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Medicine, Life, and Transformations of Matter 1500-1800

16.06.2022 - 17.06.2022
The Alchemist by Mattheus van Helmont

The Alchemist by Mattheus van Helmont
Bildquelle: Courtesy of Science History Institute



Workshop of the associated project “Fermentation: A Cultural History of Knowledge” by Dr. Carmen Schmechel

June 16-17, 2022
Freie Universität, Berlin-Dahlem
Organizers: Carmen Schmechel (FU), Antonio Clericuzio (Roma Tre)
Sponsored by: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Grant agreement no. 432256662; Freie Universität Berlin; CRC 980 „Episteme in Motion”.

The conference will be streamed online; please mark your calendars.
To register for WebEx link, and for any other questions please contact transformations.of.matter[at]gmail.com


Thursday, 16.06.2022


14:00 –14.15   Carmen Schmechel and Antonio Clericuzio Opening of conference

14:15–15:00   Fabrizio Baldassarri: At the Roots of Life: Vegetation and Matter in Premodern Times

15:00–15:45   Elisabeth Moreau: Bodily Moistures in Late Renaissance Physiology 

15:45–16:00   Coffee break

16:00–16:45   Hiro Hirai: Seeds of Things in Early Modern Philosophy of Matter (online)

16:45–17:00   Coffee break

  17:00–18:00   Keynote Antonio Clericuzio: Mechanism and Chemistry in Early Modern Italy    

Friday, 17.06.2022


  10:30–11:15   Guido Giglioni: Fermenting Matter, or How Francis Glisson Combined Bacon’s Corpuscularianism with the Helmontian Chemistry of Vital Ideas  

11:15–11:30 Coffee break

11:30–12:15  Sorana Corneanu: The Baconian Logic of Material Motions 

12:15–13:15 Lunch Break


13:15–14:00   Jo Hedesan: Fire and Medical Alchemy (online)
14:00–14:45   Carmen Schmechel: Spirits and Fermentations in alchemia medica

14:45–15:00 Coffee Break

15:00–15:45   Jonathan Regier: Divine Heat: Immanence, Immortality and Material Change in Cardano's Philosophy

15:45–16:30 Charles Wolfe: Soul as Mind, Soul as Organism: Two Naturalization Strategies in the Enlightenment

16:30–17:00 Coffee break

17:00–18:00 Keynote Anne Eusterschulte: Athanasius Kircher's Theories on the Inner Life of the Earth within the Context of Philosophical Presuppositions

18:00 Carmen Schmechel and Antonio Clericuzio Closing remarks

Zeit & Ort

16.06.2022 - 17.06.2022

Freie Universität Berlin, streamed over Webex