Bard Graduate Center
18 W.86th Street
New York NY 10024
Born 13 December 1964, New York City
Dean, Bard Graduate Center, New York 2008-
Chair of Academic Programs, Bard Graduate Center, New York 2006-
Professor of Cultural History, Bard Graduate Center, New York 2001-
Assistant Professor of History, University of Maryland at College Park 1998-2001
Mellon Instructor in the Social Sciences, University of Chicago 1993-1996
Research Fellow, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge 1990-1993
Ph.D 1990 University of Cambridge: "English Political Thought and Imperial Crisis 1750-1776," supervised by Professor Quentin Skinner (History)
M.A. 1987 Harvard University (History)
B.A. 1986 Harvard College (History and Philosophy), Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Grants, Prizes and Academic Honors
2003/4 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Fellowship: “The meaning of Fabri de Peiresc’s oriental studies”
2003 Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University, Fellow
1999/2000 Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Adjunct Fellow
1998/2003 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Fellow
1997/8 Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin/ Institute for Advanced Study, Fellow
1996/7 National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship for University Teachers
1996/7 American Council of Learned Societies, Fellowship (declined)
1996 Frances Yates Fellowship, Warburg Institute, University of London (Spring)
1995 American Philosophical Society grant for “Peiresc, Oriental studies and Cultural History in the Seventeenth Century”
1995 East-West Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies, Summer fellow, Münster, Germany
1993 Foundation for Intellectual History, Folger Library, Fellowship
1991 Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation grant for “Friendship and Conversation in Seventeenth-Century Venice”
1990 Elected to Research Fellowship, Clare Hall, Cambridge
1987 Elected to External Research Studentship, Trinity College, Cambridge
1986 Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for best senior thesis, Harvard College: “Sovereignty and Obligation in Republican England: the Political Thought of the Engagement Controversy”
The Song of the Soul: Understanding "Poppea". Royal Musical Association, 1992 (with Iain Fenlon).
Political Writings: Joseph Priestley. Edited with an introduction, notes, etc. Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Defining the Common Good: Empire, Religion and Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Cambridge University Press, 1994 [paperback 2004].
Peiresc’s Europe: Learning and Virtue in the Seventeenth Century. Yale University Press, 2000.
Concors des Antiquités de la France, 2ème médaille, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (2002); Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History, American Philosophical Society (2001)
Walter Benjamin’s New York. Editor. .
Momigliano and Antiquarianism: Foundations of the Modern Cultural Sciences. Editor. University of Toronto Press, 2007.
Dutch New York Between East and West: the World of Margrieta van Varick. Editor, with Deborah Krohn. Yale University Press, 2009.
Runner-up, Annual Award for Outstanding Exhibition Catalogue, Association of Art Musem Curators (2009).
Antiquarianism and Intellectual Life in Europe and China, 1500-1800. Editor, with François Louis. University of Michigan Press, 2012.
Peiresc’s Orient: Antiquarianism as Cultural History in the Seventeenth Century. Ashgate/Variorum, 2012
Cultural Histories of the Material World. Editor. University of Michigan Press, 2012.
Peoples & the Sea: Thalassography and Historiography in the Twenty-First Century. Editor. University of Michigan Press, 2012.
Goethe’s Notes to the West-Eastern Divan. Editor. Ibis Books, 2012.
Peiresc and the Mediterranean. Historical Research in the Seventeenth Century (in progress).
Cultural History Before Burckhardt: Foundations of Material Culture (in progress)
“Introduction: Goethe, Antiquarianism, Cultural History,” Goethe’s Notes to the West-Eastern Divan, ed. Miller tr. Ormsby (Jerusalem: Ibis Books, 2012).
“Major Trends in European Antiquarianism, Petrarch to Winckelmann,” The Oxford History of Historical Writing vol.3 ed. Daniel Woolf (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).
“Peiresc’s History of Provence and the Discovery of a Medieval Mediterranean,” Transactions of the American Philosophical Society (2012).
“The Missing Link: ‘Antiquarianism,’ ‘Material Culture’ and ‘Cultural Science’ in the Work of G.F. Klemm,” Cultural Histories of the Material World, ed. Miller, University of Michigan Press, 2012.
