Project coordinators & principal researchers

Prof. dr. Wijnand Mijnhardt
University of Utrecht

Wijnand W. Mijnhardt holds a personal Chair of Comparative History of the Sciences and the Humanities, and he is founder and past director of the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences at Utrecht University. Together with Lynn Hunt and Margaret Jacob he authored: The Book that Changed Europe: Picart and Bernard’s Religious Ceremonies of the World  (Cambridge Mass., Harvard University Press , 2010). In A New Template for Dutch History (Zwolle 2011) he published, together with Paul Brusse, a new model for the interpretation of Dutch modern history. In preparation is An Urban Enlightenment: the Dutch Republic 1672-1815.

Prof. dr. Sven Dupré
University of Utrecht

Sven Dupré is Professor and Chair of History of Art, Science and Technology at Utrecht University and Director of the project ‘Technique in the Arts: Concepts, Practices, Expertise, 1500-1950’, supported by a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant.  Previously he was Professor of History of Knowledge at the Freie Universitat and Director of the Research Group ‘Art and Knowledge in Premodern Europe’ at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. His research has been supported by visiting fellowships at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) of the University of Cambridge, at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science at the University of Sydney.

 Working Group Leaders

WG I: Bert de Munck (University of Antwerp)

WG II: \Thijs Weststeijn (Utrecht University)

WG III: Inger Leemans (VU University Amsterdam)

WG IV: Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis (University of Twente)