Katell Lavéant

Katell Lavéant is the recipient of the 2017 Descartes-Huygens Prize. He has been awarded the prize for his outstanding research and his contribution to Franco-Dutch relations.

About the laureate

Katell Lavéant is an associate professor of French language and culture at Utrecht University. She specialises in the late medieval and Renaissance period. As a project coordinator, she studies late medieval and early modern literary and festive culture in France and the Low Countries. The Descartes-Huygens Prize will allow her to work more closely with historian Malcolm Walsby (Université Rennes II, France) on the ‘Sammelband’ research project. Her aim is to develop new research methods for studying collections of early printed books. This is important because it can reveal what ‘the common people’ read during and after the Renaissance and how they acquired knowledge. Cooperation between the two research teams will contribute to the development and testing of new bibliographical aids and to the training of young literary scholars. The cooperation will also provide a solid basis for assembling an international network of scholars and book industry professionals.