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Dr Kristian Jensen

Dr Jensen - head of Arts and Humanities, British Library visits De Montfort University to give a free lecture as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series 2011.

Kristian Jensen is Head of Arts and Humanities at the British Library. While working to facilitate the research of others, he has actively maintained his own research in areas where the study of intellectual and material cultures intersect. He has worked extensively on the history of intellectual life especially in the Renaissance, always with a strong emphasis on social and economic contexts. A distinguished career in the Bodleian and in the British Library has given him a profound knowledge of the two major national collections. Added to this, his international background gives him an unusually wide perspective on his studies of texts, books and collections; his first book on the teaching of Latin in the sixteenth century was awarded the Gold Medal of the University of Copenhagen; his PhD on Renaissance Aristotelianism from the European University Institute in Florence was published in Germany; and he has close links to several French institutions; recently he was a visiting professor at the Ecole des Chartes and he has been a regular teacher at the Institut d’histoire du livre in Lyon.

The lectures which he gave as Lyell Reader in the University of Oxford 2008-2009 formed the backbone of his most recent book, published by Cambridge University Press in December 2010, Revolution and the Antiquarian Book, Reshaping the Past 1780-1815, in which he examined how historic books were transformed from being texts – useful or more often useless – to being luxury objects with a cultural and political importance as tools for mastering a controversial past.

In the lecture at De Montfort he will explore the complex relationship between the personal and the public spheres in forming the past.


Dr Kristian Jensen | talks


Date and Time:

14 September 2011 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



Hugh Aston Building
De Montfort University
The Newarke

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