Call for Papers: Scientiae 2023: Prague, 7-10 June. Deadline: 15th January 2023.

The CFP for the 2023 annual meeting of Scientiae is approaching its deadline. Please, consider sending us a submission before January 15 (see full details below).

In addition to our keynote speakers, Alexandra Walsham and Bernd Roling, we already have a number of prospective and confirmed participants, including, among others, Aviva Rothman, Monica Azzolini, Patrick Boner, Sara Miglietti, Jaroslaw Wlodarczyk, Richard Kremer, Steven Vanden Broecke, Adam Mosley, Matteo Valleriani, Yelda Nasifoglu, Jonathan Regier, Mattia Mantovani, Paul Richard Blum, Dana Jalobeanu, Valentina Lepri, Petr Pavlas, Svorad Zavarsky, Leigh Penman, and indeed, many others. This richness speaks both to the vibrancy of our core community and of the Central European lands where we are hosted this year.


Scientiae 2023: Prague, 7-10 June

The 10th annual meeting of Scientiae will take place in Prague, with support of the Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences and Faculty of Arts, Charles University. We are delighted to accept proposals, and we are keenly aware of the importance of meeting in person; by design, our forum has always been warm and inclusive, as well as a suitable arena for collaboration between senior and early career historians. In addition to regathering after the pandemic, and inviting new contributions, the conference in Prague maintains as one of its primary goal that of bridging the gap between studies of material culture and history of ideas. Historians of science, philosophers, literary scholars, art historians, and many other seemingly distant experts are encouraged to reflect together on the complexities of the early modern period.

While the brand of Scientiae has grown considerably, demonstrating its ongoing relevance, every past attendee knows that ‘interdisciplinary’ is not just a keyword for us, but a productive look at epistemic practices in the transformation of learning. Likewise, our methodology does not merely reflect a variety or another of history of knowledge, but also considers breakdowns or blind spots, image-making, the supernatural, and it is highly conducive to a global perspective.

The congress is open to all topics related to the 1400-1800 period. Some papers will be strongly theoretical, others deeply archival, but in any case researchers who meet at Scientiae come prepared for significant discussions. The assemblage of sessions will naturally build on our desire to promote a thematic exchange between fields of study, rather than a preformed sense of proximity, be it disciplinary, academic, or geographic. As the programme begins to coalesce, we are very proud to announce two keynote addresses by Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge) and Bernd Roling (Berlin), as well as a cluster of papers dedicated to the Rudolphine legacy of our hosting city. A further list of confirmed participants will circulate later, by or around Christmas.

The organizing committee consists of Gábor Almási (Budapest), Barbara Bienias (Warsaw), Leonie Hannan (Belfast), Iva Lelková (Prague), Tomáš Nejeschleba (Olomouc), and Ovanes Akopyan (I Tatti). The organization is led by Stefano Gulizia (Milan) and Vladimír Urbánek (Prague). Inquiries should be addressed to:

We envision three ways to join:
  *   Individual, 20-minute papers: Please submit a descriptive title, 200-word abstract, and one-page CV.
  *   Complete panels: Same as above for each paper, plus 200-word rationale for the panel. Maximum four presenters, including chair (and/or respondent).
  *   Workshops or seminars: One-page CV for each session leader, plus 200-word plan explaining the topic’s suitability, and its techniques or resources.

Submit your proposal online before January 15th, 2023, at There will be no extension of this deadline.

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