- Region: Europe; Atlantic World
- Time: 17th Century; 18th Century
- Theme: Intellectual History, Cultural History, Environmental History, History of Science
Louis Gerdelan is a historian of early modern Europe and the Atlantic world. His interests span intellectual, cultural and environmental history and the history of science. His current project is a doctoral dissertation entitled "Calamitous knowledge: The languages of disaster in the British, French and Spanish Atlantic worlds, 1666-1765". This work examines the evolution of ideas and beliefs about disasters in the early modern era, at the intersection of science, religion, charity and law. Gerdelan is also interested in the understanding of disasters within a broader interdisciplinary perspective.
In previous work Gerdelan focused on Italian Renaissance history, specifically the symbology of public spectacles and festivals. He has also published a book chapter on Alexander von Humboldt's scientific travel writing, and a journal article on Protestant pamphlet polemic in early modern England.
Gerdelan has worked as a teaching fellow at Harvard, and has also designed and taught his own undergraduate course (History 14B: "Plague, Fire and Apocalypse: The Mentalities of Disaster from Genesis to Global Warming").
For more information please see his website: https://scholar.harvard.edu/gerdelan