Brilliant logician and rhetorician, belligerent and controversial pedagogue, conceited logic-chopper and attacker of Aristotle: these are just some of the opinions held about the French scholar Petrus Ramus (1515-1572). The Petrus Ramus Conference 2008 will provide a forum for fresh discussion and debate on this controversial figure, inviting scholars from all academic backgrounds to come together to share their expertise. The conference aims to encourage interdisciplinary discussion not only of Ramus, his works, and influence, but also to situate this discussion in the wider context of early modern history, thought, intellectual development, and culture, and should be of great interest to sixteenth-century French historians, historians of the book, and educational historians.
The conference will take place in the University of St Andrews, under the auspices of the Schools of English and History, on the weekend of 14th June 2008. Plenary speakers are Dr Howard Hotson (University of Oxford), Professor Peter Mack (University of Warwick), and Professor Dr Kees Meerhoff (Universiteit van Amsterdam).
The conference is an interdisciplinary event, welcoming participants from all academic departments. We invite scholars to submit proposals for 20 minute papers on any aspect of Ramus and Ramism. The deadline for proposals for submission is Friday 29 February 2008. Proposals of 500 words or less should be submitted to Emma Wilson via the conference e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on conference registration and fees, contact Emma Wilson (email@example.com), or Steven Reid (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The School of English
Castle House, The Poetry House
University of St Andrews
St Andrews, Fife
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