Chair
Textual Culture in the Renaissance Low Countries
Endowed by Algemeen-Nederlands Verbond
Date of appointment 01.09.2012
Inaugural lecture date 27.11.2013
Profile

Arnoud Visser is Professor of Textual Culture in the Renaissance Low Countries in the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication. He is also director of the honours programme of the Faculty of Humanities.

His research has focused on early modern intellectual culture, with particular attention to classical and patristic traditions in the Reformation period. He is currently working on two projects. He is directing Annotated Books Online, a digital platform for the study of early modern reading practices (a collaborative venture together with partners at Gent, University College London, York and Princeton). He is furthermore setting up a new research project on the formation and impact of literary fame in early modern Europe.

His publications include:

  • Reading Augustine in the Reformation: The Flexibility of Intellectual Authority in Europe, 1500-1620 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • Joannes Sambucus and the Learned Image: The Use of the Emblem in Late-Renaissance Humanism (Leiden: Brill, 2005)
  • together with Karl Enenkel (eds.), Mundus Emblematicus: Studies in Neo-Latin Emblem Books (Turnhout: Brepols, 2003)

 

 


Research into reading practices: marginalia in Bernardo Bembo's copy of Pliny's Letters (Stanford UL).
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Curriculum vitae

Doctorate from the University of Leiden (2003). Prior to coming to Utrecht, he taught Renaissance Latin and modern history at the universities of St Andrews, Leiden and Amsterdam. He received research fellowships from the Royal Society of Edinburgh, het Institut d’Histoire de la Réformation in Genève, het Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Wassenaar, and Princeton University Library.

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Publications before 2011 are listed separately at the bottom of the page.

 

 

Key publications

Visser, A.S.Q. (2017). Irreverent Reading - Martin Luther as Annotator of Erasmus. Sixteenth Century Journal, 48 (1), (pp. 87-109).

Pollmann, Karla, Otten, Willemien, Visser, A.S.Q. & (e.a.), (e.a.) (2013). The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine. Oxford: Oxford University Press, co-editor .

