Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Newsletter December 2016


News ASH community

photo of Helmer HelmersNWO grant for Helmer Helmers

Dr Helmer Helmers (ASH) and his colleague Dr Nadine Akkerman (Leiden University) have been awarded an NWO grant (100.000 euros) under the NWO scheme 'Archaeological discoveries of (inter)national importance', for their research project Maritime Archeology Meets Cultural History: The Texel Shipwreck BZN17 in Context. The project will run from 1 May 2017 until 1 November 2018.

You can read a summary of the project on the ASH website.

ASH PhD candidates awarded finishing fellowships

ASH PhD candidates Mano Delea and Erik Olsen have both been awarded a finishing fellowship from the Faculty of Humanities.

Finishing Fellowships provide support to self-funded PhD candidates who are close to completing their degrees, offering them the financial security and the freedom to focus on the last year of PhD dissertation writing.

Big History is now a MOOCphoto of planet earth

The interdisciplinary course Big History is launched as a massive open online course (MOOC). Geert Janssen is one of the twenty top researchers who contributed.

The free online course serves as an accessible introduction of history from the beginning of the universe up until life on earth as is today. The lectures are also available on Coursera, YouTube and ChronoZoom. As a result, teachers are given the opportunity to integrate parts of the MOOC in their own education. In this way the MOOC Big History provides context to the various disciplines that are reviewed within this subject.

Call for Papers: Gothic Modernisms

The conference ‘Gothic Modernisms’ forms the culminating event in a trilogy of conferences investigating the modern and modernist reception of Northern medieval and Renaissance masters in Europe, beginning with ‘Primitive Renaissances’ (National Gallery, London: 2014) and continuing with ‘Visions of the North’ (Compton Verney Museum, UK: 2016). This conference will take place at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, on 29 and 30 June 2017.

Read more on the ASH website.

Crowdfunding for Gwijde’s tomb

Sanne Frequin (ASH PhD candidate) has already raised more than 2000 euros for her project and has 17 days left to meet her goal of 3.000. You can donate 10 euros or more to help her return colour to the bishop’s tomb.

Donate or read more about the virtual restoration on voordekunst.

ASH call for nominations - NWO PhDs in the Humanities

The Regieorgaan Geesteswetenschappen and NWO have announced that they will continue the PhDs in the Humanities programme in 2017. The UvA can submit six applications to NWO to compete in this round. To this end, a Faculty pre-selection will take place. Download the faculty preselection procedure here

ASH can nominate a total of six candidates for the Faculty pre-selection. 

ASH invites researchers to nominate applications for the PhDs in the Humanities 2017 competition. Applications can be submitted to until 5 January 2017, 11.00 am (CET), at the latest. For more details on the ASH nomination procedure, please contact the ASH office.

Pure replaces Metis

Pure will replace Metis as registration system for research and publications. Metis is now frozen and Pure will open Friday 2 December. You will be informed about logging in and the usage of the Pure system next week.

For further questions, you can send an e-mail to Charlotte Faber and René Does will continue to be the contacts for the Faculty of Humanities.

PhD Defences

Baukje van den Berg

9 December 2016 11.00 Aula
Homer and Rhetoric in Byzantium: Eustathios of Thessalonike on the Composition of the Iliad.

promotor: prof. dr. Irene de Jong; copromotor: dr. Emelie van Opstall (VU)

Martijn Kitzen

14 december 2016 13.00 Aula
The Course of Co-Option. Co-Option of local power-holders as a tool for obtaining control over the population in counterinsurgency campaigns in weblike societies. With Case studies on Dutch experiences during the Aceh War (1873-c. 1912) and the Uruzgan campaign (2006-2010).

promotor: prof. dr. Herman Amersfoort; copromotor dr. Mario Fumerton (Universiteit Utrecht)

Upcoming events

History Research Seminar #3

8 December 15.00-17.00 BH/OIH VOC Room

Lecture by Martijn Eickhoff (NIOD): Human Remains and the Memory Landscapes of 1965 in Indonesia. The lecture is free and open to the public. Drinks reception to follow.

