Ephemeral Media of Knowledge: Perspectives From Intellectual History and the Digital Humanities

Stefan Heßbrüggen-Walter, FIAS Fellow 2023-2024 Le Studium Loire Valley & Freie Universität Berlin
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May 22, 2024 - May 23, 2024


Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR)
59 rue Néricault Destouches 
37000 Tours

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The projected conference is intended to serve as a platform to present and contextualise first, preliminary results of my project "The Afterlife of a Renaissance Genre: A Census of Dissertations in French Libraries 1500-1800". It will discuss the genre of the dissertation in comparison to other ephemeral genres and modes of scholarly writing (scientific manuscripts, letters) and develop preliminary assessments of their relevance for pertinent disciplines (medicine, law, theology, philosophy). Besides that, we will begin a conversation between experts in DH and domain experts with regard to two questions: What can DH contribute to the analysis of ephemeral genres from the point of view of traditional intellectual history? And to which extent may digital approaches extend and modify existing research traditions, e. g. through the generation of new questions and research areas?


Dr Stefan Heßbrüggen-Walter, LE STUDIUM / FIAS Research Fellow 
IN RESIDENCE AT Centre for Advanced Studies in the Renaissance (CESR)  / CNRS, University of Tours - FR

Prof. Fosca Mariani Zini & Prof. Elena Pierazzo
Centre for Advanced Studies in the Renaissance (CESR)  / CNRS, University of Tours - FR