Dr. J.W. Buisman – History of Christianity

Position:
  • Lecturer of the History of Christianity
Expertise:
  • Early-modern religious mentalities, views of man and nature, historical theology, Enlightenment, prosopography, historical criminology


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2576
E-Mail: j.w.buisman@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, LUCSoR
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 2.02b


Dr. Jan Wim Buisman is Lecturer of the History of Christianity, with a special focus on the early modern period.

Fields of interest

As a scholar of early modern religious mentalities, Jan Wim Buisman is particularly interested in the impact of natural disasters on views of God, man, and nature, especially during the Age of Enlightenment. His current research entails a broad study of the history of the introduction of Benjamin Franklin’s lightning-rod in Europe and its important consequences for the perception of thunderstorms on a cultural, technical, ethnological, and religious level.

During recent years, a further research interest was collective biography and historical criminology.

Education

Jan Wim Buisman studied modern history in Leiden and Paris. Subsequently, he obtained his Ph.D. from Leiden University in 1993, with an interdisciplinary dissertation on the social influence of Enlightened ideas in the Dutch Republic (Tussen vroomheid en Verlichting, 2 vols., Zwolle 1992).

Selected publications


Books 

  • Jan Wim Buisman, Marjet Derks, and Peter Raedts (Eds.), Episcopacy, Authority, and Gender. Aspects of Religious Leadership in Europe, 1100-2000. Brill, Leiden/Boston 2015
  • J.W. Buisman (Ed.), Verlichting in Nederland 1650-1850. Vrede tussen rede en religie? Nijmegen 2013
  • With C. Houtman et al. (Eds.), Biografisch lexicon voor de geschiedenis van het Nederlandse protestantisme, vol. 6, Kampen 2006
  • Tussen vroomheid en Verlichting. Een cultuurhistorisch en -sociologisch onderzoek naar enkele aspecten van de Verlichting in Nederland (1755-1810), 2 vols., Zwolle 1992 (PhD Thesis)

Articles and contributions   
  • ‘Der rastlose Repetent Johannes Nicolaus Reinar (ca. 1713-1792). Eine Fallstudie zur Instrumentalisierung der christlichen Aufklärung‘, Das Achtzehnte Jahrhundert 35 (2011) 38-57
  •  ‘Unfähig zu einzig Gutem? Einige Anmerkungen zu den Veränderungen in der Anthropologie der späten niederländischen Aufklärung’, Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte 57/3 (2005) 265-272
  • 'Some considerations on the social diffusion of Enlightenment ideas in the Netherlands', in: Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century, vol. 346-348 (Oxford 1996) 354-357 (Trans­actions of the Ninth International Congress on the Enlighten­mentMünster 23-29 July 1995
  • 'Quelques aspects sociologiques de la sécularisation dans les Pays-Bas septentrionaux pendant la seconde moitié du dix-huitième siècle: une approche singulière', in: Actes du sixième congrès international des LumièresBruxelles1983 (Oxford 1983) 50-51
  • 'Het bevend Nederland. De Republiek en de aardbeving van Lissabon 1755-1756', Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis 92 (1979) 20-42 (Fibula van Dishoeck-prize 1978)

Editorial work
  • As of 2007, Jan Wim Buisman is Book Review Editor of the international journal Church History and Religious Culture. Since 2011, he is Editor-in-Chief of this journal as well (with Aza Goudriaan and Ward Holder)
  • Editor of Brill’s Studies in Church History (since 2013)   
  • Member of the Board of Editors De Achttiende Eeuw (since 2007)

 
Last Modified: 11-12-2015