Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Newsletter February 2019


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Pure registration 2018

Dear colleagues,
With this message I would like to inform you that all output for 2018 should be recorded in the university's information system Pure in time. The deadline is February 28, 2019. 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.
If you have questions about Pure, please send an email to
Many thanks in advance and best wishes,
Thomas Vaessens

New publication by Christina Morina & Krijn Thijs

Of the three categories that Raul Hilberg developed in his analysis of the Holocaust—perpetrators, victims, and bystanders—it is the last that is the broadest and most difficult to pinpoint. Described by Hilberg as those who were “once a part of this history,” bystanders present unique challenges for those seeking to understand the decisions, attitudes, and self-understanding of historical actors who were neither obviously the instigators nor the targets of Nazi crimes. Combining historiographical, conceptual, and empirical perspectives on the bystander, the case studies in this book provide powerful insights into the complex social processes that accompany state-sponsored genocidal violence. Read more

New publication by Jeroen van Zanten

Together with prof. dr. Ido de Haan, Jeroen van Zanten has published a chapter on European international conspiracies in the early 19th century in a book on security culture in Europe after Napoleon. Edited by Beatrice de Graaf, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands , Ido de Haan, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands , Brian Vick, Emory University, Atlanta. University Press Cambridge 2019. Read more

CfP: Modernism in Migration: Relocating Artists, Objects and Institutions, 1900–1960

For an upcoming issue of Stedelijk Studies, scholars are invited to explore forms of migration and their influence on the development and dissemination of modern art around the world from 1900–1960. This thematic issue will be edited by Dr. Tessel M. Bauduin and Dr. Gregor Langfeld. Deadline abstract is 20 FebruaryRead more

CfP: Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food

This year’s Symposium encourages scholars from all relevant fields of research to explore the continuing relevance of the links between (post)colonial studies and food history. We invite abstracts for papers covering any topic related to the study of this theme. Deadline abstract submission is 5 March. Read more

CfA: Empire’s Metropolitan Afterlives

On 5 and 6 June 2019, UCL History, in association with UCL Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) and the UCL Festival of Culture 2019 will host a two-day workshop for 12 PhD candidates and/or recently completed PhDs (defined as being less than 12 months from defence of the viva by the application closing date) working on the history of decolonisation and the post-imperial/post-colonial ‘afterlives’ of empire. Deadline for applications is 25 February. Read more

CfP: UU Humanities Graduate Conference 2019

The next Utrecht University Humanities Graduate Conference will take place on 11 and 12 April 2019. For this year’s edition What’s the Point?, we invite contributions from R(Ma)’s and PhD’s from all these disciplines on the twinned issues of Impact and the Future of the Humanities. Prospective contributors should send a 200-300 word abstract with a short biography to by 15 February.

Upcoming events

Two paths for the creation of an EU political identity: cultural heritage policy

8 February 16:00-17:30 Bushuis, Room E1.02
A lecture by Mark Thatcher. Political identity has become a central question in European politics. A key issue is that whilst the EU has greatly expanded its powers in key policy domains that traditionally have been the preserve of nation states, its political identity remains weak. Cultural heritage is closely linked with identity. Read more

ACSGA colloquium: Jeroen Jansen

12 February 15:30-17:00 Universiteitsbibliotheek
'Zaken en vriendschap. De publicatie van Bredero’s werk in de periode 1610-1640'
Het Bredero-jaar 2018 heeft een rijke oogst aan wetenschappelijke aandacht en publieksmanifestaties opgeleverd. Toch valt er nog genoeg te onderzoeken aan de manier waarop Bredero tot ons is gekomen: via zijn boeken. Deze lezing kijkt met een ander oog naar de publicatie van Bredero’s rijke oeuvre. Lees meer

Remco Ensel en het naoorlogs antisemitisme in Nederland

14 February 16:00-17:30 Uilenburger Synagoge
Ensel wordt geïnterviewd naar aanleiding van het boek The Holocaust, Israel and the ‘Jew’, dat hij samen met de in de zomer van 2018 overleden Evelien Gans maakte, en over zijn eerdere boek Haatspraak: Antisemitisme – een 21e-eeuwse geschiedenis, waarin hij antisemitische incidenten uit deze eeuw analyseert en in historisch perspectief plaatst. Lees meer

CREATE salon

14 February 15:00-17:30 eLab Mediastudies (BG1 room 0,16)
This month’s Salon will focus on the involvement of citizens in the transcription and interpretation of historical sources for purposes of access and research. Read more

Technical Art History Colloquium: Calligraphy

28 February 16:30-17:30 Sweelinckzaal 0.05, Drift 21, Utrecht
This edition of the Technical Art History Colloquium will be organised in Utrecht and focuses on Calligraphy with a lecture by Hannah Saunders Murphy. Read more

PhD defenses

Sjak Rutten

19 February 10:00 Agnietenkapel
Sjak Rutten, ASH PhD candidate, will defend the dissertation entitled 'De leesvader van Nederland. Frater Caesarius Mommers en zijn betekenis voor het leesonderwijs' supervised by Prof. James Kennedy. Read more

Tonny Beentjes

22 February 11:00 Aula
Tonny Beentjes, ASH PhD candidate, will defend the dissertation entitled 'Casting Rodin’s Thinker. Sand mould casting, the case of the Laren Thinker and conservation treatment innovation' supervised by Prof. Norman Tennent and Prof. Frans Grijzenhout. Read more

Grant news and upcoming deadlines

Call UvA FGw Research Innovation and Sustainability Fund

The Research Innovation and Sustainability (RIS) Fund 2019 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. Deadline 1 March 2019. NB. The release time will take effect on 1 September 2019.  Read more

Cutting Edge Research Fund | Call for proposals reopened

As of 1 September 2018, the UvA FGw Cutting Edge Research Fund will be reopened. 

Applications can be submitted continuously until no later than 30 June 2019. Furthermore, the call’s scope has been widen for Research Fellowships, now also enabling applicants to prepare an application by a consortium in the context of the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA) and the Dutch Top Sectors. Read more

NWO Matchmaking events - Dutch National Research Agenda

Researchers who are employed at Dutch knowledge institutions can submit proposals for the organisation of matchmaking events, within one or more of the 25 routes of the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA) from the portfolio for Research and Innovation. The purpose of the Matchmaking events is to form (new) consortia across the entire knowledge chain and developing proposals for innovative research. For each initiative, a maximum of € 10,000 can be applied for. Read more

More news and deadlines at the ASH website Research funding opportunies
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