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 Cultures of Knowledge: An Intellectual Geography of the Seventeenth-Century Republic of Letters


We are pleased to introduce 'Cultures of Knowledge: An Intellectual Geography of the Seventeenth-Century Republic of Letters', an interdisciplinary research project, based in the Humanities Division of the University of Oxford in collaboration with partners in Britain and abroad, dedicated to reconstructing the correspondence networks central to the revolutionary intellectual developments of the seventeenth century.

With generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Project will pursue a number of interrelated objectives simultaneously. One will be to catalogue, edit, and preserve the rich archives of correspondence deposited in the Bodleian Library. Another will be to join forces with partners and institutions in Sheffield, Prague, Cracow, Budapest and elsewhere to develop and link similar resources internationally. A third will be to create digital systems capable of organizing these materials into an online union catalogue of intellectual correspondence. Finally, an international series of seminars, workshops and conferences will explore new analytical frameworks for understanding early modern systems of information exchange, and will help to consolidate a scholarly community geographically and thematically coextensive with these seventeenth-century networks. For full details of our activities, please see our provisional website:

We would particularly like to draw your attention to the section dedicated to Jobs and Studentships, where you will find the details of a Postdoctoral Fellowship:

In addition, you will find a Call for Papers for the first 'Cultures of Knowledge' conference, due to take place in Oxford in September 2010 on the theme of 'Universal Reformation':

We hope that you find our activities of interest. If you have any further queries, please do get in touch (About > Contact Us).



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