PRIVACY’s scholarly goals are grounded in the overall aim to launch privacy studies as a new research field.
We aim to develop:
- systematized historical knowledge of dynamics that shape, induce or curb privacy in society.
- an interdisciplinary method equipped to grasp such dynamics.
- a strong and vibrant international research environment dedicated to high-profile historical research and equipped to incite a much broader investigation of privacy.
PRIVACY brings together the fields of Church History, Architectural History, Legal History, Social History the History of Ideas in a novel interdisciplinary approach based on disciplinary integrationand site-based analysis.
Our principal focus rests with the period 1500-1800. The wider aim of PRIVACY is, however, to mobilize knowledge of past notions of privacy as a resource that can help decode the intricacies of present concerns related to the individual’s place in society