PRIVACY Newsletter October

PRIVACY’s eight new staff members have joined the Centre’s interdisciplinary research team. We believe that bringing together experts from a broad range of scholarly backgrounds, such as Architecture, History, History of Political Ideas, Social History, Legal History and Theology, hones our individual disciplinary profiles, fosters new approaches to the analysis of historical sources and prompts new scholarly insights regarding the role of privacy and the private in early modern societies. Finally, we are reminded on a daily basis that bringing together different scholarly expertises results in a creative and stimulating work environment. If you want to learn more about the PRIVACY staff’s backgrounds, you can find them here.

The interdisciplinary scope requires a strong sense of a shared approach. The centre director Mette Birkedal Bruun has written a presentation of the special PRIVACY work method. 

In August we discovered that the interdisciplinary PRIVACY approach is applicable to an educational context too. Centre for Privacy Studies hosted an ambitious summer school entitled ’Privacy challenged in past, present and future: a multi-disciplinary approach’ in the weeks 12-22 August. Being a part of the IARU Summer School programme, the summer school attracted participants from Asia, Australia, Europe and the USA. The students were introduced to topics related to privacy past and present by teachers from a broad range of scholarly backgrounds, such as Anthropology, Architecture, Church History, Political Science, Philosophy, Law and Public Health. For us at PRIVACY, the summer school was particularly successful because it invited us to open our 'research laboratory', and because the students engaged in this work in such an engaged and thought-provoking way. Read about it here.

Challenge Seminar – Family Secrecy and Privacy
On 2 October, Associate Professor Karen Asta Arnfred Vallgårda presents the collective research project ‘The Politics of Family Secrecy’. It examines practices of knowledge management related to different taboos in twentieth century Denmark, and how it reflects on the historical and contemporary connections between secrecy and privacy. 

Symposium on Conspicuous Privacy: Charity in Versailles under Louis XIV
On 14 October, PRIVACY will join the Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles (CRCV) in hosting the symposium ‘Conspicuous Privacy: Charity in Versailles under Louis XIV.’

Heide Wunder: Aspects of Privacy and Gender in Early Modern German Speaking Countries
On 31 October, the acclaimed scholar Heide Wunder will explore the emergence of modern “privacy” / “privatheit” as a new concept of personal rights during the Early Modern period. Read about it here.

Interview with new Privacy Postdoc Paolo Astorri on RefoRC - The Reformation Research Consortium
Paolo Astorri wrote his dissertation on Lutheran Theology and Contract Law in Early Modern Germany (ca. 1520-1720). RefoRC interviewed him about his book. Read more here.

PRIVACY PhD Anni Haahr Henriksen at Cambridge University
PhD Fellow, Anni Haahr Henriksen, left for Cambridge University 2 September to embark on a new chapter of her graduate research into the political idea of the private mind in Elizabethan England. Read more here.

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