Herzog-Ernst-Stipendiat*innen 2021

Dr. Justin Begley (Helsinki)

Botany Before Linnaeus: Investigations of Vegetal Life in Europe, c. 1660-1740

Dr. Elias Buchetmann (Florenz)

Exploring Women's 'Political' Writings Around 1800

Mimi Cheng (Rochester, USA)

China on the Horizon

Aniket De (Cambridge, USA)

One Realm, Many Kings: Space and Sovereignty in Early Modern India

Rossella De Luca (Berlin)

Arabic Philology and the Circulation of Books among the Maronites between the 17th and 18th Centuries

Dr. Christian Flow (Princeton, USA)

Philological Observation

Dr. Dario Gurashi (Florenz)

Magic, history, prophecy. A study on Trithemius' De septem secundeis

Samuel Kidane Haile (Mekelle)

Bambilo Milash, Alawha Milash and Marab Milash in the Setting of Ethiopian History: A Geohistory of Northern Ethiopia in the 18th and 19th Centuries

Dr. Aychegrew Hadera Hailu (Bahir Dar)

A History of the Qemant

Dr. Hyun-Ah Kim (Amsterdam)

Music, Rhetoric and Christian Hebraism in Early Modern Europe: Reuchlin's Reconstruction of the Modulata Recitatio

This project aims to demonstrate the relationship between music, rhetoric and Christian Hebraism within the intellectual, liturgical and religio-cultural context of early modern Europe, through examination of Reuchlin’s scholarship on the Hebrew cantillation and its relevance to humanist musical thought and practice. While there have been numerous studies about Reuchlin, few have delved into his scholarship on the Hebrew language itself. More fundamentally, existing studies of both Renaissance Christian Hebraism and Reuchlin have paid little attention to how the humanists studied Hebrew as the ‘divine language’ in which the Bible was not only written but also recited traditionally in tones. Also, modern scholarship on Renaissance rhetoric mainly concerns the ancient Greco-Roman legacy in the humanist writings, and no study has systematically evaluated the extent to which the Hebraist studies interacted with contemporary rhetoric and rhetorical music, and seldom do they consider the humanist scholarship on oriental languages and literature, which shows a unique cultural hybridity for its own sake in early modern Europe. Consequently, the relationship of rhetoric and Christian Hebraism remains unexplored, despite the central importance of biblical studies in the original languages in the early modern education. Focusing on Reuchlin’s scholarship on the cantillation and its influence on later Hebraist studies, this project seeks to reassess the importance of Reuchlin in relation to the humanist rhetoric and musical humanism that underlie the musical thought and practices of the Reformation. I demonstrate that Reuchlin’s Hebrew scholarship paved the way for the new oratorical framework of reciting and singing the biblical texts during the Reformation and thereafter. I argue that Reuchlin’s pedagogy of the Hebrew cantillation embodies the union of ‘rhetorical music’ (rhetorica musica) and ‘rhetorical theology’ (theologica rhetorica) – the two rhetorical notions which underlie the humanist revival of the ancient ‘modulated recitation’ (modulata recitatio). Furthermore, this project studies the impact of Reuchlin’s rhetorical approach to the cantillation on the new musico-liturgical practices of the Catholic Reformation, in terms of the humanist rhetoric which centred on the delivery (pronuntiatio). It thus demonstrates that the humanist Hebraic scholarship influenced the new musical theory and practice of the day, and examine the manner in which the cantillation was studied and utilised by Christian Hebraists, whose scholarship served for the new rhetorical framework of liturgical chant practice during the Reformation. Finally, this study will reflect on the religio-cultural and ethical implications of Reuchlin’s pedagogy of the cantillation and its legacy.  

