Profile

Dirk van Miert is Assistant Professor of Early Modern Cultural History and specializes in the history of knowledge. He supervises a large research ERC Consolidator project about the Republic of Letters.  

Van Miert  is editor in chief of Lias. Journal of Early Modern Intellectual Culture and its Sources, president of Gewina (Belgian-Dutch Society for the History of Science and Universities) and president of the Dutch Network of Neolatin Studies.

Profile: intellectual history of (early) modern Europa, History of Knowledge, history of science, history of universities, history of education, history of scholarship, history of philology, gender relations in the world of learning, humanism, and the long social history of the Republic of Letters (Respublica litteraria or Respublica litterarum/Republique des Lettres/Gelehrtenrepublik).

 

Critical acclaim for The Correspondence of Joseph Justus Scaliger, edited by Paul Botley and Dirk van Miert, 8 vols (Geneva: Droz, 2012) xcv + 4,823 pp.

‘To sum up, this is the rare thing: an edition exemplary in every respect that comes as close to perfection as is humanly possible.’ -  Renaissance Quarterly

‘the seamless presentation achieved in the main by Botley and van Miert represents an astonishing achievement.’ -  Bryn Mawr Classical Review

 ‘The herculean labors of the two editors, Paul Botley and Dirk van Miert, could justly become the subject of Pindaric odes; one magnificent poem per volume would be a modest tribute.’ - History of Universities

‘One hates to use trite expressions in a review like “monument of scholarship” and “timeless work of erudition, not to be redone,” but sometimes these expressions are what the project calls for.’ - Seventeenth-Century News (Neo-Latin News)

‘het bijzonder rijke voetnotenapparaat bij de uitgegeven brieven getuigt op stille maar krachtige wijze van de ontzaglijke filologisch-historische arbeid die Paul Botley en Dirk van Miert hebben verzet.’ - De zeventiende eeuw

‘un événement considérable’ - Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance

‘un producto de la máxima calidad científica’ - Calamus Renascens

‘The resulting eight-volume product is also a testament to [the editors’] scholarly acumen and commonsense approach.’ - English Historical Review

‘a truly magnificent edition that illuminates the tremendously energetic world of learning in early modern times, … in  … eight superbly printed volumes’ - Church History and Religious Culture

 

Strategic themes / Focus areas
Involved in the following study programme(s)
Scientific expertise
intellectual history of (early) modern Europa, History of Knowledge, history of science, history of

Volume biblical criticism

Scaliger Correspondence

Communicating Observations

Isaac Vossius

Dissertation Dutch

Dissertation English

Biography Junius

Volume on Junius

Lias, Journal

Mapping German Idealist Networks
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Curriculum vitae

2016-:  Assistant Professor Early Modern (Cultural) History, Utrecht University

2013- 2017: research fellow Utrecht University

2012-2013: lecturer history Universtiy of Amsterdam

2009-2013: research fellow Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (Huygens ING)

2004-2009: postdoctoral fellow Warburg Institute, University of London

                 occasional teaching jobs at Queen Mary's and the Faculty of Classics, Oxford Un.

1999-2004: PhD University of Amsterdam

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Books published:

The Emancipation of Biblical Philology in the Dutch Republic, 1590-1670, Oxford (OUP) 2017 [forthcoming].

[with Henk Nellen, Piet Steenbakkers and Jetze Touber, eds], God's Word Questioned. Biblical Criticism and Scriptural Authority in the Dutch Golden Age, Oxford (OUP) 2017 [forthcoming].

(Ed.) Communicating Observations in Early Modern Letters  (1500-1675). Epistolography and Epistemology  in the Age of  the Scientific Revolution, London (Warburg Institute Colloquia) 2013.

[with Paul Botley], The Correspondence of Joseph Justus Scaliger, 8 vols, Geneva, Droz, 2012.

[with Eric Jorink, eds], Isaac Vossius (1618-1689) Between Science and Scholarship, Leiden and Boston (Brill) 2012.

(Ed.), The Kaleidoscopic Humanism of Hadrianus Junius (1511-1575). Northern Humanism at the Dawn of the Dutch Golden Age, Leiden and Boston (Brill) 2011

Hadrianus Junius (1511-1575). Een humanist uit Hoorn, Hoorn (Vereniging Oud Hoorn) 2011.

