The Fading of Remembrance

Charting the process of getting forgotten within the humanities, 18th — 20th centuries: a historical network research analysis (MSCA Action 789672, October 2018 — September 2019)

This project has been financed by the EU as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Indidivual Fellowship at the Huygens Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis, part of the KNAW Humanities Cluster, Amsterdam

What this is all about: forgetting!

Why do scholars get forgotten? Why and how are those that are remembered selected? These are important questions in the history of science and learning – and barely covered so far. Yet to fade out of remembrance is the posthumous fate of the overwhelming majority of scholars. As long as we do not understand why, we only know half the story of how science, learning, and knowledge have been shaped over time. We might suppose scholarly excellence to be the key, or publicity, or well-connectedness; but none of these have been tested until now. I therefore want to uncover the hidden structures through which scholars after their death faded out of being known within the learned world. This blog captures the results of my MSCA fellowship which has been dedicated to this goal. Here you will find my progress notes, preliminary results, my related publications and presentations, and open data. Although this is no longer a running blog now, it is still a living website which will be enhanced and updated periodically. (For more information on the project goals and design see About.)


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