Dr Christa Lundberg

Junior Research Fellow, St Catharine's College
Christa Lundberg

I am a Junior Research Fellow at St Catharine's College working on early modern books, knowledge, and scholarly institutions. I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2021. My thesis deals with the religious scholarship of French humanists and the debates about theological competence in the Reformation era. I am now writing a book with the working title Religious Scholarship in Renaissance Paris: How Printing Changed Theology.

Before coming to Cambridge I earned my BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and a master's degree from the Warburg Institute. I have also studied book history at ENSSIB in Lyon and post-Classical Latin at UCLA.

My PhD thesis, 'Apostolic theology and humanism at the University of Paris, 1490–1540' was concerned with the religious scholarship of Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples and his circle. I argued that ideas about early Christianity shaped their opposition against the Parisian Faculty of Theology and motivated the project of publishing a different theological curriculum. In this way, the thesis contributes a missing piece to the complex history of the effects of humanist educational practices on the religious landscape of early modern Europe.

In 2022–23, I am contributing to 'The Politics of Knowledge from the Late Renaissance to the Early Enlightenment' (Part 2 Paper 17) as a lecturer and supervisor. I also supervise the Outline paper 'Europe in the World, ca 1450-1780'.

In 2019–20, I was a graduate teaching assistant for the Part IA History and Politics paper: Evidence and Argument.

I also supervise Part I History paper 19: History of Political Thought to c.1700.

‘Contesting originality: Jacob Thomasius’s catalogue of plagiarists (1673)’ delivered at the conference Contesting Authenticity in Literature, 1200-1700 in London in March 2023.

‘How Printing Changed Theology: Publishing the Greek Fathers in Renaissance Paris’ delivered in the Political Thought and Intellectual History Women’s lunches in Cambridge in November 2022.

‘Lefèvre’s John of Damascus (1507) and the contested significance of the Greek Fathers in early sixteenth-century Paris’ delivered at the conference Editing, Translating, and Interpreting the Greek Fathers in the French-Speaking Regions of Europe (14501650) in Geneva in November 2022.

‘Paris vs. Basel (a prequel): the patristic editions of Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples and his circle’ delivered at the Cambridge Seminar in Early Modern Scholarship and Religion in March 2022.

‘Apostolic Theology and Humanism at the University of Paris, 1490–1540’ delivered at the Research Colloquium of the Institute for European History in Mainz in May 2021.    

‘Guillaume Budé and the Post-Apostolic career of ps.-Dionysius the Areopagite’ delivered at the conference The Patristic Legacy in Early Modern Culture in Cambridge in September 2019.


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‘The Making of a Philosopher: The Contemplative Letters of Charles de Bovelles’. Journal of the History of Ideas 82, no. 2 (2021): 185–205.

‘Humanists and Scholastics in early sixteenth–century Paris: New Sources from the Faculty of Theology,’ Intellectual History Review, published open access in December 2022. Read here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17496977.2022.2152996.
‘Epistemic hierarchies and historical actors: Reframing Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples,’ in Knowledge Actors: Revisiting Agency in the History of Knowledge, edited by Johan Östling, David Larsson Heidenblad & Anna Nilsson Hammar, 67–81. Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2023. Feel free to contact me for a PDF.