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Conference

Women and Alchemy in Early Modern Europe

Date
Friday 20 March 2020
Time
Location
University Library
Witte Singel 26-27
2311 BG Leiden
Room
Scaliger Institute, Vossiuszaal

Due to the measures taken for the corona virus, this conference has been canceled.

This one-day conference, organized by Sajed Chowdhury, offers a unique opportunity to explore the different ways in which early modern European women were consumers and producers of alchemical knowledge.

Provisional Programme

09:30-09.50                         Registration

09:50-10:00                         Welcome and introduction to the day – Sajed Chowdhury (Leiden)

10:00-11:00        
Keynote: Meredith Ray (Delaware) ‘East of Italy: Women and Alchemy at the “Peripheries” of Early Modern Europe’

11:00-11:30                         Coffee

11:30-13:00        
Alisha Rankin (Tufts) ‘Women and Distillation in Early Modern Europe: Medicine or Alchemy?’

Penny Bayer (Independent Scholar) ‘Women Alchemists and the Paracelsian Context in France and England, 1560-1616’
Tara Nummedal (Brown) ‘Gender, Women and Early Modern Alchemical Practice’

13:00-14:00                         Lunch

14:00-15:30        
Michelle DiMeo (Hagley Museum and Library) ‘Lady Ranelagh’s Transmutation History and Other Alchemical Pursuits’

Jayne Archer (Independent Scholar) [paper on Elizabeth of Bohemia, title TBC]
Susanna Åkerman (Independent Scholar) ‘Queen Christina’s Alchemical Contacts: From Tales of Sendivogius to Direct Response from Kunckel von Löwenstern’

15:30-16:00                         Coffee

16:00-17:00        
Elaine Leong (UCL) ‘Women, Distillation and Household Knowledge Practices in Early Modern England’

Margaret Boyle (Bowdoin) ‘Women, Recipes and Kitchen Alchemy in Early Modern Spain’

17:00-18:00        
Sandy Feinstein (Penn State Berks) ‘Experience, Authority and the Alchemy of Language: Margaret Cavendish and Marie Meurdrac Respond to the Art’

Sarah Hutton (York) ‘Alchemy and Cultures of Knowledge Among Early Modern Women’

18:00-19:00                         Drinks reception

19:30                                      Conference dinner

Please RSVP attendance to Sajed Chowdhury by 28 Feb 2020.

Attendance is free.

 

 

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