Dr. Wietse de Boer

Contact Information

History Department
Room 274 Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
513 529 5146
Office hours:  M 2:45-3:45, R 11:00-12:00, and by appointment
Wietse de Boer
Title: 

Professor of History; Chair, Department of History; Affiliate of the Department of Comparative Religion

Education: 

PhD 1995, Erasmus University Rotterdam

MA, University of Amsterdam

BA, University of Amsterdam

Teaching and Research Interests: 
  • Renaissance Europe
  • Reformation Europe
  • Italian cultural history
Courses Recently Taught: 
  • HST 121 Western Civilization
  • HST/REL 316 Age of the Reformation
  • HST 317  Dutch Golden Age, 1550-1800
  • HST 328 Italy: Machiavelli to Mussolini
  • HST 400 Senior Capstone: Renaissance Diaries
  • HST 453/553 Italian Counter-Reformation
  • HST 670 Graduate Colloquium: Religion and Society in Early Modern Europe
  • HST 602 History and Theories
Selected Publications: 
  • (co-edited with Karl A.E. Enenkel and Walter S. Melion), Jesuit Image Theory, Intersections 45, Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2016.
  • (co-edited with Annette Kern-Stähler and Beatrix Busse), The Five Senses in Medieval and Early Modern England, Intersections 44, Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2016.
  • (co-edited with Giuseppe Marcocci, Aliocha Maldavsky and Ilaria Pavan), Space and Conversion in Global Perspective, Intersections 35, Leiden-Boston: Brill 2014.
  • "The Counter-Reformation of the Senses," Ashgate Research Companion to the Counter-Reformation, ed. Mary Laven, Alexandra Bamji, and Geert Janssen (Farnham, UK:  Ashgate, 2013), 243-60.
  • "A Neapolitan Heaven: The Moral Universe of G.B. Giustiniani," in De Boer and Göttler (eds.), Religion and the Senses [see below], 363-91.
  • (co-edited with Christine Göttler), Religion and the Senses in Early Modern Europe, Intersections 26.  Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2013.
  • "Nacchianti, Jacopo," Dizionario biografico degli Italiani (Rome: Instituto del'Enciclopedia Italiana), 77 (2012), 655-58.
  • "A proposito di un documento-reliquia: Carlo Borromeo e la pratica della santita," Studia Borromaica 25 (2011), 459-76.
  • "Moments of Truth: Castiglione, the Sack of Rome, and the Counter-Reformation."  In Per Adriano Prosperi, vol. 1, La fede degli italiani, ed. Pierroberto Scaramella, Adelisa Malena, Guido Dall'Olio, Pisa: Edizioni della Normale (2011), pp. 333-352.
  • "Invisible Contemplation: A Paradox in the Spiritual Exercises."  In Meditatio--Refashioning the Self. Theory and Practice in Late Medieval and Early Modern Intellectual Culture, ed. Karl Enenkel and Walter Melion, Intersections, vol. 17. Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2011, pp. 235-56.
  • Soldati in terra straniera. La fede tra Inquisizione e ragion di Stato," Studia Borromaica 23 (2009), 365-89.
  • "An Uneasy Reunion: The Catholic World in Reformation Studies." Archiv fur Reformationsgeschichte/ Archive for Reformation History 100 (2009), 366-87.
  • “At Heresy’s Door: Borromeo, Penance and Religious Boundaries in Early Modern Europe,” A New History of Penance, ed. Abigail Firey, Brill, 2008
  • “Spirits of Love: Castiglione and Neoplatonic Discourses of Vision.” In Spirits Unseen: The Representation of Subtle Bodies in Early Modern European Culture, ed. Christine Göttler and Wolfgang Neuber, Intersections. Yearbook for Early Modern Studies 9 (2007), 121-40.
  • “Nobility Contested: Notes on the Expurgation of Castiglione’s Cortegiano.”  In Chiesa cattolica e mondo moderno. Scritti in onore di Paolo Prodi, ed. Adriano Prosperi, Pierangelo Schiera, and Gabriella Zarri.  Bologna: il Mulino, 2007, 65-84.
  • The Conquest of the Soul: Confession, Discipline, and Public Order in Counter-Reformation Milan, Studies in Medieval and Reformation Thought, Brill, 2001
  • (edited and introduced), Johan Huizinga, Le immagini della storia. Scritti 1905-1941 [History and Its Images: Essays, 1905-41], Einaudi, 1993
Selected Grants and Awards: 
  • Visiting Professorship, The Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, 2009
  • Rome Prize Fellowship, American Academy in Rome, 2002-03
  • Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2002-03
  • Lehman Postdoctoral Fellowship, Villa I Tatti, Florence, 1996-97
Work in Progress: 

Dr. De Boer teaches courses on Renaissance and Reformation Europe, as well as the graduate course on Theories of History. He has two book projects in progress. Castiglione and the Crisis of the Renaissance is a study of Baldassarre Castiglione (1478-1529) and his cultural milieu. The Education of the Senses: The Body, Perception and Behavior in Counter-Reformation Italy is an interdisciplinary study of the five senses in early modern culture. It investigates modes, discourses and practices of perception in connection with codes of conduct, spiritual practice, literary representation, and artistic expression.