Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Newsletter mid-February 2018


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'Voor de Leeuwen' meeting on Knowledge Valorisation

The Grant Team is happy to announce the next meeting in the series 'Voor de Leeuwen', which will take place on Tuesday 18 April at 16.00 in the PC Hoofthuis, room 1.04.

'Voor de Leeuwen' 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 is valorisation/knowledge utilisation.

Please send an e-mail to if you would like to attend.
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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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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.

Three ASH researchers receive support from UvA FGw Aspasia Fund

Judith Noorman, Kristine Johanson and Sofie Remijsen have been awarded a temporary release from teaching duties to enable them to strengthen their CV and/or prepare applications for senior personal grants.
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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 Papers | Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food 2018

This year’s Symposium aims at drawing into dialogue scholars exploring the historical complexities of the relationship between body and nutrition. We invite abstracts for papers covering any topic related to the study of this relationship including, but not limited to, the following: Nutritional science, dietetics, and medicine; popularization and mediatisation of nutritional knowledge, dieting, body images, and physical culture, food, spirituality and morality, public health and nutritional policy.

The application deadline is 5 March 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

Ingrid de Zwarte

23 January 11:00 Aula - Oude Lutherse Kerk
Ingrid de Zwarte will defend her dissertation entitled 'Fighting Famine in the Netherlands', supervised by Prof. Peter Romijn and Dr Ralf Futselaar. Read more

Upcoming events

Stand van de Wetenschap ‘Joodse studies’

21 February, 20:00-21:30 Spui 25
De bestudering van het Joodse boek is aan een opmars bezig. Aan de UvA is een bijzondere leerstoel Geschiedenis van het Joodse boek ingesteld, en de, bij de Bijzondere Collecties ondergebrachte, Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana, wordt veelvuldig geraadpleegd. Tijd voor een spoedcursus Joodse studies met Emile Schrijver en Rachel Cilia Werdmölder. Read more (in Dutch)

Book launch: Raadselvader. Kind in de Koude Oorlog

26 February 17:00-18:30, Spui 25
Launch of the new book of Jolande Withuis, ‘Raadselvader’. Read more

Amsterdam Seminar Global Intellectual History: Lisa Kattenberg and Usman Ahmedani

27 February 16:00-18:00, Bushuis (E1.02)
In this editon of the Amsterdam Seminar Global Intellectual History, Lisa Kattenberg (UvA) and Usman Ahmedani (UvA), will respectively talk about "The Power of Necessity. Reason of State in the Spanish Monarchy, ca. 1590-1650" and "Nationalism and Culture in the Late Ottoman Empire". Read more

The Girl in the Spotlight

8 March 14:00-15:45, Mauritshuis The Hague
The eighteenth edition of the Technical Art History Colloquium is hosted by the Mauritshuis in The Hague and organised by Abbie Vandivere, Head Researcher for Johannes Vermeer's painting Girl with a Pearl Earring. Read more

History Research Seminar #5

8 March 15:00-17:00, Bushuis (VOC-zaal)
The fifth lecture in the History Research Seminar series will be given by Guy Geltner (University of Amsterdam), entitled 'In the Camp and on the March: How Armies Shaped Public Health History in the Premodern World'. Read more

Historisch Café

14 March 20:00, P96
With Willem van der Ham about eyewitnesses of the Watersnoodramp 1953. Read more

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

Grant news and upcoming deadlines

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 deadlines for submitting applications are 1 March 2018 and 1 September 2018.
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More news and deadlines at the ASH website Research funding opportunies
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