Humanism in an Age of Science: The Amsterdam Athenaeum in the Golden Age, 1632-1704, Leiden and Boston (Brill) 2009 [translation by M. Wielema].

The title above is a revised version of the Dutch original: Illuster onderwijs. Het Amsterdamse Athenaeum in de Gouden Eeuw, 1632-1704, Amsterdam (Bert Bakker) 2005.

Key publications

van Miert, D.K.W. (2017). Making the States’ Translation (1637): Orthodox Calvinist Biblical Criticism in the Dutch Republic. Harvard Theological Review, 110 (3), (pp. 440-463) (24 p.).

van Miert, D.K.W., Steenbakkers, Piet, Touber, J.J. & Nellen, Henk (12.10.2017). Scriptural Authority and Biblical Criticism in the Dutch Golden Age - God's Word Questioned. (480 p.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

van Miert, D.K.W. (01.12.2016). A Conceptual Approach to Library History: Towards a History of Open Science. Quaerendo, 46 (3/4), (pp. 205-221) (17 p.).

van Miert, D.K.W. (2016). “What was the Republic of Letters? A brief introduction to a long history (1417-2008). Groniek, 204/205, (pp. 269-287) (19 p.).

van Miert, Dirk (2013). Communicating Observations in Early Modern Letters (1500-1675) - Epistolography and Epistemology in the Age of the Scientific Revolution. (268 p.). London: The Warburg Institute - Nino Aragno Editore.

