Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Newsletter mid-December 2016


News ASH community

Vacancy: PhD Candidate in Medieval History

ASH currently has a vacant PhD position as part of the NWO-funded project Imagining a territory. Constructions and representations of late medieval Brabant, led by dr. Mario Damen. The deadline is
20 December 2016.

Read more on the ASH website.

ASH call for nominations | NWO PhDs in the Humanities

The Regieorgaan Geesteswetenschappen and NWO have announced that they will continue the PhDs in the Humanities programme in 2017. The UvA can submit six applications to NWO to compete in this round. To this end, a Faculty pre-selection will take place. Download the faculty preselection procedure here

ASH can nominate a total of six candidates for the Faculty pre-selection. 

ASH invites researchers to nominate applications for the PhDs in the Humanities 2017 competition. Applications can be submitted to until 5 January 2017, 11.00 am (CET), at the latest. For more details on the ASH nomination procedure, please contact the ASH office.

Call for applications | PhD Finishing Fellowhips

The Faculty of Humanities invites applications for 0.5 FTE PhD Finishing Fellowships, tenable from January 1, 2018. 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 deadline is 1 October 2017.

More information on the AIHR website

Niek Pas on François Fillon

After Fillon won the primary to be the French right presidential candidate, Niek Pas commentated on Fillon in several Dutch news outlets:

Nieuwsuur 27 December (min. 22:35 - 28:16)
NOS Met het Oog Op Morgen 27 December
BNR Nieuwradio ‘De Ochtendspits’ 28 December

Willem Melching in NYT about Stasi art

A Stasi art piece will go on sale in Miami for 21.4 million USD and Willem Melching questions the asking price for the work in the New York Times

New publication Gabri van Tussenbroek

Het gebouw als bewijs. Het bouwhistorische verhaal achter erfgoed van Ronald Stenvert en Gabri van Tussenbroek  is uitgegeven in samenwerking met Stichting Bouwhistorie Nederland en is verschenen bij Uitgeverij Matrijs. Het gebouw als bewijs vertelt het verhaal achter het gebouwde erfgoed. Om te onderstrepen hoe belangrijk onze gebouwde omgeving voor ons is, om te laten zien hoe rijk en veelzijdig die is. En om te inspireren. Onze beleving van erfgoed is nooit klaar.

Bestel hier een exemplaar

Crowdfunding campaign successful

Sanne Frequin has reached her goal for bishop Gwijde’s tomb that enables her to make a much needed 3D scan of the monument.

Sanne will hold a lecture about tomb on Wednesday 7 December, 20.00 Tielezaal, Drift 27 in Utrecht. News about her campaign was also shared by

Call for Papers: Gothic Modernisms

The conference ‘Gothic Modernisms’ forms the culminating event in a trilogy of conferences investigating the modern and modernist reception of Northern medieval and Renaissance masters in Europe, beginning with ‘Primitive Renaissances’ (National Gallery, London: 2014) and continuing with ‘Visions of the North’ (Compton Verney Museum, UK: 2016). This conference will take place at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, on 29 and 30 June 2017.

Read more on the ASH website.

Pure has replaced Metis

Pure has now replaced Metis as registration system for research output and activities. With Pure it is no longer necessary to fill in the code of your research school while registering a new record. Also, if your research output is available from an online resource that Pure has access to, e.g. Scopus, you can import your research output from this source directly.

Log in with your UvAnet ID on the Pure website. A support page is available. For further questions please email Charlotte Faber or René Does at They will continue to be the contacts for the Faculty of Humanities.

Upcoming events

CREATE Digital History Workshop miniseries on Network Analysis

Gephi, the popular software for Network Analysis
14 December 15.00-17.00 Mediastudies E-Lab room 0.16
This session about Gephi will be led by Anne Helmond and Fernando van der Vlist (New Media & Digital Culture, UvA). They will discuss different use case scenarios of the Network Analysis software, based on examples from Helmond's research into the historical development of the Dutch blogosphere and tracker networks. Together they have prepared a hands-on workshop that will allow us to continue and explore the functionalities of the Gephi in further depth. Prepared datasets to work with will be provided Please install the Gephi software in advance.

Register by email (unregistering no later than two days in advance of the workshop). Reading materials will be provided upon registration.

Golden Age Colloquium Aristotle with a Bust of Homer by Rembrandt

14 December 15.30-17.00 BH/OIH VOC room

Lecture by by prof. dr. Jürgen Müller (Technical University Dresden). ‘So The Soul Is As The Hand’ - A New Interpretation of Rembrandt's ‘Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer’

After having presented a critical assessment of the existing interpretations the lecture endeavours to answer two questions. First: Is there any literary source to identify the represented person? Second: What kind of narrative can we find in the picture? Finally In opposition to Liedtke I will argue that Rembrandt refuses to answer the question regarding the superiority of sight over touch but aims instead to show that the hand is a mediator between all the senses as Aristotle wrote in De anima.

Valedictory lecture Evelien Gans

15 December 16.00 Aula

The importance of a Jewish perspective
There isn't one, central Jewish perspective, argues Evelien Gans in her valedictory lecture. She takes Dutch Jew, journalist, writer and phenomenon Ischa Meijer (1943-1995) as an example illustrating how the field of Modern Jewish History contains a multitude of different perspectives and themes that both complement and contradict each other.

E. Gans, bijzonder hoogleraar Hedendaags Jodendom, zijn geschiedenis en cultuur: Het Belang van een Joods Perspectief. ‘Van Dale: wat is een jood: in kort geding: een man die vlak voor zijn dood naar Polen ging’ (Ischa Meijer, Opstel 1961).

Onthullingen over een mysterieuze meester: Hercules Segers

15 December 17.30 Amsterdamse Academische Club (AAC)

Schilder en etser Hercules Segers heeft onder kunstenaars en liefhebbers een bijna mythische status, maar bij een breder publiek is hij vrijwel onbekend. Twee conservatoren van het Rijksmuseum, Huigen Leeflang en Pieter Roelofs, deden uitgebreid onderzoek naar Segers en stelden een tentoonstelling samen.

Amsterdamse Academische Club organiseert een lezingenavond met conservatoren Huigen Leeflang en Pieter Roelofs. De avond zal worden geleid door Machteld Löwensteyn (PhD ASH).

Grant news and upcoming deadlines

UvA FGw Aspasia Fund - Replacement grants

12 January 2017 - Deadline for applications


NWO Doctoral grants for teachers

24 January 2017 - Deadline for applications

Vossius Fund for Research Fellows

Vossius Fund for the History of the University of Amsterdam
Researchers working in the field of the History of Humanities and Science can apply for funding from two different Vossius schemes.

NWO Internationalisation in the Humanities

2 March 2017 - Deadline for applications


NWO Vici for senior researchers

March 2017 - Deadline for pre-proposals


Cutting Edge Research Fund

The UvA Faculty of Humanities offers a new funding scheme that fosters international collaboration aimed at innovative, cutting edge research. Applications are invited for two types of grants: 1. Network Grants and 2. Research Fellowships.
Applications can be submitted continuously until 1 May 2017.


The Ertegun Scholarship Programme

Candidates for academic year 2017-2018 should be applying to start a new full-time graduate course at Oxford (applications open September 1st, 2016).


More news and deadlines at the ASH website Research funding opportunies
News items or event announcements can be sent to, using the following form.
Copyright © 2016 Amsterdam School of Historical Studies, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you are a member of ASH.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp