The next Utrecht Cultural History Seminar will take place on 1 November. Dr. Dirk van Miert (Cultural History), assistant Professor of Early Modern Cultural History, will be speaking. Van Miert is specialized in the history of knowledge, and supervises a large research ERC Consolidator project about the Republic of Letters. He will be giving a presentation called Towards a Conceptual History of the Republic of Letters in the Modern Period.
Van Miert will talk about his plan to write a book, provisionally entitled "The reception of the Republic of Letters after 1800". Rising numbers of scholars and scientists, specialisation, professionalisation, and vernacularisation are customarily mentioned as causes of the decline of the Republic of Letters after 1800. The idea of the book is to study continuities or re-enactments of the Republic of Letters as an international commonality of learning and literature in a period that witnessed the articulation of national vernacular cultures and the institutionalisation of the disciplines.