Networking Early Modern Correspondence

Cultures of Knowledge Has Moved!

May 14th, 2013

You’ve found our old website, which represents an archive of our activities during the first phase of Cultures of Knowledge, which ran between 2009 and 2012. To find out what we’re up to between now and the end of 2014, and to stay up to date with all things CofK, please visit our shiny new site. See you on the other side!

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Bringing together experts in history, philosophy, science, and literature with librarians, archivists, and systems developers, Cultures of Knowledge is transforming engagement with early modern letters across three interconnected strands of activity:

Research ProjectsResearch Projects

A set of seven discrete but overlapping research and editorial case studies focussing on the epistolary activities and legacies of some key figures in early modern science.


The creation of new digital systems capable of organising metadata and other resources generated by these projects into a union catalogue and archive of early modern correspondence.


Inspiring academic meetings designed to forge new conceptual frameworks for letters and build a research community coextensive with the networks under investigation.

The ultimate objective of Cultures of Knowledge is to use the intellectual networks and epistolary cultures of the seventeenth century as a means of connecting transnational interdisciplinary research across the broad field of early modern intellectual history.