“Introduction: An Age of Thalassography?,” Peoples & the Sea: Thalassography and Historiography in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Miller, University of Michigan Press, 2012.
“Braudel, Goitein and the Historiography of the Mediterranean in the Twentieth Century,” Peoples & the Sea: Thalassography and Historiography in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Miller, University of Michigan Press, 2012.
“Introduction: Antiquarianism in and Across Cultures” (with François Louis), Antiquarianism and Intellectual Life in Europe and China, 1500-1800, eds. Louis and Miller, University of Michigan Press, 2012.
“Writing Antiquarianism: Prolegomenon to a History,” Antiquarianism and Intellectual Life in Europe and China, 1500-1800, eds. Louis and Miller, University of Michigan Press, 2011.
“Comparing Antiquarianisms: A View from Europe,” Antiquarianism and Intellectual Life in Europe and China, 1500-1800 , eds. Louis and Miller, University of Michigan Press, 2011.
“Mapping Peiresc’s Mediterranean: Geography and Astronomy, 1610-1636,” Observation in Early Modern Letters, 1500-1675: Epistolography and Epistemology in the Age of the Scientific Revolution, ed. Dirk van Miert. Oxford: Warburg Institute Colloquia, 2011.
“Peiresc’s Ethiopia: How? and Why?,” Lias, 37 (2010).
“Seeking Margrieta,”Dutch New York Between East and West: the World of Margrieta van Varick, eds. Krohn and Miller. Yale University Press, 2009, 1-12.
“About an Inventory: A Conversation between Natalie Zemon Davis and Peter N. Miller,” Dutch New York Between East and West: the World of Margrieta van Varick, eds. Krohn and Miller. Yale University Press, 2009, 117-29.
“Meeting Again (and Again): Reading Pinkhos Churgin’s Essay Seventy-Five Years Later,” Rav Chesed: Essays in Honor of Rabbi Dr. Haskel Lookstein, ed. Rafael Medoff (Jersey City, NJ: Ktav, 2009), 61-73.
“The Ancient Constitution and the Genealogist: Momigliano, Pocock, and Peiresc’s Origines Murensis Monasterii (1618).” Republics of Letters: A Journal for the Study of Knowledge, Politics, and the Arts 1, no. 1 (May 1, 2009): http://rofl.stanford.edu/node/37.
“From Anjou to Algiers: Peiresc and the Lost History of the French Mediterranean,” Peiresc et l’Italie. Actes du colloque international Naples, le 23 et le 24 juin 2006, ed. Francsco Solinas (Paris: Alain Baudry et Cie, 2009), 279-91.
“The Human Factor” [=Review of Barry Cunliffe, Europe Between the Oceans: 9000 BC to AD 1000], The New Republic, 6 May 2009, 41-45.
“The Valmadonna Astonishment. Five hundred years of sacred history in one place,” The New Republic, 24 February 2009 http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=eafcfd28-b015-43d4-88cf-4958e76c6a30
“Peiresc and the Study of Islamic Coins in the Early Seventeenth Century,” The Rebirth of Antiquity: Numismatics, Archaeology and Classical Studies in the Culture of the Renaissance, ed. Alan G. Stahl (= Princeton University Library Chronicle, Winter, 2008), 315-70.
“Thinking with Thomas Browne: Sebald and the Nachleben of the Antiquarian, The World Proposed: Sir Thomas Browne Quatercentenary Essays, eds. Reid Barbour and Claire Preston (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), 311-28.
”Hercules at the Crossroads in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: Neo-Stoicism between Aristocratic and Commercial Society,” République des Lettres, Republique des Arts, ed. Colette Nativel (Geneva: Drosz, 2008), 167-92.
“The Morning or the Night” [=Review of Ingrid D. Rowland, Giordano Bruno: Philosopher/ Heretic], The New Republic, November 5, 2008, 34-39.
“The Big Picture” [=Review of Chris Wickham, Framing the Early Middle Ages. Europe and the Mediterranean, 400-800], The New Republic , July 22, 2008.
“The Renaissance Republic of Letters and the Genesis of Enlightenment,” Europäische Bildungsströme. Die Viadrina ima Kontext der europäischen Gelehrtenrepublik der frühen Neuzeit (1506-1811), ed. Reinhard Blänkner (Berlin: Schöneiche, 2008), 45-60.
