Marcell Sebök, born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1967. Ph.D. from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Research Associate at the Department of Medieval Studies of the Central European University, Budapest.
Magyar Fellow (1 February 1998 – 30 June 1998)
During my five-month stay at NIAS I worked a good deal on my original plan. My research focussed on the intellectual interactions between Dutch and Central European scholars in the early Modern Age. For this purpose I made use of different Dutch library and archival resources, and worked with correspondences, albums, literary or artistic representations of the early-modern Republic of Letters. Besides all of this, I could dedicate a good amount of time to the revision of my Ph.D. dissertation – which is a sixteenth-century historical portrait about a Central European humanist – and to the preparation of a first draft for publication.
These written and visual resources helped me to acquire a better understanding of the everyday practices, rituals and regulations within the Republic, and helped me to envisage how this community must have functioned and to comprehend the concept that was created by its citizens.
Parallel to my regular consultations with Dutch experts in the field, I could contribute to the preliminary discussions outlining the main premises of a co-operation between NIAS and the Collegium Budapest for the near future.
A so-called study center was designed for the analysis of the early-modern Republic of Letters involving Dutch and Hungarian scholars from different fields of the humanities.
Besides all of this, I could dedicate a good amount of time to the revision of my Ph.D. dissertation – which is a sixteenth-century historical portrait about a Central European humanist – and to the preparation of a first draft for publication