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Seminars since 1988

Durham 2017

  • Karin Amundsen (University of Southern California) “Meddling Metals: Metallurgy and the Foundations of the Virginia Colony, 1584-1590.”
  • Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London): “Ventilated questions: Nathaniel Torperley’s De pondere aquae.”
  • Cesare Pastorino (Vossius Center, Amsterdam, and Technische Universität Berlin): “Reconstructing an Early Modern Experimental Tradition: the Discussion of Specific Gravities in Johannes Kepler’s Messekunst Archimedis.”
  • Rory Rapple (Notre Dame) “Sir Humphrey Gilbert, Conquest and the Royal Prerogative.”
  • Evan Jones (Bristol University) “Hakluyt, Carbonariis and the rediscovery of Cabot in the late sixteenth century.”
  • Francis Young (Catholic Record Society) “Magic as a political crime in Elizabethan England.”
  • Robert Goulding (Notre Dame) “The birth of a physical law: Harriot’s path to refraction.”

Birkbeck 2016

  • Angela Axworthy (Max Planck Institute Berlin): “Conceptions of motion in geometrical definitions according to sixteenth-century commentators of Euclid.”
  • Eleanor Chan (St Catherines College, Cambridge) “The Kinesic Imagination in Early Modern Northern European Mathematics.”
  • Misha Ewen (University College London) “'Concern for the Fabric of Commonwealth: Tudor Concepts and Transportation to Virginia, c. 1606-1621.”
  • Lauren Working (University of Durham) “Thomas Harriot's Virginia: Envisaging the Algonquian in the Jacobean Metropolis.”
  • James Christie (Warburg Institute) “'From Astrology to Aliens: A Shift in Early Modern Cosmology.”
  • Stephen Pumfrey (Lancaster University) “How might a soul of the Earth act?”

Durham 2015

  • Richard Oosterhoff (CRASSH University of Cambridge) “Gabriel Harvey and the utility of mathematics”
  • Robert Goulding (Notre Dame University) “Through a glass, darkly: shadows, light, and prismatic colours.”
  • Glyn Parry (Roehampton University) “The Ordeal of Thomas Digges”
  • Cathy France (University of Leeds) “Thomas Digges and the ballistic trajectory”
  • Stephen Johnston (Museum of the History of Science, Oxford) “Edward Wright at Sea – Detected and Corrected”.
  • David Harris Sacks (Reed College, Oregon) “Learning to Know: Richard Hakluyt and Thomas Harriot in Oxford.”
  • Todd Andrew Borlik (University of Hudderfield): “John Dee’s ‘Hydragogie’ and Fen Drainage in the Seventeenth Century”
  • Susan Maxwell (Independent scholar) “Preparing for circumnavigation: Thomas Cavendish and Francis Drake”

Birkbeck 2014 (11 July 2014)

  • Matthias Schemmel (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin): ‘Geometry in Flux: Thomas Harriot's Geometry of Motion’
  • Stephen Pumfrey (University of Lancaster): ‘Annihilating the sublunary world: the background to William Gilbert’s revolutionary cosmos’.
  • Glyn Parry (University of Roehampton): ‘Thomas Digges, Persecutor’.
  • Haileigh Robertson (University of York): ‘Gunpowder Experiments in Early Modern Natural Philosophy.’
  • Fabrizio Bigotti (Warburg Institute) ‘Distillation and medicine in Italy at the age of Antonio de' Medici (1576-1621).’
  • James Everest (UCL), "That no due investigation has been made [.] may be considered an astonishing piece of negligence": Francis Bacon and the 'Form' of Light
  • Gavin Selerie, 'Harriot in Re-performance: a Poet's View.'

