Female Practitioners in Graeco-Egyptian Alchemy

Short paper delivered by Matteo Martelli at the roundtable 4th Turba Meeting: The Female Presence in Alchemy, organized by Jo Hedesan (University of Oxford).

Here are the titles of the short talks:

  • Jennifer Rampling, Queen Elizabeth I and Women’s Patronage of Alchemy
  • Matteo Martelli, Female Practitioners in Graeco-Egyptian Alchemy
  • Ute Frietsch, The Common Iconography of the Urinal, the Alchemical Vial and the Womb in 16th-Century German Woodcults
  • Carmen Schmechel, Male and Female Minerals in Georgius Agricola’s De natura fossilium: A Matter of Classification
  • Jo Hedesan, Mercury – Female or Male? Some Historical and Cross-Cultural Considerations

December 10, 2021 @ 17:00 (GMT), Online

YouTube video of the roundtable

What’s in a Recipe? Epistemology and Practical Understanding of Recipe Literature

A series of monthly lectures organized by Gabriele Ferrario and Matteo Martelli, Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies, University of Bologna

A series of 2-hour long meetings that aims at exploring the features of prescriptive literature in the form of recipes with a systematic and interdisciplinary approach and at investigating how these features are relevant in the replication of historical recipes. Speakers: Giulia Brun (London), Chiara Crisciani (Pavia), Guido Frison (London), Cale Johnson (Berlin), Daniele Morrone (Bologna), Sébastien Moureau (Louvain-la-Neuve), Manuela Mura (Warwick), Caroline Petit (Warwick), Lawrence Principe (Baltimore), Tonio Sebastian Richter (Berlin), Nicolas Thomas (Paris), Iolanda Ventura (Bologna)


List of delivered papers

Chemical Arts and Religion in Antiquity

AlchemEast workshop, organized by Noemi Borrelli and Matteo Martelli in preparation for a special issue of the international journal ARYS, edited by N. Borelli and M. Martelli, which will feature papers by: M. Blanco, N. Borrelli, V. Carlotta, O. Dufault, E. Escobar, M. Escolado-Poveda, G. Merianos.

October 14-15, 2021, Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies, Bologna (online)

Programme (with the link to the Teams virtual room)

Sources of Alchemy and Chemistry Workshop

AlchemEast workshop, organized by Gabriele Ferrario and Matteo Martelli in the framework of a well-established collaboration with the Ambix series “Sources of Alchemy and Chemistry: Sir Robert Mond Studies in the History of Early Chemistry” (SHAC).

July 6-8, 2021, Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies, Bologna (online)

Programme (with the link to the Zoom virtual room)

Two Papers at the International Conference “Traditions of Materia Medica”

Two papers delivered by Matteo Martelli and Lucia Raggetti at the International Conference Traditions of Materia Medica (300 BCE — 1300 CE), organized by Sean Coughlin, Christine Salazar, Elizaveta Shcherbakova, in the framework of the SFB project Episteme in Bewegung (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin)

  • Matteo Martelli, Minerals for Medicine and Alchemy: Dyes and Dry Pharmaka
  • Lucia Raggetti, Aristotle and a Gem Shop on Peacock Alley

June 16-18, 2021, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (online)

Website of the Conference

Programme and Abstracts (with link to the Zoom Virtual Room)