Balancing Openness and Closure in early modern correspondence networks (UCLDH, 6 March 2019)

UCLDH seminar

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, 06 March 2019

This presentation uses computational techniques developed by social network scientists to reconstruct and analyse the epistolary relations between the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth century. The lively epistolary exchange between these two societies allows for a comprehensive view on the transconfessional Republic of Letters, providing a framework to study the ways in which early modern scholars capitalised on opportunities in the social structure to which they were connected. Specifically, the differences between these two societies might have influenced the decisions Italian and Dutch scholars had to make in the formation of their network, as well as the strategies they adopted to secure their position therein. Continue reading “Balancing Openness and Closure in early modern correspondence networks (UCLDH, 6 March 2019)”