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Dirk van Miert is Assistant Professor of Early Modern Cultural History and specializes in the history of knowledge. From 2018, he will supervise a large research project about the Republic of Letters. He is a research fellow in the  NWO-funded project "Thinking Classified. Structuring the World of Ideas around 1800", for which he studies the way in which in the 18th c. the historiography of knowledge took shape. 

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).

Van Miert  is editor in chief of Lias. Journal of Early Modern Intellectual Culture and its Sources, and president of the Dutch Network of Neolatin Studies.

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

 

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

Dissertation Dutch

Dissertation English

Scaliger Correspondence

Communicating Observations

Isaac Vossius

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 [ACCEPTED]. Harvard Theological Review, 110.

van Miert, D.K.W. (2017). Claudius Salmasius and the “Hairy War” (1640–50): historicizing the bible in the Dutch Republic on the eve of Spinoza [ACCEPTED]. Sixteenth Century Journal

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.

D.K.W. van Miert (0). Editor in Chief. Lias.

All publications
  2017 - Scholarly publications
van Miert, D.K.W. (2017). Claudius Salmasius and the “Hairy War” (1640–50): historicizing the bible in the Dutch Republic on the eve of Spinoza [ACCEPTED]. Sixteenth Century Journal
van Miert, D.K.W. (2017). Making the States’ Translation (1637): Orthodox Calvinist Biblical Criticism in the Dutch Republic [ACCEPTED]. Harvard Theological Review, 110.
van Miert, Dirk, Touber, Jetze, Steenbakkers, Piet & Nellen, Henk (2017). Scriptural Authority and Biblical Criticism in the Dutch Golden Age - God’s Word Questioned. (400 p.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
van Miert, D.K.W. (2017). The Disputation Hall as a Location of Knowledge. In Huib Zuidervaart, Eric Jorink & Ilja Nieuwland (Eds.), Locations of Knowledge in a Dutch Context Brill Publishing.
van Miert, D.K.W. (2017). The Emancipation of Biblical Philology in the Dutch Republic (1590–1670). (352 p.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  2017 - Other output
D.K.W. van Miert (10.01.2017). Fichte and Philology. Philology in the 19th century.
D.K.W. van Miert (15.02.2017). Fichte and the transformation of the Republic of Letters. Utrecht, GF-Colloquium (Utrecht).
  2016 - Scholarly publications
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). 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. (01.12.2016). Review of: Dmitri Levitin, Ancient Wisdom in the Age of the New Science. Histories of Philosophy in England, c. 1640-1700, Cambridge 2015. Isis, (pp. 837-839) (2 p.).
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.).
  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.).
van Miert, D.K.W. (2016). Bacon’s Instauratio magna (1620). De Filosoof, 73, (pp. 4-8) (5 p.).
  2016 - Other output
D.K.W. van Miert (07.10.2016). "MaGIC Net: Mapping German Idealist Correspondence Networks. Digital Humanities Community Event.
D.K.W. van Miert (12.09.2016). [with Marijn Schraagen, Poster presentation] Ascribing authorship on sentence level: who wrote which sentence? . The 25th Belgian-Dutch Conference on Machine Learning (Benelearn) .
D.K.W. van Miert (28.06.2016). Building digital infrastructures to study ?intellectual migration (1600-1700). CCHR.
D.K.W. van Miert (18.03.2016). From Joseph Scaliger to Immanuel Kant: the European Republic of Letters. Epistolary cultures.
D.K.W. van Miert (05.10.2016). Johann Gottlieb Fichte and the German Republic of Letters. The Making of the Humanities V.
D.K.W. van Miert (28.10.2016). Neolatinistendag 2016.
D.K.W. van Miert (30.06.2016). Pitch: Resassembling the Republic of Letters: https://www.huygens.knaw.nl/het-digitale-culturele-erfgoed-van-de-republiek-der-letteren/. Ready to Reach Out.
D.K.W. van Miert (03.10.2016). What is the History of Knowledge?. Descartes-Huygens Premodern History of Knowledge Colloquium.
  2015 - Scholarly publications
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). 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.
  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
D.K.W. van Miert (09.05.2015). De creatie van geleerde identiteit in de 19e-21e eeuw: een korte geschiedenis van het Festschrift. Gewina voorjaarsbijeenkomst.
D.K.W. van Miert (06.01.2015). Immanuel Kant, the Republic of Letters and the Tyranny of Philosophy. Annual Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
