Howard Hotson is Professor of Early Modern Intellectual History at the Faculty of History, University of Oxford, and a Fellow of St Anne’s College. Since 2009, he has directed the Mellon-funded collaborative research project in the humanities, entitled Cultures of Knowledge. Since 2014 he has also chaired the COST Action, Reassembling the Republic of Letters, 1500-1800. Both of these projects are devoted developing digital frameworks to support multilateral, interdisciplinary, and transnational collaboration on European intellectual history in the era of the Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment.
Cabinet is attempting to extend this approach from research to collaborative, object and image-based teaching. His own contribution to the project, supported by a Teaching project Award from the Humanities Division, is focused on using the extraordinary collections of the Museum of the History of Science, the Ashmolean, the Bodleian, and the University Museum of Natural History, along with Oxford landmarks like the Schools Quadrangle and the Botanical Garden, to enrich teaching of the seventeenth-century ‘revolution’ in science and philosophy.