Call for Registration:

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry

4th Postgraduate Workshop on the History of Alchemy and Chemistry

‘Alchemy and Chemistry in Context’

Keynes Library, Birkbeck College

Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX

Saturday 26 October 2013

Every year the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC) runs an international workshop for graduate students and early career scholars working on the history and philosophy of alchemy and chemistry. The theme for the 2013 Workshop is ‘Alchemy and Chemistry in Context’. This interdisciplinary event will explore the interaction between chemical knowledge and the wider social, economic, religious and cultural context, across a range of historical periods – from medieval alchemy to the chemical industry.

The Workshop includes:

  • Keynote presentations by Dr Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London), who specialises in the sixteenth and seventeenth-century alchemy, and Prof John Christie (University of Oxford), whose work focusses on eighteenth-century chemistry.
  • Presentations by current postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers on such topics as Polish alchemy, John Dee, the teaching of John Dalton and the ‘open-air’ chemical laboratory of the Vesuvius.
  • A roundtable discussion.

Registration is free and lunch is provided.

Due to constraints of space, we will initially limit the participation to fifteen students and early career scholars on a first-come first-serve basis. Consequently, please express your interest as quickly as possible, but no later than 10 October 2013.

To register, please write to the lead organiser, Jo Hedesan, at [email protected], with your name, affiliation, and research interests.

Bursaries are available towards the cost of travel and accommodation. For further details and other queries, please contact Jo Hedesan.

The full programme can be found at