Camps, Celine

Field: Early Modern; Advisor: Smith; Year: 2018

Celine Camps is a PhD student in the early modern history of science. Her research interests revolve around early modern artisanal culture and values and the ways in which these influenced not only the interpersonal relationships artisans had with other historical actors, but also what knowledge they communicated and how.


Camps graduated cum laude from Maastricht University with a B.A. in Arts and Culture. She obtained her M.A. degree (cum laude) in the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and Humanities from Utrecht University. In her thesis, written under supervision of Professor Sven Dupré at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Camps explored the attempts of the natural philosopher Christiaan Huygens to obtain knowledge about lens making through a network of correspondents, using research she did while interning at the Huygens Institute (Royal Netherlands Academy for the Arts and Sciences) in The Hague. In her analysis of Huygens’ correspondence, Camps combined approaches taken from the history of science, the social sciences (sociology, anthropology, ethnomethodology) and philosophy.

In 2014, Camps was granted a research stipend by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science to further investigate the themes central to and underpinning her Master’s thesis.

Since 2016, she is a participant in Professor Pamela Smith’s Making and Knowing Project at Columbia University, as part of which she has helped transcribe and assists in the preparation of a critical digital edition of an anonymous sixteenth-century French manuscript.