Call for Papers

Seminar ‘Meeting Spinoza: Books, Letters, Networks, Personal Encounters’

Date: October 5-6, 2017

Location: Utrecht

Confirmed invited speakers: Mogens Laerke (CNRS Lyon), Steven Nadler (Madison-Wisconsin), Antonella del Prete (Tuscia University)

Prospectus

While the old model of Spinoza as a recluse who developed a complete philosophical system in near isolation may no longer dominate scholarship as it once did, the full depth of his interaction with others remains largely unexplored. The seminar ‘Meeting Spinoza: Books, Letters, Networks, Personal Encounters’ seeks to fill this historiographical gap by bringing Spinoza specialists together with other early modern scholars who encounter him through the eyes of the historical figures at the basis of their own research. With the notion of ‘meeting’ in the main title we understand direct engagement with Spinoza during his own lifetime. Nevertheless, as the subtitle conveys, the modality of these meetings may be understood in a wide variety of ways. Papers may therefore consider the reception of Spinoza’s writings, either as they circulated in manuscript form or immediately upon their publication. They may seek to solve specific issues relating to Spinoza’s correspondence, or investigate patterns in his letter writing. We also encourage contributions on the networks in which Spinoza participated, ranging from the Jewish surroundings in which he was raised, to his ambivalent relationship with the Dutch Cartesians, and everything in between, such as the Dutch Collegiant community of his merchant years or even the prominent number of physicians figuring among his associates. A final, related area of interest is constituted by those contemporaries who are known to have met Spinoza in person. This category includes the famous meetings with Henry Oldenburg and Leibniz, but our interest extends also to chance or one-time encounters with lesser known figures, such as the Leiden theologian Salomon van Til. Papers should aim to contribute to our understanding of the man Spinoza, the development of his thought, and the response it evoked, all within the dynamics of the world in which he participated.

Abstracts

Anonymized abstracts (300-500 words) should be sent as a .docx file to Albert Gootjes (a.j.gootjes@uu.nl) by March 15, 2017; please include a separate attachment with contact information, affiliation, and professional status. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by April 15, 2017.      

Limited funds are available to cover travel and/or accommodations for presenters who receive no financial support from their institution. Please indicate in your cover letter if you would like to be considered for such a subsidy.

‘Spinoza’s Web’

This seminar is part of the ‘Spinoza’s Web’-projected directed by prof. dr. Piet Steenbakkers, and funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Organizers: Piet Steenbakkers, Jeroen van de Ven, Albert Gootjes

Studiemiddag ‘Maken of breken. 500 jaar Reformatie’

Het is in 2017 vijfhonderd jaar geleden dat Luther zijn 95 stellingen publiceerde over misstanden in de rooms-katholieke kerk. Hiermee ontketende hij een revolutie in het religieuze denken binnen Europa. Luther was niet de enige en ook niet de eerste die kritisch was: grote denkers als Jan Hus, Huldrych Zwingli, Johannes Calvijn en Desiderius Erasmus stelden hun ideeën op schrift. Zij hebben met hun pamfletten, geschriften en boeken geschiedenis geschreven.

Studiemiddag 17 februari 2017
Over de mannen achter de Reformatie én over hun antagonist Erasmus gaat deze middag. Waar waren deze denkers op uit? Waarom waren zij kritisch over de katholieke kerk en de paus? Wat waren de gevolgen van hun ideeën voor de samenleving van toen? En hoe beïnvloeden ze de geloofsbeleving van nu?

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Die Bible. : Tgeheele oude ende nieuwe Testament met grooter naersticheyt naden Latijnschen text gecorrigeert, ende opten cant des boecs die alteratie die hebreeusce veranderinge Antwerpen, Willem Vorsterman, 1528. Den Haag, Koninklijke Bibliotheek: KW 225 F 13. NK 392.

