Helmstedt (1620–81): potential interplays between theoretical and everyday notions of privacy

Early Modern theories of privacy and the theoreticians’ daily lives. Foci: Helmstedt’s Lutheran Univ.; discussions of Machiavelli in H. Conring’s political lectures; prof. of law E. Gläser’s De via publica (1661); prof. of theology B. Cellarius’ De matrimo­nio (1653); purpose-built professorial houses as sites of private teaching for extra fees, homes for professors’ families and boarding stu­dents and locales for their wives’ businesses, e.g. brewing.

Research on privacy will add decisive new insights to research into, e.g., Helmstedt’s social history, knowledge cul­ture and Early Modern fusion of politics and theology; see, e.g.,

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