PRIVACY Newsletter May 2019

PRIVACY Conference Early Modern Privacy: Notions, Spaces, Implications

We are proud to say that our inaugural PRIVACY conference Early Modern Privacy: Notions, Spaces, Implications was a success. The conference took place on 9-11 April 2019 at the Danish Royal Society of Sciences and Letters.

Welcoming colleagues from multiple disciplines was a joy for the PRIVACY team. The many invited scholars presented the Centre’s methodology and they exchanged insights and disciplinary differences in relation to the view of manifestations and absences of privacy in the early modern period.

The conference offered a unique opportunity for scholars to meet and discuss the multiple facets of privacy. Historians of architecture, economy, ideas, law, literature, philosophy, andreligious culture as well as archaeologists and philosophers. All of them from all over the world, including Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the US.

We spent three fruitful and inspiring days delving into historical studies of the myriad ways in which privacy was understood, protected, and challenged in the early modern period.

The invited scholars also had the opportunity to view and ponder on the exhibition, which was currated by PRIVACY scholars and their students at KADK. It is still possible to come and see the many different reflections on privacy as an architectural manifestation. Please read more through this link.

The inspiring breadth of privacy-related topics, tackled at the conference, is also visible in the chosen topics in the keynote lectures:

Willem Frijhoff, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Em.): A Privacy Case-Study of a Franco-Dutch Family Network around 1600

Mia Korpiola, University of Turku: A Legal Historical Perspective on Possibilities for Privacy in Swedish Society

Maarten Delbeke, ETH, Zurich: Privacy and Exemplarity in Roman Baroque Art and Architecture

Hélène Merlin-Kajman, Université de Paris III: Privé and Particulier in France in the 17th century.

All the keynote lectures are available here:


PRIVACY Announcements

Mette Birkedal Bruun now Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters

It is a great honour to announce that PRIVACY Centre Director Mette Birkedal Bruun has been included in the distinguished research establishment the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters together with nine other outstanding researchers from the Arts.

She will part take in a long scientific tradition of both interdisciplinary and basic research and follow in the footsteps of Niels Bohr, H.C. Ørsted, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin.

PRIVACY Scholar Anna Becker Appointed Professor MSO of the History of Ideas at Aarhus University

PRIVACY scholar Anna Becker has been appointed professor MSO at the department of History of Ideas at Aarhus University, where she will start 1 August 2019. 

During her time at Centre for Privacy Studies, Anna Becker has shown her unique approach to the relationship between gender and state. This has brought new and exciting ways of examining Early Modern Privacy.

Centre for Privacy Studies wishes Anna all the best for her new position in Aarhus, and we are looking forward to a continued scholarly collaboration.


Research Assistant Søren Frank Jensen Joins the PRIVACY Team

Søren Frank Jensen has an MA in theology from the University of Copenhagen. 
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PRIVACY Hosts Seminar in Cracow in Collaboration with Institute for Jewish Studies at Jagiellonian University

PRIVACY and Institute for Jewish Studies at Jagiellonian University in Cracow are hosting the seminar: Notions of Privacy in Jewish Life (1500-1945)
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Privacy IARU Summer Course

Privacy challenged in past, present and future: a multi-disciplinary approach (12 - 23 August 2019)
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3 May - 20 May 2019
PRIVACY Exhibition: Form-of-Life - Privacy in the Layman’s Studiolo
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6 May - 7 May 2019
PRIVACY Seminar: Privacy in Early Modern Correspondences

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8 May 2019, 15:00-17:00
Challenge Seminar: Storage and Personalization in the Context of Human Genomes

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14 October 2019
Call for Papers: Conspicuous Privacy: Charity in Versailles under Louis XIV

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