Recipes Transformed: Seventeenth-Century Perspectives

18.11.2021 -19.11.2021; 26.11.2021 (online)

This is the first colloquium of the research project Recipes, ‘technologies’, experiments: Enactment and the emergence of modern science. Discussions will focus on the transformation of the recipe format from the late sixteenth century to the mid seventeenth century, encompassing fields as diverse as medicine, husbandry, pneumatics, mechanics, alchemy and practical mathematics.


19:00- 19:20 Welcome Address

19:20-20:00 Arianna Borrelli (Leuphana University of Lünenburg) – Recipes as Tools for Concept Formation in the Work of Giovan Battista Della Porta

20:00-20:40 Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest) – The Missing Results” of Bacon’s Tables: Or Reading the Novum Organum in Context


16:00-16:40 Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck University of London) – Going with the Alchemical Flow: Schematizing Laboratory Technique in the Late Sixteenth Century

16:40-17:20 Georgiana Hedesan (University of Oxford) – Between Incomplete and Philosophical Recipes: Deciphering Van Helmont’s Universal Medicines

17:20-18:00 Alexandru Liciu (University of Cambridge) – Francis Bacon’s Chain of Being and the Programme of a New Natural Philosophy

18:00-18:20 Break

18:20-19:00 Laura Georgescu (University of Groningen) – Philosophising with Objects: The Role of Artefacts in Digby’s Treatise on Body

19:00-19:40 Doina-Cristina Rusu (University of Groningen) – Distillations, Spirits, and Essences. Experimentation and Matter Theory in the Early Modern Period

19:40-20:20 Mihnea Dobre (University of Bucharest) – Constructing Experiments with Glass Drops in Jacques Rohault’s Natural Philosophy


16:00-16:40 Florike Egmond (University of Leiden) – Cultivating’ the Sea and Reading its Signs: Marine Expertise of the 16th-Century North Sea

16:40-17:20 Benjamin Goldberg (University of Florida) – Concepts of Experience in Royalist Recipe Collections

17:20-17:40 Break

17:40-18-20 Iordan Avramov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) – Communicating Recipes and Experiments via Letters at the Early Royal Society of London

18:20-19:00 Oana Matei  (University of Bucharest, University of Vasile Goldis, Arad)- Building an Early Modern Science of Vegetation: Nehemiah Grew’s Inquiries into the “Anatomy of Plants”

Organized by: Dana Jalobeanu, Oana Matei, Alexandru Liciu (Research Institute of the University of Bucharest, the Humanities Division) within the framework of the project: Recipes, teachnologies and experiments. Enactment and the emergence of modern science (PCE 2021-2023)

Recipes Transformed, Colloquium Programme, 18-19, 26 November 2021

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