Research interests History of Science and Learning, History of Universities, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Studies, Enlightenment Studies, Comparative and Transnational History, Spatial History, Digital Humanities, Prosopographical Studies
Natural Law 1625-1850: A Bio-Bibliographical Database
This project aims at developing, implementing and populating a bio-bibliographical database concerning early modern natural law scholars. The database (which will be online available here at the Natural Law Homepage) is first and foremost a detailed open reservoir of information that contains not only biographical and bibliographical data but also links to digitized source material as well as commentaries made by individual specialists. Building upon this reservoir, a long-term goal is moreover to develop and implement an event-based data structure, which will make advanced search and analyses available (visualisation and statistics), with the specific aim that the database's users easily can conduct both general as well as specialised data explorations. The creation of such a database is in essence a transnationally collaborative and open-ended digital enterprise, which also means that populating and expanding the database rely on contributions from the already established research networks within the Natural Law 1625-1850 project and on widening the circle of contributors in the field. The basic aim of the database is thus to provide an essential tool for the greater Natural Law Project by compiling and structuring data on early modern natural law scholars, their works and institutions.
Early Modern Natural Law at the West-Baltic Shore
This research is about early modern natural law at the three West-Baltic German universities in Rostock, Greifswald and Kiel. It is a study on how the discipline of academic natural law developed during the long eighteenth century, and what role and position this strident academic subject took up in these culturally and intellectually intertwined but politically separate learned places. As a foundation for the research, I am creating a detailed event-based prosopographical database in order to identify and map out what kind of academic natural law that was taught where and by whom. On the basis of this bio-bibliographical survey, the research seeks to answer how, why and to what degree new notions of academic natural law entered the universities in Rostock, Greifswald and Kiel, and naturally also on what ground the North-German academics either embraced or rejected these new understandings.