Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Newsletter March 2021


News ASH community

We organise online breaks in the online 'PhD Whiteboard_Coffee Corner' (Miscrosoft Teams). The next coffee moment will be held on 12 March (12.00). Who will join us? 


In the Media

Geertje Mak

In Trouw about 'child separation’ and the colonial past. 

Lia van Gemert

In Volkskrant about the discovery of an women's poetry society (18th century).

René Lugtigheid

In Folia about her PhD research

Niek Pas

On BNR Radio about the lockdown in Paris. 

Remieg Aerts


PhD defense

Nathan van Kleij

12 March 14:00 Aula - Lutherse kerk
Nathan van Kleij, ASH PhD candidate, will defend the dissertation entitled 'Beyond the Facade: Town Halls, Publicity, and Urban Society in the Fifteenth-Century Low Countries' supervised by Prof. Guy Geltner and co-supervised by Dr Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz. Read more

Upcoming events

Current Issues with Lucia Admiraal

8 March 16:00-17:30 Online

Lucia Admiraal will give the lecture ‘The Jewish Contribution to Civilization: Appropriations of a Globalizing Discourse by Jewish Writers in the Modern Middle East’ in the programme Current Issues in Religious Studies and Western Esotericism. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the lecture will be online. If you wish to receive the Zoom link, please send a email to

Bounce Back workshop to our PhD skills programme

10 March 14:00-16:30

For these difficult times we have added a Bounce Back workshop to our PhD skills programme. The Bounce Back workshop offers practical tools to boost your resilience in uncertain times. Resilience is the ability to bounce back when life is getting difficult. Especially in Covid times this is a very attractive and useful skill. This workshop is offered by Alexandra Gerny, a special Covid-19 addition to the PhDskills programme 2020-2021. | Dates 10 and 17 March 14:00 - 16:30.

Digital Vossius Seminar

15 March 16:00-18:00 Online

The topic of the next Vossius Seminar is 'Culture and descent: The ambivalence of ethnicity across the gap between the natural and the cultural sciences in the nineteenth century'. If you want to join the seminar, please send an email to with "Seminar 15 March" in the subject header. Then we will send you a zoomlink the day before the seminar. Read more

CREATE Datasprint: Connecting Performing Arts Data 

18 March 15:00-17:00 Online

Over the last two decades, a growing number of databases have been created that record historical information on the production, distribution and reception of theatre, cinema and (other) performing arts. In order to stimulate the careful documentation and conservation of such data sets, the CREATE team has recently edited a special issue of data papers in the Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The launch of this special issue forms the occasion for this datasprint.

More information on the programme will be announced soon on the CREATE website.

Grant news and upcoming deadlines

Call for Papers: Decolonising the Memories of EnslavementPhoto du Mémorial de l'Anse Caffard (Le Diamand, Martinique)  Crédit: Benaouda Lebdai

The issues of discrimination and racism are more than ever at the heart of today’s debates in Europe, America and Africa since the killing of Georges Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis. The conference 'Decolonising the Memories of Enslavement' of the Université des Antilles and Le Mans Université at Schoelcher, Martinique on 7-9 December 2021, invites contributors to envision this collective rise of humanity through the lenses of literary, artistic and sociocultural creations which will be explored in order to reconsider memorial spaces and the representations of traumatic sites. The conference proposes to address how the memories of slavery in literature and the arts should be expressed and represented differently in the present day in order to decolonise minds and mentalities. The deadline for the call for proposals is 30 March 2021. Read more

Vossius Fund for Research Fellows open for applications

Vossius Center offers funding for Research Fellows. The next deadline is 1 April 2021 for fellowships between September 2021 and June 2022. Applicants are invited to submit a proposal for obtaining a subsidy for research fellows. Read more


The Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) in Mainz awards one fellowship for a period of six to eight months for international doctoral students in the field of Digital Humanities. Application deadline: April 19, 2021, for Fellowships beginning in July 2021 or later. Read more

Prix de Paris open for applications

RFN (Réseau Franco-Néerlandais) offers funding for research to stimulate scientific knowledge about France (Prix de Paris). The next deadline is 1 May 2021. Read more

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