Worlds and Networks of Higher Learning, 1400-1750: Important and Celebrated Individual Encounters

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Date / time: 27 February, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

University of Oxford, Trinity College

Worlds and Networks of Higher Learning, 1400-1750: Important and Celebrated Individual Encounters

Worlds and Networks of Higher Learning: Modes of Interaction between Universities, Academies and Schools, 1400-1750

Workshop: Important and Celebrated Individual Encounters

Venue: Sutro Room, Trinity College, Oxford University
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Organisers: Mordechai Feingold (Caltech), Anja-Silvia Goeing (Northumbria), Glyn Parry (Roehampton)

The topic investigates collaborations between members of colleges, academies, and universities. How do letter exchanges and personal papers help to describe individual collaborations? Do they define types of teacher-student relations, collegiate rivalries or give hints about the exchange of books, objects and common interests? Was there a gender barrier, and was it overcome?

Provisional Programme (please go to for updates and changes!)

From 10:00: Coffee

10:15-10:20: Welcome and Introduction (organisers)

10:20-11:00: Anthony Grafton (Princeton)

Oxford and Cambridge in Confrontation: the Messrs Caius and the Early History of the Universities

11:00-11:40: Andrea Carlino, (University of Geneva)

Benedetto Varchi and Andreas Vesalius: Friendship, Scholarship and Job Market in Mid-Sixteenth Century Italy


11:55-12:35: Joanna Weinberg (University of Oxford)

Hebrew and Hebrew Books in the Republic of Letters

12:35-13:00: Peter Davidson (University of Oxford)

Book Presentation:

The Celebrated Museum of the Roman College of the Society of Jesus: A fascimile of the 1678 Amsterdam edition of Giorgio de Sepi’s description of Athanasius Kircher’s Museum (Philadelphia: SJU, 2015)


14:15-14:55: Laurence Brockliss (University of Oxford)

Visitors to Oxford

14:55-15:35: Elizabeth Sandis (University of Oxford)

Collegiate Communities and The Freshman’s Orders in the 1620s: How One Year Group of Undergraduates Welcomed the Next


15:50-16:30: Michael Hunter (Birkbeck, University of London)

Archibald Pitcairne and Isaac Newton: A Momentous Individual Encounter, 2-3 March 1692

16:30-17:10: Hilary Perraton (Cambridge University)

Foreign Students of the British Isles 1500-1750: A Proposed Typology of Encounters

Followed by Discussion (Plenum)