“Gassendi à 250 ans,”Gassendi et la Modernité, ed. Sylvie Taussig (Brussels: Brepols, 2008), 9-16.
“When Humanity was in the Humanities: Peiresc in the 1630s,” Common Knowledge, 14 (2008), 136-42.
“’What We Know About Murdered Peoples’” [=Review of Samuel Kassow, Who Will Write our History? Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto and the Oyneg Shabes Archive], The New Republic, April 9, 2008, 34-39.
“To Wake the Dead” [=Review of David Macaulay, The Art of Drawing Architecture], The New Republic, January 30, 2008, 33-38.
“Piranesi and the Antiquarian Imagination,” Giovanni Battista Piranesi, eds. Sarah Lawrence and John Wilton-Ely (New York: Abrams, 2007), 123-38.
“Lost and Found,” [=contribution to a symposium on Yosef Yerushalmi’s Zakhor Twenty-Five Years Later] The Jewish Quarterly Review, 97 (2007), 502-7.
”Introduction: Momigliano, Antiquarianism and Cultural History,” Momigliano and Antiquarianism: Foundations of the Modern Cultural Sciences, ed. Miller, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007), 3-65.
“Momigliano, Benjamin and Antiquarianism After the Crisis of Historicism,” Momigliano and Antiquarianism: Foundations of the Modern Cultural Sciences, ed. Miller, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007), 334-78.
Review of Eduard Mühle, Für Volk und deutschen Osten. Der Historiker Hermann Aubin und die deutsche Ostforschung, English Historical Review 122 (2007) 1064-1066.
“History of Religion Becomes Ethnology: Some Evidence from Peiresc’s Africa,” Journal of the History of Ideas, 67 (2006), 675-96.
“Peiresc and the First Natural History of the Mediterranean” Sintflut und Gedächtnis, eds. Jan Assman and Martin Mulsow (Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2006), 167-98.
“Persecution and the Art of Healing” [=Review of Hugh Trevor-Roper, Europe’s Physician: The Various Life of Sir Theodore de Mayerne], The New Republic, November 13, 2006, 29-34.
“Peripheries” [=Review of Natalie Zemon Davis, Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds], The New Republic, April 24, 2006, 33-37.
“Peiresc in Africa: Arm-Chair Anthropology in the Early Seventeenth Century,” Les premiers siècles de la République européenne des Lettres (1368-1638), ed. Marianne Lion-Violet (Paris: Alain Baudry, 2005), 493-525.
“Peiresc’s Europe: Then and Now,” Nexus 42 (2005), 161-74 [in Dutch].
“Description Terminable and Interminable: Looking at the Past, Nature and Peoples in Peiresc’s Archive”, “Historia”: Empricism and Erudition in Early Modern Europe, eds. Gianna Pomata and Nancy Siraisi (Cambridge, MA: MIT, 2005), 355-97.
“Peiresc, the Levant and the Mediterranean,” The Republic of Letters in the Levant. Leiden Year Books, ed. Alastair Hamilton (Leiden: Brill, 2005), 103-22.
“Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc and the Mediterranean World: Mechanics,” Les grands intermédiaires culturels de la République des Lettres. Études de réseaux de correspondances du XVIe au XVIIIe siècles, eds. Christiane Berkvens-Stevelinck, Hans Bots, Jens Häseler (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2005), 103-26.
“Copts and Scholars: Kircher in Peiresc’s Republic of Letters,” Athanasius Kircher: The Last Man Who Knew Everything, ed. Paula Findlen (London: Routledge, 2004), 133-48.
“The Mechanics of Christian-Jewish Intellectual Collaboration in Seventeenth-Century Provence: N.-C. Fabri de Peiresc and Salomon Azubi,” Hebraica Veritas? Christian Hebraists, Jews, and the Study of Judaism in Early Modern Europe, eds. Allison Coudert and Jeffrey Shoulson (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004), 71-101.
“Nazis and Neo-Stoics: The Work of Otto Brunner and Gerhard Oestreich before and after the Second World War,” Past & Present, 176 (2002), 144-86.
Review of Antiquity and its Interpreters, eds. Alina Payne, et al., International Journal of the Classical Tradition, 2002.
