The project consists of four working groups. Each group works on a theme that we consider to be central to the making of the early modern knowledge society in the Low Countries. Every aspect is subject to thorough investigation, resulting not only in new insights in the knowledge society as such, but also in new tools that are at our disposal to study of knowledge societies in general.
The four working groups are:
- Working Group I: Knowledge and the City
- Working Group II: Boundary objects
- Working Group III: Knowledge and the Market: Affective Economies
- Working Group IV: Borders and the Transfer of Knowledge
The working groups draw their members from the Descartes Centre and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, as well as from a number of Flemish and Dutch universities, and invited scholars from institutions across the world. With representatives from all over the world, the working groups operate on the forefront of the history of knowledge.
The meetings of the working groups are hosted in the Max Planck Institute for History of Science and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study.