Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Newsletter May 2018


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New Publication ASH Researchers: Urban Graffiti from Ancient Times to the Present

Lucinda Dirven and Maartje van Gelder have edited a special issue of the Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis on urban graffiti. ‘Tekens aan de wand’ explores the role and impact of graffiti in cities from ancient Dura-Europos to contemporary Cairo.

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Vacancy: PhD position ‘The Hanse and conflict management'

ASH currently has a vacant PhD position as part of the NWO-funded VIDI project ‘Managing multi-level conflicts in commercial cities in northern Europe (c. 1350-1570)’, led by Dr Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz.

The deadline for applications is 7 May 2018. Click here for more information.

Vacancy: Postdoctoral position 'Economic diplomats and conflict management'

ASH currently has a vacant Postdoctoral position as part of the NWO-funded VIDI project ‘Managing multi-level conflicts in commercial cities in northern Europe (c. 1350-1570)’, led by Dr Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz.

The deadline for applications is 7 May 2018. Click here for more information.

Vacancy: Postdoctoral researcher 'Gender and Urban Space in Edo (c. 1600-1850)'

currently has a vacant postdoctoral position as part of the NWO-funded VIDI Project The Freedom of the Streets. Gender and Urban Space in Europe and Asia (1600-1850), led by Dr Danielle van den Heuvel.

The deadline for applications is 21 May 2018. Click here for more information.

Call for proposals 4D Research Lab Launch Award

To celebrate the launch of the new 4D Research Lab, they award their time and facilities to the best small research proposal with a 3 or 4D research objective. To be eligible, write them a short summary of your aims and specify a research question and the techniques or methods you would like to use. They will judge the proposals on their value to research projects.

The deadline for proposals is 15 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 Wanted, Dead or Alive! Curating Books and Manuscripts in a Digital Age

3 May 17:00-18:00, PC Hoofthuis (5.02)
Dr Christopher Fletcher, Keeper of Special Collections at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, will consider the implications of acquiring, preserving and using rare books and manuscripts in the digital age. In an illustrated talk focusing on objects in his care, he will touch on curatorial and cultural questions of obsolescence, survival and value. Read more

Historisch Café

9 May 20:00-22:00, P96
On this evening, Devin Vartija will be interviewed about his PhD thesis The color of equality. Racial classification and natural equality in Enlightenment Encyclopaedias, which he hoped to defend at the end of this month. The second speaker is Geert Buelens. He recently published the book De jaren zestig. Een cultuurgeschiedenis and is going to discuss the legacy of the Sixties. NB: This event will be in Dutch. Read more

Symposium Racism, Antisemitism and Memory

18 May 14:30-17:00, Nationaal Holocaust Museum, Plantage Middenlaan 27
Remembering and awareness about historical events like the Holocaust, slavery and segregation are often considered essential in the fight against antisemitism and racism. Why do we find this relevant and effective? Lectures and discussion with, among others, Evelien Gans, Wayne Modest and Emile Schrijver. Read more

Discussion The Transhistorical Museum

23 May 17:00-28:30, Spui 25
On the occasion of the launch of the anthology The Transhistorical Museum. Mapping the Field, Mieke Bal (UvA), Ann Demeester (Frans Hals Museum), Hanneke Grootenboer (University of Oxford) and Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes (UvA) will engage in a panel discussion on the 'transhistorical'. They will be talking about this concept by critically approaching it from an art-historical, theoretical and museological perspective and reflect on the possibilities and affordances of transhistorical methods and exhibitions. Read more

Book launch Laboratory of Socialist Development: Cold War Politics and Decolonization in Soviet Tajikistan

29 May 17:00-28:30, Spui 25
UvA reseacher Artemy Kalinovsky’s new book ‘Laboratory of Socialist Development’ investigates the Soviet effort to make promises of decolonization a reality by looking at the politics and practices of economic development in central Asia between World War II and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Read more

Writing Summer School: Mobilities in History

4 June-15 June, University of Amsterdam
The Freedom of the Streets project, supported by the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies, invites early career researchers working on mobilities, be it implicitly or explicitly, to participate in a writing summer school at the University of Amsterdam. Read more

Grant news and upcoming deadlines

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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Call for applications | PhD Finishing Fellowships

The Faculty of Humanities invites applications for 0.5 FTE PhD Finishing Fellowships, tenable from January 1, 2019. 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 application deadline is 1 October 2018.
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