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2019 is the UN International Year of the periodic table of chemical elements, which represents in tabular form an attempt to classify and understand the atomic building blocks from which all visible matter, including the stars and the planets, and all life is made. But how was matter understood in the pre-modern era, and how were substances linked to each other and combined in early philosophical, empirical, and religious attempts to explain the world? How was knowledge of the universe and its constituents defined, produced and communicated in the medieval and early modern period?
Tuesday 18 June
10.00 Registration and Coffee (Margam 316)
11.00 Welcome by Director of MEMO, Adam Mosley (Margam 315)
11.15 Keynote 1 (chair: Trish Skinner) (Margam 315)
Joanne Edge (John Rylands Library, Manchester) Divination, medical prognosis and the boundaries of the occult in late medieval England
12.30 Lunch (Margam 316)
1.45 Papers Session 1: Divination and Prognostication (chair: tbc) (Margam 315)
Theresa Tyers (Swansea) Reading the Future: Predicting Character and Health in MS Cambridge Trinity College O.2.5.
Laura Sumrall (Sydney) Old Toads, New Tricks: Zenexton and the Transformations of Magic in Helmontian Medicine
Hugo Martins (Lisbon) The imaginary of Jacob Rosales according to his Anacephaleoses da Monarchia Luzitana: the study of a curious case
3.15 Tea (Margam 316)
3.45 Papers Session 2: Alchemy and Magic (chair tbc) (Margam 315)
Philippa Carter (Cambridge) Alchemy, Madness and Healing in England, 1400-1600
Sarah Green (Bristol) Blood and milk of the Virgin: John Pordage’s search for the ‘pearl of love’, the true Philosopher’s stone
Liana Saif (Warburg Institute) Athanasius Kircher and 'Cabala Saracenica'
5.15 Close of Day 1: Wine Reception (Margam 316)
Speakers warmly invited to Tapas Tuesday at the Croeso Lounge in Mumbles, which has a vegan and GF menu. Meet there at 7.00pm.
Wednesday 19 June
10.00 Keynote 2 (chair Daniel Power) (Margam 315)
Adam Mosley (Swansea) When was Cosmology?
11.15 Coffee (Margam 316)
11.45 Papers Session 3: Alchemy and the Universe (chair tbc) (Margam 315)
Emily Rowe (Newcastle) 'To distill gold out of inke': Thomas Nashe and the alchemy of language
Judith Mawer (Exeter) The Matter of Matter: Thomas Vaughan's Speculations on the Origins of the Material Universe in Anthroposophia Theomagica (1650)
Zoe Screti (Birmingham) Alchemy in England 1550-1640: A Network Analysis
1.15 Lunch (Margam 316)
2.15 Keynote 3 (chair: Adam Mosley) (Margam 315)
Sophie Page (UCL) Planet man and the Cursed Imagination: Cosmology and Magic in the late Middle Ages
3.30 Tea (Margam 316)
4.00 Wendy Turner (Augusta) Response and Closing Discussion (Margam 315)
4.45 Thanks and Close
Programme subject to change, please check the Eventbrite site for updates.
The organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of the College of Arts and Humanities, Swansea University, and the Society for the Social History of Medicine, which made this conference possible.