Hotson, Professor Howard


Howard Hotson

Professor of Early Modern Intellectual History

Tutor in History

Governing Body

Early modern history, 1400-1700

Course Highlights

Since 2009 I have directed the project known as Cultures of Knowledge: Networking the Republic of Letters, 1550-1750, which has experimented with creating the conditions in which scholars, projects, repositories, and publishers collaborate in populating a digital union catalogue of early modern correspondence, Early Modern Letters Online.

Professor Howard Hotson studied in the University of Toronto (Trinity College, BA, MA) and Corpus Christi College, Oxford (DPhil) before holding research fellowships at the Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz; Brasenose College, Oxford; Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel; Max-Planck-Institute für Geschichte, Göttingen; William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA; and British Academy (Research Readership). Before joining St Anne’s in 2005, he taught at the University of Aberdeen.

His teaching interests range throughout the early modern period, including the Renaissance, Reformation, and early modern art, science, and technology. His research interest initially focused on the gradually expanding reform movements of central Europe during the post-Reformation period. More recently, he has been drawn into the application of digital technology to teaching and research.

He directs the collaborative research project, Cultures of Knowledge: Networking the Republic of Letters, 1550-1750, which has created Early Modern Letters Online; chaired COST Action IS 1310 Reassembling the Republic of Letters, 1500-1800, which is designing ‘a digital framework for multi-lateral collaboration on Europe’s intellectual history’; and is one of the architects of the Cabinet project in Oxford, which is developing digital infrastructure for teaching with objects and images.


Book: Hotson, H., and Wallnig, T. (eds.), Reassembling the Republic of Letters in the Digital Age: Standards, Systems, Scholarship (Göttingen: Göttingen University Press, 2019):

Journal article: Hotson, H. ‘Catchment Areas and Killing Fields: Towards an Intellectual Geography of the Thirty Years’ War’, Knowledge and Space, 12 [= P. Meusburger, M. Heffernan, and L. Suarsana, eds, Geographies of the University, Dordrecht: Springer] (2018), 135-192:

Book chapter: Hotson, H. ‘Via lucis in tenebras: Comenius as Prophet of the Age of Light’, in A. M. Matytsin and D. Edelstein, eds, Let There Be Enlightenment: The Religious and Mystical Sources of Rationality (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2018), 23-61.

Book chapter: Hotson, H. ‘Leibniz’s Network’, in M. R. Antognazza, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Leibniz (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), 563-90. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199744725.013.35.

Book chapter: Hotson, H. ‘Outsiders, Dissenters, and Competing Visions of Reform, in U. Rublack, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Protestant Reformations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 301-28. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199646920.013.33.