Research group Management
Specialisation Early modern history of knowledge
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Dirk van Miert graduated in Latin literature and obtained his doctorate in Amsterdam (2004) with a dissertation on the institutional and cultural history of the Athenaeum Illustre, the predecessor of the University of Amsterdam. With Paul Botley he worked at the Warburg Institute in London, where they prepared the critical edition of The Correspondence of Joseph Justus Scaliger (2012). As a postdoc at the Huygens Institute he wrote a monograph The Emancipation of Biblical Philology in the Dutch Republic, 1590-1670 (2018). He then worked as a researcher at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies of Utrecht University, contributing to a project on classifications of knowledge in the time of Immanuel Kant. Since 2016, first as Assistant and later as Associate Professor of Cultural History, he acts as PI of the ERC Consolidator project Sharing Knowledge in Learned and Literary NETworks (SKILLNET). Van Miert was editor-in-chief of Lias. Journal of Early Modern Intellectual Culture and its Sources, president of Gewina (Belgian-Dutch Society for the History of Science and Universities), and head of the Cultural History section in Utrecht. Currently, he devotes his time to the application of network analysis and text mining in order to understand how early modern scholars in Europe managed create a border-crossing collective identity.

In addition, Dirk van Miert is guest-associate professor at the Cultural History section of the Department of History and Art History, Utrecht University, as well as member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome and member of the International Advisory Board of the institute LECTIO of the Catholic University Leuven. He is also PI of the national infrastructure project CLARIAH+ and the Open Access platform and co-PI of consortium SSHOC-NL.


(With Koen Scholten and Karl Enenkel, eds.) Memory and Identity in the Learned World. Community Formation in the Early Modern World of Learning and Science. Leiden and Boston: Brill, [2022].

(With Howard Hotson and Thomas Wallnig) “What Was the Republic of Letters?” In Reassembling the Republic of Letters in the Digital Age: Systems, Standards, Scholarship. Göttingen: Göttingen University Press, 2019, pp. 23-40.

The Emancipation of Biblical Philology in the Dutch Republic, 1590–1670. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

(With Paul Botley, eds), The Correspondence of Joseph Justus Scaliger, 8 vols. Geneva: Droz, 2012.

Humanism in an Age of Science: The Amsterdam Athenaeum in the Golden Age, 1632-1704. Leiden: Brill, 2009.