Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Newsletter February 2017


News ASH community

Arjan de Koomen in the media

Arjan de Koomen shows and explains the ‘behind the scenes’ paintings genre of the Dutch Golden Age in the television show Universiteit van Nederland. You can watch the show here on YouTube.

UvA385 Grants for UvA PhD candidates

In honour of the University’s 385th anniversary, a new kind of grant has been introduced for UvA PhD candidates to enable them to gain international experience. Read more here (news item) and here (information).

Reminder: Pure Deadline output 28 February

All output for 2016 should be recorded in the university's information system Pure on time. The Deadline for output 2016 is 28 February 2017. It is important to keep your output up-to-date as the Faculty uses this information to collect data on the amount and type of academic output being produced by its members. All output from 2016 that will be recorded later than February 28, 2017, will not be counted for that year. If you have questions about Pure, please send an email to

Workshop career orientation WP with temporary contract

16 March, 11.30-14.00, Bushuis VOC room
Read more here

Career orientation UvA ProActief

For employees who want to remain optimally employable and give active direction to their career. For UvA staff this service is included in their CAO and can be used once every two years. Intakes start mid-February.
Read more here (English) or here (Dutch)

Call for Papers

Call for Papers | Making Sense of Taste

Deadline 5 March 2017

Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam will host the Fourth Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food on 17 – 18 November 2017. This year’s topic: Making Sense of Taste.
We invite proposals on this complex notion of taste: its characteristics, its cultural evaluation, and its history.

We invite abstracts for papers covering any topic related to the (historical) study of taste including, but not limited to, the following: The physiology and representation of taste; Taste, power, and social relations; Authentic versus artificial flavours; Taste, emotion, and memory; Individual versus collective taste(s). More information and proposal guidelines.

Upcoming events

History Research Seminar #4 

Lecture by Lucinda Dirven (UvA)
9 February 15.00-17.00 Oudemanhuispoort, room A0.08

The fourth lecture in the History Research Seminar series will be given by Lucinda Dirven (UvA), entitled 'Religion in Parthian Mesopotamia: Continuity and Change'.

The History Research Seminar lectures are free and open to the public. 

Mixing It: Multinational Britain in the Second World War 

Lecture by Prof. Wendy Webster (University of Huddersfield)
14 February 15.30 NIOD, Herengracht 380, meeting room (first floor)

In this talk, Professor Wendy Webster traces some of the rich history of multinational wartime Britain. Through mixing and mingling, many people including Britons were involved in transnational communities. How did they get on with each other? What were some of the novel experiences involved in mixing across national boundaries both for the British and for those who arrived? How far did Britain live up to the image of a decent, tolerant nation that was widely disseminated in wartime?
Read more here

Golden Age Colloquium

Lecture by prof. dr. Fred van Lieburg (VU)
14 February 15.00 Bushuis, VOC room

Synod of Dordt (1618-1619) as '(g)local event'.
Read more here

Identiteit in Verkiezingstijd: strategieën van minderheden

Discussion (in Dutch)
20 February 20.00-22.00 De Nieuwe Liefde, Da Costakade 102

In de aanloop naar de verkiezingen zijn integratie, racisme en discriminatie belangrijke thema’s – het zijn thema’s die te maken hebben met de positie van minderheden. Hoe gaan politici om met de belangen van minderheden? Hoe doen politici dat die zelf tot een minderheid behoren?

Met: Farid Azarkan (DENK), Sadet Karabulut (SP), Ronny Naftaniel (CIDI), Quinsy Gario, Gideon Levy, Hassnae Bouazza

Georganiseerd door het Menasseh ben Israel Instituut (een samenwerkingsverband van de Universiteit van Amsterdam en het Joods Historisch Museum), De Nieuwe Liefde, en het NWO-project ‘Critique of Religion; Framing Jews and Muslims, Islam and Judaism in the Netherlands today’ en maakt deel uit van de lezingenserie “De joodse conditie in een postkoloniaal tijdsgewricht”.
More information and tickets here

ASH Masterclass Material Culture

2 March 15.00-18.00 Bushuis room E1.01E

This masterclass explores one of the most innovative and dynamic fields in the discipline: material culture history. Professor Ulinka Rublack (University of Cambridge), will discuss the value and different uses of material culture in the context of historical scholarship as well as the challenges involved.

Open to: RMa and PhD candidates enrolled in Dutch research schools (places are limited and ASH members have priority)
Read more here


CREATE Digital History Workshop

A series on Geographic Information System (GIS)

Geographic Information System (GIS) stands for a wide array of computational techniques that allow scholars to statistically analyze, manage, map, manipulate and visualize geographical / (geo)spatial data. The GIS Digital History Workshop series is designed for all humanities scholars with an interest in data-driven research and who want to explore the spatial aspects of their research material.

Upcoming Create Digital History Workshop sessions
GIS #1: February 28, 2017
GIS #2: March 28, 2017
GIS #3: April 25, 2017

Separate session announcements will follow. For more information please visit the CREATE website

Grant news and upcoming deadlines

Organisational changes at NWO - information meeting 

Two representatives of NWO will visit the Faculty to inform researcher of the changes in the selection and assessment procedures as a result of NWO's reorganisation into four domains. Information will also be given about the new NWO call for proposals Smart Culture: Big Data/Digital Humanities, which is due to be launched very soon. Research projects should combine research for the Creative Industries with digital humanities research and large-scale digital infrastructures.

The meeting will start at 16.00; the location is to be confirmed. Please send an e-mail to if you would like to attend.

Paris Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)

Three calls for applications for research fellowships open to researchers of all nationalities.
  • 5 or 9-month fellowships in 2018-2019 in the “Blue Sky Research” program, open to all disciplines and themes in the humanities and social sciences.
  • 5 or 9-month fellowships in 2018-2019 in the “Brain, Culture and Society” program. This call is for researchers willing to conduct a project at the interface between neuroscience, cognitive science and the humanities and social sciences.
  • Paris-Saclay – Paris IAS “Jean d’Alembert” Research Chair in 2017-2018. This 6-month chair enables a researcher to work in close collaboration with a research team of Université Paris-Saclay on one of the following themes: “Markets, businesses, work and innovation”, “Heritage, culture and  knowledge”, or “Sciences and society”.
The deadline for submission for each of these calls is 1 March 2017.

KNAW Academy Colloquia

Academy Colloquia are small, exclusive expert meetings, hosted and funded by the Academy. They are held at the Academy’s Trippenhuis Building in Amsterdam. The aim is to bring together a select international group of no more than fifty top researchers to discuss a subject in which key innovations are expected.
The Academy contributes a maximum sum of EUR 6500 a day. A maximum of EUR 3500 is available to organise a related master class for at least 15 PhD candidates. The Academy also makes all the practical arrangements.

Applications will be accepted starting in December 2016. The deadline for an Academy Colloquium to be organised in 2018 is 1 March 2017.

Vossius Fund for Research Fellows

The Vossius Center offers funding for Colloquiums/Master classes, Matching and Research Fellows. Deadline 1 March 2017

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.

Call for applications | PhD Finishing Fellowships

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. Deadline 1 October 2017

More news and deadlines at the ASH website Research funding opportunies
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