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Events

26 October 2016
Utrecht University: Drift 21, Utrecht - Sweelinck room 0.05

Colouring and Making in Alchemy and Chemistry – 7th SHAC Postgraduate Workshop, 26 October

Keynote Lecturers

Tara Nummedal (Brown University): Early-Modern Alchemy as the Art of Colour
Ernst Homburg (Maastricht University): From Phosphorus to Magenta: Colour in Chemical Science and Industry

Hosted by the ARTECHNE research group, the annual postgraduate workshop of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC) will take place at Utrecht University in 2016. Fostering exchange among historians of alchemy and chemistry, the workshop offers postgraduate students and early-career researchers the opportunity to share ideas, explore methodological issues and network in a stimulating atmosphere.

The theme for 2016, ‘Colouring and Making in Alchemy and Chemistry’, seeks to highlight colour­ing and making as twin aspects throughout the history of alchemy and chemistry. During our workshop, we will explore how these activities relate to one another in a variety of ways throughout the ages. More fundamentally, the very ways in which making and colouring are construed and differentiated are subject to great changes: when alchemists claimed to have made gold successfully, for instance, their critics (and later generations) held that they had not made but merely coloured a substance. Colouring as a defining mark of making and the making of colours, as well as the techniques used to colour and/or make, are all equally subsumed under the workshop topic broadly construed.

The workshop is free of charge but the number of participants is limited. Bursaries towards the cost of travel and/or accommodation are available; confirmed presenters will be prioritized. This workshop, including lunch and refreshments, is free, but the number of participants is limited. Please register until 15 October by emailing Thijs Hagendijk (Utrecht): t.hagendijk@uu.nl.

For more information, please visit www.ambix.org or contact Mike A. Zuber (Amsterdam), studentrep@ambix.org.

Download the full programme and abstracts here