Marius Buning

Postdoctoral Fellow - Historie
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Marius Buning received his Ph.D. in History and Civilization from the European University Institute (2013) with a dissertation on the making of a patent system in the Dutch Republic. He has held positions or fellowships at the Freie Universität Berlin, Harvard University, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS), and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. He is now a researcher in the CREATIVE IPR project, University of Oslo.

Academic interests

I am interested in the history and nature of intellectual property rights, and in the role of the state in shaping notions of scientific and technological progress.

Tags: History, Early modern history, Contemporary History, Legal History, Book History, International History, History of Science

Selected publications

‘The Art of Demonstration by Simon Stevin: Linguistic and Mathematical Innovation’, in Rethinking Stevin, Stevin Rethinking: Constructions of a Dutch Polymath, edited by Rienk Vermij, Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis, and Karel Davids (Leiden: Brill, 2020), 123-154.

‘Fashioning Cosmology: Franco Burgersdijk (1590–1635) as the Author of the Dutch Tractatus de Sphaera’, in The Authors of the Early Modern Commentaries on De Sphaera, ed. Matteo Valleriani (Berlin: Springer Nature, 2020), 359-89.

‘Stench and the City. Urban Sensescapes and Technological Innovation in the Early Modern Period’, in Knowledge and the Early Modern City: A History of Entanglements, eds. Bert de Munck and Antonella Romano (London: Routledge, 2019), 101-25.

‘Introduction: Technologies of the Law/Law as a Technology’, co-authored with Mario Biagioli, History of Science, 58 (2019): 3-18.

‘Making Things New: Invention Privileges and the Configuration of Priority’, History of Science 58 (2019): 81-96.

‘Privileging the Common Good. The Moral Economy of Printing Privileges in the Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic’, in Buying and Selling: The Business of Books in Early Modern Europe, ed. Shanti Grahelli (Leiden: Brill, 2019), 88-108.

‘Between Imitation and Invention. Inventor Privileges and Technological Progress in the Early Dutch Republic (c. 1585–1625), Intellectual History Review 24, no. 3 (2014): 415-27.

‘Inventing Scientific Method: The Privilege System as a Model for Scientific Knowledge-Production’, Intellectual History Review 24, no. 1 (2014): 59-70.

Non-peer-reviewed chapters

‘Promoting Technical Knowledge. Printing Privileges and Technical Literature in the Early Dutch Republic’, in Le livre et les techniques avant le XXe siècle. À l’échelle du monde, edited by Liliane Hilaire-Pérez, Koen Vermeir, Valérie Nègre, and Delphine Spicq, 453-462. Paris: CNRS éditions, 2017.

Further publications (selection)

‘Reading Practices’, in Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences (New York: Springer Nature).

‘Commentary on the Privilege for the Deux-Aes Bible (1579)’, in Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), edited by Lionel Bently and Martin Kretschmer, 2018,

‘Discovering Inventions: A Short History of Inventor’s Privileges’, in Janello Torriani. A Renaissance Genius, exhibition catalogue, edited by Cristiano Zanetti, 59-61. Cremona: Fantigrafica – Museum of the Violin, 2016. Also available in Italian.

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