Dr Lisa Kattenberg
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). I have been a short term research fellow at the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome and the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid.
I am a historian of early modern political culture and ideas, with a special interest in the Spanish monarchy, the Low Countries and the Iberian Atlantic. My research has focused on reason of state, and I have been trying to find out how individuals negotiated the tension between political pragmatism and moral-religious principles in an empire under pressure, both in theory and in practice. I am generally interested in conflict and (intellectual) exchange within the Spanish empire, particularly the connections between the Dutch Revolt and the Chilean Arauco War. I have also worked on early modern Mediterranean captivity narratives.