CFP Matter and Perception (Early Science and Medicine)

Call for Papers: “Matter and Perception”

Special Issue of Early Science and Medicine


Early Science and Medicine is seeking contributions for a special issue on “Matter and Perception”

Guest editors: Michael Deckard and Doina-Cristina Rusu

Deadline: 1st of August 2016


The origins of thinking about matter in early modern Europe did not begin with Francis Bacon, René Descartes, or Anne Conway, but these thinkers formulated systems of matter that replaced Aristotelian form. The characteristics of matter began to be measured, studied, observed, anatomized, or imbued with life, essentially replacing form as an explanatory principle. This development in the history of philosophy, science and culture has been told in different ways, depending on from what perspective the story is based. One way of telling it is to look at the English experimental background starting with Bacon and continuing through Boyle, Newton, and the Royal Society. Another story could be told through the Cartesian development of causation, continuing through Malebranche and Hume. Still another might look at the roots of vitalism. Whether with regards to the senses, sympathy, electricity, gravity, or magnetism, this special issue seeks papers concerning the roots of the relation between matter and perception.


Early Science and Medicine (ESM) is a peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to the history of science, medicine and technology from the earliest times through to the end of the eighteenth century. The need to treat in a single journal all aspects of scientific activity and thought to the eighteenth century is due to two factors: to the continued importance of ancient sources throughout the Middle Ages and the early modern period, and to the comparably low degree of specialization and the high degree of disciplinary interdependence characterizing the period before the professionalization of science. The journal, which concerns itself mainly with the Western, Byzantine and Arabic traditions, is particularly interested in emphasizing these elements of continuity and interconnectedness, and it encourages their diachronic study from a variety of viewpoints, including commented text editions and monographic studies of historical figures and scientific questions or practices. The main language of the journal is English, although contributions in French and German are also accepted.


For Guidelines to Contributors click here.

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Please send your contribution by the 1st of August 2016 to Doina-Cristina Rusu at

CFP Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science

November 6-7, 2015
Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Bucharest
& The Center for Logic, History and Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest

Invited speakers:
Daniel Garber (Princeton University)
Paul Lodge (University of Oxford)
Arianna Borrelli (Technical University, Berlin)

We invite papers by established and young scholars (including doctoral students) on any aspects of early modern philosophy/early modern science. Abstracts no longer than 500 words, to be sent to Doina-Cristina Rusu ( ) by September 10.  Authors will be notified by September 15.

Contacts: Dana Jalobeanu ( and Doina-Cristina Rusu (

CFP: Bucharest Graduate Conference in Early Modern Philosophy

Bucharest Graduate Conference in Early Modern Philosophy


Fifth Edition: 28-29 November 2014

Keynote speakers:

John Henry (University of Edinburgh)
Arianna Borrelli (Technical University of Berlin)


The Center for Logic and History & Philosophy of Science at the University of Bucharest is organizing its fifth graduate conference for advanced master and PhD students working on early modern philosophy. The event will be held on November 28-29, 2014 at the University of Bucharest, Romania.


We cordially invite graduate students to submit abstracts on any topic related to early modern philosophy at by August 20, 2014. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and should be prepared for blind review. Papers will be given 40 minutes (30 minutes talk, 10 minutes open discussion). The Program Committee will notify authors of its decision by September 10.


Conference fee: € 40.

For any further questions, you can get in touch with us via email or on Facebook at


CFP: Society and Politics: Natural Magic, Natural History and the Emergence of Experimental Science

The Journal SOCIETATE ȘI POLITICĂ (Society and Politics) is searching for articles and book reviews for its Autumn 2014 issue. This issue will focus on:

Natural magic, natural history and the emergence of experimental science

We invite contributions investigating different aspects of the interrelations between early modern natural magic, natural history, experimental practices or experimental natural philosophy. We aim to put together a volume picturing a diversity of approaches and methodologies, and featuring papers coming from history of philosophy, history of science and intellectual history.

SOCIETATE ȘI POLITICĂ (Society and Politics) is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by “Vasile Goldiș” Western University of Arad, Romania. See Papers no longer than 8.000 words, or book reviews no longer than 800 words, should be submitted by email to Doina-Cristina Rusu by 1st of July 2014.

For the authors guidelines see:

CFP: Instruments & arts of inquiry: natural history, natural magic and the production of knowledge in early modern Europe

CFP: Instruments & arts of inquiry: natural history, natural magic and the production of knowledge in early modern Europe

Editors: Dana Jalobeanu, Cesare Pastorino

The second half of the sixteenth-century saw the growing popularity of accounts detailing instrumental practices and experimental recipes in at least two emerging (and extremely popular) fields: natural magic and the tradition of the books of secrets. A typical example of this cultural phenomenon was the influential work of Giambattista della Porta. By the beginning of seventeenth-century, experimental practices and instruments became equally popular in natural history. In fact, almost the same period saw the transformation — in the works of Francis Bacon — of the traditional bookish discipline of natural history into a collaborative, experimental and practically oriented study of nature.

What was the relation between these apparently parallel transformations taking place in these subjects? Does it make sense to think that the Baconian transformation of natural history from a “science of describing” to an experimental and practically oriented discipline was influenced by the technologies and “recipes” elaborated by the practitioners of natural magic and the “Secrets” tradition? How about other forms of natural history? Did the “wonderful” instruments and “magical” techniques so common in the books of secrets “migrated” into more “sober,” more systematic works of natural history? Or, to put it in a different way, did natural historians borrow their instruments, technologies and practices from natural magicians and authors of secrets? And, if so, what were the mechanisms behind such borrowings?

This special issue of the Journal of Early Modern Studies seeks papers exploring the intersections between the disciplines of natural history, natural magic and the books of secrets tradition in the early modern period. We are particularly interested in the various ways in which texts and practices in the tradition of natural magic and the books of secrets were absorbed, transformed and integrated in the renovated natural histories of the seventeenth century.

JEMS is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal of intellectual history, dedicated to the exploration of the interactions between philosophy, science and religion in Early Modern Europe. It aims to respond to the growing awareness within the scholarly community of an emerging new field of research that crosses the boundaries of the traditional disciplines and goes beyond received historiographic categories and concepts.

JEMS publishes high-quality articles reporting results of research in intellectual history, history of philosophy and history of early modern science, with a special interest in cross-disciplinary approaches. It furthermore aims to bring to the attention of the scholarly community as yet unexplored topics, which testify to the multiple intellectual exchanges and interactions between Eastern and Western Europe during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

JEMS is edited by the Research Centre “Foundations of Modern Thought”, University of Bucharest, and published and distributed by Zeta Books.

The main language of the journal is English, although contributions in French are also accepted.
Deadline: 1st of October 2013.

Call for papers: The Quest for Certainty at the Crossroads of Science, Religion and Philosophy in the Early Modern Period

This special issue of SOCIETY AND POLITICS aims to gather together articles dealing with truth and certainty in the early modern period, a broad issue that encompasses problems of metaphysics, natural philosophy, theology, politics, law etc. SOCIETY AND POLITICS welcomes articles on any of these fields and strongly encourages cross-disciplinary approaches.

SOCIETY AND POLITICS is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by “Vasile Goldiș” Western University of Arad, Romania. See

Papers no longer than 8.000 words and book reviews no longer than 800 words should be submitted by email to Claudia Dumitru at by the 1st of December 2013.

For author guidelines see: