25 Nov 2016 All day Graham Storey Room, Trinity Hall


This conference explored the intersections between natural philosophy and literature and was part of the research project, Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern England: the Place of Literature, a five-year ERC-funded project based at the Faculty of English and CRASSH, University of Cambridge. The programme booklet for the event is available here.


Subha Mukherji, Rachel E. Holmes, Elizabeth L. Swann, Tim Stuart-Buttle, Rebecca Tomlin


Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London), Katherine Hunt (University of Oxford) Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge), Claire Preston (Queen Mary University of London), Jonathan Sawday (Saint Louis University), Helen Smith (University of York), 


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This project, KNOWING, has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-2007-2013). Grant agreement No. 617849.

For further information please contact crossroads@crassh.cam.ac.uk, but be aware that this project has closed and emails are not monitored frequently – we apologise for any delay in replying to you. 


Friday 25 November
09.00 - 09.30

Registration and coffee

09.30 - 09.45

Welcome – Elizabeth L. Swann (Research Associate, Crossroads of Knowledge)

09.45 - 10.45

Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge) – The Art of Writing Unintelligibly: Literature and late seventeenth-century English natural philosophy

10.45 - 11.45

Claire Preston (Queen Mary University of London) – Topographia and the Rhetoric of Compilation

11.45 - 12.15

Coffee break

12.15 - 13.15

Stephen Clucas (Birbeck, University of London) – Fulke Greville and the Limits of Natural Philosophy

13.15 - 14.00


14.00 - 15.00

Helen Smith (University of York) – Circulating Matter

15.00 - 16.00

Katherine Hunt (University of Oxford) – John Donne, Thomas Adams, and the Matter of Metal

16.00 - 16.30

Coffee break

16.30 - 17.30

Jonathan Sawday (Saint Louis University) – The Other Side of Paper: Investigating Early-Modern Absence

17.30 - 18.15

Roundtable led by Richard Serjeantson (University of Cambridge)

18.15 - 19.15

Drinks Reception in the Leslie Stephen Room, Trinity Hall

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