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Dr. Jan Waszink

Jan Waszink (1969) is assistant professor at the chair for History of Philosophy in the Faculty of Philosophy, EUR. He has published extensively on the political thought of Justus Lipsius and Hugo Grotius, their use of rhetoric in politically charged contexts, and on 16th- and 17th-century Tacitism.

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Jan Waszink studied Classics at Leiden University from 1988-1994, followed two years of graduate research in Clare College Cambridge (UK), obtaining the MPhil in European Literature in 1995. He became a junior researcher at the University of Amsterdam in 1996. He obtained the doctorate in 2002 with an edition, with translation and introduction, of Justus Lipsius's Politica. He is initiator and present chief editor of the series Bibliotheca Latinitatis Novae, a series of bilingual editions of Neo-Latin texts. He worked as a researcher and Latin translator in the translation project of the law Code of Justinian in the University of Utrecht in 2003-2006.

With a VENI-grant from the Dutch research organisation NWO, he did a research project on Hugo Grotius's history of the Dutch Revolt, the Annales et Historiae de rebus Belgicis, from 2004-2008. He was a member of the Theme Group De Iure Praedae and the Grotian concept of Rights at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) at Wassenaar in 2004-2004. He subsequently moved to Utrecht University as a post-doc researcher working on Tacitism and, while being based there, became Research Associate in the project Mapping the Latin Enlightenment of Prof. Y.A. Haskell in Perth (Australia). He is currently working on a general history of Tacitism in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Chief Publications
Justus Lipsius, Politica. Edition, Translation, Introduction by Jan Waszink. Diss. Univ. of Amsterdam 2002.

J. Lipsius, Politica. Six books of Politics or Political Instruction. Ed. with translation and introduction by Jan Waszink, Assen (Van Gorcum), 2004. Bibliotheca Latinitatis Novae.

Hugo Grotius, The Antiquity of the Batavian Republic. With the notes by Petrus Scriverius. Edited and translated by Jan Waszink et al., Assen (Van Gorcum), 2000. Bibliotheca Latinitatis Novae.

"Tacitism in Holland: Hugo Grotius' Annales et Historiae de rebus Belgicis" in Rhoda Schnur (ed.), Acta Conventus Neo-Latini Bonnensis: Proceedings of the 12th International Congress of Neo-Latin Studies (Bonn 2003). Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies vol. 315, 2006

"Tacitisme in Holland: de Annales et Historiae de rebus Belgicis van Hugo de Groot" in: De Zeventiende Eeuw 20.2 (2004), pp. 240-263

"New documents on the prohibition of Grotius'  Annales et Historiae by the Roman Index" in: Grotiana, N.S. vol. 24-25 (2003-2004), pp. 77-138

M. van der Poel and J. Waszink, "Tacitismus" in: Historisches Wörterbuch der Rhetorik, ed. G. Ueding, vol. 9, Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, col. 1113-1123

"Shifting Tacitisms. Style and Composition in Grotius’s Annales", in: Grotiana NS vol. 29 (2008; Proceedings of the International Symposium Grotius, Tacitus and the Annales et Historiae de rebus Belgicis (1612). The Imitation of Language and Style, RU Nijmegen 19 January 2007, ed. J. Waszink), pp. 85-132.