Richard Kirwan

Lecturer BA, PHd

 
researcher

Biography

Dr Richard Kirwan is Lecturer in History at the University of Limerick. His research interests include the social and cultural history of early modern universities and the world of learning, early modern print culture, and the culture and politics of religious conversion. His work focuses on the German-speaking lands of the Holy Roman Empire. His current project, funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, is a study of academic religious conversion, migration and exile in the Empire in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Prior to taking up his position at the University of Limerick, Dr Kirwan held posts at the University of St Andrews, the European University Institute, Florence (Max Weber Fellow), Maynooth University (IRCHSS Postdoctoral Fellow), and Trinity College Dublin.

Research Interests

Dr Richard Kirwan specialises in early modern European history with a focus on the German-speaking lands of the Holy Roman Empire. His research interests include the social and cultural history of early modern universities and the world of learning, early modern print culture, and the culture and politics of religious conversion. Dr Kirwan's current project is a study of religious conversion, exile and migration among scholars in the Holy Roman Empire, c. 1555- c. 1648. This project is funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung.

Books

  Year Publication
2009 Empowerment and Representation at the University in Early Modern German: Helmstedt and Würzburg, 1576-1634.
Kirwan, Richard (2009) Empowerment and Representation at the University in Early Modern German: Helmstedt and Würzburg, 1576-1634. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz in Kommission. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2015
Kirwan, Richard; Mullins, Sophie (Ed.). (2015) Specialist Markets in the Early Modern Book World. Leiden: Brill. [Details]
2013
Kirwan, Richard (Ed.). (2013) Scholarly Self-Fashioning and Community in the Early Modern University. Farnham: Ashgate. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'The Conversion of Jacob Reihing: Academic Controversy and the Professorial Ideal in Confessional Germany'
Kirwan, R (2018) 'The Conversion of Jacob Reihing: Academic Controversy and the Professorial Ideal in Confessional Germany'. German History, 36 (1):1-20 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Scholarly Reputations and Institutional Prestige: The Fashioning of the Public Image of the University of Helmstedt, 1576–1680'
Kirwan, Richard (2011) 'Scholarly Reputations and Institutional Prestige: The Fashioning of the Public Image of the University of Helmstedt, 1576–1680'. History of Universities, [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2019 'Ephemeral No More: University Festival, Print and the Pull of Posterity'
Kirwan, Richard (2019) 'Ephemeral No More: University Festival, Print and the Pull of Posterity' In: Akademische Festkulturen vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart: Zwischen Inaugurationsfeier und Fachschaftsparty (eds.) Martin Kintzinger, Wolfgang Eric Wagner, Marian Füssel. Basel: Schwabe. [Details]
2017 'Function in Form: Single Sheet Items and the Utility of Cheap Print in the Early Modern German University'
Richard Kirwan (2017) 'Function in Form: Single Sheet Items and the Utility of Cheap Print in the Early Modern German University' In: Broadsheets. Single-sheet Publishing in the First Age of Print. Leiden: Brill. [Details]
2015 'Introduction: The Risks, Rewards and Perils of Specialisation'
Kirwan, R (2015) 'Introduction: The Risks, Rewards and Perils of Specialisation' In: SPECIALIST MARKETS IN THE EARLY MODERN BOOK WORLD. LEIDEN: BRILL. [DOI] [Details]
2016 'It’s Who You Know: Scholarly Networks in Liddel’s Helmstedt'
Richard Kirwan (2016) 'It’s Who You Know: Scholarly Networks in Liddel’s Helmstedt' In: Duncan Liddel (1561-1613): Networks of Polymathy and the Northern European Renaissance, Pietro Daniel Omodeo (ed.) in collaboration with Karin Friedrich. Leiden: Brill. [Details]
2014 'Urban Space and Academic Identity in Early Modern Germany'
Kirwan, Richard (2014) 'Urban Space and Academic Identity in Early Modern Germany' In: Die Erschließung des Raumes: Konstruktion, Imagination und Darstellung von Räumen und Grenzen im Barockzeitalter. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. [Details]
2013 'From Individual to Archetype: Occasional Texts and the Performance of Scholarly Identity in Early Modern Germany'
Kirwan, R (2013) 'From Individual to Archetype: Occasional Texts and the Performance of Scholarly Identity in Early Modern Germany' In: Scholarly Self-Fashioning and Community in Early Modern Germany. Farham: Ashgate. [Details]
2013 'Scholarly Self-Fashioning and the Cultural History of Universities'
Kirwan, R (2013) 'Scholarly Self-Fashioning and the Cultural History of Universities' In: Scholarly Self-Fashioning and Community in Early Modern Germany. Farnham: Ashgate. [Details]
2011 'The Paper Monument: University Histories and Institutional Prestige in Early Modern Germany'
Kirwan, Richard (2011) 'The Paper Monument: University Histories and Institutional Prestige in Early Modern Germany' In: Power in History: From the Medieval to the Post-Modern World. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
2011 'University Ritual and the Construction of the Scholar'
Kirwan, Richard; Robinson-Hammerstein, Helga (2011) 'University Ritual and the Construction of the Scholar' In: Liber Amicorum Ditlev Tamm: Law, History and Culture. Copenhagen: DJOFPublishing. [Details]
2010 'Akademische Repräsentationspraktiken und der Umgang mit dem Öffentlichkeitsbild der Institution'
Kirwan, Richard (2010) 'Akademische Repräsentationspraktiken und der Umgang mit dem Öffentlichkeitsbild der Institution' In: Das Athen der Welfen: Die Reformuniversität Helmstedt 1576-1810. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. [Details]
2007 'The Appeal to Tradition in the Ceremonial Prescriptions of the Statutes of Helmstedt, 1576’'
Kirwan, Richard (2007) 'The Appeal to Tradition in the Ceremonial Prescriptions of the Statutes of Helmstedt, 1576’' In: Gli statuti universitari: tradizione dei testi e valenze politiche. Bologna: CLUEB. [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2008 Review of Stefanie Knöll, Creating Academic Communities: Funeral Monuments to Professors at Oxford, Leiden and Tübingen 1580-1700 (Haren, 2003).
Kirwan, Richard (2008) Review of Stefanie Knöll, Creating Academic Communities: Funeral Monuments to Professors at Oxford, Leiden and Tübingen 1580-1700 (Haren, 2003). Book Review [Details]
2017 Daum’s boys: schools and the republic of letters in early modern Germany, by Alan Ross. History of Education, 46(5), pp. 703–704.
Richard Kirwan (2017) Daum’s boys: schools and the republic of letters in early modern Germany, by Alan Ross. History of Education, 46(5), pp. 703–704. Book Review [DOI] [Details]
2016 Women and the Counter-Reformation in Early Modern Munster.
Kirwan, R (2016) Women and the Counter-Reformation in Early Modern Munster. Book Review [Details]
2016 Maximilian Schuh, Aneignungen des Humanismus. Institutionelle und individuelle Praktiken an der Universität Ingolstadt im 15. Jahrhundert (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2013), reviewed in History of Universities, XXIX / 1 (2016).
Richard Kirwan (2016) Maximilian Schuh, Aneignungen des Humanismus. Institutionelle und individuelle Praktiken an der Universität Ingolstadt im 15. Jahrhundert (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2013), reviewed in History of Universities, XXIX / 1 (2016). Book Review [Details]
2011 Review of Campi, Emidio, Simone De Angelis, Anja-Silvia Goeing, and Anthony T. Grafton (eds.). Scholarly Knowledge: Textbooks in Early Modern Europe (Geneva, 2008).
Kirwan, Richard (2011) Review of Campi, Emidio, Simone De Angelis, Anja-Silvia Goeing, and Anthony T. Grafton (eds.). Scholarly Knowledge: Textbooks in Early Modern Europe (Geneva, 2008). Book Review [Details]
2010 Review of Joachim Bauer, Andreas Klinger, et al. (eds.), Die Universität Jena in der Frühen Neuzeit (Heidelberg, 2008).
Kirwan, Richard (2010) Review of Joachim Bauer, Andreas Klinger, et al. (eds.), Die Universität Jena in der Frühen Neuzeit (Heidelberg, 2008). Book Review [Details]
2010 Review of Thomas Bach, Jonas Maatsch and Ulrich Rasche (eds.), ‘Gelehrte’ Wissenschaft. Das Vorlesungsprogramm der Universität Jena um 1800 (Stuttgart, 2008).
Kirwan, Richard (2010) Review of Thomas Bach, Jonas Maatsch and Ulrich Rasche (eds.), ‘Gelehrte’ Wissenschaft. Das Vorlesungsprogramm der Universität Jena um 1800 (Stuttgart, 2008). Book Review [Details]
2005 Review of Neil Kenny, The Uses of Curiosity in Early Modern France and Germany (Oxford, 2004).
Kirwan, Richard (2005) Review of Neil Kenny, The Uses of Curiosity in Early Modern France and Germany (Oxford, 2004). Book Review [Details]

