Thursday, May 14, 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 interdisciplinary conference will commemorate the occasion by bringing together scholars and students from a range of fields, including intellectual and cultural history, history of science and mathematics, literature, and history of the book, to consider the extraordinary range of Dee’s interests and enterprises. The conference is hosted by Dee’s first Cambridge college, St John’s, and provides a unique opportunity to examine some of Dee’s own books in the Old Library under the guidance of Julian Roberts, co-editor of /John Dee’s Library Catalogue/. Confirmed speakers include Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London) and Nicholas Clulee (Frostburg State University).

The John Dee Quatercentenary Conference welcomes papers investigating any aspect of Dee’s rich intellectual life, including his interest in mathematics, astronomy and astrology, navigation, and calendar reform; his fascination with alchemy, magic, and divination; his achievement in building Renaissance England’s greatest library, and the importance of this library in serving a wider intellectual community in early modern Europe. We are particularly keen to invite contributions from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, and bursaries are available to support students attending and giving papers.

300 word abstracts should be sent via email to Jennifer Rampling, , by *30 June 2009*. Presentations will last no longer than 30 minutes.

The conference is organised by Jennifer Rampling and Katie Taylor, and supported by the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (University of Cambridge) and the Society for Renaissance Studies. Please contact for further details.

The conference will also be preceded by a half-day colloquium on “Western Esoteric Traditions in the Renaissance” at Anglia Ruskin University, as part of a programme of Cambridge-based events celebrating the intellectual legacy of the Renaissance. Details of the colloquium are available from Professor Sarah Annes Brown, .


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