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Workshop on the careers of scholars around 1700

The Gotha Research Library of the University of Erfurt is hosting an online workshop on 28 April from 9 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. entitled „Umwege, Auswege, Sackgassen. Karriereverläufe von Gelehrten um 1700“ will take place. The workshop, organised by Dr. cand. Jacob Schilling, will focus on the breaks in the career paths of German scholars, especially Johann Christian von Boineburg (1622-1672), Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff (1626-1692) and Friedrich August Hackmann (1670-1742).

Here, the focus is particularly on the question of how and whether such a change of role was reflected and, if so, symbolically and communicatively represented. While some saw scholarly employment as a liberation from courtly constraints, for others scholarship presented itself as a last possible resort instead of a career in politics and at court.

At the event, scholars will discuss ongoing research and exchange views on knowledge-economic and praxeological approaches in the history of knowledge in the early modern period. Common to all lectures is the tense relationship between the scholar and the court.

The workshop is part of the project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 2020 to 2022 to make accessible the life testimonies of the scholar and statesman Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff (1626-1692). The library cordially invites all interested parties to participate in the workshop. Please register with Jacob Schilling by 27 April.

further information / contact:

Research Associate in the DFG project "Indexing the Correspondence and Biographical Documents of Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff (1626-1692)"
(Gotha Research Library)
Forschungsbibliothek Gotha (Gotha, Schlossplatz 1)
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