The Development of the Private Sphere, 1500-1800

Presentation and discussion of pre-circulated papers* by Mette Birkedal Bruun

The speaker investigates the development of the private sphere in the period 1500-1800 in France, Germany and England, a concept that is at the interface between the interests of the individual and those of society. The discussion will reflect on the study of isolation and medieval monasticism and its modern manifestations.

Mette Birkedal Bruun is a Professor at University of Copenhagen and the Director of The Danish National Research Foundation Centre for Privacy Studies. Her research centres on religiously motivated withdrawal from the world, especially in the monastic movement and in early modern devotion in France and, more recently, Germany and England. She is the author of The Unfamiliar Familiar: Armand-Jean de Rancé (1626-1700) between Withdrawal and Engagement (Copenhagen: 2017) and Parables: Bernard of Clairvaux’s Mapping of Spiritual Topography (Leiden-Boston: 2007).

Sunil Kumar is a Professor in the History of Medieval India and Head, Department of History, Delhi University.

*The papers that she will discuss can be downloaded from:

Tuesday, 17 September 2019
4 pm, CSDS Seminar Room
29 Rajpur Road, Delhi