Professor by special appointment Enlightenment and Religion
Teylers professor dr. Eric Jorink holds the special chair ‘Enlightenment and religion in historical perspective'. He is researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (KNAW - Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) in The Hague. The main focus of his research is the interaction of science, religion and art in Early Modern Europe.
Eric Jorink studied History and Philosophy at the University of Groningen and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He was lauréat of the Fondation Prix de Paris in 1993. In 2004 he was awarded his doctorate cum laude at the University of Groningen for a thesis on the relation between science and religion in the Dutch Golden Age. The dissertation was awarded with a prize of the prestigious Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, and published in English as Reading the Book of Nature in the Dutch Golden Age, 1575-1715 (Leiden 2010).
Jorink has widely published on the scientific culture in early modern Europe, including the culture of collecting, the relation between art and science, and the emergence of radical biblical criticism. In 2012-2013 he was Andrew W. Mellon visiting professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, where he taught, together with Joanna Woodall, the MA ‘Visualizing Knowledge in the Early Modern Netherlands’. He is currently finishing a biography of the microscopist Johannes Swammerdam (1637-1680). In cooperation with the Rijksmuseum and Teylers Museum, he is working a series of conferences and exhibitions on the relation between art, science and religion (16-19 th centuries).
- Reading the Book of Nature in the Dutch Golden Age, 1575-1715. Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 191. Translated by Peter Mason (Leiden 2010).
- (With B. Ramakers eds) Art and Science in the Early Modern Low Countries. Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art/Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 61 (Zwolle 2011).
- (With D. van Miert eds) Isaac Vossius (1618-1689) between Science and Scholarship. Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 214 (Leiden 2012).
- (With A. Maas eds) Newton and the Netherlands. How Isaac Newton was fashioned in the Dutch Republic (Leiden 2012) .
- De Ark, de Tempel, het Museum. Veranderende modellen van kennis in de Eeuw van de Verlichting (inaugural lecture Leiden University, 2014).
Researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (KNAW - Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) in The Hague. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member of the editorial board of Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek/Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art.
Secretary Dr. C. Louise Thijssen-Schoute Stichting
- Member of the editorial board