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Dr Richard Kirwan

BA, PHd

Biography

Dr Richard Kirwan is Lecturer in History at the University of Limerick. His research interests include the social and cultural history of early modern universities and the world of learning, early modern print culture, and the culture and politics of religious conversion. His work focuses on the German-speaking lands of the Holy Roman Empire. His current project, funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, is a study of academic religious conversion, migration and exile in the Empire in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Prior to taking up his position at the University of Limerick, Dr Kirwan held posts at the University of St Andrews, the European University Institute, Florence (Max Weber Fellow), Maynooth University (IRCHSS Postdoctoral Fellow), and Trinity College Dublin.

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 the culture and politics of religious conversion. 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 is funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung.

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2020 - Senior Fellow, Descartes Centre, 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

Association

  • 2018 Member, Verein für Reformationsgeschichte
  • 2018 Member, Early Modern Religious Dissents and Radicalism (EMoDiR ) Research Group
  • Member, HistGeogUni – A global research network on the historical geographies of the university
  • Member, German History Society

Committee

  • 2018 Royal Irish Academy Historical Studies 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,

Other

  • Scholarly editor on Early European Books, a ProQuest database. Area of responsibility: scholarly and academic print. Developed and produced in collaboration with scholars, rare book librarians, bibliographers and other experts, Early European Books offers millions of fully searchable pages scanned directly from the original printed sources in high-resolution full color. Each item is captured in its entirety, complete with binding, edges, endpapers, blank pages and any loose inserts. The result is a wealth of information about the physical characteristics and histories of the original. See http://www.proquest.com/products-services/databases/eeb.html

Publications

Book

Book Chapter

2019

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

2017

Function in Form: Single Sheet Items and the Utility of Cheap Print in the Early Modern German University
Richard Kirwan
Broadsheets. Single-sheet Publishing in the First Age of Print

2016

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

2015

Introduction: The Risks, Rewards and Perils of Specialisation
Kirwan, R
SPECIALIST MARKETS IN THE EARLY MODERN BOOK WORLD DOI: 10.1163/9789004290228_002

2014

Urban Space and Academic Identity in Early Modern Germany
Kirwan, Richard
Die Erschließung des Raumes: Konstruktion, Imagination und Darstellung von Räumen und Grenzen im Barockzeitalter

2013

From Individual to Archetype: Occasional Texts and the Performance of Scholarly Identity in Early Modern Germany
Kirwan, R
Scholarly Self-Fashioning and Community in Early Modern Germany

2013

Scholarly Self-Fashioning and the Cultural History of Universities
Kirwan, R
Scholarly Self-Fashioning and Community in Early Modern Germany

2011

University Ritual and the Construction of the Scholar
Kirwan, Richard; Robinson-Hammerstein, Helga
Liber Amicorum Ditlev Tamm: Law, History and Culture

2011

The Paper Monument: University Histories and Institutional Prestige in Early Modern Germany
Kirwan, Richard
Power in History: From the Medieval to the Post-Modern World

2010

Akademische Repräsentationspraktiken und der Umgang mit dem Öffentlichkeitsbild der Institution
Kirwan, Richard
Das Athen der Welfen: Die Reformuniversität Helmstedt 1576-1810

2007

The Appeal to Tradition in the Ceremonial Prescriptions of the Statutes of Helmstedt, 1576’
Kirwan, Richard
Gli statuti universitari: tradizione dei testi e valenze politiche

Edited Book

2015


Specialist Markets in the Early Modern Book World

2013


Scholarly Self-Fashioning and Community in the Early Modern University

Other Publication

Peer Reviewed Journal