van Miert, D.K.W. (2009) Editorial board member Lias (Journal) Editor in Chief

All publications
  2018 - Scholarly publications
van Miert, D.K.W. (2018). The Emancipation of Biblical Philology in the Dutch Republic (1590–1670). (352 p.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  2017 - Scholarly publications
van Miert, D.K.W. (12.10.2017). ‘The Janus-Face of Scaliger’s Philological Heritage - The Biblical Annotations of Heinsius and Grotius. In Dirk van Miert, Henk Nellen, Piet Steenbakkers & Jetze Touber (Eds.), Scriptural Authority and Biblical Criticism in the Dutch Golden Age - God's Word Questioned (pp. 91-108) (18 p.). Oxford University Press.
van Miert, D.K.W. (2017). Bas van Bommel, Classical Humanism and the Challenge of Modernity. Debates on Classical Education in 19th-century Germany Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015. History of Humanities, 2 (2), (pp. 519-522) (4 p.).
van Miert, D.K.W. (20.04.2017) Invited speaker Philosophy Lunch Lecture Utrecht (13.09.2016) Classifying Knowledge
van Miert, D.K.W., Steenbakkers, Piet, Touber, J.J. & Nellen, Henk (12.10.2017). Editor's Introduction. In Dirk van Miert, Piet Steenbakkers, Henk Nellen & Jetze Touber (Eds.), Biblical Criticism and Scriptural Authority in the Dutch Golden Age. - God's Word Questioned (pp. 1-15) (15 p.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
van Miert, D.K.W. (10.01.2017) Invited speaker Philology in the 19th century Cambridge (10.01.2017) Fichte and Philology
van Miert, D.K.W. (15.02.2017) Invited speaker GF-Colloquium (Utrecht) (30.01.2009) Fichte and the transformation of the Republic of Letters
van Miert, D.K.W. (26.08.2017) Invited speaker Congres Werkgroep De zeventiende eeuw Amsterdam (26.08.2018) Gossip in the Republic of Letters’
van Miert, D.K.W. (2017). Grantley McDonald, Biblical Criticism in Early Modern Europe. Erasmus, the Johannine Comma and Trinitarian Debate, Cambridge: CUP, 2016. Renaissance Quarterly, 70 (3), (pp. 1165-1167) (3 p.).
van Miert, D.K.W. (08.09.2017) Invited speaker CCHR: conference ‘Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead, Utrecht (08.09.2017) In and out of the Republic of Letters. Cultural citizenship in historical perspective
van Miert, D.K.W. (2017). Making the States’ Translation (1637): Orthodox Calvinist Biblical Criticism in the Dutch Republic. Harvard Theological Review, 110 (3), (pp. 440-463) (24 p.).
van Miert, D.K.W. (2017). Marion Gindhart, Hanspeter Marti und Robert Seidel, eds, Frühneuzeitliche Disputationen. Polyvalente Produktionsapparate gelehrten Wissens, Köln etc.: Böhlau, 2016. Isis, 108 (4), (pp. 918-919) (2 p.).
van Miert, D.K.W. (06.10.2017) Organiser Neolatinistendag (Amsterdam) Amsterdam (06.10.2017)
van Miert, D.K.W. (15.06.2017) Invited speaker Digitizing the Enlightenment Nijmegen (15.06.2017 - 17.06.2017) Reconceptualising the Enlightenment Republic of Letters
van Miert, D.K.W., Steenbakkers, Piet, Touber, J.J. & Nellen, Henk (12.10.2017). Scriptural Authority and Biblical Criticism in the Dutch Golden Age - God's Word Questioned. (480 p.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
van Miert, D.K.W. (26.08.2017) Invited speaker OIKOS Annual meeting 2017 Utrecht (25.08.2017) Semantische veldanalyse van sleuteltermen uit het discours van de Republiek der Letteren (1500-1800) (ERC Consolidator Project "SKILLNET")’
van Miert, D.K.W. (21.02.2017) Invited speaker UCEMS (Utrecht Centre for Early Modern Studies) Sharing Knowledge in the Republic of Letters
van Miert, D.K.W. (07.06.2017) Invited speaker Onderzoeksschouw 2007 – 2017 - 2027 Utrecht (07.06.2017) SKILLNET en de toekomstperspectieven van de wetenschapsgeschiedenis
van Miert, D.K.W. (25.06.2017) Invited speaker Gewina Woudschoten bi-annual conference Zeist (23.06.2017 - 24.06.2017) The Republic of Letters as a knowledge commons’
  2017 - Professional publications
van Miert, D.K.W. (2017). Constructie en deconstructie van academische identiteit - De Agnietenkapel als lieu de savoir. In Esther van Gelder, Erik Jorink, Ilja Nieuwland, Marlise Rijks & Alice Spruit (Eds.), ‘Dingen die ergens toe dienen.’ - Verhalen over materiële cultuur van wetenschap (pp. 174-177) (4 p.). Hilversum: Verloren Uitgeverij.
van Miert, D.K.W. (2017). Filosofiegeschiedenis in titelpagina's - nr 10: Spinoza's TTP. De Filosoof, 77, (pp. 24-29) (6 p.).
van Miert, D.K.W. (2017). Filosofiegeschiedenis in titelpagina's - nr. 8 - Hobbes' Leviathan. De Filosoof (75), (pp. 16-20) (5 p.).
  2017 - Popularising publications
van Miert, D.K.W. (26.08.2017) Participant Historici-dagen Utrecht Utrecht (24.08.2017 - 26.08.2017) Open Acces in historisch perspectief
van Miert, D.K.W. (19.05.2017) Invited speaker USHK Onderzoeksparade Utrecht (19.05.2017) Voor en achter het onderzoek
  2016 - Scholarly publications
van Miert, D.K.W. (07.10.2016) Invited speaker Digital Humanities Community Event Utrecht (07.10.2016) "MaGIC Net: Mapping German Idealist Correspondence Networks
van Miert, D.K.W. (01.12.2016). A Conceptual Approach to Library History: Towards a History of Open Science. Quaerendo, 46 (3/4), (pp. 205-221) (17 p.).
Schraagen, M.P. & van Miert, D.K.W. (2016). Author attribution on paragraph level using simulated annealing. Proceedings of Benelearn 2016 (3 p.).
