Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Newsletter April 2021


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Lia van Gemert emeritus professor

Lia van Gemert has become emeritus professor on 1 December 2020. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, her valedictory speech had to be postponed. The new date is 18 November 16:30. Lia will stay affiliated with the UvA as guest researcher, but she has handed over the directorship of the Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Golden Age. Frans Grijzenhout and Geert Janssen will take over temporarily as the Centre’s directors.

Visiting Professors Programme

The NWIB Visiting Professors Programme offers assistant professors, associate professors and full professors at participating universities a unique opportunity to work undisturbed in an inspiring and stimulating environment. This programme enables you to stay at one of the five Dutch Scientific Institutes Abroad (NWIBs) for a period of three months to conduct research, give lectures and contribute to the intellectual climate at the Institute.

The NWIBs are in Florence, Rome, St. Petersburg, Athens and Cairo. Read more


In the Media

Rosa de Jong 

Lia van Gemert

In Volkskrant about the discovery of an women's poetry society (18th century).

Piet Gerbrandy

In Trouw about new poetry

Jacques Bos

Katy Hull

In The Washington Post, 'A stronger welfare state is the key to saving democracy from extremism' 

René Lugtigheid

In Trouw about her PhD research

Gabri van Tussenbroek (and Tanja Holzhey)

Emily Hemelrijk 


Upcoming events

Holocaust and Genocide Studies: Looking Backward, Moving Forward

9 April 11:00-18:00

To mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the domain of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the NIOD and the University of Amsterdam this symposium takes stock of the accomplishments of the past, and draws up a vision for the future. Read more

Current Issues with Catherine Rider

12 April 16:00-17:30

Catherine Rider (University of Exeter, England) will give the lecture ‘Christian and Islamic Magic and the Roman Inquisition in Malta: Case Studies and a Database Project' in the programme Current Issues in Religious Studies and Western Esotericism. Read more

From Cure to Cleanliness: Tracing the evolution of therapeutic bathing architecture

16 April 10:00-11:00

Water and steam have been seen as a source of health for millennia, with natural springs and thermal waters especially prized for their healing properties. By the eighteenth century, physicians were recommending ‘taking the waters’ at spas and hydropathic resorts as a cure for many diseases and disorders from tuberculosis to arthritis. However, by the nineteenth century, with Sanitary Reform occurring across the world, public baths were viewed less as health resorts solely for the wealthy and more as places associated with cleanliness for the middle and lower classes, with laundry facilities increasingly provided within the same buildings. Read more

Grant news and upcoming deadlines

AmSIA: win € 10.000 with your research-based idea  

Do you have a research-based idea for a product, service or innovation with the potential to make a difference in society? Then register your idea for the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award and have a chance to win one of three prizes of € 10,000 in the categories inspired by the United Nations SDG’ s: SocietyHealth or Environment & Climate. AmSIA is open to ideas from all research disciplines. Deadline to apply your idea 5 April. Read more

IEG Fellowship Digital Humanities

The Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) in Mainz awards one fellowship for a period of six to eight months for international doctoral students in the field of Digital Humanities. Application deadline: April 19, 2021, for Fellowships beginning in July 2021 or later. Read more

Prof. J.C.M. Warnsinck Fellowship 2021 open for applications

The National Maritime Museum offers funding for research to stimulate scientific knowledge about the collection. The museum has one of the largest and most notable maritime collections in the world with approximately 400,000 objects, including paintings, models of ships, navigation instruments, and maps of the world. The next deadline is 1 June 2021. Read more

Lira Fonds offers funding for scientific books 

For the next three years, four Dutch researchers each year will be given the opportunity to write a Dutch-language non-fiction book (grant 37,500 euros). The next deadline is 1 July 2021Read more

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