Saturday, August 15, 2009

The John Dee Quatercentenary Conference

St John's College, Cambridge, 21-22 September 2009

2009 marks the quatercentary of the death of the great Elizabethan polymath, John Dee (1527-1609). This international and interdisciplinary conference commemorates the occasion by investigating the extraordinary range of Dee's interests and enterprises: his studies in geometry, navigation, and calendar reform; his fascination with alchemy, magic, and divination; his achievement in building England's greatest library; and his place in the wider intellectual world of Renaissance Europe.

Speakers include Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London), Nicholas Clulee (Frostburg State University), Jean-Marc Mandosio* *(École pratique des hautes études, Paris), Glyn Parry (Victoria University of Wellington), Stephen Pumfrey (Lancaster University), and György Szo"nyi* *(Central European University, Szeged, and Anglia Ruskin University). The conference includes the opportunity to examine some of Dee's own books in St John's College Old Library under the guidance of Julian Roberts, co-editor of John Dee's Library Catalogue.

For further details, including registration, please visit the conference website:

The John Dee Quatercentenary Conference is supported by the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (University of Cambridge), the British Society for the History of Science, and the Society for Renaissance Studies. Travel bursaries may be available for student participants. For further details, please email Jennifer Rampling at


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