van Miert, D.K.W. (28.06.2016) Invited speaker CCHR Utrecht (28.06.2016) Building digital infrastructures to study intellectual migration (1600-1700)
van Miert, D.K.W. (2016). Confidentiality and Publicity in Early Modern Epistolography: Scaliger and Casaubon. In Ann Blair & Anja-Silvia Goeing (Eds.), For the Sake of Learning. Essays in Honour of Anthony Grafton (pp. 3-20) (18 p.). Leiden and Boston: Brill Publishing.
van Miert, D.K.W. (03.10.2016) Member of programme committee Descartes-Huygens Premodern History of Knowledge Colloquium (03.10.2016) What is the History of Knowledge?
van Miert, D.K.W. () Organiser Descartes-Huygens Premodern History of Knowledge Colloquium (03.10.2016)
van Miert, D.K.W. (18.03.2016) Invited speaker Epistolary cultures York (18.03.2016 - 19.03.2016) From Joseph Scaliger to Immanuel Kant: the European Republic of Letters
van Miert, D.K.W. (05.10.2016) Invited speaker The Making of the Humanities V Baltimore (05.10.2016 - 08.10.2016) Johann Gottlieb Fichte and the German Republic of Letters
van Miert, D.K.W. (28.10.2016) Organiser Neolatinistendag 2016 Amsterdam (28.10.2016)
van Miert, D.K.W. (30.06.2016) Invited speaker Ready to Reach Out Amsterdam (29.06.2016 - 30.09.2016) Pitch: Resassembling the Republic of Letters: https://www.huygens.knaw.nl/het-digitale-culturele-erfgoed-van-de-republiek-der-letteren/
van Miert, D.K.W. (13.04.2016) Member Promotiecommissie David Kromhout (Event) David Kromhout, Clashes of Discourses. Humanists and Calvinists in Seventeenth-Century Academic Leiden [University of Amsterdam]<br/><br/>David Kromhout, Clashes of Discourses. Humanists and Calvinists in Seventeenth-Century Academic Leiden [Universi
van Miert, D.K.W. (23.10.2016). Review: Alan S. Ross, Daum’s Boys: Schools and the Republic of Letters in Early Modern Germany, Manchester: MUP, 2015. History of Humanities, 1 (2), (pp. 418-420) (3 p.).
van Miert, D.K.W. (12.09.2016) Participant The 25th Belgian-Dutch Conference on Machine Learning (Benelearn) Kortrijk (12.09.2016 - 13.09.2016) [with Marijn Schraagen, Poster presentation] Ascribing authorship on sentence level: who wrote which sentence?
  2016 - Professional publications
van Miert, D.K.W. (2016). “What was the Republic of Letters? A brief introduction to a long history (1417-2008). Groniek, 204/205, (pp. 269-287) (19 p.).
  2016 - Popularising publications
  2015 - Scholarly publications
van Miert, D.K.W. (09.05.2015) Invited speaker Gewina voorjaarsbijeenkomst Delft (09.05.2015) De creatie van geleerde identiteit in de 19e-21e eeuw: een korte geschiedenis van het Festschrift
van Miert, D.K.W. (2015). De Statenvertaling (1637)”, in: Paul Gillaerts et al., (eds), De Bijbel in de Lage Landen. Elf eeuwen van vertalen, Heerenveen: Jongbloed, 2015, pp. 406-444. In Paul Gillaerts (Eds.), De Bijbel in de Lage Landen. Elf eeuwen van vertalen (pp. 406-444) (39 p.). Heerenveen: Jongbloed.
van Miert, D.K.W. (11.12.2015) Member Gewina (External organisation) Jury of the competition for best MA Thesis of the Year in History of Science
van Miert, D.K.W. (06.01.2015) Invited speaker Annual Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Oxford (05.01.2001) Immanuel Kant, the Republic of Letters and the Tyranny of Philosophy
van Miert, D.K.W. (29.07.2015) Invited speaker The Fourteenth Congress of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Rotterdam (27.07.2015 - 31.07.2015) Memory and the creation of learned group identities: eighteenth-century appropriations of Erasmus in historia literaria
van Miert, D.K.W. (30.10.2015) Organiser Neolatinistendag Den Haag (24.10.2014) Organizer and panel member Round Table on Constantijn Huygens.
van Miert, D.K.W. (07.04.2015) Organiser Philosophy as Science: A Key Idea of the 19th Century Utrecht (09.04.2015 - 11.04.2015)
van Miert, D.K.W. (08.04.2015) Invited speaker Philosophy as Science: A Key Idea of the 19th Century Utrecht (09.04.2015 - 11.04.2015)
van Miert, D.K.W. (16.02.2015) Member Promotiecommissie Saskia Klerk (Event) Galen reconsidered. Studying drug properties and the foundations of medicine in the Dutch Republic ca. 1550-1700<br/><br/>Public opposition in a viva.
van Miert, D.K.W. (27.03.2015) Invited speaker Renaissance Society of America, Annual Meeting Venetië (07.01.2010) Publishing biographies of individuals to create collective learned identities in the 17th century’
van Miert, D.K.W. (26.03.2015) Invited speaker Renaissance Society of America, Annual Meeting Venetië (07.01.2010) Reassembling the Republic of Letters
van Miert, D.K.W. (10.09.2015) Invited speaker Cultural History Seminar Utrecht (25.01.2013) Reconceptualising the Republic of Letters (1417-2017): an ERC-Consolidator Grant
van Miert, D.K.W. (27.10.2015) Invited speaker CERL Antwerp (27.10.2015) The 18th-century integration of librarianship and the historiography of learning
van Miert, D.K.W. (26.06.2015) Keynote speaker Knowledgeable Youngsters. Youth, Media and Early Modern Knowledge Societies Utrecht (26.06.2015 - 27.06.2015) The decline of a multimedial pedagogy in higher education
