Workshop "The Alchemist and the Royal Typographer: John Dee and Willem Sylvius" (Antwerpen, 26/10/2014)

A meeting sponsored by the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, ‘The Royal Typographer and the Alchemist: Willem Sylvius and John Dee’, will take place on 26 October at the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, Belgium.
 
January 2014 marks the 450th anniversary of one of the most mysterious alchemical works ever published: John Dee’s Monas Hieroglyphica. Dee composed and published this work whilst living in the house of the Royal Typographer, Willem Silvius, and the Monas includes a fulsome dedicatory letter to Silvius, which stresses his role in bringing the work to fruition. This colloquium will bring together specialists on John Dee and specialists on late sixteenth-century print culture and humanistic activities in Antwerp. The aim of the colloquium is to investigate the links between Antwerp’s vibrant print culture and its relationship to alchemy and the occult philosophy in the late sixteenth century.
 
10h-10h45 Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London), “The Printer and the Alchemist: John Dee’s Monas Hieroglyphica after 450 Years”
 
10h45-11h30 Peter Forshaw (University of Amsterdam), “John Dee and the Stars: Astrology, Magic, and Alchemy”
 
12h-12h45 Steven vanden Broecke (University of Ghent) “Spirit, Print, and the Public Good in the Productions of Willem Silvius”
 
12h45-13h30 Manuel Mertens, “Willem Silvius and the Archive”
 
14h30-15h15 Goran Proot, “The Typographical Identity of the Monas Hieroglyphica
 
15h15-16h Jeroen Vandommele, “Mount Parnassus in Print: Silvius and the Printed Edition of the Antwerp Landjuweel of 1561”
 
16h30-17h15 Arjan Vandixhoorn “Printers and the Culture of Knowledge in Sixteenth Century Antwerp: The Vernacular Perspective” 
 
26 October 2014
 
Museum Plantin-Moretus
Vrijdagmarkt 22-23
2000 Antwerpen
 
Inscription: s.clucas(at)bbk.ac.uk
 

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