Professor of Renaissance literature, with specialization in comparative Renaissance lit, history of classical scholarship and the reception of classical literature and philosophy, the history of science, encyclopedism, and glow-worms.
My research focuses on the history of classical, biblical, and orientalist scholarship in 19th-century Germany. With a concentration on Judaism, I examine the ideas and practices operative in modern reconstructions of the ancient past within their concrete cultural, political, and religious complexes. These inquiries contribute, more broadly, to intellectual history, historiography, and the history of the humanities in modern Europe.
I am a cultural historian of knowledge, education and ideas. My first book, Generational Conflict and University Reform: Oxford in the Age of Revolution, won the 2014 Kevin Brehony Prize for the best first book in the history of education. My new book, Masculinity and Science in Britain, 1831-1918, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. I am currently working on a study of the influence of classical scholarship and ancient natural philosophy on the emergence of the natural and physical sciences in the first half of the nineteenth century for OUP. I am a member of the Executive Committee of the History of Education Society and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Maribeth Clark, a musicologist, is writing a book exploring the cultural history of whistling in the United States. She is also collaborating with Davinia Caddy (University of Auckland) on an edited volume for Cambridge University Press that examines classical musical works that invoke the choreographic. Her earlier scholarship focused on dance in the context of French grand opera. She has published articles that have appeared in the Journal of Musicology, Musical Quarterly, and 19th-Century Music, numerous reviews, and has contributed to two essay collections that focus on teaching information literacy.
As Head of KU Leuven Libraries Artes, I am responsible for collections and services for the Arts and Humanities. As a member of the management team with primary responsibilities for research, I also contribute to the strategic development and operational management of KU Leuven Libraries as a whole. In this context, I particularly focus on scholarly communication, open science and digital scholarship. I was trained as a (Neo-)Latinist, focusing on Renaissance humanism in the Low Countries and England, the classical tradition, and the history of the book. Ever since I became a librarian my research and teaching have centered around the role of academic libraries in scholarly communication, open science and digital scholarship within the humanities. I am a strong believer in Fair Open Access and serve on the editorial board of the Open Library of Humanities and the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.
After finishing grammar school (“Gymnasium”, highest distinction) in Breda, the Netherlands, I took a BA in Classics at the University of Leiden and graduated in 2013 (highest distinction). In 2015 I finished a Research Master in Classics (highest distinction) with a thesis on emotional involvement in Homer’s Iliad as well as a Master in Comparative Indo-European linguistics with a thesis on the historical development of dental clusters in Latin. Before joining the Institut für klasissche Philologie at the HU, I taught Latin and Ancient Greek at a Dutch grammar school.
I am an associate professor of Spanish and Catalan specializing in the literature of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. My research interests include textual scholarship, cultural history, translation, and the digital humanities. I am the author of Printing Ausiàs March and coauthor of The Classical Tradition in Medieval Catalan. I have edited essay collections on Catalan literature and translation, digital archives and medieval Iberian texts, and the materiality of early modern poetry. My current work includes a critical edition and translation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s geographical dictionary De montibus (in collaboration with Michael Papio), studies of space in lyric poetry, the history of medieval Catalan literature, and the printing of chivalric romance Tirant lo Blanc. I serve as the managing editor of Digital Philology.
My academic achievements and scholarship fall into two areas: basic research on lung inflammation and fibrosis and interstitial lung disease. I am credited with the discovery that the extracellular matrix glycosaminoglycan hyaluronan (HA) becomes fragmented during inflammation and functions as a signaling molecule to stimulate inflammatory responses. We have identified a fundamental role for the hyaluronan cell surface receptor CD44 in removing HA from the inflamed lung. We have defined the genes that are induced by HA fragments in macrophages and most recently have shown that these endogenous matrix degradation products can initiate innate immune responses through Toll-like receptors. We have shown that HA fragments accumulate in the blood of patients with acute lung injury.