Electronic Article

  Year Publication
2019 An Introduction to Early Modern Scholarly and Academic Print.
Richard Kirwan (2019) An Introduction to Early Modern Scholarly and Academic Print. Electronic Article [Details]

Translation

  Year Publication
2005 English summary of Volker Seresse, Politische Normen in Kleve-Mark während des 17. Jahrhunderts. Argumentationsgeschichtlich und herrschaftstheoretische Zugänge zur politischen Kultur der frühen Neuzeit.
Kirwan, Richard (2005) English summary of Volker Seresse, Politische Normen in Kleve-Mark während des 17. Jahrhunderts. Argumentationsgeschichtlich und herrschaftstheoretische Zugänge zur politischen Kultur der frühen Neuzeit. Translation [Details]

Working Paper

  Year Publication
2010 Space, Power, and the University in Early Modern Germany.
Kirwan, Richard (2010) Space, Power, and the University in Early Modern Germany. Working Paper [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2017 Gerda Henkel Stiftung Research Project Award Gerda Henkel Stiftung
2017 Visiting Scholar, Seminar für Neuere Geschichte at the University of Tübingen Seminar für Neuere Geschichte at the University of Tübingen
2015 IRC New Foundations Award Irish Research Council
2009 Max Weber Fellowship, European University Insitute, Florence European University Institute, Florence
2009 DAAD Research Grant Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst
2008 IRCHSS Postdoctoral Fellowship Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences
2006 Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Award Trinity College Dublin
2004 Rolf and Ursula Schneider Stiftung Doctoral Fellowship Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel
2004 Grace Lawless Lee Award, Trinity College Dublin Trinity College Dublin
2002 IRCHSS Postgraduate Scholarship Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Early Modern Religious Dissents and Radicalism (EMoDiR ) Research Group Member 06-FEB-18 /
Verein für Reformationsgeschichte Member 17-AUG-18 /
HistGeogUni – A global research network on the historical geographies of the university Member /
German History Society Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick Director /
Royal Irish Academy Historical Studies Committee Member 2018 /
International Advisory Board of 'War and the Supernatural in Early Modern Europe' ERC funded research project Member /

Other Activities

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