Durham 2012 (Durham Castle, 15-17 December)

  • Makiko Okamura (Kyoto Prefectural University of Japan) The Shadow of Night Illuminated: Knowledge in The Shadow of Night by George Chapman, a contemporary of Thomas Harriot
  • Matteo Valleriani (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin) The Early Modern Engineer's Nature
  • Philip Sanders (University of Reading) 'Polyhedral Mysteries in the Renaissance'
  • Adam Mosley (University of Swansea) 'Renaissance Cosmography'
  • Jim Bennett (Museum of History of Science University of Oxford) 'Craft in sixteenth-century Astronomy and Cosmography'
  • Alexander Marr (University of Cambridge) 'Ingenuity in the Gallery'
  • Brent Lane, (Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina) 'Hidden Images Revealed on Harriot's Map of Virginia'
  • Robert Goulding (University of Notre Dame) 'The Place of Optics in Harriot's Scientific Researches'

Durham 2010 (Hatfield College, Durham, 16-18 December)

  • Harvey Sheldon (Birkbeck, University of London) Archaeological work at Syon House.
  • Michael Edwards (Jesus College, Cambridge) The place of metaphysics in early modern England.
  • Patrizia Grimaldi (University of Siena) The Magnetic Gesta Grayorum 1594-5.
  • Mark Nicholls (St John's College, Cambridge) The challenges of writing the biography of Sir Walter Raleigh.
  • Francesca Renzi (Florence) Presentation on her MA thesis on Thomas Harriot
  • Stephen Pumfrey (University of Lancaster) Lunar observation in the history of planetary astronomy
  • Gordon Batho (University of Durham, Emeritus) George Percy: brother of the ninth Earl of Northumberland
  • Mark Nicholls (St John's College, Cambridge) George Percy's 'Trewe Relacyon' of the Jamestown Settlement

Durham 2008: St John's College, 18-20 December

  • Jennifer Rampling (HPS, University of Cambridge) ''George Ripley and the Alchemy of Elizabethan England'
  • Stephen Johnston (Museum of the History of Science, Oxford): 'Thomas Digges and magnetism'.
  • Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London): 'Atomism, mechanism and chymistry in the natural philosophy of Walter Warner.'
  • Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale (Durham): 'A near contemporary of Harriot: Galileo Galilei.'
  • Jackie Stedall (University of Oxford): 'Thomas Harriot’s Magisteria magna.'
  • Cesare Pastorino (Indiana University): 'Francis Bacon and the mining entrepreneurs of the early Stuart period.'
  • Muriel Seltman (London):'The significance of the Artis analyticae praxis (especially for non-mathematicians).'
  • Matthew Dimmock (University of Sussex): 'William Percy and Islam.'

Durham 2006 (St John’s College, 18-20 December)

  • Ayesha Mukerjee (Trinity College, Cambridge): ‘Dearth science 1580-1608: the writings of Hugh Plat.’
  • Robert Goulding (University of Notre Dame): Optical powers: Harriot on the efficacy of burning glasses’.
  • Pascal Briost (CSER, Tours): ‘Thomas Harriot : Reader of Niccolò Tartaglia’
  • Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London): ‘ Thomas Harriot and Walter Warner on collisions: English mechanics in the early seventeenth century’
  • Stephen Pumfrey (Lancaster University): ‘Thomas Harriot and William Gilbert on the Vacuum’
  • Jean-Jacques Brioist (Independent Scholar): ‘Harriot and Conics’
  • Peter J. Forshaw (Birkbeck, University of London), ‘Ritual Magic in Elizabethan England’

Durham 2004 (St John’s College, 16-18 December_

  • Gordon R. Batho (University of Durham): ‘The Library of the Ninth Earl’
  • Anna Beer (Faculty of Continuing Education, Oxford): ‘Thomas Harriot and Lady Raleigh’
  • Juliet Fleming (Trinity Hall, Cambridge): ‘Lucretianism in the Harriot Circle’
  • Harriet Knight (Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, London): ‘“Promus of Formularies and Elegancies”: Francis Bacon and Seventeenth-Century Notebook Culture’.
  • Chloe Houston (Birkbeck, University of London) ‘“An Idea for a Principality”? The Eastern effect in Bacon’s New Atlantis’.
  • Nicholas Popper (Princeton University): ‘Magic and Natural Philosophy in Walter Raleigh’s History of the World
  • Stephen Pumfrey (University of Lancaster): ‘Was Harriot the English Galileo? An answer from patronage Studies’

