Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Newsletter June 2021


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Daniëlle Slootjes appointed professor of Ancient History

Dr Daniëlle Slootjes has been appointed professor of Ancient History at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and we also welcome her as a member of ASH.

Daniëlle Slootjes’ research is characterised by a multidisciplinary vision that is consciously discarding traditional boundaries between disciplines. Her work on the Roman Empire’s administrative structures and geography has demonstrated how closely intertwined the late Roman and early medieval periods were. Her most recent research, into the universal phenomenon of collective behaviour in Greek, Roman and Byzantine cities, is ideally suited to a multidisciplinary approach. Slootjes is constantly on the lookout for connections between the traditional disciplines (philology, ancient history and archaeology) and the more modern concepts and methods from, for example, sociology, social psychology and social geography.  Read more

Serena Ferente appointed Professor of Medieval History

Dr Serena Ferente has been appointed professor of Medieval History at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and we also welcome her as a member of ASH.

Selena Ferente’s research focuses on Europe and the Mediterranean in the 14th to 16th centuries, particularly the history of politics and society in Italy, the history of European political discourse, and gender history. She is currently working on a book on the history of 15th century Europe and starting a project on the late medieval Black Sea as a primary border region of Eurasia. Read more

New Publication: Rumours of Revolt

Rosanne Baars has published her PhD thesis Rumours of Revolt: Civil War and the Emergence of a Transnational News Culture in France and the Netherlands, 1561–1598 with Brill.

This book explores the reception of foreign news during the late sixteenth-century civil wars in France and the Netherlands. Analysing a large body of French and Dutch chronicles, Rosanne Baars (lecturer in History) innovatively demonstrates that the wider public was well aware of events abroad, though interest in foreign conflicts was far from constant. She sheds new light on the connections between the Dutch Revolt and the French Wars of Religion: contemporaries were gradually more inclined to see these wars as part of an international struggle. Baars argues that these times of civil war made inhabitants of both countries more apt at distinguishing rumour from reliable reports, thus contributing to the emergence of a public of critical news consumers. Read more

CfP: Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food

Food and the Environment: The Dynamic Relationship Between Food Practices and Nature is the topic of the upcoming Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food which will take place 11-12 Februari 2022. Deadline 15 September 2021Read more

The European Review of Books

Kickstarter campaign for The European Review of Books, a new magazine of culture and ideas. Great writing in English and a writer’s mother tongue. Uğur Ümit Üngör and George Blaustein are part of the initiating team. Read more

In the Media

Martijn Icks

Answers the question if emperor Nero was really the villan he is known to be in Nieuws en Co on NPO radio 1.

Frans Blom

About his new book 'Podium van Europa' in Het Parool.

Niek Pas

In Met het Oog op Morgen about Marcon's visit to Rwanda.

Bart Wallet

In Nieuwsuur about the possible Israeli coalition without Netanyahu.

Tim Verlaan

Is a guest in the Tim en Paul Geschiedenis Podcast about the gentrification of Amsterdam.

Frits Scholten

In Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant about the importance of the restauration of tomb of Hieronymus van Tuyll van Serooskerke.

Upcoming events

Summer school RUG: Curating Art & Nature

The summer school Curating Art & Nature - The Knowledge of the Curator III offers a series of lectures open to the public. Tickets are free and available via eventbrite. All lectures take place online and are scheduled from 16.30-18.00 (CEST).  Read more

Seminar Global Intellectual History with Or Rosenboim

15 June 16:00 - 17:30 online
Or Rosenboim (City, University of London) will give the lecture “Tripolitania and Cyrenaica, 1911-1913” in the Utrecht/Amsterdam Seminar Global Intellectual History. Read more

Pigs and Plague: Public Health and Community
in the Late Medieval Low Countries

18 June 16:00 online
Janna Coomans will give a lecture for the digital lectures series organized and hosted every fortnight by 'Somewhere beyond the Sea', the Belgo-British Research Network. The talk is titled ‘Pigs and Plague: Public Health and Community in the Late Medieval Low Countries’. Date is Friday 18 June 2021 (16.00 CET). To register and receive the zoom link, please send an email to

Grant news and upcoming deadlines

Professor J.M. van Winter Stipend 2022

The board of the Stichting Gastronomische Bibliotheek invites students and researchers to submit requests for the Professor J.M. van Winter Stipend 2022. Deadline 15 August.

Each year, the Stichting Gastronomische Bibliotheek makes a stipend of €1000 available for research that makes particular use of the History of Food collection of the Allard Pierson, the heritage collections held at the University of Amsterdam. This research is intended to throw further light on a particular aspect of the history of food and drink. The stipend is to be used as compensation for travel, accommodation and research costs and must be fully spent within one year of allocation. Read more

Boekman Dissertatieprijs

The Boekmanstichting organises the Boekman Dissertatieprijs in collaboration with NWO for the fifth time. The best Dutch PhD research on art, culture and society will be awarded €10.000. The Boekman Dissertatieprijs aims to present PhD research on art, culture and society to a broad public. Deadline 15 September.

The Boekman Dissertation Prize, an initiative of the Boekman Foundation and NWO, is awarded once every three years to the best dissertation at a Dutch university in the working area of the Boekman Foundation. Dissertations from the year 2018 and later are eligible for the award in 2021. Read more

Write your thesis, PhD proposal or conduct postdoctoral research in Rome!

The Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR) provides scholarships to early career scholars who can benefit from a research stay in the academic hub of Rome. Rome’s many international research institutes, museums and libraries offer a vibrant academic climate fore specially Archaeology, Classics,  ArtHistory, History, Anthropology, Political Science, Museology and Heritage studies - and the Humanities  and Social Sciences at large. KNIR fellowship holders form an interdisciplinary, close-knit community, engaging in field and lab work, debates, workshops and excursions. Scholarships are open to (R)MA students, (prospective) PhD students and postdocs. Depending on the career stage and plan, the KNIR facilitates research stays from 2 up to 20 weeks.

Read more about the different scholarships and grants and how to apply. 

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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