Programma
> 12:30 uur: Inloop; koffie & thee
> 13:00 uur: Openingswoord – Dr. Lily Knibbeler, directeur KB
> 13:10 uur: Introductie sprekers – Annemiek Schrijver
> 13:20 uur: Erasmus: bijbels humanist tussen Rome en Reformatie, Hans Trapman
> 13:40 uur: Johannes Calvijn: Orde op zaken, Mirjam van Veen
> 14:00 uur: Huldrych Zwingli: Kerk en stad – samen op weg, Dr. Marius Lange van Ravenswaay
> 14:20 uur: Martin Luther: Andere God – andere kerk – andere wereld, Herman Selderhuis
> 14:40 uur: Jan Hus: ‘Wij zijn allemaal Hussieten’, Peter Raedts
> 15:00 uur: Pauze
> 15:30 uur: Gevaarlijke boeken? Vroegmoderne werken van reformatoren uit de KB-collectie, Marieke van Delft
> 15:50 uur: Eieren van een aal? Bijzondere boeken uit de Erasmuscollectie van Bibliotheek Rotterdam, Adrie van der Laan
> 16:10 uur: Discussie o.l.v. Annemiek Schrijver
> 16:30 uur: Borrel
> 17:30 uur: Einde

Aanmelden
De toegang tot deze studiemiddag is gratis, maar meldt u zich wel even aan met dit aanmeldingsformulier.

Samenwerkingspartners

De studiemiddag staat onder beschermheerschap van de ambassadeurs van Duitsland, Zwitserland en Tsjechië.

www.kb.nl

Zie ook de themapagina van 500 jaar Reformatie.

Seventeenth International Congress

of the International Association for Neo-Latin Studies (IANLS)

Albacete (Spain), 29 July – 3 August 2018

“Humanity and Nature:

Arts and Sciences in Neo-Latin Literature”

Papers on this theme (in Latin, English, French, German, Italian or Spanish) or on other aspects of Neo-Latin Studies are welcome. We especially welcome abstracts on methodological and pedagogical aspects of Neo-Latin, as well as proposals for posters on relevant projects and research clusters, and for special sessions. Special sessions may be proposed.

Abstracts (150-200 words) should be submitted to María-Teresa Santamaría-Hernández, Chair of Organizing Committee, by e-mail: congreso.ianls.albacete@uclm.es, no later than 30 April 2017.

Participants must be paid-up members of the IANLS before 30 April 2017.

The Congress registration (120 euros and 60 euros reduced fee) may be done from October 2017.

First Circular for Triennium 2015-2018

Op woensdag 14 december is Esther Mourits gepromoveerd op haar proefschrift over de Leidse Bibliotheca Thysiana. Hierin beschrijft ze hoe Johannes Thysius zijn collectie boeken bijeen heeft gebracht, waaruit de collectie bestaat en met welk doel die is samengesteld. Het proefschrift is verschenen in een rijk geïllustreerde handelseditie, Een kamer gevuld met de mooiste boeken. De bibliotheek van Johannes Thysius (Nijmegen: Uitgeverij Vantilt, 2016). Meer informatie kunt u ook vinden op de website van de Universiteit Leiden.

Website over Spinoza gaat live
‘The Spinoza Web’ ontsluit bekendste Nederlandse filosoof voor breed publiek

Lancering
Op 27 november 2016 heeft een onderzoeksteam van het Departement Filosofie en Religiewetenschap aan de Universiteit Utrecht een website over de Nederlandse filosoof Benedictus de Spinoza (1632-1677) gelanceerd. ‘The Spinoza Web’ is een open-access website is gericht op ontsluiting van zijn leven, gedachtegoed en netwerk voor een breed publiek, van niet-ingewijde belangstellenden tot specialisten.

Twee ingangen
Centraal in deze bèta-release staat de ‘Timeline experience’, waarin het verhaal van Spinoza wordt verteld aan de hand van rijk grafisch en ander ondersteunend materiaal. De ‘Database search’ geeft toegang tot een enorme hoeveelheid primaire bronnen en andere gegevens. Het streven is om op termijn zoveel mogelijk historische documenten centraal beschikbaar te stellen voor wetenschappers wereldwijd.

