Paul Michael Kurtz

Paul Michael Kurtz is Associate Research Professor in History of Science at Ghent University and PI of the ERC project PhiSci: Philology as Science in Nineteenth-Century Europe. Before coming to Ghent, first as a research fellow of the Flemish Research Council, he was a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Cambridge and Queens’ College and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Göttingen, where he earned his PhD in History.

As an intellectual, cultural, and religious historian, Paul traces the production and circulation of knowledge about the ancient past in and between Europe and the Middle East over the 19th and 20th centuries. With his early work, he focused on learned practices and the nationalist, political, and theological forces that shaped representations of early Judaism in the German Empire, especially in biblical, classical, and oriental studies. His latest research examines philology as the premier science of Europe in the long 19th century, with a concentration on the networks, media and infrastructure involved in collecting, processing, and reproducing ancient and medieval texts from around the globe. This approach expands traditional work on the history of the humanities by combining an understanding of global and colonial history, media theory, and history of science.

Paul’s articles have appeared in Critical Inquiry, History & Theory, Central European History, and Harvard Theological Review. His first book was published by Mohr Siebeck in 2018.