Romancing Troy: Homeric motifs in Greek medieval romancesmosaic Achilles at Skyros

8 December 16.00-17.00 PCH 1.04 

Lecture by Prof. Ingela Nilsson (Department of Linguistics and Philology at Uppsala University). What happens when Achilles stops being an epic hero and becomes a medieval knight? Have we left Troy altogether – is this Achilles even Homeric?

In this lecture Nilsson shall present and discuss the appearance of Homeric heroes and motifs in the Greek medieval romance, with special focus on Digenis Akritis (12th c.?), the Achilleid and the so-called Byzantine Iliad (14th c.). We shall look at plot, motifs and characterization, but also at possible stylistic influences, indicating a closer relationship with Homer than is usually assumed.

Iconoclasm: Beeldenstorm and Beyond Symposium

Arts of the Netherlands UvA / Rijksmuseum
9-10 December 2016 auditorium Rijksmuseum and Aula

This year marks the 450th anniversary of the Beeldenstorm, the wave of iconoclasm that swept over the Low Countries in 1566. This defining moment in Netherlandish history will be commemorated with a two-day symposium Iconoclasm: Beeldenstorm and Beyond, which will consider the Beeldenstorm in relation to iconoclasm as a global phenomenon. 

Iconoclasm will seek to deepen our understanding of the ideological and systematic destruction of art under different historical and cultural configurations. The symposium will bring together an international group of scholars who will offer the latest insights on the hostility towards images in the Habsburg Netherlands, the Byzantine world, Islam, Colonial America, China, (Early) Modern Europe and, presently, in the Middle East, and on iconoclasm in contemporary art.

Find the program and registration or join the event on facebook

Suffrage and Democracy

9 December 9.00-17.00 University Library, Doelenzaal

The Research Group The Nineteenth Century presents their Annual Congress with this year's theme Suffrage and Democracy.

On December 12 - 2017 it will be exactly one hundred years ago that the battle for universal suffrage was settled. On that day in 1917 universal suffrage was proclaimed on the steps of the old city hall of The Hague at the Groenmarkt. With the introduction of suffrage for men and women came an end to a long and complicated discussion on democracy and equal rights. This process was not merely a question of political emancipation. Cultural, social and economic developments also played a major role in the long debate on universal suffrage and its eventual implementation. During the conference this process will be discussed by historians, art-historians and literary scholars.

Golden Age Colloquium Aristotle with a Bust of Homer by Rembrandt

14 December 15.30-17.00 BH/OIH VOC room

Lecture by by prof. dr. Jürgen Müller (Technical University Dresden). ‘So The Soul Is As The Hand’ - A New Interpretation of Rembrandt's ‘Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer’

After having presented a critical assessment of the existing interpretations the lecture endeavours to answer two questions. First: Is there any literary source to identify the represented person? Second: What kind of narrative can we find in the picture? Finally In opposition to Liedtke I will argue that Rembrandt refuses to answer the question regarding the superiority of sight over touch but aims instead to show that the hand is a mediator between all the senses as Aristotle wrote in De anima.

Afscheidscollege van prof.dr. Evelien Gans

15 December 16.00 Aula

Het belang van een joods perspectief
Op 15 december a.s. neemt Evelien Gans afscheid als bijzonder hoogleraar hedendaags jodendom, zijn geschiedenis en zijn cultuur. Het college is gratis en voor iedereen toegankelijk met aansluitend een receptie.

Grant news and upcoming deadlines

UvA FGw Aspasia Fund - Replacement grants

12 January 2017 - Deadline for applications

Vossius Fund for Research Fellows

Vossius Fund for the History of the University of Amsterdam
Researchers working in the field of the History of Humanities and Science can apply for funding from two different Vossius schemes.


NWO Vici for senior researchers

March 2017 - Deadline for pre-proposals


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.


The Ertegun Scholarship Programme

Candidates for academic year 2017-2018 should be applying to start a new full-time graduate course at Oxford (applications open September 1st, 2016).


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