An extra long edition of the Premodern history of science colloquium on 1 February will be dedicated to the history of the humanities. The Descartes Centre is proud to announce the first live debate ever between Prof. James Turner and Prof. Rens Bod, whose recent books on the humanities sparked fierce discussions. Both authors will introduce their books, principles and problems, after which a general discussion will take place.
A few years ago, the American historian James Turner and the Dutch computer linguist and historian Rens Bod, completely independently, embarked on a journey of Gargantuan proportions: writing the history of the humanities across more than two millennia and many disciplines.
Their books Philology. The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities (James Turner - Princeton, 2014) and A New History of the Humanities: the Search for Principles and Patterns from Antiquity to the Present (Rens Bod - OUP 2013) stand at the origins of a fierce debate on the history, nature and role of the humanities in academic life.
James Turner is Cavanaugh Professor of Humanities Emeritus at the History Department and the Program in the History & Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame, USA.
Rens Bod is Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Amsterdam and Co-Director of the Center for the History of Humanities and Sciences.
The Premodern history of science colloquium is a collaboration of the Descartes Centre (Utrecht) with the History of Science department of the Huygens ING (The Hague) focusing on intellectual history. The colloquium also has a partnership with the Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin. Meetings take place every first Monday of the month from October to June, alternately in The Hague and Utrecht. All those interested are welcome. Convenors are Prof. Oscar Gelderblom and Prof. Wijnand Mijnhardt (Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University).