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Women and Alchemy in Early Modern Europe

Friday 20 March 2020
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden
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)

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

11:00-11:30                         Coffee

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

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

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’

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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