Review of Margaret M. McGowan, The Vision of Rome in Late Renaissance France, The Journal of Modern History, 74 (2002), 853-4.
Review of Gershom Scholem. A Life in Letters 1914-1982, tr. and intro. Anthony David Skinner, The Forward, June 21, 2002, 14-15.
“Taking Paganism Seriously: Anthropology and Antiquarianism in Early Seventeenth-Century Histories of Religion,” Archiv für Religionsgeschichte, 3 (2001), 183-209.
“Friendship and Conversation in Seventeenth-Century Venice,” Journal of Modern History, 73 (2001), 1-31.
“Stoics Who Sing: Lessons in Citizenship from Early Modern Lucca,” The Historical Journal, 44 (2001), 313-39.
“The Antiquary’s Art of Comparison: Peiresc and Abraxas,” Philologie und Erkenntnis. Beiträge zu Begriff und Problem frühneuzeitlicher ‘Philologie’, ed. Ralph Häfner, Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 2001, 57-94.
“A Philologist, a Traveller and an Antiquary Rediscover the Samaritans in Seventeenth-Century Paris, Rome and Aix: Jean Morin, Pietro della Valle and N.-C. Fabri de Peiresc,” Praktiken der Gelehrsamkeit in der Frühen Neuzeit, eds. Helmut Zedelmaier and Martin Mulsow, Tübingen, 2001, 123-46.
“Making the Paris Polyglot Bible: Humanism and Orientalism in the early Seventeenth Century,” Die europäische Gelehrtenrepublik im Zeitalter des Konfessionalismus/ The European Republic of Letters in the Age of Confessionalism, ed. H. Jaumann, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2001, 59-86.
“The ‘Antiquarianization’ of Biblical Scholarship and the London Polyglot Bible (1653-57),” Journal of the History of Ideas, 63 (2001), 463-82.
Review of Azariah de’ Rossi, Light of the Eyes, tr. and intr. Joanna Weinberg, The Forward, September 28, 2001, 12.
“Past and Presents” [=Review of Natalie Zemon Davis, The Gift in Sixteenth-Century France], The New Republic, April 30, 2001, 38-44.
Review of Inglo Herklotz, Cassiano dal Pozzo und die Archäologie des 17. Jahrhunderts, Renaissance Quarterly, 54 (2001), 274-5.
Review of Leonard Barkan, Unearthing the Past. Archaeology and Aesthetics in the Making of Renaissance Culture, International Journal of the Classical Tradition, 7 (2000/2001), 620-22.
Review of Jean-Claude Bonnet, Nassance du Panthéon: Essai sur le culte des grands hommes, Journal of Modern History, 73 (2001), 417-9.
Review of J.G.A. Pocock, Barbarism and Religion. Vols 1 and 2, Albion 33 (2001), 116-9.
“The ‘Man of Learning’ Defended: Seventeenth-Century Biographies of Scholars and an Early Modern Ideal of Excellence,” Representations of the Self from Renaissance to Romanticism, eds. P. Coleman, J. Kowalik, J. Lewis, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, 39-62.
“A Preserving Place” [=Review of Lionel Gossman, Basel in the Age of Burckhardt: A Study in Unseasonable Ideas], The New Republic, October 9, 2000, 46-53.
“Why Study the Past? Neo-stoicism and antiquarianism in the circle of Peiresc (1580-1637),” Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Jahrbuch 1997/98 (Berlin, 1999), 248-60.
Review of Graham Parry, The Trophies of Time. English Antiquarians of the Seventeenth Century, International Journal of the Classical Tradition, 5 (1998), 312-15.
Review of Elizabeth Cropper and Charles Dempsey, Nicolas Poussin. Friendship and the Love of Painting and Sheila McTighe, Nicolas Poussin's Landscape Allegories, Journal of Modern History, 70 (1998), 470-73.
Review of Aristotelismo Politico e Ragion di Stato, ed. A. Enzo Baldini, Journal of Modern History, 70 (1998), 147-49.
“An Antiquary Between Philology and History: Peiresc and the Samaritans” in History and the Disciplines. Ed. Donald R. Kelley, Rochester: Rochester University Press, 1997, 163-84.