Durham 2002 (St John’s College, 16-18 December)

  • David Wooton (Queen Mary and Westfield, University of London): ‘Reginald Scot and Tudor science’.
  • Matthias Schemmel (Max Planck Institut, Berlin): ‘Was Thomas Harriot an English Galileo? – Harriot’s Studies on Ballistics and the Fall of Bodies as an Example of Preclassical Mechanics’.
  • Rob Iliffe (Imperial College, London/Isaac Newton Project): ‘Lying Wonders and Juggling Tricks: Nature and Imposture in Early Modern England’.
  • Alexander Marr (New College Oxford): ‘Pillars, pedagogy and Practice: the Mathematical Model of Sir Clement Edmondes’.
  • Patricia Brewerton (The Francis Bacon Project): ‘Timothy Bright’s Invention: the political and cultural significance of a new form of writing’.
  • Michael Booth (Brandeis University) ‘Thomas Harriot’s mathematics and Algonquin linguistics’.
  • B. J. Sokol (Goldsmiths, University of London): ‘Shakesperean Sources in Obscure Continental European Publications’.

Durham 2000 (St John’s College, 18-20 December)

  • Paul M. Hunneyball (History of Parliament): ‘Sir William Lower and the Harriot Circle’
  • Penny Bayer (University of Warwick): ‘Lady Margaret Clifford’s Alchemical receipt Book and the John Dee Circle’
  • M. Kennedy (Virginia): ‘Harriot’s Report on the New Found land – a printing and reception history’.
  • Pascal Brioist (CESR, Tours): ‘Harriot’s Optics’
  • Jacqueline Stedall (Open University): ‘Harriot's Algebra in the Seventeenth Century’.
  • Bill Engel (Nashville): ‘Sir Walter Raleigh's Cunning Terminus’.
  • Timothy J. Raylor (Carleton College, Minnesota): ‘Hobbes, Warner and the Cavendish Circle’.
  • Michael Wilding (University of Sydney) ‘John Dee and Edward Kelley’.

Cambridge 1999 (Homerton College, 13-15 September)

  • Robert Baldwin (London): ‘Producing a Customised Atlas, 1587: A study of the practical links between Lord Burghley, Martin Frobisher, John Dee, Robert Norman, Thomas Harriot, John White, and the planning of a City procession for 1587’.
  • Deborah Harkness (University of California, Davis): ‘Science in Harriot’s London’.
  • Karen Reeds (National Coalition for Independent Scholars, New Providence, NJ): ‘Herbals in Harriot’s Time’
  • Jim Reeds (AT&T Labs, Florham Park, NJ):‘Harriot’s Number and Letter Squares’
  • Eric Ash (Princeton University): ‘Navigation in Harriot’s Time’.
  • Eliane Glaser (Birkbeck, University of London): ‘Elizabethan Anti-Semitism and Protestantism’.
  • David Loades (Oxford): ‘Foxe’s Book of Martyrs – John Foxe and “Gentile Knowledge”’.
  • Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London): ‘Harriot’s Alchemy’.

Durham 1998 (St John’s College, 14-16 December)

  • David Baldwin (The Chapel Royal, London): ‘The Chapel Royal and London Theatres in Harriot’s Time’.
  • Richard Ovendon (National Library of Scotland): ‘Lord William Howard (1563-1640) as a Collector and Antiquary’.
  • A. D. Walker-Wraight (Marlowe Society) ‘Shakespeare: New Evidence’.
  • Moray McConnachie (St Hugh’s College, Oxford): ‘Harriot, Raleigh and the process of Time’.
  • Steven Walton (University of Toronto): ‘Thomas Harriot’s Ballistics and English Renaissance Warfare’.
  • Penelope Gouk (UMIST): ‘Musical Models in Natural Philosophy in the Time of Harriot’.

