Working group I: Knowledge and the City

Knowledge CIty 1

This workgroup sets out to examine what role urban institutions, urban actors and urban spaces played in the production of knowledge and the emergence of the so-called ‘modern’ knowledge society. Neither the city nor the definition of modern forms of knowledge are thereby taken for granted. We rather start from the observation that both the city and knowledge are complex, hybrid and multilayered realities in which human (cultural) and non-human (material) elements are moreover deeply entangled. In addition, the city and knowledge are seen as deeply connected on both a political and epistemological level. Therefore, the different partners involved will each zero in on a range of practices in which the city and knowledge are co-produced.

Knowledge CIty 2


Foto IDBert de Munck
University of Antwerp

Bert de Munck is Professor at the History Department of the University of Antwerp, Belgium, teaching ‘Social and economic history of the early modern period’, ‘History and social theory’, and ‘Public history’. His current research interests include vocational training and the circulation of technical knowledge, guilds and civil society, urban governance, and conceptual and theoretical approaches to urban history and urban studies.

Anne-Laure van Bruaene
Ghent University

Anne-Laure Van Bruaene teaches early modern cultural history and urban history at Ghent University. Most of her work concerns the Low Countries in the period from ca. 1450 to ca. 1650. She has published two monographs: on urban chronicles (1998) and on urban literary societies or rederijkerskamers (2008).

Marius Buning
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Marius Buning, born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1979. Ph.D. from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany.

Karel Davids
VU University Amsterdam

Karel Davids is professor of social and economic history at the VU University in Amsterdam. His research focusses on maritime history, the history of technology, and in particular the development of knowledge in Europe, Asia and the Atlantic world in the Early Modern period.

Dixhoorn.jpgArjan van Dixhoorn
Descartes Centre

Arjan van Dixhoorn is Professor of History at Utrecht University’s University College Roosevelt. He was appointed at the endowed chair ‘History of Zeeland in the World’ by the Familiefonds Hurgronje in 2013. He specializes in the history of early modern knowledge and information society, civil society, public opinion and the public sphere with a focus on the early modern Low Countries.

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Ghent University

Koenraad Jonckheere is associate professor in Northern Renaissance and Baroque Art at Ghent University. He published widely on seventeenth and eighteenth century art markets and on sixteenth century Antwerp history and portrait painting. He currently leads the Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard and is preparing an exhibition on Iconoclasm (2018).

Foto IDGuido Marnef
University of Antwerp

Guido Marnef is professor of early modern history at the History Department of the University of Antwerp and a member of the Center for Urban History. His research focuses on the Protestant and Catholic Reformation in the Low Countries, the Dutch Revolt, cultural life in the cities of the Low Countries with special attention for the role of the printing press, the chambers of rhetoric and education. At present, he is writing a book on the Calvinist Republic in Antwerp (1577-1585).

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University of Antwerp and University of Leuven

Pierre Delsaerdt is professor at the History Department at University of Antwerp and part-time professor at K.U. Leuven. His teaching includes book history, publishing studies, and heritage & libraries. From 2016 onwards, he will also be lecturing about the history of the Low Countries. His research is about the history of the printed book and the history of libraries, mainly in the early-modern period. This research takes place within the context of the Centre for Urban History.

Filip van Roosbroeck
Huygens ING Institute

Filip Van Roosbroeck read for an MSc in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology at the University of Oxford. In 2016, he defended his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Antwerp, which was entitled: “To cure is to kill? Cattle plague, state intervention and veterinary knowledge in the Austrian Netherlands, 1769-1785”. Currently, he is working as a postdoc at the Huygens ING institute for Dutch history in Amsterdam on a project regarding water infrastructure and consumption in early modern Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

International fellows