Masterclass: Commonplacing as a Map to Early Modern Culture - Masterclass honouring the 41st Erasmus Birthday Lecture

14 April 2022 from 12:00 to 14:15 hrs
Trippenhuis Building, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam
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Fifteen promising young students at graduate level (MA students and PhD candidates) will be selected to participate in this Masterclass, by Katrin Ettenhuber, Fellow and Director of Studies in English at Pembroke College, Cambridge (UK).

Erasmusportret-EBL.jpgCommonplace-books were one of the main ways of organising information and managing knowledge in the early modern period. But the commonplaces (technically known as the loci or topoi) also offered rules for reading and composition across a range of disciplines, including history, literature, and theology.  In this masterclass, we will examine the intellectual origins of the commonplaces, explore their cultural and aesthetic significance in early modern Europe, and illustrate their uses by looking at a range of case studies.

Katrin Ettenhuber is Fellow and Director of Studies in English at Pembroke College, Cambridge (UK). She works on the connections between literature and religion in the early modern period, as well as on the history of logic and rhetoric. She has recently finished a book project, The Logical Renaissance: Literature, Argument and Cognition, 1479-1630; other major publications include Donne's Augustine: Renaissance Cultures of Interpretation (2011), vol. 5 of The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne (2015), and Renaissance Figures of Speech (2008), co-edited with Gavin Alexander and Sylvia Adamson.

Apply before 1 April

The registration is open. We will inform you by 1 April 2022 whether you are invited to join the Masterclass. The public lecture by Katrin Ettenhuber, Erasmus among the Dialecticians: Copia and its Discontents, will take place later in the afternoon.