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This front matter section of the book Academic Interests and Catholic Confessionalisation: The Louvain Privileges of Nomination to Ecclesiastical Benefices contains the Table of Contents, the Acknowledgements, a list of illustrations and the Prologue. In line with insights gained through recent studies that investigate the world of "Big Science" today, the book demonstrates that the financing of universities supports an academic core-business and permeates it too; that interests that we would categorise routinely as "material" prove to be less prosaic than assumed at first glance. The central argument of the book is that the privileges of nomination to ecclesiastical benefices were a constitutive element of the way in which the learned men at Louvain identified themselves and organised an environment in which their identity, role, and interests could flourish. Academics did not think of their privileges as the legal translation of particular interests.

Keywords: academic interests; Catholic confessionalisation; ecclesiastical benefices; Louvain

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