scientiae 2015

Toronto, Canada, Victoria College, University of Toronto May 27 – 29, 2015
Deadline: Nov 17, 2014

Keynotes: Anthony Grafton (Princeton) & Peter Dear (Cornell)

The CFP deadline for Scientiae 2015 (Toronto, 27-29 May) is 17 November 
2014. Paper, panel, and round-table proposals are invited for the 
fourth annual international conference on the emergent knowledge 
practices of the early-modern period (1450-1750). The major premise of 
this conference is that knowledge during the period of the Scientific 
Revolution was inherently interdisciplinary, involving complex mixtures 
of practices and objects which had yet to be separated into their 
modern “scientific” hierarchies. Our approach, therefore, needs to be 
equally wide-ranging, involving Biblical exegesis, art theory, logic, 
and literary humanism; as well as natural philosophy, alchemy, occult 
practices, and trade knowledge. Attention is also given to mapping 
intellectual geographies through the tools of the digital humanities. 
Always, our focus must be on the subject-matter at hand, rather than on 
the disciplinary performances by which we access it. Although centred 
around the emergence of modern natural science, Scientiae is intended 
for scholars working in any area of early-modern intellectual culture.

Abstracts for individual papers of 20 minutes should be between 250 and 
350 words in length. For panel sessions of 1 hour and 30 minutes, a 
list of speakers and chair (with affiliations), a 500-word panel 
abstract, and individual abstracts from each speaker are required. 
Newly at Scientiae 2015, we also invite proposals for a limited number 
of topic-based roundtable sessions. These should feature brief 
presentations from 2 or 3 knowledgeable speakers on a defined but broad 
issue in early-modern intellectual history, with the intention of 
opening up multilateral discussion from the floor—the main business of 
the session.

All submissions should be made by 17 November 2014 using the online 
form here:

We are also pleased to announce that Mario Biagioli (UC Davis), Stephen 
Clucas (Birkbeck), Peter Dear (Cornell), Anthony Grafton (Princeton), 
and Jonathan Sawday (SLU) have joined the Advisory Board of the 
Scientiae conferences.

For more information please visit: