There’s always the danger that blogs turn into some kind of navel-gazing, solipstistic monologue. To avoid that, I’d like to draw attention to two conferences in 2014 that I’m already excited about—in yet another soliloquy.
First up, we have the third annual Scientiae conference, scheduled to take place at the University of Vienna, April 23-25, 2014. What pleasantly sets it apart from most other conferences is that Scientiae doesn’t force everyone to bend and reformulate their research interests according to a more or less sensible conference topic: people will be happy to listen to anything you might want to share with them to do with early-modern intellectual and scientific culture, broadly construed. This generates a great mix of people from different disciplinary backgrounds who normally might not run into each other at any other conference. And let me just add on a personal note that I had an absolute blast at Warwick University a few months ago. (In case anyone cared, I talked about Johann Jacob Zimmermann who might make an appearance on this blog anytime.)
Next, on June 26-28, 2014, at ‘Revisiting Early Modern Prophecies (c. 1500-1850)’. It sounds as if the social contexts as well as reception of prophetic voices and other foreknowers, including astrologers, will figure prominently—which is already making it hard for me to decide what I’d like to present on. Luckily, there’s time until October 31, 2013, to submit abstracts. I had the privilege of meeting both convenors, Ariel Hessayon and Lionel Laborie, at ESSWE4 in Gothenburg and very much look forward to seeing them again., what will surely turn out to be an exciting crowd as well will be