All publications
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Visser, A.S.Q. (2017). Irreverent Reading - Martin Luther as Annotator of Erasmus. Sixteenth Century Journal, 48 (1), (pp. 87-109).
  2017 - Popularising publications
Visser, A.S.Q. (2017). Wereldvreemd. Neerlandia: Nederlands-Vlaams tijdschrift voor taal, cultuur en maatschappij, 121 (1), (pp. 21).
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Visser, A.S.Q. (2016). Erasmus, Luther, and the Margins of Biblical Misunderstanding. In Ann Blair & Anja-Silvia Goeing (Eds.), For the Sake of Learning - Essays in Honor of Anthony Grafton (pp. 232-250). Leiden: Brill.
Visser, A.S.Q. (2016). Poetiken des Blätterns. Christoph Benjamin Schulz. Literatur, Wissen, Poetik 4. Hildesheim: Olms, 2015. Renaissance Quarterly, 69 (4), (pp. 1559-1560) (2 p.).
Visser, A.S.Q. (2016). Sari Kivistö, The Vices of Learning: Morality and Knowledge at Early Modern Universities. History of universities, 29 (1), (pp. 203-206).
  2016 - Popularising publications
Visser, A.S.Q. (2016). De tentoonstelling als ervaring. Neerlandia / Nederlands van nu, 120 (4), (pp. 44).
Visser, A.S.Q. (2016). Érasme de Rotterdam : comment saisir un intellectuel insaisissable. Septentrion, 45 (2), (pp. 88-90).
Visser, A.S.Q. (2016). Het gebruik van het verleden. Neerlandia: Nederlands-Vlaams tijdschrift voor taal, cultuur en maatschappij, 120 (3), (pp. 29).
Visser, A.S.Q. (2016). Luis in de pels. Neerlandia: Nederlands-Vlaams tijdschrift voor taal, cultuur en maatschappij, 120 (2), (pp. 27).
Visser, A.S.Q. (2016). Wereldburger in hangmat. Neerlandia: Nederlands-Vlaams tijdschrift voor taal, cultuur en maatschappij, 120 (1), (pp. 28).
  2016 - Other output
A.S.Q. Visser (13.10.2016) Margins of Interpretation
Visser, A.S.Q. & Dietz, F.M. (2016). Otto van Veen - Buitenbeentje en multitalent.
A.S.Q. Visser (20.02.2016) Presentatie ikv ANV-leerstoel
A.S.Q. Visser (28.01.2016) Public Intellectuals before Modernity: Renaissance Humanism and the European Republic of Letters
A.S.Q. Visser (31.03.2016) Reading Erasmus through Luther’s Eyes
A.S.Q. Visser (04.03.2016) Roemzucht: de geschiedenis van een omstreden verlangen
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Visser, A.S.Q. (2015). Humanistes du Bassin des Carpates, II: Johannes Sambucus. International Journal of the Classical Tradition, 22 (2).
  2015 - Popularising publications
Visser, A.S.Q. (2015). De kunst van het leren. Neerlandia / Nederlands van nu, 119 (2), (pp. 33) (1 p.).
Visser, A.S.Q. (2015). Hoe actueel is de Tachtigjarige Oorlog. Neerlandia / Nederlands van nu, 119 (4), (pp. 21) (1 p.).
Visser, A.S.Q. (17.09.2015). Kennisuitwisseling tussen Noord en Zuid. Neerlandia / Nederlands van nu, 119 (3), (pp. 21) (1 p.).
  2015 - Other output
A.S.Q. Visser (27.03.2015) Famous humanists on fame
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Visser, A.S.Q. & Calis, R. A. (2014). Building a Digital Bookwheel Together: Annotated Books Online and the History of Early Modern Reading Practices. Bibliothecae.it: Rivista di studi semestrale, 3 (1), (pp. 63-80) (18 p.).
  2014 - Other output
A.S.Q. Visser (16.10.2014) “Du bist nicht fromm! How Luther Annotated Erasmus’ New Testament”
A.S.Q. Visser (11.07.2014) “Studying Renaissance Readers Interactively: The Annotated Books Online Project”
A.S.Q. Visser (29.03.2014) Annotations in Early Printed Books
A.S.Q. Visser (13.11.2014) Early Modern Masterclass: Annotated Books Online
A.S.Q. Visser (14.04.2014) Tracing Renaissance Readers in Their Books
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Visser, A.S.Q. (2013). Augustine in Renaissance Humanism. In Pollmann, Otten, Visser (e.a., e.a.) (Eds.), The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine (pp. 68-74) (7 p.). Oxford: Oxford UP.
Visser, A.S.Q. (2013). book review Donne's Augustine: Renaissance Cultures of Interpretation. Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 64, (pp. 184-185) (2 p.).
Visser, A.S.Q. (2013). book review Scholarship, Commerce, Religion: The Learned Book in the Age of Confessions, 1560-1630. American Historical Review, 118, (pp. 1241-1242) (2 p.).
Pollmann, Karla, Otten, Willemien, Visser, A.S.Q. & (e.a.), (e.a.) (2013). The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine. Oxford: Oxford University Press, co-editor .
  2013 - Other output
Visser, A.S.Q. (27.11.2013). In de gloria: literaire roem in de Renaissance. (35 p.). Den Haag: ANV.
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Visser, A.S.Q. (2012). book review Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information Before the Modern Age. Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook, 32, (pp. 110-112) (3 p.).
  2012 - Professional publications
Visser, A.S.Q. (2012). book review Inventing Authority: The Use of the Church Fathers in Reformation Debates over the Church Fathers. Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 63, (pp. 406) (1 p.).
  2012 - Other output
Visser, A.S.Q. & Stronks, E. (2012). Annotated Books Online.
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Visser, A.S.Q. (2011). Erasmus, the Church Fathers and the Ideological Implications of Philology. Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook, 31, (pp. 7-31) (25 p.).
  2011 - Professional publications
Visser, A.S.Q. (2011). Scholars in the Picture: The Representation of Intellectuals on Medals and Emblems. In Billy Grove & Alison Saunders (Eds.), Transmigrations: Essays in Honour of Alison Adams and Stephen Rawles (pp. 139-159) (21 p.). Glasgow and Geneva: Centre for Emblem Studies / Droz.

 

Publications before 2011

Books (Monographs)

A. S. Q. Visser, Joannes Sambucus and the Learned Image: The Use of the Emblem in Late-Renaissance Humanism (Leiden: Brill, 2005).  


Books (Edited collections)

Karl A. E. Enenkel, Arnoud S. Q. Visser (eds.), Mundus Emblematicus: Studies in Neo-Latin Emblem Books (Turnhout: Brepols, 2003).

