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Thomas Harriot Seminar 2018

The next Thomas Harriot Seminar will be held at Birkbeck, University of London on the 8 September 2018. Agreed speakers include: Dario Tessicini, Sophie Weeks, Neil Tarrant, Kevin Tracey, and Shani Bans. More information will be available shortly.


The 2017 Thomas Harriot Seminar, was held at St John’s College, University of Durham (8-9 July 2017). This year’s speakers were: Karin Amundsen, Stephen Clucas, Robert Goulding, Evan Jones, Cesare Pastorino, Rory Rapple and Francis Young. Topics covered included: optics, specific gravities and the experimental tradition, early modern statics, metallurgy and the Virginia Colony, Hakluyt and Sebastian Cabot, Humphrey Gilbert and the Royal Prerogative, and magic as a political crime in Elizabethan England.

The Thomas Harriot Seminar exists to promote the study of the life and times of the Elizabethan mathematician Thomas Harriot (1560-1621)

The THS meets annually at the University of Durham or Birkbeck, University of London (on alternate years).

The THS welcomes any interested persons to its meetings. They are attended by scholars from Europe and America, but anyone with an interest in Harriot may attend. Postgraduate students who wish to attend may be eligible for a subsidy from the Seminar; applications should be made to the Chairman.

For further information please contact the Chairman, Dr Stephen Clucas, Reader in Early Modern Intellectual History, English and Humanities, Birkbeck, London, WC1E 7HX: