Jacob M. Baum (NHC Fellow, 2021–22)

Project Title

The Deaf Shoemaker: Ability, Disability, and Daily Life in the Sixteenth Century

Texas Tech University

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Baum, Jacob M.

Fellowship Work Summary, 2021–22

Jacob M. Baum completed a draft of one chapter, and drafted substantial portions of three other chapters for the five planned chapters of his micro-historical study, tentatively titled The Deaf Shoemaker: Ability, Disability, and Daily Life in the Sixteenth Century. He wrote two articles based on research for the book: "The Idea of Deafness in Renaissance Europe," submitted and currently under peer review in Journal of the History of Ideas, and "A Vernacular Archive of Early Modern Disability: Martin Luther's Figurative Uses of Deafness," submitted and under review in German Quarterly. He also began drafting an article solicited for inclusion in a special issue of the historical journal Past and Present, based on earlier research and new research conducted during the fellowship, and tentatively titled "Blindness and Social Death in Early Modern Germany."