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Koen Scholten MSc

Koen Scholten is a PhD candidate in the SKILLNET project. He obtained a BSc in Applied Physics from Delft University and an MSc in History and Philosophy of Science from Utrecht University. His research interests include the cultural aspects of early modern science, in particular scholarly identity, sociability, and credibility. His doctoral research focuses on how scientific and scholarly identities were collectively (re)defined, and which ideals of knowledge they stood for. Text-mining early modern correspondences, manuscripts, and other manifestations of memory will point out if certain memories are shared in particular groups, places, disciplines, or languages, thus showing how, where, and when the identification with the ideal of sharing knowledge was transmitted through the networks of the Republic of Letters.