NWO grant: Chronicling novelty. New knowledge in the Netherlands, 1500-1850

Erika Kuijpers (CLUE+) has been rewarded an NWO free competition grant.

07/04/2018 | 5:58 PM

Erika Kuijpers (CLUE+/VU) and Judith Pollmann (Leiden University) have been rewarded an NWO Vrije Competitie grant for their interdisciplinary project: Chronicling novelty. New knowledge in the Netherlands, 1500-1850. The project focuses on the circulation and acceptance of new knowledge, ideas and technologies among middle class writers of local chronicles.

The project focuses on the circulation and acceptance of new knowledge, ideas and technologies among middle class writers of local chronicles. In collaboration with the Royal Library of the Netherlands and with the help of volunteers and student assistants, the project will create a large corpus of chronicles from the period 1500-1850 so as to study them in large numbers and comparatively. A postdoc computational linguistics at VU will develop tools to trace patterns in topics, perspectives and appreciation of novelty and to identify passages that require further qualitative analysis by close reading. In this way, the project will assess the circulation of new ideas, their reception, and the impact on attitudes to novelty and tradition in wider society.