Earlier this summer, Ken Henson, AAC Associate Professor and Head of Illustration, spoke at Scientiae 2015, at Victoria College, University of Toronto. This was the fourth annual international conference on the emergent knowledge practices of the early-modern period (1450-1750). The major premise of this conference is that knowledge during the period of the Scientific Revolution was inherently interdisciplinary, involving complex mixtures of practices and objects which had yet to be separated into their modern “scientific” hierarchies. Ken’s paper, “Trancing the Macrocosm: The Influence of Renaissance Alchemical Philosophy on Eclectic Medicine”, is a continuation of his research surrounding the 1895 novel Etidorhpa, written by John Uri Lloyd, founder of Cincinnati’s Lloyd Library and Museum, and illustrated by John Augustus Knapp, who was a professor at the AAC in the late 19th century.
Ken’s abstract can be viewed on Scientiae’s website.
More information about Scientiae can be viewed here.