Arnoud Visser (ed.), In Search of the Republic of Letters: Intellectual Relations Between Hungary and the Netherlands (1500-1800) (Wassenaar: NIAS, 1999).

A. S. Q. Visser (comp. and ed.), P. G. Hoftijzer, B. Westerweel (co-eds.) , Emblem Books in Leiden. A Catalogue of the Collections of Leiden University Library, the Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde te Leiden, and Bibliotheca Thysiana (Leiden: Primavera Press, 1999).


Journal articles


‘How Catholic was Augustine? Confessional Patristics and the Survival of Erasmus in the Counter-Reformation’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 61 (2010), 86-106.

‘Reading Augustine Through Erasmus’ Eyes: Humanist Scholarship and Paratextual Guidance in the Wake of the Reformation’, Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook 28 (2008), 67-90.

‘Escaping the Reformation in the Republic of Letters: Confessional Silence in Latin Emblem Books’, Church History and Religious Culture 88 (2008), 139-167.

‘Neither Protestant nor Catholic: Augustine and Confessional Neutrality in Humanist Emblem Books’, Emblematica 16 (2008), 319-334.

‘Icons of the Past: Joannes Sambucus and the Medical Republic of Letters’, Ars 40 (2007), 19-29.

‘Practica poetica: de marges van imitatio in humanistische embleemboeken’, De zeventiende eeuw 21 (2005), 210-227.

‘Ridicula Ambitio: The Social Function of Humour in the Emblems of Joannes Sambucus’, Humanistica Lovaniensia 53 (2004), 199-218.


Essays in edited volumes

‘Nuchtere lessen voor het dagelijks leven’, in Garrelt Verhoeven (red.), Papieren pracht uit de Amsterdamse Gouden Eeuw: Geschenken van het Dr. Th. J. Steenbergen Fonds (Amsterdam: Vossiuspers UvA, 2011), 47-51.

 ‘Hoe Cupido Nederlands leerde’, in Garrelt Verhoeven (red.), Papieren pracht uit de Amsterdamse Gouden Eeuw: Geschenken van het Dr. Th. J. Steenbergen Fonds (Amsterdam: Vossiuspers UvA, 2011), 39-45.

‘Scholars in the Picture: The Representation of Intellectuals on Medals and Emblems’, in Alison Adams, Laurence Grove (eds), Essays in Honour of Alison Adams and Stephen Rawles (Glasgow/Geneva: Centre for Emblem Studies/Droz 2011), 139-159.

‘The Authority of Augustine in the Early Reformation: The Examples of Hoogstraeten and Erasmus’, in Mette Bruun and David Colwing (eds), Commonplace Culture in Western Europe in the Early Modern Period: Reformation, Counter-Reformation and Revolt (Leuven: Peeters, 2011), 39-50.

‘Jean Le Clerc (ed.), Appendix Augustiniana’, in Rob Faessen, Bernard Deprez (e.a., eds.), The Jesuits of the Low Countries: Identity and Impact (1540-1773) (Leuven: Peeters, 2009), 233-236.

‘Commonplaces of Catholic Love: Otto van Veen, Michel Hoyer and St Augustine between Humanism and the Counter-Reformation’ in: Els Stronks, Peter Boot, Dagmar Stiebral (eds.), Learned Love: Proceedingsof the Emblem Project Utrecht Conference on Dutch Love Emblems and the Internet (The Hague: Dans, 2007), 33-48.
[http://emblems.let.uu.nl/project_proceedings.html].

‘Bedwell, Grotius en de schim van Scaliger: Een humanistisch epigram als diplomatiek instrument’ in Kasper van Ommen (a.o., eds.), Aangeraakt: Boeken in contact met hun lezers. Een bundel opstellen voor Wim Gerritsen en Paul Hoftijzer (Leiden: Scaliger Instituut - Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden, 2007), 129-134.

‘Justus Lipsius en Joannes Sambucus’ in: J. De Landtsheer and D. Sacré (eds.), Justus Lipsius: Een geleerde en zijn Europese Netwerk [Supplementa Humanistica Lovaniensia XXI] (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2006), 102-109.

‘From the Republic of Letters to the Olympus: The Rise and Fall of Medical Humanism in 67 Portraits’ in: Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen (a.o., eds.), Living in Posterity. Essaysin Honour of Bart Westerweel (Hilversum: Verloren Publishers, 2004), 299-313.

