Looking for Hermetic and ‘Angevin’ Manuscripts at the Institute

Lunchtime Lectures
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
12:00 p.m. EDT (UTC -4)

Philosophy historian Antonella Sannino will share new discoveries from her research within the Science History Institute’s rare books and manuscripts collections.

This virutal Lunchtime Lecture and Q&A will be hosted by Institute fellow and historian of medieval science Meagan Allen.

About the Speaker

Antonella Sannino is a historian of philosophy with a primary interest in magic, alchemy, and science. She specialized in history and philosophy of science at University College London and at Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici in Naples, receiving her PhD from Università degli Studi in Lecce. In addition to being an associate professor of history of medieval philosophy at the Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale” (UNIOR) in Naples, Italy, she has been a visiting professor at Hill Museum Monastic Library in Collegeville, Minnesota, and Francis Yates Fellow at Warburg Institute of London.

As a fellow at the Science History Institute, she conducted research on hermetic magic and alchemy, focusing on the appeal of the Hermetic and Neoplatonic tradition in the Latin Middle Ages, particularly in England, France, and Germany.


About the Narrator

Fabiana Mauriello is a graduate student in foreign languages and literatures at the University of Naples “L’Orientale,” where her thesis focuses on Thomas More’s Utopia. She is also a contributor to Hermetic studies on the Bibliotheca Philosophica Virtualis database, as well as its blog and social media pages. She is currently working with Antonella Sannino on manuscripts and rare books linked to Medieval and Renaissance Hermeticism and to philosophy, science, and medicine in Naples during the reign of the Robert of Anjou, or “Robert the Wise” (1276–1343).

About the Host

Meagan S. Allen is the Cain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Science History Institute. She received her PhD from the department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Indiana University in 2021. Her research focuses on the intersection of alchemy and pharmacology in the 13th century, specifically in the works of Roger Bacon.

About the Series

Our virtual Lunchtime Lecture Series takes a rigorous and entertaining approach to exploring topics for scholars and anyone interested in stories about the history of science, technology, and medicine. The talks help expand perceptions of the nature of science and how it’s done.