Henrike Gätjens

Henrike Gätjens

Visiting Fellow

Region: Europe, Holy Roman Empire
Time: 16th Century, 17th Century, 18th Century
Theme: History of Science, Intellectual History, Cultural History, German Literature

I am interested in the scientific cultures of early modern Europe, particularly in their aesthetical and ethical dimensions. Currently, I am a Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s History Department.

My doctoral research focuses on concepts of knowledge in utopian literature of the 17th century. By linking the history of science and literary theory, I examine the utopian texts as epistemological and aesthetic documents within the context of early modern experimental practices. My research aims to clarify and compare different approaches to representing, ordering, and legitimizing knowledge, and to situate them in the broader field of early modern literary production and reception.

I earned my BA in Philosophy, History and Sociology and MAs in Philosophy and History at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Since 2018, I am a PhD student at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.



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