‘Why did Christopher Plantin Publish Emblem Books?’ in: Alison Adams, Marleen van der Weij (eds.), Dutch EmblemsandBook History (Glasgow: Glasgow University Press, 2003), 63-78. ‘Name-Dropping and Networking. Dedications as a Social Instrument in the Emblems of Joannes Sambucus’ in: Wolfgang Harms, Dietmar Peil (eds.), Multivalence and Multifunctionality of the Emblem. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference of the Society for Emblem Studies (Bern: Peter Lang, 2002), 355-368.

‘The Uses of Ancient History in the Emblems of Joannes Sambucus (1531-1584)’ in: K.A.E. Enenkel, J. De Landtsheer, J.L. de Jong (eds.), Recreating Ancient History. Episodes from the Greek and Roman Past in the Arts and Literature of the Early Modern Period (Leiden: Brill, 2001), 269-285.   Electronic publications French Emblems at Glasgow: various contributions on Joannes Sambucus and Hadrianus Junius (translations, introductions). URL: http://www.emblems.arts.gla.ac.uk/french/  


Book reviews


I have regularly contributed book reviews to various journals, including Church History and Religious Culture, Emblematica, Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Modern Language Review, Quaerendo, Renaissance Quarterly, Sixteenth Century Journal.

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Completed projects

Project:
Annotating History: Managing Digitized Heritage Interactively 01.02.2016 to 31.01.2017
General project description

In the project ‘Annotating History: Managing Digital Heritage Interactively’, historians from Utrecht University work together with Brill Publishers, Museum Huis Doorn and the University Library to develop new possibilities for annotating digitised heritage (such as early printed books, archival documents and images). They will design a versatile annotation tool, based on a prototype that was developed in the project Annotated Books Online (2012-2014).

 
Role Project Leader Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Marti Huetink (Brill Publishers)
  • Liesbeth Hugenholtz (Brill Publishers)
  • Frans Havekes (Brill Publishers)
  • Wendy Landewé (Museum Huis Doorn)
  • Martijn Visser (Museum Huis Doorn)
  • Etienne Posthumus (Arkyves)
Project:
Annotated Books Online: A Collaboratory for the Study of Reading and the Circulation of Ideas in Early Modern Europe 01.10.2011 to 01.11.2014
General project description

This collaborative project offers a virtual research environment (www.annotatedbooksonline.com) and publication platform for a young and growing field in cultural history: the study of early modern reading practices. Partners are Paul Dijstelberge (Amsterdam), Arnthony Grafton (Princeton), Lisa Jardine, Jürgen Pieters (Gent), Bill Sherman (York), Els Stronks (Utrecht) and Garrelt Verhoeven (Amsterdam). 


Proceeding from the idea that reading constitutes a crucial form of intellectual exchange, the collaborators will collect and enhance evidence of how readers used their books to build knowledge and assimilate ideas. This is especially pertinent since the early modern period, just like the twenty-first century, saw the revolutionary rise of a new medium of communication which helped shape cultural formation and intellectual freedom. Although widely recognized as a promising approach with important theoretical implications, currently the study of reading practices still largely depends on individual researchers, whose work is seriously hampered by the limited access to an inherently fragmented body of material. The proposed collaboratory will connect scholarly expertise and provide added value to digital sources through user-generated content (e.g. explanatory material or fuller scholarly syntheses) in an electronic environment specifically designed for research and teaching purposes. It will offer, in short, an academic Wikipedia for the history of reading and the circulation of ideas. The project will create a transnational platform that enables scholars to (1) view, connect and study annotated books and readers' notes, (2) offer training to students and young researchers in handling readers' traces, and (3) make results freely accessible for teaching purposes, as well as for broader general interest by means of exhibitions, digital presentations and general publications. In order to expand this structural network, the principal partners in the collaboratory will prepare an application for a Marie Curie Initial Training Network.


Zie: http://www.annotatedbooksonline.com

 
Role Project Leader & Researcher & Contact Funding
NWO grant: Internationalization Grant Humanities, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Paul Dijstelberge (Amsterdam)
  • Anthony Grafton (Princeton)
  • Lisa Jardine (UCL
  • London)
  • Jürgen Pieters (Gent)
  • Garrelt Verhoeven (Amsterdam)
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Currently prof. dr. Arnoud Visser teaches the following course(s):
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