People & Research

This is the portal to our individual member’s profile pages, containing their contact information, research interests, projects, publications, and website links. The members of the IEMH work primarily within the following, overlapping, domains:

Detail from “The Peasant Wedding”
Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1567


A major focus of the institute is the Early Modern cultural history of the Low Countries, with researchers working on diverse subjects ranging from elites and urban communities to  rhetorician’s chambers and religious confraternities, to artistic and patronage networks.


Detail from “A Portrait of Philip IV”
Diego Valázquez, 1631-32


Several members of the institute research Early Modern government, analysing the development of governmental institutions in the Low Countries, Spain, and Austria, from regional and central courts, to advisory councils and local bodies.


Detail from “Of an Ant or Pismire” from Micrographia
Robert Hooke, 1665


Several institute members have dedicated their research to the matter of Early Modern epistemological, philosophical and scientific developments, and systems of thought, including superstition, witchcraft, and astrology.


Detail from “The Moneylender and His Wife”
Quentin Matsys, 1514


Early Modern socio-economics are studied by many members of the institute, covering demographics, labour organisation, public financing, urban and rural exchanges, and household economies.

Detail from “The Ambassadors”
Hans Holbein the Younger, 1533


Early Modern diplomacy has captured the attention of a subset of the institute’s members, as they work to analyse how diplomacy was viewed theoretically, and how it was actually applied, both within Europe and in cross-cultural diplomacy in the Americas.