1 November 2018 from 16:00 to 17:15

Cultural History Seminar: Towards a Conceptual History of the Republic of Letters in the Modern Period

Man, die leest bij kaarslicht, Ernst Willem Jan Bagelaar, 1800. Bron: rijksmuseum.nl
Man, die leest bij kaarslicht, Ernst Willem Jan Bagelaar, 1800. Bron: rijksmuseum.nl

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. 

dirk van miert

Dr. Dirk van Miert
Dr. Dirk van Miert

Dirk van Miert is a historian, and also connected to Institutions for Open Societies - an interdisciplinary research area of Utrecht University focused on the development and expansion of healthy open societies everywhere.

Start date and time
1 November 2018 16:00
End date and time
1 November 2018 17:15
Entrance fee
Free entrance