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Dr. Richard Kirwan

Biography

Dr Richard Kirwan is Lecturer in History and Director of the Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick. Dr Kirwan specialises in early modern European history with a focus on the German-speaking lands of the Holy Roman Empire. His research interests include the social and cultural history of the early modern world of learning, early modern print culture, and Reformation history. Dr Kirwan's current project, funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, is a study of religious conversion, exile and migration among scholars in the Holy Roman Empire, c. 1555- c. 1648. Dr Kirwan has held research and teaching posts and fellowships at Trinity College Dublin, Maynooth University, the European University Institute Florence, the University of St Andrews, the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, and the University of Utrecht. In 2017 Dr Kirwan was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Tübingen.


Research Interests

Dr Richard Kirwan specialises in early modern European history with a focus on the German-speaking lands of the Holy Roman Empire. His research interests include the social and cultural history of early modern universities and the world of learning, early modern print culture, and Reformation history. Dr Kirwan's current project is a study of religious conversion, exile and migration among scholars in the Holy Roman Empire, c. 1555- c. 1648. This project has been funded via a Research Project Award from the Gerda Henkel Stiftung (2017-2020). Dr Kirwan has published on aspects of religious conversion, the history of universities, and print culture in journal articles and book chapters. Dr Kirwan's publications also include the monograph Empowerment and Representation at the University in Early Modern Germany: Helmstedt and Würzburg, 1576-1634 (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2009), and the edited volumes Scholarly Self-Fashioning and Community in the Early Modern University (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), and Specialist Markets in the Early Modern Book World (Leiden: Brill, 2015).

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2020 - Senior Fellow, Descartes Centre, University of Utrecht
  • 2017 - Visiting Scholar, Seminar für Neuere Geschichte at the University of Tübingen
  • 2017 - Gerda Henkel Stiftung Research Project Award
  • 2015 - IRC New Foundations Award
  • 2009 - Max Weber Fellowship, European University Insitute, Florence
  • 2009 - DAAD Research Grant
  • 2008 - IRCHSS Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2006 - Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Award
  • 2004 - Grace Lawless Lee Award, Trinity College Dublin
  • 2004 - Rolf and Ursula Schneider Stiftung Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2002 - IRCHSS Postgraduate Scholarship

Committee

  • International Advisory Board of 'War and the Supernatural in Early Modern Europe' ERC funded research project, War and the Supernatural in Early Modern Europe is a research project funded by the European Research Council and hosted by Queen's University Belfast. The P.I. is Dr Ian Campbell (QUB).
  • Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick,
  • Royal Irish Academy Historical Studies Committee,

Association

  • Member, HistGeogUni – A global research network on the historical geographies of the university
  • Member, Early Modern Religious Dissents and Radicalism (EMoDiR ) Research Group
  • Member, Verein für Reformationsgeschichte
  • Member, German History Society

Other

Publications

Books

2009

Empowerment and Representation at the University in Early Modern German: Helmstedt and Würzburg, 1576-1634
Kirwan, Richard
(2009) Empowerment and Representation at the University in Early Modern German: Helmstedt and Würzburg, 1576-1634
Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz

Book Chapters

2019

Ephemeral No More: University Festival, Print and the Pull of Posterity
Kirwan, Richard
(2019) Ephemeral No More: University Festival, Print and the Pull of Posterity
In Akademische Festkulturen vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart: Zwischen Inaugurationsfeier und Fachschaftsparty (eds.) Martin Kintzinger, Wolfgang Eric Wagner, Marian Füssel ; Basel : Schwabe pp. 179-194

2017

Function in Form: Single Sheet Items and the Utility of Cheap Print in the Early Modern German University
Richard Kirwan
(2017) Function in Form: Single Sheet Items and the Utility of Cheap Print in the Early Modern German University
In Broadsheets. Single-sheet Publishing in the First Age of Print; Leiden : Brill

2016

It's Who You Know: Scholarly Networks in Liddel's Helmstedt
Richard Kirwan
(2016) It's Who You Know: Scholarly Networks in Liddel's Helmstedt
In Duncan Liddel (1561-1613): Networks of Polymathy and the Northern European Renaissance, Pietro Daniel Omodeo (ed.) in collaboration with Karin Friedrich,; Leiden : Brill

