"Scientiae 2014, the third annual conference on the emergent knowledge practices of the early modern period (ca. 1450-1750), will take place on the 23-25 April 2014 at the University of Vienna in Austria, building upon the success of Scientiae 2012 (Simon Fraser University) and Scientiae 2013 (Warwick), each of which brought together more than 100 scholars from around the world.
The premise of this conference is that knowledge during the period of the Scientific Revolution was inherently interdisciplinary, involving complex mixtures of practices and objects which had yet to be separated into their modern “scientific” hierarchies. Our approach, subsequently, needs to be equally wide-ranging, involving Biblical exegesis, art theory, logic, and literary humanism; as well as natural philosophy, alchemy, occult practices, and trade knowledge. Attention is also given to mapping intellectual geographies through the tools of the digital humanities. Scientiae is intended for scholars working in any area of early-modern intellectual culture, but is centred around the emergence of modern natural science. The conference offers a forum for the dissemination of research, acts as a catalyst for new investigations, and is open to scholars of all levels."