Privacy Newsletter January 2019

At the Centre for Privacy Studies we have entered 2019 with scholarly energy, ready for new pursuits within groundbreaking research into notions of privacy in early modern Europe. 

2018 was a productive year. The PRIVACY research team gathered in the offices of the Centre premises; we hosted our first international seminars and lectures on early modern privacy as well as the first two Challenge seminars. The first litter of scholars have launched the first four case-teams, working on Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Versailles and Westminster respectively, and we look forward to presenting their research in the year to come. 

We are currently looking for additional scholars for our research team. PRIVACY advertises 3-4 fully funded PhD positions within the fields of Architectural History, Church History, Legal History and History as well as two fully funded Postdoc positions within the fields of Church History, Legal History and History and, finally, an assistant professorship in Architectural History. The deadline is 15 April.

A PRIVACY recruitment seminar will take place in Copenhagen 5-6 March 2019. We will give an introduction to PRIVACY and its research programme as well as a presentation of our expectations and requirements for the applications. In our experience, participation in the recruitment seminar strengthens the application decisively.

Please read more about the open positions and apply for the recruitment seminar on our website

21-22 March, PRIVACY is hosting the seminar Zones of Privacy in the Early Modern Netherlands. Tirtsah Bernfeld Levie (Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg), Rudolf Dekker (Center for the Study of Egodocuments and History) and Djoeke van Netten (Universiteit van Amsterdam) will join PRIVACY scholars Michaël Green, Peter Thule Kristensen and Natália da Silva Perez in presentations and scholarly discussions of various approaches to privacy in the early modern period in the United Provinces of the Netherlands. During the seminar, we will look into egodocuments (autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, etc.) and their methodology, the Jewish community and the relationship between secrecy and privacy among Dutch seamen.

Read more and sign up for the seminar here.

9-11 April we are hosting a conference on Early Modern Privacy: Notions, Spaces, Implications. We are proud to present as keynote speakers four leading scholars within the Centre’s key fields: Willem Frijhoff (Erasmus University of Rotterdam), Hélène Merlin-Kajman (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3), Mia Korpiola (University of Turku) and Maarten Delbeke (ETH Zurich) as well as a broad array of promising papers on early modern privacy.

It is now possible for listeners to sign up for the conference. 

Last but not least, Mette Birkedal Bruun’s article Privacy in Early Modern Christianity and beyond - Traces and Approaches has been published in the Annali dell'Istituto storico italo-germanico in Trento. This is the first presentation of the PRIVACY methodology: its source– and site–based approach as well as its concern partly with the terminology deriving from the Latin privatus; partly with heuristic zones related to self/mind, body, chamber, home/household, community and state/nation, and the negotiations of privacy that take place at the thresholds and overlaps of these zones.

Upcoming events

8 Feb 2019
From the Lutheran house to the domestic sphere: privacy, power and surveillance in Sweden, 1750-1850
Reseach seminar with PhD and Research Director at ENIGMA – Museum of Post, Tele and Communication, ... »

5 Mar - 6 Mar 2019
Recruitment Seminar at PRIVACY in connection with vacant positions
Centre for Privacy Studies advertises 3-4 fully funded PhD positions within the fields of ... »

6 Mar 2019
AKH/PRIVACY Seminar: Sadness, music, love - and a helicopter
Department of Church History is once again joining PRIVACY and together hosting a seminar on as ... »

13 Mar 2019
In defense of their families: Women's malicious appeals in thirteenth-century England
Lecture by Sara M. Butler, King George III Professor in British History, Ohio State University ... »

21 Mar - 22 Mar 2019
Privacy Seminar: Zones of Privacy in the Early Modern Netherlands
The two day seminar is dedicated to exploration of various approaches to privacy in the early modern ... »

9 Apr - 11 Apr 2019
Conference: Early Modern Privacy
Our goal is to provide an opportunity to discuss and re-examine source material in order to understand practices, spaces and ideas of privacy ... »


MBB’s article on PRIVACY published in Annali dell'Istituto storico italo-germanico in Trento
Mette Birkedal Bruun’s article Privacy in Early Modern Christianity and beyond - Traces and … »

Prof. Helle Vogt gave lecture at Hanoi University
In December 2018, Helle Vogt gave a lecture at a undergraduate programme at the Faculty of … »

Vacant Positions at PRIVACY
Centre for Privacy Studies advertises 3-4 fully funded PhD positions within the fields of … »

PRIVACY PhD Fellow Fabio Gigone invited to exhibit at the #Remix series
PhD Fellow at the Centre for Privacy Studies, Fabio Gigone, was invited to exhibit his current … »

PRIVACY scholar Michaël Green will be interviewed on French radio
On Thursday, 17 January 2018, our PRIVACY scholar Michaël Green will be interviewed on the French … »

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