van Miert, D.K.W. (30.04.2015) Invited speaker Institutions, Strategic theme seminar Utrecht (30.04.2015) The Republic of Letters as a Knowledge Commons? Towards a subproject in an ERC Consolidator Grant proposal
van Miert, D.K.W. (11.12.2015). Vroegmoderne campus novels? Academische satire als discours over kennisidealen. In Leen Dorsman & Peter Jan Knegtmans (Eds.), Spiegel of lachspiegel? De betekenis van de campus novel voor de wetenschaps- en universiteitsgeschiedenis (pp. 27-48) (22 p.). Hilversum: Verloren Uitgeverij.
van Miert, D.K.W. (22.03.2015) Keynote speaker First annual meeting COST Action IS1310 Reassembling the Republic of Letters Oxford (22.03.2015 - 25.03.2015) What Was the Republic of Letters?
  2015 - Popularising publications
van Miert, D.K.W. (2015). C.A. Heumann en het eerste filosofische tijdschrift uit de geschiedenis (1715). De Filosoof, 69, (pp. 28-31) (4 p.).
  2015 - Other output
  2014 - Scholarly publications
van Miert, D.K.W. (24.05.2014) Invited speaker Congres: De Tweede Wetenschappelijke Revolutie Leiden, Museum Boerhaave (23.01.2014)
van Miert, D.K.W. (12.12.2014) Invited speaker Spiegel of Lachspiegel? De betekenis van de campus novel voor de wetenschaps- en universiteitsgeschiedenis Utrecht (12.12.2014) De satirische wortels van de campus novel. Vier eeuwen voorgeschiedenis van een kluchtig genre (16e-19e eeuw).
van Miert, D.K.W. (24.05.2014) Invited speaker De Tweede Wetenschappelijke Revolutie Leiden (23.05.2014 - 24.05.2014) Duits idealisme en de classificatie van de wetenschappen omstreeks 1800: Het einde der universele kennis en het begin van de moderne kennis
Ziche, Paul, van Miert, Dirk, Sperber, Peter, de Goeij, Timmy, Giesbers, Tom & Meijer, Daniel (2014). Mining for associated words in philosophical texts. Schelling Studien: Internationale Zeitschrift zur klassischen deutschen Philosophie, 2 (1), (pp. 215-231) (17 p.). ISBN 978-3-495-46602-5.
van Miert, D.K.W. (24.10.2014) Organiser Neolatinistendag Den Haag (24.10.2014)
van Miert, D.K.W. (12.03.2014) Invited speaker GF-Colloquium (Utrecht) (30.01.2009) Philology & Empiricism. Communicating Observations in Early Modern Letters
van Miert, Dirk (2014). The Trouble of Fitting in - Review of: Yasmin Haskell, Prescribing Ovid. The Latin Works and Networks of the Enligthened Dr Heerkens, London etc.: Bloomsbury, 2013.. Neulateinisches Jahrbuch, 16, (pp. 350-351) (2 p.).
van Miert, Dirk (2014). Vertrouwelijkheid en indiscretie in de correspondentie van Joseph Scaliger rond 1600. In Jos Gabriëls, Ineke Huysman, Ton van Kalmthout & Ronald Sluijter (Eds.), In vriendschap en vertrouwen. - Cultuurhistorische essays over confidentialiteit (pp. 199-210) (12 p.). Hilversum: Verloren Uitgeverij.
  2014 - Popularising publications
van Miert, D.K.W. (10.02.2014) Invited speaker Ludwig Boltzmann Institute The Hairy War (1640-1650). Philology and Controversy in the United Provinces
  2014 - Other output
van Miert, D.K.W. 03.10.2014 Recipient Seed money for ERC proposal Republic of Letters
  2013 - Scholarly publications
van Miert, Dirk (2013). Casaubon, Isaac (1559-1614). In Karla Pollmann, Willemien Otten & Arnoud Visser (Eds.), The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine (pp. 278-279) (2 p.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, Oxford.
van Miert, Dirk (2013). Communicating Observations in Early Modern Letters (1500-1675) - Epistolography and Epistemology in the Age of the Scientific Revolution. (268 p.). London: The Warburg Institute - Nino Aragno Editore.
van Miert, D.K.W. (2013 2018) Chair COST Action IS 1310: Reassembling the Republic of Letters (External organisation) Maniging Committee Member working group 4
van Miert, Dirk (2013). Het presenteren van de geleerde ander - Een diachronisch overzicht met enkele methodologische overwegingen. In Leen Dorsman & Peter-Jan Knegtmans (Eds.), De menselijke maat in de wetenschap. - De geleerden(auto)biografie als bron voor de wetenschaps- en universiteitsgeschiedenis (pp. 39-52) (14 p.). Verloren Uitgeverij.
van Miert, Dirk (2013). Scaliger, Josephus Justus (1540-1609). In Karla Pollmann, Willemien Otten & Arnoud Visser (Eds.), The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine (pp. 1204-1205) (2 p.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, Oxford.
van Miert, D.K.W. (29.11.2013) Invited speaker Idealism, Realism and Empiricism. Philosophical Debates Around 1800 Utrecht (29.11.2013 - 30.11.2013) Some methodological considerations
van Miert, D.K.W. (30.11.2013) Invited speaker Idealism, Realism and Empiricism. Philosophical Debates Around 1800 Utrecht (29.11.2013 - 30.11.2013) Some methodological considerations
  2009 - Scholarly publications
van Miert, D.K.W. (2009) Editorial board member Lias (Journal) Editor in Chief
  2000 - Scholarly publications
van Miert, D.K.W. (2000) Editorial board member Nieuwsbrief Neolatinistenverband (Journal) Editor in Chief
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Van Miert recently received an ERC Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council. This allows him to put together a team of three PhD students and a postdoc and for the next five years to conduct research into the ideal of sharing knowledge within the so-called Republic of Letters - the social network of early modern scholars and scientists.

