ARTECHNE – Technique in the Arts, 1500-1950


3 - 6 June 2020
University of Amsterdam

CANCELLED: Scientiae Conference 2020

** Update: Due to the development of the coronavirus this conference has been cancelled, but might be rescheduled to next year **


The 9th annual Scientiae Conference will take place from 3 – 6 June 2020 at the University of Amsterdam. Sven Dupré (University of Amsterdam/Utrecht University) and Florike Egmond (University of Leiden) will be keynote speakers. 

Proposals are invited for this edition of the Scientiae Conference on disciplines of knowing in the early modern world (roughly 1400-1800). The major premise of the Scientiae Conference is that knowledge during the early modern period was pre-disciplinary, involving complex mixtures of theories, practices and objects which had yet to be separated into their modern ‘scientific’ configurations. Scientiae addresses natural history, natural philosophy, and the scientiae mixtae within a wide range of related fields, including but not restricted to Biblical exegesis, medicine, artisan practice and theory, logic, law, humanism, alchemy, magic, witchcraft, demonology, divination, astronomy, astrology, geography, cartography, music, antiquarianism, experimentation, and commerce, as well as climate change, the relations between text and image, and gender.

The Programme Committee welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers from any disciplinary perspective, yet we would like to encourage submissions that seek to examine modes of early modern knowledge formation and application that cross traditional disciplinary, national, geographic, linguistic or intellectual borders. The sessions are intended to foster discussion that transcends the disciplinary scope. We explicitly invite proposals for less traditional formats, like debates, roundtables, or hands-on workshops. Individual papers should include a 250-word abstract and a 1-page CV. Proposals for panels, debates, roundtables or workshops should contain a single 250-word description of the theme under discussion, along with a 100-word outline per participant.

The deadline for submission is 15 January 2020.
Please send your proposals to:

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