Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Newsletter mid-May 2021


News ASH community

We are organising online breaks in the online 'PhD Whiteboard_Coffee Corner' (Miscrosoft Teams). The next coffee moment will be held on 3 June (11.00). Who will join us? 

Sander Govaerts awarded Dissertatieprijs Stichting Praemium Erasmianum

Sander Govaerts has been awarded the dissertation prize Praemium Erasmianum Foundation with his dissertation entitled 'Mosasaurs. Interactions between Armies and Ecosystems in the Meuse Region, 1250-1850' supervised by Prof. Guy Geltner and Prof. Mieke Aerts. The Stichting Praemium Erasmianum prizes are awarded annually to young academics in the humanities, social sciences and law who have delivered a dissertation of particularly high quality. Read more

CfP: Slavery in the Cultural Imagination Voices of Dissent in the Neerlandophone Space, 17th-21st Century

The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH), and Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) are co-convening a two-day conference on the cultural imagination of slavery. The conference will be held on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 October 2021 at the universities of Amsterdam and Utrecht. We warmly invite contributions to this conference. If you are interested in participating, please send a title, an abstract of 250-300 words, and a short bio (under 100 words) to by 15 June 2021. Read more

New Publication: Podium van Europa

In Podium van Europa. Creativiteit en ondernemen in de Amsterdamse Schouwburg van de zeventiende eeuw vertelt Frans Blom de ontstaansgeschiedenis van de eerste schouwburg in het Nederlandse taalgebied: die van Amsterdam. Anders dan we geneigd zijn te denken, bedienden de theatermakers vanaf de opening in 1639 niet alleen de elite in de stad: de Schouwburg bood populair toneel voor een heel divers publiek. Veel van wat in de Schouwburg op de planken werd gebracht, naast werk van bekende stadgenoten, waren Nederlandstalige versies van succesnummers uit het buitenland. Lees meer

New Faces

Dylan Burns

Dylan Burns joined ASH earlier this Spring as Assistant Professor of the History of Western Esotericism in Late Antiquity.

Short bio: Born in Rochester, NY, Dylan earned his B.A. (Religion, 2003) at Reed College (Portland, OR) and his M.A. in Religious Studies from the Universiteit van Amsterdam (2004), focusing on Neoplatonism and ancient Mediterranean religion. He dove into the world of early Christianity and especially Gnosticism and the Coptic Gnostic texts discovered in 1945 near Nag Hammadi (Upper Egypt) during his doctoral studies at Yale University (Religious Studies, Ph.D., 2011). After enjoying fellowships in Copenhagen, Leipzig, and Berlin, in 2021 Dylan became Assistant Professor of the History of Esotericism in Late Antiquity at the Universiteit van Amsterdam's Center for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents. His research and teaching continue to explore the intersections of ancient Christianity, ancient Judaism, Gnosticism, Manichaeism, and later Greek philosophy, as well as their modern reception-histories. Read more

In the Media

Hugo Schalkwijk

In the Jonge Historici podcast series 'Jouw Geschiedenis Onze Zorg'. 

Frans Blom

About his new book 'Podium van Europa' in De Taalstaat and Opium Radio 4.

Vincent Kuitenbrouwer

Blog Radio about Radio in WOII for the Dutch Institute Sound and Vision.

Kristine Johanson

In the Dutch Review of Books about a new Shakespeare translation

Upcoming events

Lecture by Emilia Salvanou: Memory work in protest movements:
The case of the Greek 1960s

28 May 15:30-16:30 (online)
This academic year the University of Amsterdam hosts three Marilena Laskaridis Visiting Research Fellows in Modern Greek Studies; and each will deliver a public lecture. Dr. Emilia Salvanou will speak on 28 May about "Memory work in protest movements: The case of the Greek 1960s". Read more

Do we need to decolonize Dutch-Jewish History, and if so, how?

2 June 17:00-18:30 (online)
An online round table discussion organized by the Menasseh ben Israel Institute and moderated by Prof. Jessica Roitman, VU. If you wish to join, please send an email to with subject ‘round table’. Participants: 

Monique Alberts, Head Librarian/archivist at the Mongui Maduro Library and Museum, Curaçao 

Prof. Aviva ben Ur, University of Massachusetts Amherst, author of: Jewish Autonomy in a Slave Society: Suriname in the Atlantic World, 1651-1825 

Prof. Sina Rauschenbach, Universität Potsdam, expert on early modern Jewish History 

Dr. Bart Wallet, VU/UvA, expert on Dutch Jewish History 

N.B. The 15th International Symposium on Dutch Jewish History and Culture, ‘The imperial turn in Dutch Jewish History’, has been postponed until 4-5 October 2021.

Grant news and upcoming deadlines

Boekman Dissertatieprijs

The Boekmanstichting organises the Boekman Dissertatieprijs in collaboration with NWO for the fifth time. The best Dutch PhD research on art, culture and society will be awarded €10.000. The Boekman Dissertatieprijs aims to present PhD research on art, culture and society to a broad public. Deadline 15 September.

The Boekman Dissertation Prize, an initiative of the Boekman Foundation and NWO, is awarded once every three years to the best dissertation at a Dutch university in the working area of the Boekman Foundation. Dissertations from the year 2018 and later are eligible for the award in 2021. Read more

Prof. J.C.M. Warnsinck Fellowship 2021 open for applications

The National Maritime Museum offers funding for research to stimulate scientific knowledge about the collection. The museum has one of the largest and most notable maritime collections in the world with approximately 400,000 objects, including paintings, models of ships, navigation instruments, and maps of the world. The next deadline is 1 June 2021. Read more

FGW RIS Fund 2021 | Call for proposals

The UvA Faculty of Humanities offers the Research Innovation and Sustainability (RIS) Fund that aims at supporting staff with research time in their career development and expanding their opportunities to conduct research. Through the RIS Fund staff can 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 their track record for an upcoming grant application. Application deadline is 4 June 2021. Read more

Write your thesis, PhD proposal or conduct postdoctoral research in Rome!

The Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR) provides scholarships to early career scholars who can benefit from a research stay in the academic hub of Rome. Rome’s many international research institutes, museums and libraries offer a vibrant academic climate fore specially Archaeology, Classics,  ArtHistory, History, Anthropology, Political Science, Museology and Heritage studies - and the Humanities  and Social Sciences at large. KNIR fellowship holders form an interdisciplinary, close-knit community, engaging in field and lab work, debates, workshops and excursions. Scholarships are open to (R)MA students, (prospective) PhD students and postdocs. Depending on the career stage and plan, the KNIR facilitates research stays from 2 up to 20 weeks.

Read more about the different scholarships and grants and how to apply. 

Lira Fonds offers funding for scientific books 

For the next three years, four Dutch researchers each year will be given the opportunity to write a Dutch-language non-fiction book (grant 37,500 euros). The next deadline is 1 July 2021Read more

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