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AIAS Seminar: Dr Richard Serjeantson, Fellow and Lecturer in History, Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK

In Defence of Universities: Higher education and its enemies in early modern Europe

2021.07.12 | AIAS

Date Mon 27 Sep
Time 14:15 15:30
Location Online via Zoom

Invited speaker: Dr Richard Serjeantson, Fellow and Lecturer in History, Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK

Join on Zoom via URL: https://aarhusuniversity.zoom.us/j/69714371251

Abstract 

The expansion of European higher education in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries did not always go unchallenged. Within the Protestant Reformation a radical strand developed that regarded the science, philosophy and theology that was taught within the universities as ungodly and unnecessary. Rebuttals of this dangerous challenge were in turn mounted by inhabitants of universities. This paper will consider universities and their enemies across the early modern period; a particular focus will be offered by an intriguing but hitherto unpublished book written in 1596 by the Oxford philosopher John Case, with the title 'In Defence of Universities'. 

Short bio

Richard Serjeantson teaches at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is a historian of philosophy and the sciences in early modern Europe, with a particular interest in the politics of knowledge between the renaissance and the enlightenment.     

Know more about Richard Serjeantson via: https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/people/dr-richard-serjeantson 

What is an AIAS Seminar?

The AIAS Seminar is a session of seminars held by the AIAS fellow or by other speakers proposed by the fellows. In each seminar, one fellow will present and discuss his/her current research and research project, closing off with a question and discussion session.

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