Cambridge 1997 (Homerton College, 15-17 September)

  • Jenny Wilson (London): ‘ Raleigh’s History of the World: its purpose and political significance’.
  • A. E. L. Davis (Imperial College, London): ‘Kepler the ultimate Aristotelian’.
  • Gerard L'E Turner (Oxford): ‘Queen Elizabeth’s Instrument Makers’.
  • E. Thomson Shields (Roanoke Colonies Research Office/East Carolina University): ‘Conquistadors and Englishmen: Tragedy and Apology in Spanish and English Exploration Narratives of North America’.
  • Peter Nockolds (Independent Scholar) ‘Echoes of Roanoke in Shakespeare’.
  • Ivor Grattan-Guiness (Middlesex): The Harriot-Descartes Rule of Signs: background and influence.’
  • A. D. Burnett (University of Durham): ‘Bacon’s Instauratio Magna: the engraved title page, an icon amd paradigm of science and its wider implications’.
  • B. J. Sokol (Goldsmiths, University of London): ‘Cornelius Drebbel, Jamestown and The Tempest’.
  • Alan Stewart (Birkbeck, University of London): ‘The Collaborations of Francis Bacon’.

Durham 1996 (St John's College, 16-18 December)

  • Nina Taunton (Brunel University, London): ‘Watching the Watch: Surveillance of the camp in Sixteenth-Century Discourses of War’.
  • Anita McConnell (Buckingham): ‘The Moon through Glasse: Practical Optics in Harriot’s Day’.
  • Rosalind Davies (London): ‘The Politics of Reconnaissance: The Raleigh-Sanderson Lawsuit (1611-1613) and the Guiana Voyage’.
  • Joan Kenworthy (Durham): ‘Richard Madox and Meterology in Harriot's day: a study of Elizabethan Observation and Experience in Tropical Latitudes’.
  • Gareth Roberts (University of Exeter): ‘The Language of Alchemy’.
  • Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London): ‘Newly Discovered Walter Warner Papers’.

Durham 1995 (St John’s College, 18-20 December)

  • Robert Goulding (Warburg Institute): ‘Dee, Digges and Saville’.
  • V. Bialas (Munich): ‘Kepler’s notebook on the Astronomia Nova’.
  • Urszula Szulakowska (Bretton Hall, Leeds): ‘John Dee and European Alchemy’.
  • Alistair Crombie (Oxford): ‘Galileo and the Visual and Musical Arts’. [Presented on Professor Crombie’s behalf by Stephen Clucas]
  • Sue Maxwell (Durham): ‘The first Virginia voyages: the Cavendish connection’.
  • Cliff Forshaw (Wolfson College, Oxford): ‘Satyrs and Wild Men: representations in art And literature in Harriot’s time’.

Cambridge 1994 (Homerton College, 12-14 September)

  • Elizabeth Robertson (St Catherine’s College, Oxford): ‘Angels in Harriot’s Time’.
  • B. J. Sokol (Goldsmiths, University of London): ‘The problem of assessing Thomas Harriot’s A Briefe and True Report’.
  • Gordon R. Batho (University of Durham) Anna Beer (Oxford) and Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London): ‘The writings in prison of Sir Walter Raleigh and the ninth Earl of Northumberland’.
  • Paul Harvey (Osaka University): ‘Englishmen describing the Non-European at the time of Harriot’.
  • Paul Hunneyball (Wolfson College, Oxford): ‘The architecture of country houses in Harriot’s time’.
  • John Fauvel (The Open University): ‘Mathematical Language in Harriot’s time’.

