Summer School "Shaping Europe 1450 - 1700: Crossroads"


Organisation: Susanna Burghartz (Historisches Seminar), Ina Habermann (Englisches Seminar), Sabina Horber (Kulturelle Topographien)

With: Dominique Brancher, Susanna Burghartz, Christine Göttler, Anthony Grafton, Ina Haberman, Margaret Healy, Silvana Seidel Menchi, Jeanette Nuechterlein, Jonathan Sawday, Anita Traninger

After an earlier emphasis in historical research on boundaries and ruptures, historians and critics have become increasingly interested in the continuities, connections and transitions which always complicate the confident assessment of new departures. As such transitions necessitate research on the micro-level, the summer school 2010 Crossroads explores the significance of specific figures, places and discursive fields which were, through exchange and interaction, part of the process that shaped Europe between 1500 and 1600. Basel as a centre of humanism, printing and science offers an ideal setting for a discussion of the summer school’s three topics:

Networks of Communication places two figures, Erasmus of Rotterdam and Hans Holbein, at the centre. Both acted locally but contributed at the same time to the re-formation of European culture.

The second topic, Sites of Mediation, examines two specific sites of production and dissemination of European knowledge: the press of the Frankfurt editor de Bry, who specifically produced for a European market, and the collection of the internationally active merchant-banker Manuel Ximenez in Antwerp.

The third focus Intersections of Knowledge explores the cultural exchanges in fields such as anatomy, alchemy and natural philosophy, which proved to be formative for early modern Europe.

Programme [PDF (1.2 MB)]

Report [PDF (403 KB)] by Tina Asmussen, Franziska Hilfiker und Anja Rathmann Lutz

Report Alumni [PDF (241 KB)]  [PDF (241 KB)]Magazin [PDF (241 KB)] 2/2010

Interviews with Silvana Seidel Menchi, Anthony Grafton and Anita Traninger