The John Dee Quatercentenary Conference

St John’s College, Cambridge

21 – 22 September 2009

2009 marks the quatercentary of the death of the great Elizabethan

polymath, John Dee (1527-1609). This interdisciplinary conference will

commemorate the occasion by bringing together scholars and students from a

range of fields, including intellectual and cultural history, history of

science and mathematics, literature, and history of the book, to consider

the extraordinary range of Dee’s interests and enterprises. The conference

is hosted by Dee’s first Cambridge college, St John’s, and provides a

unique opportunity to examine some of Dee’s own books in the Old Library

under the guidance of Julian Roberts, co-editor of John Dee’s Library

Catalogue. Confirmed speakers include Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University

of London) and Nicholas Clulee (Frostburg State University).

The John Dee Quatercentenary Conference welcomes papers investigating any

aspect of Dee’s rich intellectual life, including his interest in

mathematics, astronomy and astrology, navigation, and calendar reform; his

fascination with alchemy, magic, and divination; his achievement in

building Renaissance England’s greatest library, and the importance of this

library in serving a wider intellectual community in early modern Europe.

We are particularly keen to invite contributions from graduate students and

postdoctoral researchers, and bursaries will be available to support

students attending and giving papers.

300 word abstracts should be sent via email to Jennifer Rampling,

[email protected], by 30 June 2009. Presentations will last no longer than 30


The conference is organised by Jennifer Rampling and Katie Taylor, and

supported by the Department of History and Philosophy of Science

(University of Cambridge) and the Society for Renaissance Studies. Please

contact [email protected] for further details.

The conference will be preceded by a half-day colloquium on “Western

Esoteric Traditions in the Renaissance” at Anglia Ruskin University, as

part of a programme of Cambridge-based events celebrating the intellectual

legacy of the Renaissance. Details of the colloquium are available from

Professor Sarah Annes Brown, [email protected].