Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Newsletter January 2019


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David Rijser appointed professor Special Chair RUG

David Rijser is appointed professor of the Special Chair Classical Reception at the University of Groningen. The Special Chair is supported by the Dutch Classical Association (Nederlands Klassiek Verbond). The appointment is for five years. Read more (in Dutch)

Book presentation new book by Rens Bod

You are cordially invited to the book presentation of Rens Bod's new book 'Een wereld vol patronen' on 23 January at 17:00, Uitgeverij Prometeus, Herengracht 48.

RSVP re: book presentation Een wereld vol patronen.
Read more (in Dutch)

ISRF Early Career Fellowship Competition (ECF5)

The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers to explore and present original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems.

The Foundation intends to make a small number of awards to support original interdisciplinary research, across the range of the social sciences, to be held from a start date no later than the end of December 2020. Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply. Deadline 15 February. Read more

Upcoming events

Yiddish Theater

17 January 19:30 Bushuis
Short lectures, music, and the book presentation of Jonas van Tol’s Germany and the French Wars of Religion, 1560-1572.

The history of the Yiddish theater is not a straightforward one. In traditional Judaism, theatrical performances could only put on at the festival of Purim and by men. The texts performed that have come down to us are no fully developed dramas. This apparently started to change around 1700, since some texts of plays which have been preserved from that period onwards have the hallmarks of contemporary drama. However, we can only speak of a modern professional Yiddish theater from the second half of the nineteenth century.
With Evi Butzer and Alyssa Quint, the Menasseh ben Israel Institute has been able to invite the two main researchers on these turning points in the development of Yiddish theater. Evi Butzer will discuss the developments in the early modern period with a special emphasis on Amsterdam, Alyssa Quint will describe the beginnings of the modern Yiddish theater. Read more

Violence without borders: International religious conflicts during the Eighty Years’ War

22 January 19:30 Perdu, Kloveniersburgwal 86
Short lectures, music, and the book presentation of Jonas van Tol’s Germany and the French Wars of Religion, 1560-1572.

Religious conflict knows no borders. Five centuries ago this problem was already relevant. Judith Pollmann (Leiden) and Jonas van Tol (UvA) explain how early modern Europe was shaped by a series of interconnected wars of religion. News of violence in neighbouring countries had an enormous impact on the way in which domestic strife was explained. Fear of the danger of conflicts ‘spilling over’ strengthened the idea that something had to be done about the violence next door. But intervening in a civil war abroad was then, as now, more easily said than done. Read more

Urban Studies Network Day

24 January 12:30-19:30 Lloyd Hotel, Oostelijke Handelskade 34
The Third Centre for Urban Studies Network Day and special round of Seed Grants. The network day is co-hosted this year with the Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity (ACHI) and the Amsterdam Centre for Urban History (ACUH). Read more

Technical Art History Colloquium

24 January 16:00-17:30 Ateliergebouw, room B 1st floor
This edition of the Technical Art History Colloquium will be organised in Amsterdam and focuses on Polychromy with lectures by Kaja Kollandsrud and Aleth Lorne. Read more

Virtual Interiors as Interfaces for Big Historical Data Research

31 January 13:00-18:00 University Library Doelenzaal
The Virtual Interiors as Interfaces for Big Historical Data Research project is organising a kick-off meeting. Please join if you are interested to learn more about this NWO Smart Culture - Big Data / Digital Humanities funded project on spatially enhanced publications of the creative industries of the Dutch Golden Age, which is hosted at Huygens ING and CREATE (UvA) and works in close collaboration with Brill and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. Read more

PhD defenses

Mano Delea

11 January 13:00 Aula
Mano Delea, ASH PhD candidate, will defend the dissertation entitled Pan-Africanism: a Legacy of Slavery.' supervised by Prof. Stephen Small and Dr K. Nimako. 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

Call UvA FGw Aspasia Fund

The UvA FGw Aspasia Fund aims to support women in their career development within the Faculty of Humanities at the UvA and to expand their opportunities to conduct research. Part of the Aspasia Fund will be used for temporary release from teaching duties through the present call for applications; another part will be used for other diversity policy activities. Deadline 8 February 2019 14:00 CET. 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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