Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Newsletter April 2018


News ASH community

Harry J. Kraaij new contributor of

On irregular basis ASH PhD candidate Harry J. Kraaij is going to write several articles for this multidisciplinary platform. His first weblog - on cats, families, art history and society - has just been published and can now be read on the website.
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KNAW-Hendrik Muller Zomerseminar

From 18 until 21 June 2018 the tenth KNAW-Hendrik Muller Zomerseminar will take place in Amsterdam. This seminar is an interactive masterclass for MA students, recently graduated people and PhD candidates who work within the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences. This year the theme will be 'the Robothumanist'.

The application deadline is 15 April 2018. Click here for more information (in Dutch).

Invitation to nominate candidates for the 2018 Niels Stensen Fellowship

The Niels Stensen Fellowship Committee is looking to support young postdoctoral researchers who have shown outstanding ability in research and knowledge transfer. The fellowship enables them to gain experience at a university or institute abroad, and it will finance the costs of travel, accommodation and living expenses incurred abroad. Each candidate is required to be nominated by two professors at Dutch universities or research institutes.

The deadline for nominations is 1 May 2018. Click here for more information.

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.

Possibility for PhD candidates to set up a tutorial group

Because GSH PhD candidates may need to train very different and specific research skills, it is not feasible to include the broad variety of these skills in the GSH skills training programme. That is why The Graduate School has set up a system of small scale research tutorials under the supervision of faculty experts.

Five or six participants can set up a tutorial group to train specialist skills they need for their research projects, e.g. quantitative analysis of corpus data, interview techniques, digital ethnography. Because of the small scale set-up, the tutorials will be highly interactive and because the PhD candidates themselves are involved in the programme, the expectation is that the tutorials will be an efficient way of sharing specialist knowledge and skills.
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Upcoming events

Lecture 'Cultures of Capitalism in Weimar and Nazi Germany' with Moritz Föllmer

4 April 16:00-18:00, Bushuis (E1.01E)
The Mordern History Research Group invites everybody warmly to attend this talk. It will be followed by drinks.


CREATE Salon 'Heterogeneous archives'

5 April 15:00-17:00, BG1 (eLab (0.16))
Sofia Ares Oliveiro will discuss the variety of historical documents in the Venci Time Machine project. Christian Oleson and Ivan Kisjes will share their experience working on EYE's Jean Desmet Collection. Read more

Histories of the Islam in the Netherlands and Flanders until 1955

5 & 6 April, KADOC Leuven
Within the field of Islam studies in the Netherlands and Flanders, nowadays a lot of attention is been paid to present-day manifestations of Islam. The historical role of Islam in this region, however, has been given too little attention. In this seminar researchers from the Netherlands and Flanders will meet in preparation to a book about this subject. NB: This event will be in Dutch. Read more

SURF Research Bootcamp

10 April 9:00-18:00, Wibauthuis (Amstelcampus)
At this Boot Camp, researchers can find out about particular SURF services that can boost her or his research. For PhD students, postdocs, other researchers and research support staff from all disciplines. Read more

NRC presents: De overspannen universiteit

10 April 20:00, Pakhuis De Zwijger
Debate night about the so-called 'rendementsdenken' within Dutch universities. NB: This event will be in Dutch. Read more

Horizonlezing by Gerda Jansen Hendriks

11 April 17:00-18:30, Spui25
Gerda Jansen Hendriks, editor of the tv show Andere Tijden, is going to talk about hope, sacrifice and resistance during the Japanese occupation of the former Dutch East Indies. NB: This event will be in Dutch. Read more

Historisch Café

11 April 20:00, P96
On this evening, Caro Verbeek (art and smell historian) is going to talk about the importance and use of the 'lower senses' in historical research. The second speaker is Bram van der Hout, who is going to dive into the relationship between videogames and history. NB: This event will be in Dutch. Read more

