Job: Professor (by Special Appointment) of European Early Modern History of Ideas (Radboud University Nijmegen; Deadline 18 April)

The Radboud University in Nijmegen invites candidates to apply for the post of Professor (by Special Appointment) of European Early Modern History of Ideas (0,2 fte without compensation).

You will teach and conduct research in European Early Modern History of Ideas, with a particular focus on the history of philosophy. You will be part of the chair group of Cultural History at the Faculty of Arts, and you will fulfil a bridging role in the research on the early modern history of ideas at the Faculty of Arts (FA) and the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies (FPTR). Read more…

News: Opening of Vossius Centre and launch of History of the Humanities journal (University of Amsterdam)

How are the many academic disciplines connected, and how does knowledge from one discipline reinforce knowledge in another discipline? Due to increasing specialisation and fragmentation we as academics do not know each other’s disciplines any more. And yet the history of science and humanities shows that important innovations and discoveries are found exactly where disciplines interact or co-operate. Read more…

Report: Medieval Margins in Leiden (17 March)

On 17 March, John Contreni, Evina Steinova and Mariken Teeuwen presented three papers on their research in the Vossius Room of Leiden University Library, followed by a small display of manuscripts from the Leiden collection. John Contreni kicked off with a lecture titled “What were they thinking? Decoding technical symbols in four ninth-century manuscripts.” He showed a group of 4 exegetical manuscripts from Laon (Berlin, Phill. 1731, Laon 37, Laon 38 and Laon 80), in which the technical signs that are the subject of Evina’s research, attention signs, require signs, quotation signs, signs signalling structure or interpunction, frequently occur. So far, Contreni had not been able to fully understand them, but with the analysis of the signs by Evina in hand, he started to see how these signs made sense, and how they can be used to reconstruct a working process of the annotators: what were they thinking and what were they achieving to do with their texts?

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(Nederlands) Göttingen Summer School 2016: “Collecting and the Knowledge of Objects” (5-10 September 2016)

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Job: AHRC-funded PhD Studentship “Instruments and their makers: A study of experiment, collaboration and identity in seventeenth-century London” (University of York / Science Museum; Deadline 15 April 2016)

In collaboration with the Science Museum, London, the University of York announces a fully-funded 3-year PhD studentship on the topic of ‘Instruments and their makers: A study of experiment, collaboration and identity in seventeenth-century London’. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), this PhD project offers an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to pursue doctoral research in history while gaining first-hand experience of work within a museum setting, and to contribute to bringing the two sectors into fruitful interaction. Read more…

Workshop: Gems in Transit: Materials, Values and Knowledge in the Early Modern World, 1400-1800 (Amsterdam/Utrecht, 7-8 April 2016)

In the early modern period, as today, gems were the ultimate ‘hybrid objects.’ They played key roles in decorative art, global trade, and science and medicine. The aim of this workshop is to connect the many roles of early modern gems by bringing together historians of different stripes who study gems as material objects. Read more…

Call for Papers: “The Making of the Humanities V” (Baltimore, 5-7 October 2016; Deadline 30 April 2016)

The fifth conference on the history of the humanities, ‘The Making of the Humanities V’, will take place at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (USA), from 5 until 7 October 2016. Read more…

(Nederlands) Symposium Chemie Historische Groep “Op bezoek bij Martinus van Marum” (Haarlem, 15 april 2016)

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(Nederlands) Symposium en tentoonstelling “De wereld van de zuidelijke geleerden tijdens het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden (1815-1830) / De rol van de heropgerichte Académie royale de sciences et lettres de Bruxelles (1816)” (Brussel, 24 maart 2016)

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Job: PhD position “Emanuel Mendes da Costa (1717-1791): multicultural and multinational networks in Georgian London” (University of Lincoln)

The University of Lincoln, in partnership with the Royal Society and the Science Museum, is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified UK/EU candidate for a full-time Collaborative Doctoral Award. The award is funded by the UK AHRC to conduct research on the lives and letters of Emanuel Mendes da Costa (1717-91).

Da Costa was a Royal Society secretary, conchologist, antiquarian, and member of the Sephardic London Community. He was a leading collector in the crux of a transition in natural history, moving from baroque cabinets of curiosities to Linnaean Enlightenment taxonomy. By studying his scientific works and largely unknown correspondence network in the Royal Society, British Library, the Lincoln Cathedral, and other repositories, the student will analyse both his fixed beliefs and impact of innovation in natural history.  In its analysis of Da Costa’s life and letters, the PhD’s research also will elucidate the status of Jews in Georgian England, and the social norms and multicultural and multinational bounds of scientific reputations within and without The Royal Society. Read more…