3 post-docs in ingenuity in art/science at Cambridge

Genius before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science

Principal Investigator: Dr Alexander Marr (ajm300@cam.ac.uk)

Hosted at CRASSH, University of Cambridge

Francesco Allegrini, Fall of Icarus (C) Fitzwilliam Musuem

Francesco Allegrini, Fall of Icarus (C) Fitzwilliam Musuem

What existed in the European imagination before the Romantic concept of ‘genius’? This five-year project will examine notions of unique talent, heightened imagination and extraordinary creativity in art and science by exploring the language, theories, practices and products of ingenium (ingenuity) ca. 1450-ca. 1750. Drawing on the perspectives of history of art, history of science, technology and medicine, intellectual history and literary studies, the project seeks to capture ingenuity across and between disciplines. Studying six countries (France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, England and Spain) across three centuries, it will trace ingenuity’s shifting patterns and fragmented fortunes over the longue durée.


Three 4.5-year post-docs are available. For further information, see Genius before Romanticims-Further Particulars

Applications open: 1 April 2014

Applications close: 30 April 2014.

Start date: September/October 2014

For information on CRASSH and more opportunities for early modern studies, see: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/about/news-press/announcing-eight-new-research-associate-posts-in-the-early-modern-period

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