Knowledge Notes

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The International Hybrid Conference “The Intertwining of Magic and Knowledge/Sciences in the Premodern Mediterranean (and Beyond)” is currently taking place in Paris, May 18-19, 2023. Click here for the program and link to participate. The featured image is on the conference poster.


Also at the GHI Washington today, the 14th Gerald D. Feldman Memorial Lecture with Ulinka Rublack of the University of Cambridge. She will speak on “German Art and Culture in the Age of the Thirty Years’ War,” which will highlight the kinds ways that art and culture (and, thus, knowledge) circulated beyond the local sphere in this period.

The Gerald D. Feldman Memorial Lecture was established by the Friends of the German Historical Institute in 2010 to honor the legacy and achievements of historian Gerald D. Feldman (1937–2007). The lecture is generously supported by the many individual donations to the Friends of the German Historical Institute.

Here’s an abstract of the lecture:

Early modern German culture is sometimes thought of as bookended by the ideas of Martin Luther and Johann Wolfgang Goethe, but little in between. This highly illustrated lecture shows how an examination of Germany´s material culture changes that view. It focuses on magnificent cabinets of curiosities and on the celebrated “Hortus Eystettensis”, the first ever book publication to illustrate just one garden. German history is often recounted as intensely local; yet German collections, trade, crafts, artistic and scholarly projects stimulated cultural interests in Europe and across the world, and equally fed off materials and technical achievements elsewhere. Culture provided a language of connection among courts that could be cleverly manipulated in that age of increasing religious confrontation.


The Journal for the History of Knowledge is looking for an assistant managing editor (0.1 fte) to start on 1 September 2023 (or as close as possible to this date) for 6 months.

The GHI Washington is also looking for a Deputy Director/Head of Office to manage the Pacific Office at UC Berkeley.

Featured image: German anonymous.s. XIV. Archiv für Kunst und Geschichte. Berlin.