Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Newsletter November 2018


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ERC Synergy Grant for Gerard Wiegers

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a Synergy Grant to an international team of researchers, including prof. Gerard Wiegers, professor of Comparative Study of Religion at the Faculty of Humanities.

The project, called ‘The European Qurʾan’, will study the place of the Qurʾan in European cultural and religious history (c. 1150-1850), situating European perceptions of the Qurʾan and of Islam in the fractured religious, political and intellectual landscape of this long period. Read more

Bram Mellink and Helmer Helmers members of Amsterdam Young Academy

The two Amsterdam-based universities, the UvA and VU Amsterdam, have a new platform for talented young researchers: the Amsterdam Young Academy (AYA). The first thirty members were announced recently and ASH members Bram Mellink and Helmer Helmers are among them. Read more

Moritz Föllmer about the German Revolution 1918-19

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the the German Revolution 1918-19 Moritz Föllmer has published the article “The German Revolution of 1918-19: democratic ancestry or subjective liberation?” on the Oxford University Press blog. Read more

New book by Gabri van Tussenbroek

Recently published by Prometheus is Gabri van Tussenbroek’s new book “Amsterdam en de Nachtwacht. De mannen op het meesterwerk van Rembrandt”. Gabri van Tussenbroek tells the story of Rembrandt’s Amsterdam through the members of the shooting company, the men who are portrayed on the painting. You can read an excerpt from the book on and an interview with Gabri in Trouw (in Dutch).

Call for Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme

The Rijksmuseum welcomes international, independent research proposals which open new perspectives on the Rijksmuseum’s collection, its history and activities. The purpose of the Fellowship Programme is to encourage and support scholarly investigation, and to contribute to academic discourse while strengthening bonds between the museum and universities. Deadline is 20 January 2019 and all Fellowships will start on 1 September 2019. Read more

Keetje Hodshon Award 2019

Submission for the Keetje Hodshon Award 2019 is now open. Deadline for nominations is 1 January 2019. The grant of 12.500 euros will be awarded to a researcher in the field of Historical Studies who has obtained her/his doctoral degree in 2014 or later at a Dutch research institute or university. If you wish to nominate a candidate, please read this circular letter for more details.

Upcoming events

Golden Age Colloquium with Carrie Anderson

13 November 15:30-17:00 Bushuis, VOC room
Carrie Anderson (Middlebury College): ‘The Old Indies at the French Court: Johan Maurits’s Gift to Louis XIV’. In 1679, Prince Johan Maurits of Nassau-Siegen (1604-1679), former governor-general of Dutch Brazil, presented Louis XIV with a lavish gift that included eight tapestry cartoons, called The Old Indies. Read more

The Making of the Humanities VII

15-17 November CREA
‘The Making of the Humanities’ conference returns to Amsterdam! This is the place where the conference series started in 2008, 10 years ago. The MoH conferences are organized by the Society for the History of the Humanities and bring together scholars and historians interested in the history of a wide variety of disciplines, including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, media studies, musicology, and philology, tracing these fields from their earliest developments to the modern day. Read more

Architectural History in the Margins of Europe -session at the MOH VII

16 November 13:30-15:30 CREA Theatre room
Petra Brouwer (Architectural History UvA) and Kristina Jõekalda (Estonian Academy of Arts) are organizing the session Peripheral Historiographies: Architectural History in the Margins of Europe at the Making or the Humanities Conference VII. The session aims to critically analyze the idea of Eurocentrism in architectural history writing by taking the perspective from the inside, researching the architectural historiography of Europe’s own margins.

Contributing to the session are:
• Anna Ripatti (U. of Helsinki), The Problem of Medieval Architecture in Nineteenth-Century Finland
• Nikolaos Magouliotis (ETH Zürich), From the ‘Land of the Classics’ to the ‘Christian Orient’: The French Discovery of Greek Byzantine Architecture
• Mārtiņš Mintaurs (U. of Latvia), Contested Architectural History Writing in Latvia, Late 19th Century-1919: What to Do with the Vernacular Architecture
• Lucía C. Pérez-Moreno (Zaragoza U.), Architectural Writing in the Late Franco Regime: The Historiography of Spanish Modern Architecture (1961–1978)

Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food 2018

16 and 17 November Aula
The topic for the 2018 Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food is ‘Body and Soul : Examining the historical relation between nutrition, health and culture’. The introductory lecture will be given by David Gentilcore, professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester. Read more

Eurafrica. African perspectives, 1917-1970s

20 November 16:00-17:30 Bushuis D3.04
Dr Anne-Isabel Richard (Leiden University) will give the lecture "Eurafrica. African perspectives, 1917-1970s" in the Utrecht/Amsterdam Seminar Global Intellectual History. Read more

Art History Leiden symposium 17th century city portraits

22 November 13:30-17:00 Leiden University Library, Vossius room
With Norbert Middelkoop (ASH and Amsterdam Museum), Boudewijn Bakker (Amsterdam City Archives) and Erik Schmitz (Amsterdam City Archives). Please register at

ACUH seminar with Minke Walda

29 November 15:00-16:30 Bushuis E1.02
In the lecture "Keeping up appearances: Demolition and renewal in the towns of Holland, 1670-1830"  the spatial transformation of the towns of Holland in the long eighteenth century will be examined. By focusing on the petitions of citizens and the reaction of the municipal and after 1795 national governments, the lecture explores the assumption that both house-owners and governments developed their own spatial strategies related to the demolition practice; one in which urban decline was considered an opportunity and one of keeping up appearances. 

Minke Walda is a PhD candidate at the department of Arts and Culture at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

Grant news and upcoming deadlines

Call UvA FGw Aspasia Fund

The UvA FGw Aspasia Fund aims to support women in their career development within the Faculty of Humanities at the UvA and to expand their opportunities to conduct research. Part of the Aspasia Fund will be used for temporary release from teaching duties through the present call for applications; another part will be used for other diversity policy activities. Deadline 8 February 2019 14:00 CET. Read more

Cutting Edge Research Fund | Call for proposals reopened

As of 1 September 2018, the UvA FGw Cutting Edge Research Fund will be reopened. 

Applications can be submitted continuously until no later than 30 June 2019. Furthermore, the call’s scope has been widen for Research Fellowships, now also enabling applicants to prepare an application by a consortium in the context of the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA) and the Dutch Top Sectors. Read more

NWO Matchmaking events - Dutch National Research Agenda

Researchers who are employed at Dutch knowledge institutions can submit proposals for the organisation of matchmaking events, within one or more of the 25 routes of the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA) from the portfolio for Research and Innovation. The purpose of the Matchmaking events is to form (new) consortia across the entire knowledge chain and developing proposals for innovative research. For each initiative, a maximum of € 10,000 can be applied for. Read more

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