Notebooks, Medicine and the Sciences in Early Modern Europe

Friday, 12 July

9:00 Registration and coffee

9:30 Welcoming comments


Paper-books and the Reform of Learning

Angus Vine, University of Stirling

Discussant: Peter Jones, University of Cambridge

10:45-11:00 Coffee


Note-taking and the Rise of Empirical Observation in 16th-century Medical Practice

Michael Stolberg, Universität Würzburg

Discussant: Hannah Murphy, University of Exeter

Ulisse Aldrovandi, Francis Bacon, and the Use of Paper Technology in Renaissance Natural History

Fabian Krämer, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Discussant: Valentina Pugliano, University of Cambridge

1:00-2:00 Lunch


Word and Image in the Renaissance Notebook

William Sherman, University of York

Discussant: Alexander Marr, University of Cambridge

Invention: Literary Creativity in a Network of Notebooks

Adam Smyth, Birkbeck, University of London

Discussant: John Gallagher, University of Cambridge

4:00-4:30 Tea


Johann Buxtorf Makes a Notebook

Anthony Grafton, Princeton University and Joanna Weinberg, University of Oxford

Discussant: Lauren Kassell, University of Cambridge

5:30-6:30 Drinks reception

7:30 Conference dinner (registration required)

Saturday, 13 July

9:30 Coffee


Early Modern Attitudes Toward Delegating Copying and Note-taking

Ann Blair, Harvard University

Discussant: Arnold Hunt, British Library

10:45-11:00 Coffee


Notes in Space: Geography and Note-taking in Early Modern Europe

Nicholas Popper, College of William and Mary

Discussant, Renée Raphael, University of California, Irvine and I Tatti, Harvard University

Note-taking for Health: Medical Notebooks in the Early Modern Household

Elaine Leong, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

Discussant: Alexandra Walsham, University of Cambridge

1:00-2:00 Lunch


John Locke’s Notes and Baconian Information

Richard Yeo, Griffith University

Discussant: Natalie Kaoukji, University of Cambridge

“Fragments of a Natural Method”: How Linnaeus Explored Plant Odours, Tastes, and Virtues on Paper

Staffan Müller-Wille and Isabelle Charmantier, University of Exeter

Discussant: Emma Spary, University of Cambridge

4:00-4:15 Tea


Industrialization of the Medical Notebook

Volker Hess, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and

Andrew Mendelsohn, Queen Mary, University of London

Discussant: Silvia De Renzi, Open University

5:15-6:00 Roundtable – what’s next?







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