Two Papers at INCOME2022

Two AlchemEast papers delivered by Lucia Maini and Marianna Marchini at INCOME2022. 10th International Conference on Mechanochemistry and Mechanical Alloying.

June 6-10, 2022, University of Cagliari

Lucia Maini, Exploring the First Mechanochemical Reaction

Marianna Marchini, Grinding in the Old Times: The Synthesis of Cinnabar through the Glass of Ancient Recipes

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Saggi sulla soglia: le autorità del passato nella trasmissione della conoscenza scientifica

AlchemEast Panel, including 4 papers, organized by Gabriele Ferrario and Lucia Raggetti at the SISS National Conference Ad limina. Frontiere e contaminazioni transdisciplinari nella storia delle scienze

May 30 – June 1, 2022, University of Catania

Rosa Caiazzo, Parmenide ‘naturalista risanatore’: l’eco della tradizione medica di Velia dall’antichità al medioevo

Bojidar Dimitrov, Ottenere la ‘nobile tintura’: Platone come autorità alchemica in un trattato del Corpus Jabirianum

Lucia Raggetti, Allucinazioni e cortine di fumo: la magia naturale dello Pseudo-Platone nella tradizione araba

Stefano Mulas, Aristotele, Ippocrate e Galeno: il dibattito tra antica e nuova medicina in alcuni frontespizi a stampa

Programme of the Conference

Occult Technologies in the Islamicate World

AlchemEast Reading sessions and workshop organized by Matteo Martelli. Two days devoted to the reading of primary sources followed by 1-day workshop. Invited speakers: Godefroid de Callataÿ, Matthew Melvin-Koushki, Sébastien Moureau and Petra Schmidl

May 2-4, 2022, University of Bologna (Hybrid).

Two papers delivered by the AlchemEast team members:

Lucia Raggetti, The Craft of Talismans: Erratic Blocks and Technical Notes

Gabriele Ferrario, Bāṭinism in the fragments of the Cairo Genizah – Ikhwānian and Jābirian traces


Ancient Science and Technology of Colour: Pigments, Dyes, Drugs and their Perception in Antiquity

International Conference organized by Matteo Martelli (University of Bologna, ERC project AlchemEast) and Maria Michela Sassi (University of Pisa, PRIN 2017).

April 18-19, 2022, University of Pisa

This conference brings together the expertise of historians of science and technology on the one hand, and archaeologists and historians of ancient art on the other, in a wide-ranging exploration of the production methods and uses of colour substances in the Greek and Roman worlds and in the ancient Near East. This project, strongly multi-disciplinary and the first of its kind, relies on the investigation of a variety of sources, from ancient scientific and technical literature to archaeological data and results of chemical analysis. 

Two papers delivered by the AlchemEast team members:

Eduardo Escobar, On the agency of change: Color and renewal in Assyro-Babylonian cultures

Matteo Martelli, Divine waters and dyeing ‘sauces’: Changing colours and transforming matter



Batinism among the Jews of Medieval Cairo: the Evidence from the Cairo Genizah

Paper delivered by Gabriele Ferrario at the International Conference Power, Religion and Wisdom: Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy in al-Andalus and Beyond. Convened by Godefroid de Callataÿ (Université catholique de Louvain), as part of the ERC project PhilAnd. Sponsored by Sabine Schmidtke (School of Historical Studies, IAS)

March 29 – April 1, 2022, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

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