Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Newsletter mid-March 2018


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KNAW grant Fonds Staatsman Thorbecke for Remieg Aerts

For his research project Over het hedendaags burgerschap. De herijking van een Thorbeckiaans concept Professor Remieg Aerts received a grant out of the KNAW 'Fonds Staatsman Thorbecke'. This fund purposes to promote the knowledge of the life, work and ideas of Johan Rudolf Thorbecke (1798-1872), father of the Dutch parliamentary democracy.
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New article by Jack Wever

For the latest edition of the Journal of Police Studies titled 'Remembering and forgetting in the police', externally funded PhD candidate Jack Wever wrote an article on the trade journals of the Dutch police that have appeared since the Second World War.
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KNAW-Hendrik Muller Zomerseminar

From 18 until 21 June 2018 the tenth KNAW-Hendrik Muller Zomerseminar will take place in Amsterdam. This seminar is an interactive masterclass for MA students, recently graduated people and PhD candidates who work within the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences. This year the theme will be 'the Robothumanist'.

The application deadline is 15 April 2018. Click here for more information (in Dutch).

ASH Call for Workshop Proposals 2018

ASH invites proposals from ASH PhD candidates (at any stage of their PhD) to organise an activity (taking the form of a workshop, masterclass, etc.) that will benefit their research and help expand their network. Ideally, this activity will be organised by more than one ASH PhD candidate, but individually organised initiatives will also be supported.

The application deadline is 1 September 2018. Click here for more information.

Possibility for PhD candidates to set up a tutorial group

Because GSH PhD candidates may need to train very different and specific research skills, it is not feasible to include the broad variety of these skills in the GSH skills training programme. That is why The Graduate School has set up a system of small scale research tutorials under the supervision of faculty experts.

Five or six participants can set up a tutorial group to train specialist skills they need for their research projects, e.g. quantitative analysis of corpus data, interview techniques, digital ethnography. Because of the small scale set-up, the tutorials will be highly interactive and because the PhD candidates themselves are involved in the programme, the expectation is that the tutorials will be an efficient way of sharing specialist knowledge and skills.
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PhD defences and Inaugural lectures

Rosemarijn Hoefte

16 March 16:00, Aula - Oude Lutherse kerk
In her inaugural lecture, entitled The Suriname experiment in the 1930s, Rosemarijn Hoefte focuses on the discrepancy between Dutch colonial policy and the growing consciousness surrounding Surinamese identity in the 1930s. Read more

Upcoming events

Pindar, Literature and the Sublime

22 March 15:00-16:30, PC Hoofthuis (1.05)
This talk by Bob Fowler (University of Bristol) will consider the implications of Boris Maslov's striking thesis that Pindar's poetry marks the emergence of literature in a strong sense. Read more

Book Launch De Muur van Hadrianus

22 March 18:00-20:00, Universiteitsbibliotheek (Doelenzaal)
Adrian Goldsworthy's Hadrian's Wall has been translated in Dutch. On this evening he will tell everything about his research and quest for fact and fiction. Read more (in Dutch, lecture is in English)

Presentation 4D Research Lab

27 March 16:00-17:30, Bijzondere Collecties (Nina van Leerzaal)
In this talk, the lab and its possibilities will be presented, and several researchers will present cases in which 3D modeling is used as a research and presentation tool. For more information, please contact Jitte Waagen. Read more

Nederlandse recepten in Amerikaanse kookboeken

29 March 16:00-18:00, Bijzondere Collecties
A talk by culinary historian Peter G. Rose about the culinary traditions of Dutch Americans, on the basis of both seventeenth century paintings and Durch recipes in old handwritten American cookbooks. Read more

Critical Thinking in Curaçao and the Construction of Forgetting

3 April 16:00-18:00, University Library (Belle van Zuylenzaal)
The NWO-funded project 'Cultural Practices of Citizenship under Conditions of Fragmented Sovereignty: Gendered and Sexual Citizenship in Curaçao and Bonaire' is honoured to invite you to the lecture and masterclass 'Critical Thinking in Curaçao and the Construction of Forgetting' by Richenel Ansano. Read more

