Johannes Trapman PhD
Johannes (Hans) Trapman (1944) has been professor of cultural history, especially intellectual history ca 1500-ca 1700 (Dr. Elie van Rijckevorsel chair) since 2005. He studied theology at Leiden and Münster (Germany), the history of Christianity being his main subject. He took his doctorate from Leiden University in 1978 with a thesis on De Summa der godliker scrifturen (1523), the first forbidden book in the Low Countries.
He published Het Land van Erasmus (1990) and Wijze Dwaasheid. Vijfhonderd jaar Lof der Zotheid in Nederland (2011), and co-edited De Hollandse jaren van Hugo de Groot (1996) and Erasmianism: Idea and Reality (1997). His articles bear upon the early Reformation, Erasmus and his influence, and religion and culture in the 19th century.
He was an analyst on foreign policy at the Ministry of General Affairs from 1975 to 1979. From 1979 to 2006 he worked on the Amsterdam edition of the Opera Omnia of Erasmus, an international project of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) which is carried out by the Huygens Institute of Netherlands History of the KNAW. He was a senior researcher at this Institute.
Hans Trapman is chairman of the Editorial Committee for the Eramus Edition, secretary of the Conseil international pour l’édition des oeuvres complètes d’Érasme, and secretary of the Erasmus of Rotterdam Society.