Understanding the literary system of the 18th century

Contact us

  • Prof. dr. Alicia Montoya
  • Radboud University
  • Department of Romance Languages
  • P.O. Box 9103
  • 6500 HD Nijmegen
  • The Netherlands


Meet our team

Prof. dr. Alicia C. Montoya

Alicia Montoya is Principal Investigator of MEDIATE and Professor of French Literature and Culture at Radboud University, The Netherlands. She is the author of Medievalist Enlightenment: From Charles Perrault to Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Cambridge 2013), Marie-Anne Barbier et la tragédie post-classique (Paris 2007, winner of the Keetje Hodson Prize of the Royal Dutch Society for Arts and Sciences) and the co-editor of several volumes, including Early Modern Medievalisms: The Interplay between Scholarly Reflection and Artistic Production (Leiden, 2010), Women Writing Back / Writing Back Women: Transnational Perspectives from the Late Middle Ages to the Dawn of the Modern Era (Leiden, 2010) and Lumières et histoire / Enlightenment and History (Paris 2010). She is an advisory editor for Book History and for Brill's Library of the Written Word series.


Dr. Helwi Blom

Helwi Blom is a postdoctoral researcher focusing on French private library catalogues and provincial book culture. She earned her PhD in French Studies from Utrecht University. Her thesis 'Vieux Romans' et 'Grand Siècle'; éditions et réceptions de la littérature chevaleresque médiévale dans la France du dix-septième siècle focuses on questions regarding the production, distribution and consumption of books in early modern France. Helwi is also a participant in the EDPOP (The European Dimensions of Popular print) project.


Dr. Evelien Chayes

Evelien Chayes (PhD University of Amsterdam) has authored and co-edited books and published articles on early modern networks in the Veneto, intellectual exchanges in the Venetian ghetto, private libraries and the circulation of (censored) books between France, Italy and Cyprus. At the CNRS Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes in Paris she worked on the reconstruction of Michel de Montaigne's network in the Parliament of Bordeaux. She is an editorial board member of the Mediterranean Nexus 1100-1700 book series, published by Brepols. As a postdoctoral researcher in the ERC project she focuses on Italian private libraries.

Dr. Rindert Jagersma

Rindert Jagersma (PhD, University of Amsterdam) is a book historian and cataloguer, specialised in the (quantitative approach of the) book trade of Dutch Republic around 1700. In the MEDIATE project, he focuses on Dutch auction catalogues and their owners. His publications concern book ownership and private book collections in the long eighteenth century; the life and works of the Dutch pamphleteer Ericus Walten (1662-1697) and the importance of pamphleteers and booksellers in the dissemination of the radical Enlightenment; and the identification of the hitherto unknown printers of the works of Benedictus de Spinoza (1632-1677).

Dr. Juliette Reboul

Juliette Reboul is trained as a historian. She specialises in the circulation of objects, ideas and people in eighteenth-century Europe. She worked on the FBTEE project (University of Western Sydney), before joining the MEDIATE team at Radboud University in Nijmegen. In this project, she focuses on printed auction catalogues of British private libraries. Her PhD thesis examined the experiences and memories of French emigrants in the British Isles in response to the French Revolution. It has been published in Palgrave Macmillan's series 'War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850' as French Emigration to Great Britain in Response to the French Revolution.

Anna E. de Wilde, MA

Anna de Wilde participates in the MEDIATE project as a PhD student, focusing on Hebrew and Jewish books in Dutch auction catalogues. She studied History and Jewish Studies at the University of Amsterdam and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She specialized in the book culture of the Sephardic community in early modern Amsterdam. Before joining the MEDIATE team Anna worked as a researcher at Ets Haim - Livraria Montezinos, the world's oldest functioning Jewish library.

Technical development and project support

Micha Hulsbosch, MA

Micha Hulsbosch has a background in Language and Speech Technology. He is part of the Technical Support Group Humanities Lab and develops software for the Humanities research community, in particular Language research. In the MEDIATE project Micha is mainly tasked with the development of the MEDIATE database webapplication.


Joanna Rozendaal, MA

Joanna Rozendaal participates in the MEDIATE project as project assistant. She will be coordinating the transcription project, which includes harvesting, transcribing, and digitizing eighteenth century private library auction catalogues. Joanna holds an MA in Arts and Culture, specialising in Dutch Golden Age Studies, with a particular interest in Book History.


Dr. Jason Ensor

Jason Ensor (Western Sydney University) is an external advisor on the technical development and database construction for MEDIATE. At Western Sydney, he was Chief Investigator with Professor Simon Burrows on the 'Mapping Print, Charting Enlightenment' Australian Research Council Discovery Project. He publishes in the field of Australian Book History and on matters related to research impact and rethinking scholarship in the digital age. In 2015 he was Conference Director for 'Global Digital Humanities' and in 2018 he convened the SHARP congress in Sydney, Australia.