Amsterdam, 02 May 2017

ACRH Seminar #6 : James Eglinton over de biografie van Herman Bavinck

Why write a new biographical account of a religious figure whose life has already been chronicled by several earlier biographers? This question is central to my current monograph project, which is a new account of the life and times of the neo-Calvinist theologian Herman Bavinck (1854-1921). In this lecture, I will discuss both the reasons for this project, and the challenges (both methodological and practical) involved. I will also explore why the development of digital humanities research has opened up exciting possibilities for biographers working on late modern religious figures: in my case, it led to the discovery - amongst other things - of an autobiographical account by Bavinck himself that was previously unknown to scholarship.

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