As a research fellow, Van Miert is currently still contributing to the project "Thinking Classified. Structuring the World of Ideas around 1800" (Paul Ziche). Previously, he edited, together with Paul Botley and under supervision of Anthony Grafton, a critical edition in 8 vols of the complete correspondence of Joseph Scaliger (2012). He published a number of monographs, articles and volumes on Isaac Vossius (2012), Hadrianus Junius (2011), and the Amsterdams Athenaeum Illustre (2005; 2009). Recently a volume appeared on observations in early modern letters. Van Miert is currently finishing a monograph on biblical criticism and scriptural authority in the Dutch Golden Age.

Thinking Classified: http://www.nwo.nl/onderzoek-en-resultaten/onderzoeksprojecten/15/2300176615.html

Biblical Criticism and Secularisation: http://www.huygens.knaw.nl/en/bijbelkritiek-en-secularisatie/

The Correspondence of Scaliger: http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/research/projects/scaliger/

Isaac Vossius: http://www.brill.com/isaac-vossius-1618-1689-between-science-and-scholarship

Amsterdam Athenaeum Illustre: http://cf.hum.uva.nl/nhl/samenvatting_vanMiert.htm

and http://www.brill.com/humanism-age-science

Hadrianus Junius: http://www.oudhoorn.nl/winkel/item.php?id=176

and: http://www.brill.com/kaleidoscopic-scholarship-hadrianus-junius-1511-1575

Project:
SKILLNET: Sharing Knowledge in Learned and Literary NETworks. The Republic of Letters as a pan-European Knowledge Society
01.07.2017 to 01.07.2022
General project description 

The idea of sharing knowledge


Open Science and Open Access are hotly debated today in the academic world. Most scholars are in favour of sharing their knowledge freely, even if there is no guarantee that they will get something in return. Apparently they assume that there is some greater good involved in sharing knowledge. Where does this ideal of knowledge come from? 


