Magic and Intellectual History

Event Date: 
05 Mar 2015

Treehouse, Humanities Research Centre, University of York, 9.30-5.30

Keynote Speaker: Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck)


Open to all – entrance free and no registration required


10.00-11.30 - Natural Magic

Rinotas Athanasios (Athens), Compatibility between Philosophy and Magic in the Work of Albertus Magnus

Ovanes Akopyan (Warwick), From Marsilio Ficino to the Bible: Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples and his circle on magic, prisca theologia and Aristotle

Allison Kavey (CUNY), Agrippa's Magical Cosmology


Coffee 11.30-12.00


12.00-1.00- Magicians? John Dee and Kenelm Digby

Todd Borlik (Huddersfield), Magic as Technological Dominion: John Dee and the Draining of the English Fens

Mark A. Waddell (Michigan State), Sympathy and Lies: Plausibility, Credibility, and the Weapon Salve in Early Modern England


Lunch, 1.00-2.00


2.00-3.00 - Reformation, Religion and Magic

Frank Klaassen (Saskatchewan) Magic and the English Reformation: A reconsideration

Francis Young (Ely) Liturgical Change and Ceremonial Magic in Reformation England

Coffee, 3.00-3.15


3.15-4.45 - Magicians: Napier(s)? Campanella?

Alex Corrigan (Edinburgh), Was John Napier of Merchiston a Magician?

Ofer Hadass (Haifa), "An Angell's Sight": Religion and Magic in Richard Napier’s Medical Practice

Jean-Paul De Lucca (University of Malta), Tommaso Campanella between Renaissance Magic and Modern Science

5.00: Keynote

Stephen Clucas (Birbeck, University of London), Magic and intellectual history: the problem of transgression


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