Dr. Fabien Montcher - February - March 2018


Currently an American Council for Learned Societies Fellow, Dr. Fabien Montcher is preparing for publication a monograph entitled “Scholars of Fortune: Conflicts and the Making of Politics in Early Modern Empires.” Departing from his expertise in early modern Iberian history (including both the Spanish and the Portuguese empires), his work analyzes scholarly political mediation in the context of Late Renaissance wars. At Haïfa, Fabien will be presenting and discussing a line of research related to the question of how the intellectual networks of the Republic of Letters secured political communication across the Western Mediterranean in the midst of seventeenth-century revolts. This line aims to test concepts such as ‘bibliopolitics’ in order to include in the analysis of early modern information systems the history of political cultures and the social history of knowledge.