“Les origines de la Bible Polyglotte de Paris: philologia sacra, Contre-Reforme et raison d'état,” XVIIe Siècle, 194 (1997), 57-66.
“Citizenship and Culture in Early Modern Europe,” Journal of the History of Ideas, 57 (1996), 725-42.
“Statecraft and Culture in Early Modern Europe,” Historical Journal, 38 (1995),
“Calderón, Opera, and Baroque Aesthetics,” Cambridge Opera Journal, 6 (1994),
“Freethinking and Freedom of Thought in Eighteenth-Century Britain,” Historical Journal, 36 (1993), 599-617.
Dutch New York Between East and West: the World of Margrieta van Varick, Bard Graduate Center 15 September 2009- 4 January 2010, Project Historian.
Before "Orientalism" Europe's Polyglot Bibles (1500-1650) in Context, Bard Graduate Center Focus Project, Fall 2014
Lectures and Papers:
“Peiresc and the Mediterranean, Braudel and Goitein,” Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence, December 2010.
“Peiresc and Selden Studying the Middle Ages at the Beginning of the Seventeenth Century,” Oxford University, June 2010.
“Peiresc’s Mediterranean Merchant Network,” Cultures of Knowledge Seminar, Oxford University, June 2010.
“Morphologies of Antiquarinaism,” Traces-Collections-Ruins: Towards a Comparative History of Antiquarianism, Getty Research Institute, June 2010.
“Peiresc’s Mediterranean Network,” Renaissance, Early Modern, and Western Mediterranean Cultures Graduate Student Conference, University of Chicago, May 2010
“The Germanisches Nationalmuseum and the Museums Debate in Later Nineteenth-Century Germany,” INHA-BGC Workshop, New York, May 2010.
“The Mediterranean as a Problem for the History of Antiquarianism,” Early Modern Workshop, Princeton University, April 2010.
“Peiresc and the Flemings: Rubens and Beyond,” Leventritt Symposium, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, April 2010.
“Writing Antiquarianism,” Yale University, New Haven CT, March 2010.
“Braudel and Goitein: The Story of a Failed Collaboration,” Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting, New Haven, CT, March 2010.
“The Missing Link: ‘Antiquarianism,’ ‘Material Culture,’ and ‘Cultural Science’ in the Work of G.F. Klemm, Cultural Histories of the Material World, BGC, New York, January 2010.
“Braudel and Peiresc, Braudel and Goitein: the Past that Could Have Been,” NYU Symposium on 60 Years of the Mediterranean, New York, November, 2009.
“The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Peiresc,” Thalassography & Historiography Symposium, New York, October 2009.
“Writing the History of Antiquarianism Before Momigliano,” Cambridge Seminar in Intellectual History and Political Thought, Cambridge, January 2009.
“The State of French Medieval History,” Commentator on a Panel at American Historical Association Annual Meeting, New York, January 2009.
“The Antiquary and the Auxiliary Sciences: Peiresc, the Porcellet Family, and the History of Provence”, Columbia University Inter-Departmental Committee on Early Modern Studies-BGC Symposium, New York, April 2008.
“Painting Philosophy in Seventeenth-Century Rome and Paris,” Metropolitan Museum of Art Symposium on Poussin: Arcadian Landscapes, April 2008.
“Ancient History and the Genealogist: Some Thoughts on the History of the History of History,” John Pocock and the History of History, The Johns Hopkins University, March 2008.
“Publisher, Printer, Antiquarian, Spy: Peiresc and the Origines Murensis Monasterii (1618),” Republic of Letters Symposium, Stanford University, November 2007.
“Peiresc and Numismatics (with special reference to Islamic numismatics),” Princeton Symposium on Numismatics in the Renaissance, November 2007.
“Mapping Peiresc’s Mediterranean: Geography and Astronomy, 1610-1636,” Observation in Early Modern Letters, 1500-1650, Warburg Institute, London, June 2007.
“Peiresc’s Ethiopia”, All Souls College, Oxford, January 2007. “From Anjou to Algiers: Peiresc and the Lost History of the French Mediterranean,” Peiresc e l’Italia, Naples, June 2006.
“The Republic of Letters in Renaissance and Enlightenment Europe,” Die Viadrina im Kontext der europäischen Gelehrtenrepublik in der frühen Neuzeit (1506-1811), Frankfurt (Oder), May 2006.
