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].