The Republic of Letters


The project Sharing Knowledge In Learned and Literary NETworks - The Republic of Letters as a pan-European Knowledge Society (SKILLNET) starts from the idea that the ideal of sharing knowledge is a legacy of a bottom-up social network of scholars and scientists. These scholars transcended religious, political and linguistic boundaries through their correspondence with one another. From about 1500 to around 1800, the ‘citizens’ of this European knowledge-based civil society referred to their own community as the ‘Republic of Letters’. The people who constituted this ‘Republic’ have left behind hundreds of thousands of letters. Through these we can analyse how the Republic of Letters functioned as a ‘knowledge commons’: a social network devoted to the production and management of knowledge as a common property resource that grows as more people start using it. The ideal of sharing knowledge proved so powerful that even after the demise of the Republic of Letters around 1800, this ‘Republic’ continued to be a historical model of tolerance and exchange for the global intellectual and academic community. Sharing knowledge is part of the moral DNA of the modern scientific community.


Digital analysis of social networks and texts over a long period of time


Thanks to an unprecedented body of digital data about the letters, SKILLNET electronically unravels the social structure (size, density, aggregation-level) of the huge networks of the Republic of Letters. This analysis will allows to study the lines of communication over a long period of time. Van Miert and his team will also digitally mine large bodies of texts to trace changes in the way the citizens of the Republic of Letters related to the ideal of sharing knowledge and to the methods they used to communicate this ideal to future generations.


Although the Republic of Letters in practice witnessed constant internal controversies, Van Miert hopes to show that the pre-modern era saw the first attempt to overcome such troubles and create an internationalist cultural identity – an identity underscored not by capitalizing on knowledge but by sharing it.

Role Researcher Funding
EU grant: European Research Council
Project members UU

Completed projects

Project:
Thinking classified: Structuring the world of ideas around 1800 01.10.2013 to 01.07.2017
General project description
 
Role Co-promotor & Researcher Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU
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Currently dr. Dirk van Miert teaches the following course(s):

Now: various courses in Cultural History, viz.:

Introductionto Early Modern History; World Cultures; History of the Natural Sciences; Introduction to Historical Research; Cultural Historians Today; BA and MA theses supervision.  

Past: various courses at the dept of Philosophy and Religious Studies, viz.:  

European Values; Politics & Ethics: The Idea of Europe; History of Natural Science in the West

Other: UU, Summer school: Reformation and Counter-Reformation; Huizinga Institute (National Research School Cultural History): RMa course: Science, Scholarship and Society.

Past: University of Amsterdam: Gender & History; Philosophy of History; Knowledge and Power in the 17th c.; New Perpectives on the Dutch Golden Age; The Making of the Golden Age; Jacob Cats on love, ethics and religion; Renaissance textual criticism; the Republic of Letters.

London: The End of the Renaissance; Epistolography; Latin grammar.

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Additional functions and activities

Editor in chief of Lias. Journal of Early Modern Intellectual Culture and its Sources

Board member of Dutch Neo-Latin Association

Convenor of Huygens-Descartes Premodern Colloquium 

Jury member Huygens-Descartes MA-thesis award

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dr. D.K.W. van Miert Contact details
Drift 6

Drift 6
Room 0.25
3512 BS  UTRECHT
The Netherlands


Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 2166
Phone number (department) +31 30 253 3900
Drift 6

Drift 6
Room -
3512 BS  UTRECHT
The Netherlands


Phone number (department) +31 30 253 3900
Janskerkhof 2

Janskerkhof 2
Room -
3512 BK  UTRECHT
The Netherlands


Phone number (department) +31 30 253 3900
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Drift 6
3512 BS    UTRECHT
The Netherlands
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Gegenereerd op 2018-04-25 20:08:00
Last updated 06.03.2018