Hyun-Ah Kim (b. 1972) is a musicologist and a Reformation scholar. Her areas of expertise include the history and theology of Christian music, the ethics and spirituality of music, music as rhetoric, and music and religious education, with a special focus on the Reformation and Renaissance humanism. After studying music, theology and history in South Korea and the U.K. she completed a PhD in Historical Musicology at Durham University (2005). She then conducted post-doctoral research under the auspices of various academic institutions: she was Post-doctoral Fellow, Eisenbichler Fellow and Research Fellow at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto (2007 – 2018); Meeter Family Research Fellow at the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies (2019); Hardenberg Fellow at the Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek, Emden (2017); and Mayers Fellow at the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, California (2016). She was previously Regular Professor and Adjunct Professor at Trinity College in the University of Toronto and the Toronto School of Theology (2008 – 2015), where she taught a number of innovative courses on the intersections of music, theology, ethics, rhetoric, religion and spirituality. Currently, she is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow of the Theologische Universiteit Kampen and an International Research Fellow of the Europäische Melanchthon-Akademie Bretten, where she leads an international project, Reformation Musical History and Theology (RMHT). She is the author of three books, The Praise of Musicke 1586 (2017), The Renaissance Ethics of Music (2015) and Humanism and the Reform of Sacred Music in Early Modern England (2008), as well as numerous articles on the intersections of music, theology and ethics in the eras of Renaissance humanism and the Reformation and beyond. In addition, she is founder and coordinator of the International Network for Music, Ethics and Spirituality (INMES) which aims to promote research, teaching and creative work on the nexus of music, ethics and spirituality from perspectives that are cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary and cross-confessional.

Aiste Malonyte (Groningen)

Information and Communication in the pre-Enlightenment Public Sphere. The Scientific Epistolary Network of Stanisław Lubieniecki

Dr. Witalij Morosow (Moskau)

Das Corpus des Pseudo-Lullus in Gotha. Ein Beitrag zur Beschreibung und Erschließung der lullistisch-alchemischen Handschrift

Dr. John Romey (Fort Wayne, USA)

Constructing French Music, Myth and Identity: The Transnational Circulation of Jean-Baptiste Lully’s Music

My project extends my previous research on the circulation and reuse of Jean-Baptiste Lully’s music within France to the transnational performance of Lully’s operas, the reconfiguration and arrangement of his music as instrumental suites or intabulations, and the bourgeois culture of deconstructing French spectacles into fragments for social musicking and identity construction. This project will examine the transnational circulation of Lully’s ballets, operas, and detached or arranged tunes from larger spectacles during the murky period from Lully’s death in 1687 until he emerged as a symbol used to evoke French musical taste and “Frenchness” in the eighteenth century. In the year of a new premiere of one of Lully’s tragédies en musique, Parisian spectators were known to attend the same opera as many as forty times in a single season. Once Lully’s music left France, the social experience of spectators and consumers of his music changed in profound ways. A Huguenot refugee in Amsterdam or a courtier in Wolfenbüttel or Gotha might have an opportunity to experience or even perform in a tragédie en musique, but repeat performances of Lully’s music would have to be realized themselves in some kind of arrangement detached from the spectacle.

John Romey is Visiting Assistant Professor in Musicology at Purdue University Fort Wayne. He has recently published an article in Early Modern French Studies about songs on placards produced during the Fronde and has a forthcoming article in the Fall 2020 issue of the Journal of Musicology.

Dr. Benedikt Schubert (Weimar)

„regulirte kirchen music“ – Neue Perspektiven auf Johann Sebastian Bachs Zeit in Mühlhausen und protestantische Kirchenmusikideale um 1700

„regulirte kirchen music“ – Neue Perspektiven auf Johann Sebastian Bachs Zeit in Mühlhausen und protestantische Kirchenmusikideale um 1700

Dr. Anton Serdeczny (Florenz)

Intangible heritage and the fabric of science: around an exceptional Thuringian case study

Marina Ferrari Waligora (La Plata)

Coal mining and fossils: The work of Schlotheim in Gotha and the forging of a cosmopolitan science