Durham 1993 (St Chad’s College, 13-15 December)

  • Melanie Hansen (Trinity College, Dublin): ‘Writing the land: Renaissance English Antiquarianism’
  • Helen Wallis (London) ‘ Roanoke Decoded’.
  • Richard S. Dunn (University of Cambridge): ‘Astrology in Harriot's Time’.
  • Jan Prins (University of Utrecht): ‘Warner’s Ideas about Time and Space’.
  • J. V. Pepper (London): ‘Harriot’s Algebra’.
  • Gillian Mirrlees (Oxford): ‘Sassafras: A Cure-All of Harriot's Time’.

Cambridge 1992 (Homerton College, 14-16 September)

  • Lisa Jardine (Queen Mary and Westfield, University of London): ‘Gabriel Harvey, Scholar-Reader: Knowledge Transactions and Private Servides in England in the 1590s’.
  • Lyndy Abraham (University of Sydney): ‘Alchemy and Literature in Harriot's Time’.
  • Nina Taunton (London): ‘Marlowe, Harriot and the Art of War’.
  • Vivian Salmon (Oxford): ‘Thomas Harriot and the English Origins of Algonkian Linguistics’.
  • James W. Binns (University of York): ‘Latin Culture in Harriot's Time’.

Durham 1991 (St Chad’s College, 16-18 December)

  • Robert Baldwin (National Maritime Museum): ‘Harriot, White and the Birth of English Overseas Hydrography’.
  • Julian Roberts (Bodleian Library, Oxford): ‘John Dee's Library’.
  • Sarah Hutton (Hatfield Polytechnic): ‘Thomas Jackson (1579-1644): a younger contemporary of Harriot ’.
  • Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London): ‘Walter Warner: Logic, Mathematics and Encyclopaedism’.
  • Arnold Wolfendale (Astronomer Royal): ‘Some Durham Astronomers’.
  • Richard F. Wilson (University of Lancaster): ‘Representations of the Body in Harriot’s Time’.

Cambridge 1990 (Homerton College, 18-20 September)

  • E. J. Aiton : ‘Astronomy in the time of Thomas Harriot’
  • J. A. Bennett ( Whipple Museum, Cambridge): ‘Mathematical Instruments in Harriot’s Time’.
  • J. V. Pepper : ‘Naval Architecture in Harriot’s Time’
  • Willem Hackmann (Museum of the History of Science, Oxford): ‘Navigation in Harriot’s Time’
  • Peter J. Wallis and Ruth Wallis : ‘Early British Philomaths’.
  • David M. Knight (University of Durham): ‘A visual language for science: seventeenth-century illustration’.
  • Muriel Seltman ( London): ‘The algebra of Harriot’s time: forging a tool for science’.
    [NB. This was a joint meeting held with the British Society for the History of Mathematics]

Durham 1989 (St Chad's College, 18-19 December)

  • D. T. Whiteside ( University of Cambridge): ‘Thomas Harriot: his standing as a scientist’.
  • G. J. Whitrow ( London): ‘The role of Time in life and thought in the age of Thomas Harriot and our own’.
  • Stephen Clucas (University of Sheffield): ‘The atomistic philosophy of Thomas Harriot and Walter Warner’.
  • G. Sabbagh (Paris): ‘Descartes and Harriot: about a neglected letter’.
  • Florentine Audette (Regina): ‘Raleigh, Harriot and Marlowe’.

Cambridge 1988 (Homerton College, 20-21 September)

  • Pio Rattansi (University College, London): ‘Alchemy in Harriot’s time’.
  • Penelope Gouk (St Hilda’s, University of Oxford): ‘Introduction to The Ivory Sundials of Nuremberg 1500-1700 at the Whipple Museum’.
  • Willem Hackmann (Museum of the History of Science, Oxford): ‘Magnetism and Experimentation in Harriot’s time’.
  • Jim Bennett (Whipple Museum): ‘Maps and Early Modern Mathematics’.
  • P. Barber (British Library): ‘Symbols of Power and Policy in Europe, 1550-1625’.