Uniek ontwerp
Samenwerking met een commerciële partner (reclamebureau Nijgh te Rotterdam) heeft geleid tot een aantrekkelijke website waarin origineel wetenschappelijk onderzoek verwerkt  wordt. Met het huidige ontwerp hoopt het onderzoeksteam ook een model te hebben ontwikkeld voor het digitaal presenteren van historische figuren.

‘Spinoza’s Web’
De website is een onderdeel van het ‘Spinoza’s Web’ project, gefinancierd door NWO (Vrije Competitie Geesteswetenschappen). Het onderzoeksteam bestaat uit projectleider Piet Steenbakkers, en postdocs Jeroen van de Ven en Albert Gootjes.

http://spinozaweb.org

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The Herzog August Bibliothek is an independent research centre of the State of Lower Saxony and it awards fellowships to post-doctoral researchers in order to promote research in the areas of medieval and early modern cultural history. The international programme is open to all historically oriented disciplines. Projects should be centered on the historic book and manuscript holdings of the Wolfenbüttel library. Fellows are required to be in residence in Wolfenbüttel for the duration of their fellowship.

Fellowships of between 2 and 12 months are either € 1250 (if fellows continue to receive full pay during their fellowship tenure) or € 1800 per month, plus a travel allowance to and from Wolfenbüttel. Fellowships carry a residence requirement and the library has its own housing facilities. Fellows are expected to contribute to the academic life of the library and participate in scholarly exchange. Complete applications for fellowships in the following calendar year must reach us by January 31st. Applications received after this date cannot be considered.

Please request an application form. Applications now being received are for fellowships in 2018.

Regulations for the Award of Fellowships at the Herzog August Bibliothek.

Please send an email to requesting an application form, which contains all the necessary information about documents to be submitted, and state the topic of your research: forschung@hab.de

For more information see hab.de.

Cost actionWe are pleased to announce a fifth call for applications for short term research visits (“Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)” relating to the EU COST Action IS 1310: Reassembling the Republic of Letters, 1500-1800.

This funding promotes international mobility between COST Countries participating in this Action, particularly for Early Stage Researchers.

Most successful applications will contribute directly to fulfilling the agendas of one or more of the Action’s six Working Groups, each of which is described under its own heading on this site. A list of abstracts from previously funded STSMs may be reviewed on the COST Action’s website.

Interested researchers are advised to follow the directions provided below and submit their application and supporting documents to the STSM Coordinator Vanda Anastácio  by the deadline of 19 December 2016.

The proposals must cover activities taking place between 3 January 2017 and 31 March 2017. All STSM activities must be entirely completed within these dates. In addition, a written report on the activities carried out during the STSM is due within 30 days of the end of the research visit.

Purpose of a STSM

STSM are aimed at strengthening existing networks and fostering collaborations by allowing researchers to visit an institution in a participating COST country. A STSM should contribute to the specific research objectives of the COST Action, while at the same time learning new techniques or gain access to specific expertise, instruments and/or methods not available in their own institutions.

In the specific case of COST Action “Reassembling the Republic of Letters”, this call explicitly addresses persons who deal with the digital processing of (early modern) learned correspondence, from different professional perspectives: librarians and archivists; scholars; IT specialists; digital humanities and media experts.  For detailed information on COST Action IS1310, please see the Memorandum of Understanding.

STSMs are especially (although not exclusively) targeted at persons at early stages of their professional career (defined as eight years since the award of the PhD or equivalent). We also particularly encourage the application of women, and/or persons from “inclusiveness countries” (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, FYR Macedonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey).

Further information regarding the STSM programme and the eligibility criteria can be downloaded here. For full details on the COST STSM funding rules, please review Section 6 of the COST Vademecum Part 1: COST Action.

Timetable:

Deadline for applications to be submitted: 19 December 2016
Notification of application outcome: 23 December 2016
Period of STSM: between 03 January 2017 and 31 March 2017
All STSM activities must occur in their entirety within the period specified above.

