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Current doctoral projects

PhD project Julien Bérard

Cartographic Knowledge and the Transfer of Knowledge in the Early Modern Age: the example of Abraham Ortelius

Abraham Ortelius (1527-1588) was one of the most important cartographers of the Renaissance. Hhis magnum opus Theaturm Orbis Terrarum is considered a milestone in the history of cartography. This PhD project uses the example of Abraham Ortelius to study the process of producing and obtaining cartographic knowledge in the Early Modern Age. Which sources used Ortelius for his atlas? How did he evaluate, for example, travel reports for his maps? How did he make use of print market economies in Renaissance Europe and the wider world?

PhD project Dr. Jürgen Hollweg

Knowledge exchange and Chemists networks in the first half of the seventeenth century

This project is a contribution to the study of scholarly networks in early modern Europe. While contacts and correspondence between philosophers have been extensively researched, men of science in the emerging field of chemistry have, so far, not received much attention. This raises the question of whether there was extensive written exchange on matters chemical around 1600 and, if so, who participated in it. This project examines the exchange of knowledge of chemists with regard to form, structure and purposes. Furthermore, it will analyse how knowledge transfer and knowledge exchange might have furthered the development of chemistry as an independent subject of study.


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