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Peter N. Miller Lecture

Peiresc and the Merchants of Marseille: The Two Cultures in Action

Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 5:00pm

Sassafras Room, Indiana Memorial Union

The Renaissance Studies Program
“Individuals, Groups, and the Constitution of Renaissance Societies” Series
Presents the fourth lecture by

PETER N. MILLER

Peiresc and the Merchants of Marseille: The Two Cultures in Action

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
5:00 p.m.
Sassafras Room, Indiana Memorial Union

The Provençal humanist Nicolas Fabri de Peiresc (1580-1637) is known today for his encyclopedic erudition, extraordinary curiosity, and commitment to collaborative research, all of which earned him Pierre Bayle’s approbation as the “procurator-general” of the Republic of Letters. Unknown, however, is his close working relationship with the merchants, mariners and ships captains of Marseille. Yet no satisfactory account of how he managed his Mediterranean correspondence network can be offered in the absence of this very practical dimension. Moreover, the problem this points to extends well beyond Peiresc: the separation of scholarship from the practical life in our historical hindsight. Reconstructing Peiresc’s intellectual life in its fullest dimension, therefore, can serve as a model for a kind of “material culture of cultural history.”

Peter N. Miller is Dean and Professor at the Bard Graduate Center, New York, NY.

This lecture is made possible through the support of the College Arts & Humanities Institute, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Office of the Provost, the Mary-Margaret Barr Koon Fund of the Department of French & Italian and the Department History. There will be coffee, tea and light refreshments.