Werkgroep Achttiende Eeuw presents: Slavernij in de 18e-eeuwse kunsten

3 April 20:00-21:30, Spui 25
What do a play from 1796, an exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in 2020 and an evening in Spui25 on 18 January 2018 have in common? They all deal with the representation of slavery in the eightteenth century. In Spui 25 you can expect a varied programme with short lectures, dicussions, a play and a column. Read more (in Dutch)

Launch platform Urban Commons of Culture

4 April 13:00-17:00, A-Lab
This event marks the launch of The Urban Commons of Culture, Past & Present, a new online platform for reflection and exchange on how culture and creativity can thrive in cities in an open and inclusive way. During the launch event, the website will be presented by the initiators of the new platform. A range of speakers will provide talks related to the urban commons of culture, followed by a panel discussion. Read more

Histories of the Islam in the Netherlands and Flanders until 1955

5 & 6 April, KADOC Leuven
Within the field of Islam studies in the Netherlands and Flanders, nowadays a lot of attention is been paid to present-day manifestations of Islam. The historical role of Islam in this region, however, has been given too little attention. In this seminar researchers from the Netherlands and Flanders will meet in preparation to a book about this subject. NB: This event will be in Dutch. Read more

SURF Research Bootcamp

10 April 9:00-18:00, Wibauthuis (Amstelcampus)
At this Boot Camp, researchers can find out about particular SURF services that can boost her or his research. For PhD students, postdocs, other researchers and research support staff from all disciplines. Read more

NRC presents: De overspannen universiteit

10 April 20:00, Pakhuis De Zwijger
Debate night about the so-called 'rendementsdenken' within Dutch universities. NB: This event will be in Dutch. Read more

'Voor de Leeuwen' meeting

12 April 15:30, PC Hoofthuis (1.05)
The Grant Team is happy to announce the next meeting in the series 'Voor de Leeuwen', which aims to provide a platform for all FGw researchers to discuss research-related issues in an open and informal setting. The theme of this meeting will be the introduction of the new Projecten Bureau at the Faculty of Humanities. Read more

Please send an e-mail to with the subject ‘Voor de leeuwen’ if you would like to attend.

Proost op de wetenschap: De Ruimtemakers

13 April 17:00-18:00, Spui 25
During this edition of Proost op de Wetenschap Tim Verlaan is going to talk about his dissertation, which recently also has been published as a commercial edition: De Ruimtemakers. Read more

Approaches to Digital Religious Studies with Prof. Gary R. Bunt (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)

16 April 16:00-17:30, PC Hoofthuis (room 5.60)
This presentation explores the approaches towards analysing researching religions in cyberspace, based on two decades of experience in analyzing, researching and writing about Islam and Muslims on the Internet. It is part of the Current Issues in Religious Studies series. Read more

Grant news and upcoming deadlines

Simplification NWO research funding

With effect from 1 August 2018, NWO has announced to implement a large-scale simplification of its funding instruments. They will reduce all of the funding instruments to a handful of ‘main forms’, which will have an affect on the current funding structure.
Please follow the link below to read the official statement made by the NWO about these upcoming simplification changes.

These changes will have an impact on all the NWO domains, so also on the Social Sciences and Humanities. In the link below Wim van den Doel, the chair of the Social Sciences and Humanities Board, reflects on these particular changes.
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Cutting Edge Research Fund | Deadline extended

The deadline for submitting applications for the UvA FGw Cutting Edge Research Fund has been extended.

The application deadline is 30 June 2018. Click here for more information.

Call for Proposals | Research Innovation and Sustainability Fund

The Research Innovation and Sustainability (RIS) Fund 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.

In 2018 approximately ten applicants can be awarded a RIS fellowship. The next deadline for submitting applications is 1 September 2018.
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