SCIENCE AND THE OCCULT - from Antiquity through the Early Modern Period
APRIL 20-21, 2012 (Friday-Saturday)
Hosted by the Department of History and supported by the Bilsland-Puskas Initiative endowment at Purdue University
Contact: Angela Catalina Ghionea at email: email@example.com
Edward Bever Ph.D., Chair of History & Philosophy Department, SUNY-Old Westbury (State University of New York)
Nancy L. Turner, Ph.D., Chair of the Social Sciences Department and the History Program, University of Wisconsin-Platteville; Chair of Societas Alchimica
Abstract submission: 500 words
Paper Proposals: October 1, 2011
Offers to preside for General Sessions: January 15, 2012
Topics considered (but not limited to):
History of Magic, Alchemy, Witchcraft, Medicine, Herbalism, Kabala, Numerology, Sacred Geometry, Esoterism, Hermetism and Hermeticism, Divination, Tarot, Astrology, Tradition and Lore, Ciphers and Alphabets, Semiotics and Symbology.
The fascinating recurrence of alchemical symbols in European, American, and Islamic thought, as well as specific non-rational methods employed by many scientists to promote rational discoveries from Ancient times through the Early Modern Period, will be the focus of this conference. We anticipate the publication of an edited Volume II, after the event.
Angela Catalina Ghionea
UNIV 008, History Dept.
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