2015

Introduction: The Risks, Rewards and Perils of Specialisation
Kirwan, R
(2015) Introduction: The Risks, Rewards and Perils of Specialisation
In SPECIALIST MARKETS IN THE EARLY MODERN BOOK WORLD; LEIDEN : BRILL pp. 1-13
DOI: 10.1163/9789004290228_002

2014

Urban Space and Academic Identity in Early Modern Germany
Kirwan, Richard
(2014) Urban Space and Academic Identity in Early Modern Germany
In Die Erschließung des Raumes: Konstruktion, Imagination und Darstellung von Räumen und Grenzen im Barockzeitalter ; Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz

2013

Scholarly Self-Fashioning and the Cultural History of Universities
Kirwan, R
(2013) Scholarly Self-Fashioning and the Cultural History of Universities
In Scholarly Self-Fashioning and Community in Early Modern Germany; Farnham : Ashgate pp. 1-

2013

From Individual to Archetype: Occasional Texts and the Performance of Scholarly Identity in Early Modern Germany
Kirwan, R
(2013) From Individual to Archetype: Occasional Texts and the Performance of Scholarly Identity in Early Modern Germany
In Scholarly Self-Fashioning and Community in Early Modern Germany; Farham : Ashgate pp. 79-102

2011

University Ritual and the Construction of the Scholar
Kirwan, Richard; Robinson-Hammerstein, Helga
(2011) University Ritual and the Construction of the Scholar
In Liber Amicorum Ditlev Tamm: Law, History and Culture ; Copenhagen : DJOFPublishing

2011

The Paper Monument: University Histories and Institutional Prestige in Early Modern Germany
Kirwan, Richard
(2011) The Paper Monument: University Histories and Institutional Prestige in Early Modern Germany
In Power in History: From the Medieval to the Post-Modern World ; Dublin : Irish Academic Press

2010

Akademische Repräsentationspraktiken und der Umgang mit dem Öffentlichkeitsbild der Institution
Kirwan, Richard
(2010) Akademische Repräsentationspraktiken und der Umgang mit dem Öffentlichkeitsbild der Institution
In Das Athen der Welfen: Die Reformuniversität Helmstedt 1576-1810 ; Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz

2007

The Appeal to Tradition in the Ceremonial Prescriptions of the Statutes of Helmstedt, 1576'
Kirwan, Richard
(2007) The Appeal to Tradition in the Ceremonial Prescriptions of the Statutes of Helmstedt, 1576'
In Gli statuti universitari: tradizione dei testi e valenze politiche ; Bologna : CLUEB

Edited Books

2015

Specialist Markets in the Early Modern Book World
(2015) Specialist Markets in the Early Modern Book World
Kirwan, Richard; Mullins, Sophie(Ed.) Leiden : Brill
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004290228

2013

Scholarly Self-Fashining and Community in the Early Modern University
(2013) Scholarly Self-Fashining and Community in the Early Modern University
Kirwan, Richard(Ed.) Farnham : Ashgate
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315607719

Peer Reviewed Journals

2018

The Conversion of Jacob Reihing: Academic Controversy and the Professorial Ideal in Confessional Germany
Kirwan, R
(2018) The Conversion of Jacob Reihing: Academic Controversy and the Professorial Ideal in Confessional Germany
In German History; pp. 1-20
DOI: 10.1093/gerhis/ghx125

2011

Scholarly Reputations and Institutional Prestige: The Fashioning of the Public Image of the University of Helmstedt, 1576–1680
Kirwan, Richard
(2011) Scholarly Reputations and Institutional Prestige: The Fashioning of the Public Image of the University of Helmstedt, 1576–1680
In History of Universities;

Book Reviews

2020

Contested Reformations in the University of Cambridge, 1535–1584, by Ceri Law he in English Historical Review, 135/574 (June 2020)
Richard Kirwan
(2020) Contested Reformations in the University of Cambridge, 1535–1584, by Ceri Law he in English Historical Review, 135/574 (June 2020)
Oxford : Oxford UP
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/ehr/ceaa093

