Newton:Milton, Two Cultures?

University of Sussex

July 22, 2009 – July 24, 2009

Newton:Milton, Two Cultures? is co-hosted by the Newton Project, the Centre for Early Modern Studies, the Sussex Centre for Intellectual History, and the School of Humanities at the University of Sussex.

The international conference aims to bring together experts in the fields of English Literature, History of Science and general History to consider a number of questions relating to the work and careers of Isaac Newton and John Milton.

The conference will represent a unique opportunity for specialists in the work and careers of these extraordinary figures to meet and to learn from each other.  Participants are particularly encouraged to seek connections between the writing and thought of Newton and Milton, although we are also interested in receiving proposals for papers that offer relevant material relating to social, political, theological and intellectual contexts in relation to either figure.

We are especially keen to invite doctoral and postdoctoral students to give papers at the conference or to attend the conference. 10 student bursaries are available at £60 each. Bursaries have been awarded by the Society for Renaissance Studies. For further details please email


Conference Registration:

Place: Conference Centre Lounge, Bramber House, 3rd floor (elevators are available)

Time: 16:00 - 17:30

Outside these hours contact the conference manager Yvonne Santacreu for registration. Yvonne will be available in the Conference Centre throughout the conference. Please, note that it is essential that you register as badges must be worn at all times.

Opening Lecture:

The conference opens with a lecture by Professor Barbara K. Lewalski, titled Milton, Galileo and the Opening to Science. This lecture starts at 17.30 followed by a reception starting at 19.00 with drinks and cocktail finger buffet. The reception ends at 20:00.


The conference will be held at the University of Sussex Conference Centre. The University of Sussex is located at Falmer near Brighton, within easy reach of London, major international airports (Gatwick and Heathrow) and Eurostar. For further details:

We look forward to welcoming you in July 2009!


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University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QN, United Kingdom. Contact email:

Students bursaries have been awarded by Society for Renaissance Studies



William Blake, English, 1757-1827 The Temptation and Fall of Eve (Illustration to Milton's "Paradise Lost"), 1808. Pen and watercolor on paper, 49.7 x 38.7 cm (19 9/16 x 15 1/4 in.). Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution, 90.99. Photograph©2009, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

William Blake Newton 1795/circa 1805. Colour print on paper, 460 x 600 mm. Presented by W. Graham Robertson, 1939. Photograph©Tate, London 2008

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