Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Newsletter May 2019


News ASH community

Call for ASH Valorisation award

We invite you to submit (self-)nominations of highly deserving valorisation projects for the ASH Valorisation Award (250 euros). The winner of the award will be announced during the ASH End of Term Event.
These valorisation projects should have been delivered between May 2018 and May 2019, and can range from a public lecture, newspaper article, to an exhibition or TV-appearance. Please submit your nominations no later than 20 May 2019 to
For previous winners, see:

Lisa Kattenberg is selected as junior research fellow in Cambridge (and more)

  • Lisa has been awarded the Keetje Hodshonprijs for her PhD thesis 'The Power of Necessity: Reason of State in the Spanish Monarchy, ca. 1590-1650'.
  • Lisa was also granted the RSA Newberry Fellowship of the Renaissance Society of America. This fellowship will allow her to do research for her new project ‘"Indian" Flanders: Global conflict and exchange between the Dutch, Spanish and Mapuche’ in the Newberry Library in Chicago.
  • On top of this wonderful news is the best of all: Lisa is selected as junior research fellow at the Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge. She will start this four year trajectory in October 2019.


Call for applications | PhD Finishing Fellowships

The Faculty of Humanities invites applications for 0.5 FTE PhD Finishing Fellowships, tenable from January 1, 2020. Each fellowship will be for a period of up to 12 months. The award holder is required to deliver a completed dissertation (defined as "dissertation submitted to the examination committee") by the end of the fellowship period. Deadline is 1 October. Read more

Vacancy PhD researcher Mediating Islam in the Digital Age (MIDA)

ASH currently has a vacant PhD position as part of the MIDA Project. This PhD project "Mecca between photography, phonography and motion picture in the colonial period" will be under the supervision of Prof. Gerard Wiegers (Universiteit van Amsterdam) and co-supervision of Prof. Umar Ryad (KU Leuven). External tutor : Erdogan Aykaç (Tropenmuseum). Deadline is 1 June. Read the vacancy here

In the Media

Gabri van Tussenbroek

On NOS about the missing bell of the Paleis voor Volksvlijt. Read item (in Dutch)

Sanne Frequin

About the Notre Dame fire on Radio 1. Listen here (in Dutch)

Niek Pas

About Macron and the gilets jaune in FD and Listen here ( and read item (FD)

Anique Hamelink

About the visible traces of Roman women on Read colomn (in Dutch)

Jouke Turpijn

In het Parool about Ad van Liempt. Read article (in Dutch)

Remco Raben & Anne-Lot Hoek

Long read in De Groene Amsterdammer about the research 'Indonesia '45-'50'. Read article (in Dutch)

Wouter van Elburg

About the restauration of a townhouse in The Hague on Omroep West. View item (in Dutch)

Peter van Dam

On Versvak about the climate march and political decision making. Read blog item (in Dutch)

Johannes Houwink ten Cate

About the forthcoming Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam in De Groene Amsterdammer. Read article (in Dutch)

Upcoming events

Nerd Nite with Bob Pierik

3 May 20:00 CREA

Bob Pierik will give the lecture "Bystander history: Reconstructing everyday life in the streets of early modern Amsterdam" at the Nerd Nite evening in Crea. 

Amsterdam may feel small compared to metropolises with millions of inhabitants like New York, London or Tokyo. Yet, in pre-industrial times, Amsterdam was one of Europe’s larger cities at the time, and the largest city of the Low Countries! While there are extensive records on the city’s ruling families and their regent-patriarchs, the life of ordinary people is much more difficult to access. What actually happened in the streets of Amsterdam? Read more

Academische Boekenclub met David Rijser over 'Le rouge et le noir' van Stendhal

7 May 17:30-18:45 Amsterdamse Academische Club
Tijdens deze editie van de maandelijkse boekenclub interviewt Persis Bekkering universitair docent Latijn en bijzonder hoogleraar antieken-recepties David Rijser over zijn favoriete boek: 'Le rouge et le noir' van Stendhal. Read more

The Making of Art Expertise: Changing Practices of Art History and Conservation, 1850-1950

8-10 May Utrecht and Amsterdam
ARTECHNE International Conference.This conference focuses on the development of a science-based conservation practice and the emergence of art history as a ‘science of art’ (or Kunstwissenschaft) in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (1850-1950). Read more

Vossius Seminar with Martin J.S. Rudwick

8 May 14:00-15:30 Bushuis, VOC room
Martin J.S. Rudwick (professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego) will give the lecture "From Natural History to the History of Nature" hosted by the Vossius Center (UvA) in cooperation with the Stevin Centre (VU). Read more

TAH Colloquium The Politics and Materiality of Expertise

8 May 17:00-18:00 Marnixzaal, Utrechts Centrum voor de Kunsten (UCK) Dom Square 4, Utrecht
This edition of the Technical Art History Colloquium will be organised in Utrecht and focuses on the Politics and Materiality of Expertise with a lecture by Noémie Étienne (University of Bern): "Conservation, Connoisseurship, and Conflict: The Politics and Materiality of Expertise". Read more

Workshop with Martin Rudwick

9 May 10:30-15:30 Bushuis, room E1.02
ASH will host a workshop on ‘deep history in the long eighteenth century’ with the prominent historian of science Martin Rudwick (University of Cambridge). The workshop is organised by Mathijs Boom. Read more

Workshop Gentrification Throughout the Ages

9-10 May Bushuis
This workshop, jointly organised by the Amsterdam Centre for Urban History and the Centre for Urban Studies, aims to develop a long-term perspective on urban displacement, social transformation and resistance.
9 May 13:00-14:00 keynote lecture by Suleiman Osman (George Washington University): 'The Historical Pitfalls of Gentrification' Read more

PhD defenses

Rosanne Baars

15 May 13:00 Aula
Rosanne Baars, ASH PhD candidate, will defend the dissertation entitled 'Rumours of revolt. Civil war and the emergence of a transnational news culture in France and the Netherlands, 1561-1598' supervised by Prof. Henk van Nierop and Prof. Geert Janssen. Read more

Grant news and upcoming deadlines

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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