2017

"Daum's boys: schools and the republic of letters in early modern Germany, by Alan Ross." History of Education, 46(5), pp. 703–704
Richard Kirwan
(2017) "Daum's boys: schools and the republic of letters in early modern Germany, by Alan Ross." History of Education, 46(5), pp. 703–704
In History of Education;
DOI: DOI: 10.1080/0046760X.2017.1302004

2016

Maximilian Schuh, Aneignungen des Humanismus. Institutionelle und individuelle Praktiken an der Universität Ingolstadt im 15. Jahrhundert (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2013), reviewed in History of Universities, XXIX / 1 (2016)
Richard Kirwan
(2016) Maximilian Schuh, Aneignungen des Humanismus. Institutionelle und individuelle Praktiken an der Universität Ingolstadt im 15. Jahrhundert (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2013), reviewed in History of Universities, XXIX / 1 (2016)

2016

Women and the Counter-Reformation in Early Modern Munster
Kirwan, R
(2016) Women and the Counter-Reformation in Early Modern Munster
In History; pp. 127-128

2011

Review of Campi, Emidio, Simone De Angelis, Anja-Silvia Goeing, and Anthony T. Grafton (eds.). Scholarly Knowledge: Textbooks in Early Modern Europe (Geneva, 2008)
Kirwan, Richard
(2011) Review of Campi, Emidio, Simone De Angelis, Anja-Silvia Goeing, and Anthony T. Grafton (eds.). Scholarly Knowledge: Textbooks in Early Modern Europe (Geneva, 2008)

2010

Review of Thomas Bach, Jonas Maatsch and Ulrich Rasche (eds.), ‘Gelehrte' Wissenschaft. Das Vorlesungsprogramm der Universität Jena um 1800 (Stuttgart, 2008)
Kirwan, Richard
(2010) Review of Thomas Bach, Jonas Maatsch and Ulrich Rasche (eds.), ‘Gelehrte' Wissenschaft. Das Vorlesungsprogramm der Universität Jena um 1800 (Stuttgart, 2008)

2010

Review of Joachim Bauer, Andreas Klinger, et al. (eds.), Die Universität Jena in der Frühen Neuzeit (Heidelberg, 2008)
Kirwan, Richard
(2010) Review of Joachim Bauer, Andreas Klinger, et al. (eds.), Die Universität Jena in der Frühen Neuzeit (Heidelberg, 2008)

2008

Review of Stefanie Knöll, Creating Academic Communities: Funeral Monuments to Professors at Oxford, Leiden and Tübingen 1580-1700 (Haren, 2003)
Kirwan, Richard
(2008) Review of Stefanie Knöll, Creating Academic Communities: Funeral Monuments to Professors at Oxford, Leiden and Tübingen 1580-1700 (Haren, 2003)

2005

Review of Neil Kenny, The Uses of Curiosity in Early Modern France and Germany (Oxford, 2004)
Kirwan, Richard
(2005) Review of Neil Kenny, The Uses of Curiosity in Early Modern France and Germany (Oxford, 2004)

Electronic Articles

2019

An Introduction to Early Modern Scholarly and Academic Print
Richard Kirwan
(2019) An Introduction to Early Modern Scholarly and Academic Print
Proquest pp. 1-14

Working Papers

2010

Space, Power, and the University in Early Modern Germany
Kirwan, Richard
(2010) Space, Power, and the University in Early Modern Germany

Translations

2005

English summary of Volker Seresse, Politische Normen in Kleve-Mark während des 17. Jahrhunderts. Argumentationsgeschichtlich und herrschaftstheoretische Zugänge zur politischen Kultur der frühen Neuzeit
Kirwan, Richard
(2005) English summary of Volker Seresse, Politische Normen in Kleve-Mark während des 17. Jahrhunderts. Argumentationsgeschichtlich und herrschaftstheoretische Zugänge zur politischen Kultur der frühen Neuzeit