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SKILLNET – Sharing Knowledge in Learned and Literary Networks


  • Koen Scholten and Manuel Llano, ‘Rethinking the Republic of Letters: Two Perspectives on the Early Modern Learned Community’, blogpost on Shells and Pebbles, 26 September 2018, http://www.shellsandpebbles.com/2018/09/26/rethinking-the-republic-of-letters-two-perspectives-on-the-early-modern-learned-community.
  • Dirk van Miert, ‘Digital humanities in studying German Idealism: social network analysis, text mining, and author recognition’, speaker at the HOPOS Conference, Groningen, 12 July 2018.
  • Dirk van Miert, ‘Reassembling the Republic of Letters, 1400-1800’,  speaker at the XXXVIIIth International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, Utrecht, 28 June 2018.
  • Dirk van Miert, ‘Regulating the exchange of knowledge – The Regime of the Republic of Letters’, invited speaker for the NIAS research theme group, 20 June 2018.
  • Dirk van Miert, ‘The via media between the Hardies and the Softies’,  invited speaker at the University of Cambridge, 14 June 2018.
  • The Leeuwarder Courant of 13 June 2018 published an interview (in Dutch) with Samantha Sint Nicolaas and Manuel Llano about the network of Anna Maria van Schurman.
  • At the international study conference ‘L’epistolografia di antico regime’ in Viterbo from 15 to 17 February 2018, Dirk van Miert delivered a presentation on cataloguing early modern scholarly correspondence held in Dutch libraries. An important resource is the Catalogus Epistularum Neerlandicarum (CEN). The CEN is a unique national union catalogue holding the metadata of almost 2 million letters from 1600 to present from Dutch academic libraries, including c.50,000 early modern letters. It is only accessible through Dutch academic library accounts. If you want to consult it, please do not hesitate to ask a member of the SKILLNET team to look into it for you. We very much like to be in touch with everyone who is interested in early modern letters. Dirk’s presentation can be watched here: