This working group studies the different connections between knowledge, commercialisation, emotions and the economy. By looking at the role of affects in the commodification of knowledge, we highlight the role that bodies and emotions play in knowledge societies, while also stressing the performative aspects of knowledge. Furthermore, it allows us to overcome the divide between useful knowledge and the aesthetics of knowledge. One of the central concepts of this working group is that of ‘affective economies’, a term that highlights the personal and affective aspects of knowledge and the market.
VU University Amsterdam
Inger Leemans is Professor of Cultural History at VU University Amsterdam. She is an expert in the field of the history of pornography and the body, the (radical) Enlightenment and in the early modern (textual) culture. She is the Director of the VU Graduate School of Humanities; president of the Dutch-Belgian Society for 18th-century studies; member of the Academic Committee of Huygens ING; member of the Programme Committee of Huizinga Institute (the Dutch National Research School for Cultural history) and member of the board of dr. C.L. Thijssen-Schoutte Stichting.
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Tina Asmussen is Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. In 2012 she received her Ph.D in History from the University of Lucerne, with a dissertation on Athanasius Kircher. She is currently working on her second book project entitled “Subterranean Economies – Material and Epistemic Culture of the Mines in Early Modern Europe, 1490-1630”. She is also member of the editorial board of the Swiss history journal traverse – Zeitschrift für Geschichte/Révue d’histoire.
Feike Dietz is Assistant Professor in Early Modern Dutch Literature and Culture at Utrecht University. Her PhD-project (2007-2011) focused on the interconfessional and international exchange of illustrated religious literature in the Dutch Republic. Her current research focuses on the relationship between early modern literature and knowledge production: texts for children and adolescents as instruments of (medial, visual, information) literacy. Within the context of this research group, Feike aims to understand how youngsters were skilled to participate in the new knowledge market that arose after the advent of print.
VU University Amsterdam
Reinier Munk has been Professor in the History of Modern Philosophy and Modern Jewish Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities at VU Amsterdam since 2008. He was Goudeket Professor in Modern Jewish philosophy at the same Department (2000-2008), Professor in the History of Judaism at Leiden University (2003-2008), and a visiting fellow at Halle, Oxford, and Jerusalem. Munk received his training in Jewish philosophy at VU Amsterdam, and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
University of Amsterdam
Claartje Rasterhoff is postdoctoral researcher in the program ‘Creative Amsterdam: An E-Humanities Perspective (CREATE)’, currently studying the evolution of Dutch design since the middle of the nineteenth century. She has done extensive research and teaching on art markets, urban development, and creative industries between 1600 and the present, at the departments of History (Utrecht University), Cultural Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam), and Urban Studies as well as Media & Culture (University of Amsterdam).
Lissa Roberts is Professor of Long Term Development of Science and Technology at the University of Twente. She received her PhD in European cultural and intellectual history at U.C.L.A., where she wrote a dissertation entitled From Natural Theology to Naturalism: Diderot and the Perception of Rapports. Since that time, she has held positions at a number of universities in both the United States (including UCLA, University of California at Irvine, Washington University and San Diego State University) and the Netherlands. She now heads the STeP’s research program on ‘long term development of science and technology’.
Dr. Jeroen Salman is assistant professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Utrecht. His main research interests are early modern book history, cultural history, the history of science and popular culture. Recently he has published Pedlars and the popular press. Itinerant distribution networks in England and the Netherlands (1600-1850) (Brill 2014). Currently he is the leader of the project ‘The European dimensions of popular print culture’ that aims to develop an international network and a virtual research environment to facilitate and stimulate research on European popular print culture.
Free University, Brussels
Karel Vanhaesebrouck is Professor and chair of Theatre and Performance Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where he also coordinates the THEA Research Group. His research focuses on early modern theatre and the broader spectacular culture of the same period, more specifically the representation of violence. He also teaches theatre history and cultural history at the Brussels-based art school RITCS (Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound) where he runs the theatre department.