About the Scaliger Institute

The Scaliger Institute, founded in 2000, is a special centre for the study and use of the Special Collections of Leiden University.

Scaliger

The Institute is named after the humanist Josephus Justus Scaliger (1540-1609), one of the most learned men of his day. In 1593, Scaliger accepted an offer to come and work at the newly founded Leiden University without any formal obligations to engage in university teaching, but with the promise of a substantial annual salary. By 1600, he had become the centre of the young university, attracting students and scholars from all over Europe. Among his pupils, were promising students such as Daniel Heinsius and Hugo Grotius. Scaliger left a substantial part of his library to the University Library. Until today, his donation substitutes the core of the collection of Leiden University Library.


Objective

Founded by Leiden University Library and the Faculties of Arts, Theology and Philosophy (now the Faculty of Humanities) on the occasion of the 425th anniversary of Leiden University in June 2000, the Scaliger Institute aims to stimulate and facilitate the use of the Special Collections of Leiden University Library in both teaching and research. To this purpose, the Institute offers favourable working conditions and expertise, organizes conferences, master classes, special courses and lectures, among which the Scaliger Lectures, given by the Scaliger professor and other prominent scholars. Furthermore, the Scaliger Institute hosts a fellowship programme for visiting scholars. The objective is that through teaching, in close co-operation with the Leiden faculty departments, by means of lectures, courses, masterclasses or otherwise bringing students in to contact with the wealth and diversity of the Special Collections. An annual winter school is a special part of the educational programme.


Financing

Until the beginning of 2005, the Scaliger Institute was jointly financed by the Campaign for Leiden -the fund-raising organisation of Leiden University-, Leids Universiteits Fonds (LUF), and the University Library, with additional support from various other sponsors. In the period 2006-2009, the Scaliger Institute will be financed by the Executive Board of Leiden University. Another important fund is the tri-annual subsidy granted by publishing house Brill, which facilitates the appointment of a so-called Brill fellow.


Activities

The Scaliger Institute is involved in various activities and projects:

  • Clusius project
  • Publishing of the correspondence of Justus Lipsius and Josephus Justus Scaliger
  • Music books in the University Library
  • Modernisation in the Protestantism of the 19th century
  • New Art (Nieuwe Kunst
  • The arts of learning

The arts of learning

Founded by Leiden University Library and the Faculties of Arts, Theology and Philosophy (now the Faculty of Humanities) on the occasion of the 425th anniversary of Leiden University in June 2000, the Scaliger Institute aims to stimulate and facilitate the use of the Special Collections of Leiden University Library in both teaching and research. To this purpose, numerous initiatives have been developed such as conferences, masterclasses, special courses and lecture cycles, fellowships, a chair, rotating professorship and seminars. These activities are accomodated in the general programme The arts of learning. In choosing a co-ordinating theme the institute strives to increase the coherence of research around the Special Collections. Expectations are that the activities of the Scaliger Institute will mutually strengthen each other, which will lead to increased allure to scientists and students. The added value of a broad theme is that the individual projects -within the diverse fields that the Special Collections covers- can be placed in a useful context. This enables new insights that transcend the traditional disciplines, provided that teaching and research remain the focal points both in the University Library as well as in the participating Faculty of Humanities. The Scaliger Institute will keep its focus on The arts of learning. The history of scholarship, religion and art in the collections of Leiden University Library (Bronnen van kennis. De geschiedenis van geleerdheid, geloof en kunst in de collecties van de Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden).

Last Modified: 15-06-2010