Hi, I am Sjoerd Levelt (@slevelt), earlymodernist/medievalist with particular interests in the history of the book, and the history of historiography: how did people in the late middle ages and the early modern period read and write histories?
I studied Dutch and English Medieval Studies in Amsterdam, Berkeley and Oxford, and received my PhD in Combined Historical Studies at the Warburg Institute (2010), an interdisciplinary research institute for the study of cultural history and the history of ideas. I lived in the United Kingdom for more than a decade, but this September, I started a new position as Assistant Professor at the Program in Cultures, Civilizations and Ideas (http://web2.bilkent.edu.tr/cci/) at Bilkent University, in Ankara. The Program teaches a year-long intensive course focusing on the meaning of culture, to students of the various departments of the University, for many of whom the course in obligatory. Bilkent is an English-taught university, and my students are from a wide range of departments, including computer sciences, mechanical, electrical and industrial engineering, law, archaeology, and management. This term, I teach a reading course in ancient and classical civilization, covering texts ranging from the Epic of Gilgamesh to Plato’s Republic; at the moment we are tackling Homer’s Iliad.
In 2013, working as associate research fellow on a project at the University of Exeter, but carrying out my research for the project at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, far removed from my fellow project members, I found myself without colleagues to talk through my research over coffee with, so I joined twitter.