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Robert Collis

Robert Collis

Dr. Robert Collis is a Leverhulme Research Fellow in the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies at The University of Sheffield, where his current research is focusing on the topic of Western esotericism and the Russian elite in the long eighteenth century (1689-1825).  He completed his PhD in 2008 at The University of Turku (Finland) and his recently published monograph is a revised edition of his doctoral thesis (which won the 2009 inaugural Thesis Prize of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism). Prior to his doctoral studies, Dr. Collis studied at The University of Sussex, where he completed his BA (Hons.) in Contemporary History and his MA in Russian Studies. In addition to his recent monograph, Dr. Collis is the co-editor of a collected volume, entitled Freemasonry and Fraternalism in Eighteenth-Century Russia  (2009) and numerous articles.

Picturing the Art of Iatrochemistry by Robert Collis

April 9th, 2013

Last week I taught a class on Western esotericism and visual culture at Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa). When preparing the class I happened upon the excellent Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) website, which contains an impressive selection of fine art devoted to ‘The Art of Iatrochemistry’ that is on display as part of the permanent […]

The Petersburg Crucible – Alchemy and the Russian Nobility in Catherine the Great’s Russia

November 30th, 2012

The Petrine Instauration Religion, Esotericism and Science at the Court of Peter the Great, 1689-1725 by Robert Collis, Ph. D.   – BRILL Academic Publishers, 2011 – The reign of Peter the Great (1672-1725) was marked by an unprecedented wave of reform in Russia. This book provides an innovative reappraisal of the Petrine Age, in which hitherto […]