Withdrawal and Engagement
How to be in the world but not of the world? SOLITUDES: WITHDRAWAL AND ENGAGEMENT IN THE LONG SEVENTEENTH CENTURY examines the tension between religious withdrawal from the world and societal engagement, and pursues this tension in texts, artworks, music, buildings and artefacts. The project is funded by a Consolidator’s Grant from the European Research Council (2012, Panel SH 5: Culture and Cultural Productions). SOLITUDES will be launched in spring 2013, the project runs for fifty months.
The research project SOLITUDES grows out of a research interest in how early modern believers understand their being in the world and the ways in which this understanding is brought to the fore in texts, images, architecture, music and artefacts. The outline of the project has been defined by individual research, in situ explorations in Halle and Paris and interaction with fellow scholars from a broad range of disciplines.