D.K.W. van Miert (29.07.2015). Memory and the creation of learned group identities: eighteenth-century appropriations of Erasmus in historia literaria. The Fourteenth Congress of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
D.K.W. van Miert (30.10.2015). Organizer and panel member Round Table on Constantijn Huygens. Neolatinistendag.
D.K.W. van Miert (07.04.2015). Philosophy as Science: A Key Idea of the 19th Century.
D.K.W. van Miert (27.03.2015). Publishing biographies of individuals to create collective learned identities in the 17th century’. Renaissance Society of America, Annual Meeting.
D.K.W. van Miert (26.03.2015). Reassembling the Republic of Letters. Renaissance Society of America, Annual Meeting.
D.K.W. van Miert (10.09.2015). Reconceptualising the Republic of Letters (1417-2017): an ERC-Consolidator Grant.
D.K.W. van Miert (27.10.2015). The 18th-century integration of librarianship and the historiography of learning. CERL.
D.K.W. van Miert (26.06.2015). The decline of a multimedial pedagogy in higher education. Knowledgeable Youngsters. Youth, Media and Early Modern Knowledge Societies.
D.K.W. van Miert (30.04.2015). The Republic of Letters as a Knowledge Commons? Towards a subproject in an ERC Consolidator Grant proposal.
D.K.W. van Miert (22.03.2015). What Was the Republic of Letters?. First annual meeting COST Action IS1310 Reassembling the Republic of Letters.
D.K.W. van Miert (08.04.2015). Writing the history of science around 1800: Philosophy between Historia Literaria and the History of the Sciences. Philosophy as Science: A Key Idea of the 19th Century.
  2014 - Scholarly publications
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, 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 - Other output
D.K.W. van Miert (12.12.2014). De satirische wortels van de campus novel. Vier eeuwen voorgeschiedenis van een kluchtig genre (16e-19e eeuw). Spiegel of Lachspiegel? De betekenis van de campus novel voor de wetenschaps- en universiteitsgeschiedenis.
D.K.W. van Miert (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. De Tweede Wetenschappelijke Revolutie.
D.K.W. van Miert (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. Congres: De Tweede Wetenschappelijke Revolutie.
D.K.W. van Miert (24.10.2014). Neolatinistendag.
D.K.W. van Miert (12.03.2014). Philology & Empiricism. Communicating Observations in Early Modern Letters. Utrecht, GF-Colloquium (Utrecht).
D.K.W. van Miert (10.02.2014). This paper will examine the relation between the semi-public setting of academic Latin and the more public character of the vernacular. In the controversial ‘Hairy War’ in the Dutch Republic, the world of Latin academic disputations, epistolary treatises and satirical dialogue, spilled over into vernacular sermons and theological dialogues. In the 1640s, the United Provinces were shaken by a polemic over the question whether men were allowed to wear long hair. Preachers and professors, philosophers and philologists, poets and painters, all were pulling their hair out. They thundered from pulpits, defended theses in academic lecture halls, wrote satirical dialogues, artful poems, and histories thick as a brick. Central to all this was the question what precisely the apostle Paul (1 Cor. 11:14) meant when he wrote that nature taught that is was a disgrace for a man to have long hair. Every possible argument was mobilized: from Jewish rituals to Roman customs, from Indian pygmees to Germanic barbarians, from Christ’s beard to monks’ tonsures, from Roman catacombs tot Dutch paintings, from medical discussions over the nature of hair to hairsplitting juridical disputes over the laws of nature. In the paper, I will focus on the crushing scholarship and appealing satire of Claudius Salmasius, and tease out some of the more broad consequences of the historical and linguistic biblical scholarship of humanist philology: a potentially radical method which conquered the vernacular public sphere two decades before Spinoza. . The Hairy War (1640-1650). Philology and Controversy in the United Provinces.
  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, 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.
  2013 - Other output
D.K.W. van Miert (30.11.2013). Some methodological considerations. Idealism, Realism and Empiricism. Philosophical Debates Around 1800.
D.K.W. van Miert (29.11.2013). Some methodological considerations.
  0 - Other output
D.K.W. van Miert (0). Editor in Chief. Nieuwsbrief Neolatinistenverband.
D.K.W. van Miert (0). Editor in Chief. Lias.
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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:
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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