“Morin on the Masora and the Beginning of Post-Biblical Jewish History,” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, San Francisco, March 2006.
“Gassendi at 250: A Perspective on the French Historical Revolution of the Twentieth Century,” Gassendi et la Modernité, Digne, October 2005.
“History of Religion Becomes Ethnology in the Early Seventeenth Century: Evidence from Peiresc’s Africa,” Princeton University, November 2004.
“The Idea of Europe: Past, Present, Future,” Nexus Institut, Warsaw, October 2004.
“Hairdressing and History: Peiresc between Momigliano and Warburg,” Classics Department, Stanford University, January 2004.
“Peiresc on the Transformation of the Earth: Fossils and Volcanos Newly Explained,” Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, November 2003.
“’Description’ in Peiresc’s Archaeological, Anthropological, Historical, Natural Historical, and Natural Philosophical Researches,” Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, Germany, June 2003.
“Oriental Studies in the Seventeenth Century—a Beginning or an Ending?” Medieval and Renaissance Center Distinguished Lecture Series, New York University, October 2002.
I. “Exploring Peiresc’s Orient.” II. “Peiresc and Ethiopia: Oriental Studies and the Origins of Orientalism,” Dipartimento di Ricerche Storico-Filosofiche e Pedagogiche, Università “La Sapienza,” Rome, May 2002.
“The Mechanics of Peiresc’s Mediterranean Correspondence Network,” Forschungszentrum Europäische Aufklärung, Potsdam, Germany, March 2002.
“Baroque Humanism: Africa and Antiquity,” National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., January 2002.
“Vu de Provence, le monde africain au sein de la République des Lettres,” Collège de France, December 2001.
I. “Sacred Philology and Polyglot Bibles.” II. “Antiquarianism and the Beginning of Oriental Studies in Europe.” III. “Scaliger, Bernays, and Momigliano: Antiquarianism, Wissenschaft des Judentums, and Cultural History.” Institute for Advanced Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, July 2001.
“Kircher, Peiresc and the Foundation of Coptic Studies. Or, the Quest for Barachias Nephi,” Stanford University, April 2001.
“Peiresc's Collaboration with Rabbi Salomon Azubi: Astronomy and Antiquities in Provence c. 1630,” Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, May 2000.
“The ‘Antiquarianization’ of biblical scholarship and the London Polyglot Bible (1653-57),” Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, April 2000.
“Un quartier général de la République des Lettres en province? Peiresc, membre correspondant du Cabinet Dupuy,” Collège de France, Paris, March 1999.
“Constancy, Conversation and Friendship: The ‘civil life of private men’,” French Cultural Studies Seminar, Stanford University, February 1999.
“Why Study the Past? Neo-stoicism and antiquarianism in the circle of Peiresc (1580-1637),” Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, May 1998.
“Tempus Edax Rerum: Time, History, and Antiquarianism,” Einstein Forum, Potsdam, Germany, March 1998.
“Sarpi, Camden, Grotius and Peiresc: Reason of State and Ancient Constitutionalism in the respublica literaria,” Université francophone de l'été, Jonzac, France, September 1997.
“Taking Paganism Seriously: Early Seventeenth-Century Histories of Religion and Rational Theology,” Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Berlin, June 1997.
“Discovering the Samaritans in Seventeenth-Century Paris, Aix and Rome: Philologists, Antiquaries and Travellers Make the Sacred Historical,” U.C.L.A. Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies, Los Angeles, June 1997.
“Antiquaries and Travellers Making the Sacred Historical: Peiresc, Morin and della Valle study the Samaritan Pentateuch,” Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, June 1997.
“History Painting, Opera Seria and an Early Modern Ideal of Excellence,” Wilder House Conference, Chicago, May 1997.
“The Choice of Hercules, a Neostoic Hero in Action,” European Science Foundation, Lisbon, December 1996.
“Magical, Religious or Philosophical? Gnostic Gems and the History of Cultural History,” Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, October 1996.
“The Prolegomena to Walton's Polyglot and the Antiquarianization of Biblical Scholarship in the Seventeenth Century,” Internationalen Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften, Vienna, June 1996.
