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Post-Doctoral Research 

Natural Law 1625-1850: A Bio-Bibliographical Database

This project aims at developing, implementing and populating a bio-bibliographical database concerning early modern natural law scholars. The database is first and foremost a detailed open reservoir of information that contains not only biographical and bibliographical data but also links to digitized source material as well as commentaries made by individual specialists. Building upon this reservoir, a long-term goal is moreover to develop and implement an event-based data structure, which will make advanced search and analyses available (visualisation and statistics), with the specific aim that the database’s users easily can conduct both general as well as specialised data explorations. The creation of such a database is in essence a transnationally collaborative and open-ended digital enterprise, which also means that
populating and expanding the database rely on contributions from the already established research networks within the Natural Law 1625-1850 project and on widening the circle of contributors in the field. The basic aim of the database is thus to provide an essential tool for the greater Natural Law Project by compiling and structuring data on early modern natural law scholars, their works and institutions.

 Early Modern Natural Law at the West-Baltic Shore

This research is about early modern natural law at the three West-Baltic German universities in Rostock, Greifswald and Kiel. It is a study on how the discipline of academic natural law developed during the long eighteenth century, and what role and position this strident academic subject took up in these culturally and intellectually intertwined but politically separate learned places. As a foundation for the research, I am creating a detailed event-based prosopographical database in order to identify and map out what kind of academic natural law that was taught where and by whom. On the basis of this bio-bibliographical survey, the research seeks to answer how, why and to what degree new notions of academic natural law entered the universities in Rostock, Greifswald and Kiel, and naturally also on what ground the North-German academics either embraced or rejected these new understandings.

Doctoral Dissertation: “From Learned Cosmopolitanism to
Scientific Inter-Nationalism The Patriotic Transformation of Nordic Academia
and Academic Culture during the Long Eighteenth Century”


The object of the dissertation is to examine how, why and to what extent Nordic academia and academic culture transformed and were transformed in the wake of the rising patriotism during the eighteenth century. The dissertation seeks to analyse the immediate dichotomy between on the one side patriotism and patriotic affiliations towards the territorial-defined space of the fatherland, and on the other side, the century old pan-European shared academic culture and its transnational scholarly virtues and learned notions of the res publica litteraria. That is, how did these two affiliations correlate and co-exist and to what extent did this correlation develop and transform throughout the eighteenth century.

As a part of the research, a prosopographical database has been created of the in total 630 professors in the Nordic region, thus covering the entire 18th century. From the prosopographical data, statistics, visualisation and maps have been created.

Supervisor: Prof. Stéphane van Damme, chair in History of Science

Secondary Supervisor: Prof. Ann Thomson, Chair in Intellectual History

Key Words: History of Science, University History, Social and Cultural History, Intellectual History, Prosopographies, Visualisation and Mapping.

VIA- Virtual Itineraries of Academics

Project coordinator and co-developer of the digital project “VIA – Virtual Itineraries of Academics”. Via is a visualisation and exploration tool for scholars working with academic travel data. The tool’s main function is to help scholars to explore the relationship between three categories of parameters; geography, chronology and a variety of prosopographical attributes connected to early modern academic travels. Preview: