Dr Lisa Kattenberg
I am a historian of early modern political culture and ideas, with a special interest in the Spanish empire, the Low Countries and the Iberian Atlantic. My first book, The Power of Necessity: Reason of State in the Spanish Monarchy, c. 1590-1650 (under contract with Cambridge University Press), explores how individuals negotiated the tension between political pragmatism and moral-religious principles in an empire under pressure, both in theory and in practice. In my current research I focus on (intellectual) exchange and movement within the early modern Iberian world. I am particularly interested in the connections between the Dutch Revolt and the Chilean Arauco War, and I study conflict and interactions between the Spanish, Dutch and Mapuche. I have also worked on early modern Mediterranean captivity narratives.
I am co-convenor of the Early Modern Scholarship and Religion Seminar and, from Michaelmas 2021, of the Political Thought and Intellectual History Seminar (Series II).
I received my PhD in 2018 from the University of Amsterdam with a dissertation on reason of state in the early modern Spanish monarchy, which was awarded the Keetje Hodshon prize for best doctoral thesis in history completed at a Dutch university during the past five years. My BA was in History (University of Amsterdam), followed by a Research MA in History (University of Amsterdam) and an MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History (Queen Mary / UCL). Before coming to Cambridge, I held a two-year lectureship in early modern history at the University of Amsterdam. I have been a short term research fellow at the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome and the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid.
I lecture and supervise for Part I, Paper 16; Part II, Paper 6; and Historical Project. I have also taught early modern Spanish palaeography at graduate level.
At the University of Amsterdam I have taught several undergraduate skills courses and seminars in early modern intellectual, cultural and world history. I was also involved in undergraduate counselling, supervised BA dissertations, and co-organized postgraduate workshops and a summer school on global intellectual history.
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Gonville & Caius College, Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1TA