Materials and Materiality in Art History

12 April 15:00-17:00, Drift 21 (Room Sweelinck-zaal 0.05), Utrecht
The new edition of the monthly Technical Art History Colloquium is dedicated to 'Materials & Materiality in Art History'. Two presentations will be held: 'Casting New Light on Old Bronzes: Matters of Interpretation', by Dr. Francesca G. Bewer, and 'The Medium of Time and Transition', by Dr. Hanna Hölling. Read more

'Voor de Leeuwen' meeting

12 April 15:30, PC Hoofthuis (1.05)
The Grant Team is happy to announce the next meeting in the series 'Voor de Leeuwen', which aims to provide a platform for all FGw researchers to discuss research-related issues in an open and informal setting. The theme of this meeting will be the introduction of the new Projecten Bureau at the Faculty of Humanities. Read more

Please send an e-mail to with the subject ‘Voor de leeuwen’ if you would like to attend.

Lecture 'Images and narratives of Scandinavia and Scandinavianism'

12 April 17:00, Bushuis (E1.02)
Did the pan-Scandinavian movement in the mid-19th century represent a competing or a complementary national project to the respective Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian nation-building processes? The answer to this question, as will be argued in this lecture by Dr Ruth Hemstad (University of Oslo), depends on the point of view. Read more

Proost op de wetenschap: De Ruimtemakers

13 April 17:00-18:00, Spui25
During this edition of Proost op de Wetenschap Tim Verlaan is going to talk about his dissertation, which recently also has been published as a commercial edition: De Ruimtemakers. Read more

Approaches to Digital Religious Studies with Prof. Gary R. Bunt (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)

16 April 16:00-17:30, PC Hoofthuis (5.60)
This presentation explores the approaches towards analysing researching religions in cyberspace, based on two decades of experience in analyzing, researching and writing about Islam and Muslims on the Internet. It is part of the Current Issues in Religious Studies series. Read more

Book launch Gezocht: historicus

19 April 20:00-21:30, Spui25
Historians can be found everywhere in society, that's what Kayleigh Goudsmit shows in her book Gezocht: Historicus. On this evening she will present this book, together with Marijke Huisman and Jan Hein Furnée. NB: This event will be in Dutch. Read more

Book launch Oorlog in de collegebanken

23 April 20:00-21:30, Spui25
The 'Soldaat van Oranje' was not the only student who went into resistance against the nazi occupation of the Netherlands. In his book Oorlog in de collegebanken Jeroen Kemperman describes the organisation and motives of the Dutch student resistance movements, in and outside the universities. Read more

Lecture 'Postkoloniale beeldenstormen' with Gert Oostindie

25 April 13:30-17:30, Rijksmuseum Auditorium
Gert Oostindie is going to give a lecture in which he explores the current relation with our colonial past. His talk will be followed by a debate with Martine Gosselink, Wim Manhuhutu, Aspha Bijnaar and Karwan Fatah-Black. Niek van Sas is going to moderate this discussion. NB: This event will be in Dutch. Read more

Lecture 'WWII and Lessons from the Past' with Antony Beevor

25 April 20:00, De Balie
Renowned historian Antony Beevor will tell about the Battle of Arnhem and will also discuss the current state of Europe with De Balie director and fellow historian Yoeri Albrecht. What lessons can be drawn from the past? Read more

Grant news and upcoming deadlines

Simplification NWO research funding

With effect from 1 August 2018, NWO has announced to implement a large-scale simplification of its funding instruments. They will reduce all of the funding instruments to a handful of ‘main forms’, which will have an affect on the current funding structure.
Please follow the link below to read the official statement made by the NWO about these upcoming simplification changes.

These changes will have an impact on all the NWO domains, so also on the Social Sciences and Humanities. In the link below Wim van den Doel, the chair of the Social Sciences and Humanities Board, reflects on these particular changes.
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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.
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More news and deadlines at the ASH website Research funding opportunies
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