Contact person for clarifications:
Prof. Vanda Anastácio (STSM Coordinator)
University of Lisbon
Faculdade de Letras
Alameda da Universidade
Lisboa 1600-214  Portugal
vandaanastacio@mail.telepac.pt

Dirk van Miert (Universiteit Utrecht) heeft de prestigieuze ERC (European Research Council) Consolidator Grant (2 miljoen euro) binnengehaald voor zijn onderzoek naar het ideaal van Open Science in vroegmodern Europa.

Open Science en Open Access zijn belangrijke thema’s in de huidige academische wereld. De meeste wetenschappers willen hun kennis vrij delen, ook al is er geen garantie dat ze er iets voor terug te krijgen. Blijkbaar gaan ze van uit een groter goed bij het delen van kennis. Waar komt dit ideaal vandaan?

Van Miert zoekt het antwoord in het kennisideaal van de zogeheten ‘Republiek der Letteren’: een gemeenschap van geleerden in de periode 1500-1800 die religieuze, politieke en talige grenzen oversteeg. Dankzij een ongeëvenaarde bron van honderdduizenden brieven, kan Van Miert onderzoeken hoe deze wetenschappers omgingen met het delen van kennis en een eigen culturele identiteit vormden.

De ERC Consolidator Grant bedraagt maximaal 2 miljoen euro per gehonoreerd project. Hiermee kunnen de onderzoekers zich vestigen als onafhankelijk onderzoeksleider. De ERC Consolidator Grant is bedoeld voor (ervaren) onderzoekers die 7 tot 12 jaar geleden zijn gepromoveerd. De ERC is in 2007 door de Europese Unie opgericht voor de financiering van baanbrekend onderzoek.

Lees meer over Van Miert’s onderzoek (in het Engels) op de website van de Universiteit Utrecht.

The research project REDHIS (“Rediscovering the Hidden Structure. A New Appreciation of Juristic Texts and Patterns of Thought in Late Antiquity”) is opening a position for a post-doctoral researcher. The appointment will be for two years. There will be a possibility for renewal for a third year.

REDHIS is an interdisciplinary research project hosted by the Università di Pavia (Italy) and funded by an ERC-advanced grant (Principal Investigator: Prof. Dario Mantovani; Senior Staff: Prof. Luigi Pellecchi). The project studies the continued existence of a high-level legal culture in Late Antiquity, as shown among other things by the copying and continued use of the writings of the classical jurists. A comprehensive understanding of legal culture includes therefore the study of the transmission of these texts and the reception of their contents. To learn more about the REDHIS Project, visit our website at http://redhis.unipv.it/

In line with the goals of the project, the appointee will be asked to contribute several well-researched chapters, written in English, to an extensive collaborative volume on the circulation, use, and reception of Roman juristic writings in Late Antiquity. Depending on her/his precise qualifications, the appointee may also be asked to contribute to the project’s annotated corpus of juristic papyri.

In pursuing her/his research, the appointed applicant will be supervised by the Principal Investigator. She/he will collaborate with other staff and post-doctoral researchers in an interdisciplinary working group. Place of work: University of Pavia, Pavia (Italy).

Preference will be given to applicants who hold a PhD awarded by a University from outside Italy, with a doctoral dissertation in one of the following scholarly areas: Classical Philology, Palaeography, Papyrology, Ancient History, Latin, and/or Roman law. The doctoral dissertation has to show that the applicant is competent in and comfortable with applying a philological approach to the study of Roman legal texts, in Latin and Greek, in order to contribute fruitfully to the research objectives of REDHIS. We are looking for someone with experience in writing in (and translating into) English.

The closing date for applications is 9 January 2017 at 12:00 noon (CET). Applicants are advised to make sure that their applications comply with Italian regulations as laid out in the official “bando” of this post (especially art. 4), which can be found in Italian and English at http://www-5.unipv.it/alboufficiale/files/001864443-UNPVCLE-f7737827-a4a1-4f32-a4ea-67dade9a82c6-000.pdf.

In case you have any questions or require assistance of any kind with the formalities, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Matthijs Wibier (mh.wibier@unipv.it).

Further informal enquiries may be directed to Prof. Dario Mantovani (dario.mantovani@unipv.it).

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