“The Seventeenth-Century Antiquary as Cultural Historian,” U.C.L.A. Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies, Los Angeles, March 1996.
“Polymaths, Polyglots, and the Beginnings of Oriental Studies in the Seventeenth Century,” University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, February 1996.
“Is England Part of Europe? Some Reflections on Early Modern Statecraft and Culture,” George Washington University, Washington, D.C., Feburary 1996.
“Biographies of Scholars and an Ideal of Individual Excellence in the Seventeenth Century,” East-West Seminar, Münster, July 1995.
“The editio princeps of the Samaritan Pentateuch in Context,” Renaissance Society of America, New York, April 1995.
“The Vita Peireskii and Biography in the Republic of Letters,” U.C.L.A. Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies, Los Angeles, March 1995.
“Forms of Transmission,” Einstein Forum, Potsdam, Germany, July 1994.
“Tradition and Innovation in the Scientific Revolution,” University of Chicago, April 1994 (commentator).
“Philology, Theology, and the Background to Peiresc's Egyptology,” Folger Library Seminar on History and the Disciplines, August 1993.
“Cicero and Early Modern Statecraft,” King's College Research Centre Seminar on the Reason of State, January 1993.
“Freethinking and Freedom of Thought in Eighteenth-Century Britain,” American Historical Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., December 1992.
“Imperial Representation and the Limits of Sovereignty and Obligation, 1765-1775,”Anglo-American Historical Conference, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, July 1992.
“The Athenian Venture: Franco-British Competition and the Discourse of the Arts & Liberty,” North American Conference on British Studies, New York, April 1992.
“Joseph Priestley: Between Locke and a Liberal Political Thought,” Le Moyne Forum on Religion and Literature, Syracuse N.Y., September 1991.
“Philosophy and the Song of the Soul: Poppea,” Venetian Seminar, Warburg Institute, University of London, May 1991.
“From Tacitus to Polybius: Classical Taste and British Empire in the Eighteenth
Century,” Colloquium on British History, Center for European Studies, Harvard University, April 1991.
“The Political Thought of Enlightenment England,” Seminar on Social and Political Thought, University of Cambridge, October 1990.
“Arnaldo Momigliano. Ancient History and the Antiquarian Fifty Years On.” Clark Library, U.C.L.A., June 2002
“The Age of Antiquaries in Europe and China.” Bard Graduate Center, New York, March 2004.
“Thalassography & Historiography.” Bard Graduate Center, New York, October 2009.
“Cultural Histories of the Material World,” Bard Graduate Center, New York, January 2010.
“Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Seminar in the Material Cultures of the Ibero-American World,” Bard Graduate Center, May 2010.
Convener, Seminar in Cultural History, Bard Graduate Center 2001-
General Editor, “Cultural Histories of the Material World” for University of Michigan Press 2010-
Hebraic Political Studies, Jewish Quarterly Review, Lias
Manuscripts Refereed for:
University of Chicago Press, Princeton University Press, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Harvard University Press, Yale University Press,
University of California Press, Ashgate, Journal of the History of Ideas, Jewish Quarterly Review, Journal of Modern History, American Historical Review
Donna Bilak, BGC, “The Letters of John Allin, 1663-1674: a Cultural History”
Shax Riegler, BGC, “Mario Praz: Scholar and Collector of Things”
External Dissertation Committee
Zur Shalev (Princeton University, 2005)
John-Paul Ghobrial (Princeton University, 2010)
English Political Thought in the Age of Enlightenment; Classics of Social and
Political Thought; Early Modern Europe 1400-1789; Europe in Renaissance and Reformation; The History of Cultural History; Early Modern Lives: Statesmen, Saints, and Sinners; Thinking About Things: Walter Benjamin as a ‘Historian’; Creating a Virtual Exhibition/ Digital Story: ‘Walter Benjamin’s New York’; The Historiography of the Cultural Sciences: The Bard Graduate Center in Context; The Origins of Commercial
Society in Seventeenth-Century Holland and Eighteenth-Century Britain; Foundations of Material Culture 1400-2000; Backgrounds to European Culture: Renaissance to Enlightenment; The Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean; Orientalism: Meetings of East and West from the Crusades to Post-Colonialism; Antiquaries and Antiquarianism in Europe and China, 1000-1800.