Karl Enenkel

Prof. dr. Karl Enenkel

Prof. dr. Karl Enenkel

Karl Enenkel is a resident KNIR fellow in the spring of 2016. During his stay at the KNIR he will work, together with Konrad Ottenheym, on the completion of a book summarizing the results of the KNAW-funded project The Quest for an Appropriate Past. They will also teach a Masterclass on this same topic and organise other activities related to this project.

Karl Enenkel (1959) is since 2010 Professor of Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin at the University of Münster (Germany). Previously he was Professor of Neo-Latin at Leiden University (Netherlands). In 2008 is was elected a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is principal investigator of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion und Politik” and director of the Seminar für Lateinische Philologie des Mittelalters und der Neuzeit at the University of Münster. He is member of the board of, among others, the “Conseil international pour l’édition des oeuvres complètes d’Erasme”, Humanistica Lovaniensia, and Imago Figurata. He has founded the international series Intersections. Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Modern Culture (Brill); Proteus. Studies in Early Modern Identity Formation; Speculum Sanitatis: Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Medical Culture (500-1800) (both Brepols), and Scientia universalis. Studien und Texteditionen zur Wissensgeschichte der Vormoderne (LIT-Verlag).

Enenkel is a specialist in early modern intellectual culture, early modern humanism (ideology, politics and religion; authorship etc.), the history of scholarship and science, Neo-Latin literature, emblematics, word and image relationships, and the reception of antiquity. Among others, he has written monographs on Petrarch, Neo-Latin autobiography, and early modern authorship. He has (co)organized some fifteen international conferences, among others ‘The Authority of the Word. Reflecting on Image and Text in Northern Europe, 1400–1800’ (Atlanta, Emory University, 2009), ‘Ideological Discourses in Latin Literature’ (Leiden, 2009); ‘Friends and Foes of the Poet Laureate: Petrarch and his Readers in the Renaissance’ (2004); ‘The Neo-Latin Epigram: Towards the Definition of a Genre’ (Rome, 2006); ‘Commentaries and the Management of Knowledge in the late Middle Ages and the early modern Period (1300–1700)’ (Amsterdam, 2010); and ‘Jesuit Image Theory’ (Münster, 2014).


Recent publications include:

Die Stiftung von Autorschaft in der neulateinischen Literatur (ca. 1350–ca. 1650). Zur autorisierenden und wissensvermittelnden Funktion von Widmungen, Vorworttexten, Autorporträts und Dedikationsbildern, Leiden – Boston 2015

Discourses of Anger in the Early Modern Period (eds K. Enenkel, A. Traninger), Leiden – Boston 2015

Ioannes de Certaldo. Beiträge zu Boccaccios lateinischen Werken und ihrer Wirkung (eds. K. Enenkel, T. Leuke, C. Pieper), Hildesheim – Zurich – New York 2015

Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Congreess of Neo-Latin Studies (Münster 2012) (eds A. Steiner-Weber, K. Enenkel), Leiden – Boston 2015

“The Species and Beyond: Classification and the Place of Hybrids in Early Modern Zoology”; “Intersections of Science, Theology, Philology, and Political and Religious Education”, and „Die antike Vorgeschichte der Verankerung der Naturgeschichte in Politik und Religion: Plinius’ Zoologie und der römische Imperialismus”, in Zoology in Early Modern Culture. Intersections of Science, Theology, Philology and Political and Religious Education (eds. K. Enenkel, P.J. Smith), Leiden – Boston 2014, pp. 1-148.

“Illustrations as Commentary and Readers’ Guidance. The Transformation of Cicero’s De Officiis into a German Emblem Book by Johann von Schwarzenberg, Heinrich Steiner and Christian Egenolff (1517-1520; 1530/1; 1550)”, in:  K.A.E. Enenkel (ed.), Transformations of the Classics via Early modern Commentaries, Leiden – Boston 2013, pp. 167-260

Die Vita als Vermittlerin von Wissenschaft und Werk. Form- und Funktionsanalytische Untersuchungen zu frühneuzeitlichen Biographien von Gelehrten, Wissenschaftlern, Schriftstellern und Künstlern, eds. K. Enenkel, C. Zittel, Münster 2013

The Reception of Erasmus in the Early Modern Period (ed. K. Enenkel), Leiden-Boston 2013

Commentaries and the Management of Knowledge in the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period (1300–1700) (eds K. Enenkel, H. Nellen), Leuven, 2013

Discourses of Power. Ideology and Politics in Neo-Latin Literature (eds K. Enenkel, M. Laureys, C. Pieper) Hildesheim – Zurich – New York 2012

The Authority of the Word: Reflecting on Image and Text in Northern Europe, 1400-1700 (eds C. Brusati, K. Enenkel, W. Melion), Leiden–Boston 2011