Magic, Alchemy and Cosmology in the Medieval and Early Modern World

Date / time
Date(s) - 18 June - 19 June
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Location: Swansea University

2019 is the UN International Year of the periodic table of chemical elements, which represents in tabular form an attempt to classify and understand the atomic building blocks from which all visible matter, including the stars and the planets, and all life is made. But how was matter understood in the pre-modern era, and how were substances linked to each other and combined in early philosophical, empirical, and religious attempts to explain the world? How was knowledge of the universe and its constituents defined, produced and communicated in the medieval and early modern period? Keynote papers will be given by Dr Jo Edge (John Rylands Library, Manchester), Dr Adam Mosley (Swansea), and Dr Sophie Page (UCL), and Professor Wendy Turner (Augusta University) will offer a conference response.

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