Marius Buning

Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Fellows are early career scholars who are ordinarily no more than five years past the granting of the doctorate and who are financed in part or in whole by the MPIWG. These scholars carry minor responsibilities (no more than 10% of their time) within their research unit.
Department III
August 14, 2017 to October 31, 2017

Marius Buning’s research interests focus on the origins of intellectual property law; the relationship between science and technology; how experiment bears upon theory; and the part played by the early modern state in defining these respective fields. In 2013 Marius defended his PhD thesis at the European University Institute in Florence. His thesis examined the history of patent law in relation to the development of early modern science. Focusing on the Dutch Republic between 1581–1621, Marius reconstructed the legal background to the patents system, the social construction of patent procedures, and the ways in which new inventions were tested. He argued that the institution of a patent system was an integral part of early modern state formation and that it provided a distinct "working model" for how to arrive at truth claims through the use of experimental method. 

Marius was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Amsterdam (2006), a Visiting Fellow at the History of Science department of Harvard University (2010) and a student representative at the History Department of the European University Institute (2012). He has an ongoing interest in the Digital Humanities and is currently involved in Primary Sources on Copyright (1450–1900), a Cambridge-based collaborative research project to create a digital archive of primary sources on copyright. 


    Selected publications: 

    Buning, M. (2017). Promoting technical knowledge: printing privileges and technical literature in the Early Dutch Republic. In L. Hilaire-Pérez, K. Vermeir, V. Nègre, & D. Spicq (Eds.), Le livre et les techniques avant le XXe siècle: à l’échelle du monde (pp. 453-462). Paris: CNRS éditions.

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    Buning, M. (2016). Discovering inventions: a short history of inventor’s privileges. In C. Zanetti (Ed.), Janello Torriani: a Renaissance genius, Exhibition catalogue, Cremona – Museum of the Violin, Cremona, 2016, pp. 59-61. (pp. 59-61). Cremona: Comune di Cremona.

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    Buning, M. (2014). Between Imitation and Invention. Inventor Privileges and Technological Progress in the Early Dutch Republic (c. 1585–1625). Intellectual History Review, 24(3), 415-427.

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    Buning, M. (2014). Inventing scientific method: the privilege system as a model for scientific knowledge-production. Intellectual History Review, 24(1), 59-70.

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    December 2016
    Conference, "Stevin Inside Out: New Perspectives on Simon Stevin," The Stevin Centre for History of Science and Humanities, Amsterdam
    “Simon Stevin and the Logic of Invention”
    November 2016
    Workshop, "Ownership of Knowledge," MPIWG, Berlin
    “Conflicting Inventions. Privileges for Invention and the Making of Novelty”
    October 2016
    Workshop, "Figures de la propriété intellectuelle XVIe—XXe siècles," University of Geneva, Geneva
    “Making the New. Privileges for Invention and the Shaping of Originality”
    September 2016
    Conference, "Mobilising and Using Energy, from Antiquity to the Present Time," Bordeaux-Montaigne University, Bordeaux
    “’To the Benefit of the Merchant.’ Patents and Energy Efficiency in the Dutch Golden Age”
    July 2016
    Conference, "Languages of the Book," The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP), Paris
    “Privileged Languages. Printing Privileges and Translations in the Dutch Republic”
    November 2015
    Workshop, “Creating a Knowledge Society in Globalizing World, 1450–1800,” MPIWG, Berlin in Cooperation with the Staatliche Museeen zu Berlin (SMB)
    “In Their Likeness”
    June 2015
    Conference, 7th St. Andrews Annual Book Conference, "Buying and Selling," University of St Andrews
    “Privilege, Print and Profit. The Economy of Printing Privileges in the Seventeenth-century Dutch Republic”
    February 2015
    Colloquium, "Art and Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe," MPIWG, Berlin
    "Regulating the Advancement of Knowledge: Printing Privileges in the Early Dutch Republic”
    June 2014
    Conference, "Le livre et les techniques avant le XXe siècle. À l’échelle du monde," Collège de France, Paris
    “Promoting Technological Knowledge. Printing Privileges and Technological Literature in the early Dutch Republic (ca. 1581-1621)”
    June 2013
    Workshop, "Mechanisms for the Circulation of Technology in Pre-industrial Europe," European University Institute, Florence
    “Between Imitation and Invention. Inventor Privileges and Technological Progress in the Early Dutch Republic”
    November 2012
    Conference, European Society of History of Science (ESHS), Athens
    “Traveling Inventors. Practical Knowledge in European Centres of Power”
    April 2012
    Workshop, "Europe in the World," Princeton University, New Jersey
    "Invention Privileges in a Global Context. The Importance of Global Trade for the Development of a European System of Invention Privileges”
    April 2012
    Conference, "Scientiae," Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
    “Inventing Scientific Method. The Patent System as a Model for Scientific Knowledge Production”
    January 2012
    Postgraduate Conference, British Society for the History of Science (BSHS), University of Warwick
    “Proofing inventions: Privilege Drawings and Scale Modeling in the Early Modern Dutch Republic”
    November 2011
    Conference, History of Science Society (HSS) Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio
    "From Invention to Experiment. The Privilege System as a Model for Experimental Knowledge Production," panel "Scientific Laws, Legal Science"
    May 2010
    Early Sciences Working Group (ESWG), Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
    “Privileged Knowledge. Inventions, Privileges, and the Legitimization of Science”


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