Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Newsletter October 2021


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First Newsletter of 2021-2022

We didn't manage to bring you the newsletter in September, so this is the first edition of the new Academic Year. Please keep sending us your events, recent publications and other news that you would like to share with your colleagues in the ASH community. Thanks!

Save the Date: ASH Winter drinks!

We had a nice gathering in the straw bales at the ASH End of Summer Drinks in Amsterdam North and are happy to announce that we will organize ASH Winter Drinks on 16 December from 17:00 - 20:00.

Location details will follow, but save the date in your calendar. We hope for many ASH members to join us!

Bart Wallet appointed professor of Jewish Studies

Bart Wallet has been appointed professor of Jewish Studies: Early Modern and Modern Jewish History, with a special focus on Amsterdam, at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Humanities. The chair was established in collaboration with, and with support from, the Menasseh ben Israel Institute Foundation, which is an academic partnership for the promotion of Jewish Studies between the Jewish Cultural Quarter, the UvA and VU University Amsterdam. In establishing this chair, which is the first full-time chair for Jewish history in the Netherlands, the UvA is helping to strengthen Jewish studies in Europe. Read more

The Amsterdam Centre for Studies in Early Modernity

The Amsterdam Centre for Studies in Early Modernity (ACSEM) is formerly known as the Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Golden Age. The new name unites as an interdisciplinary group, but also leaves room for exploration, as well as the diverse range of disciplines and methodologies that enrich the Amsterdam Centre.

The new name comes with a new annual program - the Object Quolloquia Series. The series has the overarching theme: Exploring the World through the Material Turn and the first ACSEM Object Colloquium 'The VOC Boardroom' is announced below in Upcoming events.

Judith Noorman is the new Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Studies in Early Modernity. Former director Lia van Gemert has become emeritus professor on 1 December 2020 and her valedictory speech has been postponed to 18 November 16:30. We will properly announce this event in the November newsletter.

Rosa de Jong awarded Alexander Grass Memorial Fellowship

Rosa de Jong, PhD candidate at ASH, has been awarded the competitive Alexander Grass Memorial Fellowship for her project “From European Ports to Caribbean Homes: Second World War Refugees in Global Transit”. She will spend eight consecutive months from January 2022 onwards in the archives at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, located in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.

CfP Conference Antiliberal Internationalism (20th c): Beyond Left and Right?

At this conference specialists from different disciplines, periods, and regions aim to uncover the longer twentieth-century trajectories and genealogies of antiliberal internationalism: sentiments, outlooks, strategies, and ideologies. Deadline 1 December. Read more

CfP Beyond Nuremberg: The Global Search for Accountability

The Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network (, coordinated by an international Steering Committee and the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA) of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University, will hold its annual conference on June 9-11, 2022 at the NIOD Institute for War Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Deadline 20 January. Read more

In the Media

Gabri van Tussenbroek

In NH Nieuws about lighthouse Lange Jaap.

Bart Wallet

About Thierry Baudet's painful Holocaust remarks on NOS and in Trouw.

Niek Pas

On the tenth anniversary of the Arab Spring in Trouw.


Niek Pas

On Harki history on VPRO radio OVT.

Peter van Dam

About sustainable consumerism in Nieuwe Revu.

Hugo Schalkwijk

In de Volkskrant about COVID vaccination registrations for health personnel.

PhD defense

Marc Kropman

12 October 15:30 - 17:00 Bushuis VOC room
Marc Kropman, ASH PhD candidate, will defend the dissertation entitled 'Shifting Lenses | Multiperspectivity and narratives of the Dutch past in secondary history education' supervised by Prof. Carla van Boxtel and co-supervised by Dr Jannet van Drie. Read more

Upcoming events

ACSEM Object Colloquium: The VOC Boardroom

12 October 15:30 - 17:00 Bushuis VOC room
Gabri van Tussenbroek will speak about the VOC-room as a historical reconstruction, material authenticity and the importance of material for historical research, as well as the fates of the original artworks once occupying this room. Afterwards, Jonas van Tol will lead a discussion about the appropriateness of the usage of such disputed spaces. Read more

Bijeenkomst werkgroep Religieuze Materiële Cultuur

13 October 13:00 - 14:30 Online
Tijdens deze reeks bijeenkomsten staat het religieuze object centraal, van de Late Oudheid tot aan de dag van vandaag. Wat levert het ons op als we specifiek letten op materialiteit en ritueel gebruik van deze voorwerpen? Op welke manieren hebben ze bijgedragen tot persoonlijke geloofsbeleving en /of de vorming van (groeps)identiteit? En hoe zijn deze objecten tot ons gekomen? Aanmelden kan tot maandag 11 oktober bij
coördinator Minou Schraven; Read more

Current Issues with Liana Saif

18 October 16:00 - 17:30 OIH E.014B
Liana Saif will give the lecture ‘The Jābirian Kitāb al-Nukhab and Teaching Talismanry in Medieval Islam' in the programme Current Issues in Religious Studies and Western Esotericism. Read more

Grant news and upcoming deadlines

NWO Rubicon

Rubicon offers talented researchers who have completed their doctorates in the past year the chance to gain experience at a top research institution outside the Netherlands, as international research experience is likely to be an advantage at a later stage in the applicant’s academic career. Rubicon is open for all scientific disciplines for a research project at a foreign research institute. Postgraduates who are currently engaged in doctoral research or who have been awarded a doctorate in the twelve months preceding the relevant deadline, or preceding August 31, 2021, can submit a proposal. The deadline for applications is 30 November. Read more

Veni 2022: new planning

In 2022, the planning for the next Veni rounds in NWO Talent Programme will be fully aligned, just as it was prior to the changes that took place last year as a result of the coronavirus crisis and hack at NWO. The decision about the 2021 Veni SSH is planned for April next year, and NWO has considered the best starting dates for 2022 by taking into account the desire not to create an overlap of rounds or introduce new changes to the current evaluation procedures.

The new Veni-planning for all domains is as follows: Deadline for the (mandatory) preproposal is Tuesday 6 September 2022; Deadline for full proposals is Tuesday 24 January 2023; The decision about the Veni proposals for the 2022 round will take place in June 2023.
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ERC Starting Grant

The call for the 2022 ERC Starting Grant is now open. Researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD (Extensions are possible under certain circumstances), a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal. Starting Grants may be awarded up to € 1.5 million for a period of 5 years. Applications for an ERC grant must be submitted by a single Principal Investigator (PI) in conjunction with and on behalf of their Host Institution, called the applicant legal entity. The deadline for applications is 13 January 2022. 
 Read more

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