Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Newsletter June 2018


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ASH General Meeting & end of term drinksRechthoekige omlijsting met bladornamenten en bloemen voor de Zomer en medaillons met gezichten op de Plantage en de Overtoom te Amsterdam, Barent de Bakker, after Arian Doussyan, 1762 - 1804, Rijksmuseum

Please mark your calendar for the ASH General Meeting and ‘Zomerborrel’ on Monday 2 July. The General Meeting will take place in the VOC room from 16:30-17:00 followed with drinks in F1.01.

Call for ASH Valorisation award

We invite you to submit (self-)nominations of highly deserving valorisation projects for the ASH Valorisation Award (250 euros). The winner of the award will be announced during the ASH End of Term Event on Monday 2 July (17:00).
These valorisation projects should have been delivered between May 2017 and May 2018, and can range from a public lecture, newspaper article, to an exhibition or TV-appearance. Please submit your nominations no later than 15 June 2018, 11 am, to 
For previous winners, see:

New publication by Remieg Aerts

Remieg Aerts’ new book Thorbecke wil het is a biography about Johan Rudolf Thorbecke. Thorbecke wil het. Biografie van een staatsman is written with support of the KNAW Fund Staatsman Thorbecke and is presented in the Dutch Parliament on 22 May. Read more (in Dutch)

Paul Witteman interviews Remieg Aerts in Buitenhof about Thorbecke. You can watch the interview here (in Dutch).

Radio interview with Emily Hemelrijk

Emily Hemelrijk is interviewed for Radio Swammerdam about the under-representation of women in history books. She elaborates on Roman inscriptions that can shed more light on the work/ house wife position of women in the Roman Empire. Listen to the item here (in Dutch).

ASH Call for Workshop Proposals 2018

ASH invites proposals from ASH PhD candidates (at any stage of their PhD) to organise an activity (taking the form of a workshop, masterclass, etc.) that will benefit their research and help expand their network. Ideally, this activity will be organised by more than one ASH PhD candidate, but individually organised initiatives will also be supported.

The application deadline is 1 September 2018. Click here for more information.

Upcoming events

 Workshop  Workshop encryption – Getting started

7 June 15:30-17:00 REC-B2.01
The UvA Library will organize workshops on encryption and how it can be used to secure research data. During this workshop you will get a basic understanding of what encryption is and when and why (or why not) to use this method for securing your data. The workshop will be hands on, and there will be time to practice with encryption software and related software like password managers. Read more

 Conference  Women and Pilgrimage in the ancient and pre-modern world

8-9 June VOC room and Doelenzaal
Gendering sacred space: female networks, patronage and ritual experience in early Christian pilgrimage. Many of the earliest Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land were women. Their stories survive to this day, but scholars have so far not considered how their gender shaped their experiences. How did women perform pilgrimage and experience their encounters with the sacred in the Early Christian centuries? Read more

 Workshop  Convivencia Debates

13 June 9:45-17:30 Bushuis VOC room
Convivencia Debates: Issues and Methods in the Study of the History of interreligious contact in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia. 

The term Convivencia has been a contentious term in Iberian historiography used to describe the period in Muslim and Christian medieval rule when the three Abrahamic Faiths are said to have co-existed peacefully. At this workshop, organised by the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies and the Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies (NISIS), the use of the term will be discussed by several lecturers. Read more

Admission is free, but registration before 7 June (deadline extended) is obligatory. Please, write to Nanda de Groot at the Department of Religious Studies

 Colloquium  TAH colloquium: Minding Making

14 June 14:30-17:00 Ateliergebouw 1st floor - Room B
This edition of the Technical Art History Colloquium will be organised in Amsterdam by Sven Dupré and Erma Hermens. Curator, writer and historian Glenn Adamson (Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art) will give a presentation titled ‘Minding Making: Hands On Learning in the American University’. Read more

 Symposium  CREATE Salon: Amsterdam Time Machine!

14 June 15:00-17:30 Turfdraagsterpad 9 BG 1 eLab (0.16)
During the salon invited speakers will introduce their projects and we will discuss the three core elements of the Amsterdam Time Machine: urban history, historical maps & GIS, and linked open data. With Danielle van den Heuvel (ASH) and others.

 Workshop  Grasping Kairos

14-15 June University Library Potgieterzaak
This two-day workshop creates a platform for a transhistorical, interdisciplinary discussion of kairos, the idea of momentary time.

During the workshop, an international group of scholars from classics, history, literature, art history, and philosophy will offer analyses and explorations of the significance of kairos in a range of contexts. These include the development of kairos as a specifically political skill in antiquity; the female kairos of the Italian Renaissance; the essentiality of kairos to early modern English political thought; rhetorical notions of kairos in early modern English devotional literature; kairos and Christian theology; and the relationship between nature, the historical moment, and law. Read more

 Conference  Mixed Feelings

14-15 June University Library, Belle van Zuylenzaal
Mixed Feelings. Literary Hispanophilia and Hispanophobia in England and the Netherlands in the Early Modern Period and in the Nineteenth Century

The conference discusses the mixed feelings of both the English and the Dutch had towards their Spanish enemies, showing both hatred for the Spanish as well as fascination for Spanish culture in their literary writings. Read more

PhD defenses

Janna Coomans

8 June 13:00 Aula
Janna Coomans, ASH PhD candidate, will defend the dissertation entitled 'In Pursuit of a Healthy City: Sanitation and the Common Good in the Late Medieval Low Countries.' supervised by Prof. Guy Geltner. Read more

Grant news and upcoming deadlines

CfP Creative industry - Knowledge Innovation Mapping (KIEM)

The Creative Industry - KIEM programme aims to encourage and facilitate fundamental and industrial research. Researchers can apply for funding via KIEM on behalf of consortia of companies and researchers.

KIEM only finances projects involving a collaboration between at least one researcher and at least one private party. The private partner must fund part of the project (matching). The matching funds can be provided by more than one private partner. 

A KIEM application can have up to two co-applicants. Co-applicants must also be researchers employed at a NWO-accredited research institution holding a PhD.

The assessment dates for 2018 are 21 June, 6 September and 8 November. Read more

Cutting Edge Research Fund | Deadline extended

The deadline for submitting applications for the UvA FGw Cutting Edge Research Fund has been extended.

The application deadline is 30 June 2018. Click here for more information.

Call for Proposals | Research Innovation and Sustainability Fund

The Research Innovation and Sustainability (RIS) Fund enables employees to apply for temporary teaching release in order to have more time to write grant applications, or to finish one or more (substantial, strategic) publications so as to strengthen the track record significantly and qualify for a successful grant application in the near future.

In 2018 approximately ten applicants can be awarded a RIS fellowship. The next deadline for submitting applications is 1 September 2018.
Read more

Call for applications | PhD Finishing Fellowships

The Faculty of Humanities invites applications for 0.5 FTE PhD Finishing Fellowships, tenable from January 1, 2019. Each fellowship will be for a period of up to 12 months. The award holder is required to deliver a completed dissertation (defined as "dissertation submitted to the examination committee") by the end of the fellowship period.

The application deadline is 1 October 2018.
Read more
More news and deadlines at the ASH website Research funding opportunies
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