Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Newsletter mid-February 2021


News ASH community

Onwards to 100 percent open access articles

Of all peer reviewed scientific articles at the UvA, 63 percent was published in open access in 2019. This is a growth of almost 10 percentage point compared to 2018. What can researchers do to make even more articles open and reach the 100 percent in 2020? The ambition of the Netherlands is to achieve 100% open access. The Dutch universities are monitoring the progress made and report every year to OCW. Read more

European Peripheries in Architectural History 
Petra Brouwer editor of Special Issue for The Journal of ArchitectureAfbeeldingsresultaat voor petra brouwer

Why is it that the Eurocentric depreciation of ‘other’ cultures also applies to most European countries? How can we explain that the ‘national architecture’ of most European countries has been excluded from the architectural canon?  In ‘European Peripheries of Architectural Historiography’, a special issue of The Journal of Architecture, Petra Brouwer (UvA Art History) and Kristina Jõekalda (Estonian Academy of Arts) analyse Eurocentric tropes, such as othering, self-centering and self-inferiorising, from the inside of Europe (with case studies from 19th and 20th century Finland, Greece, Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland). Read more

Congratulations Maroesjka Verhagen

The 'Holland Scriptieprijs 2020' was awarded to Maroesjka Verhagen for her thesis 'In functie van een voedselketen. De wisselwerking tussen agro-ecosysteem en landbouwmodernisatie, de Beemster 1612-1799', supervised by dr. Danielle van den Heuvel. Read more

Londen Review of Books
Black in Rembrandt’s Time (edited by Elmer Kolfin and Epco Runia) Afbeeldingsresultaat voor elmer kolfin

What interested Rembrandt and his contemporaries, as it interests those attempting to reconcile the archival record of historical black Amsterdam with its visual remains, was the ways in which artists might manipulate the aesthetic codes – the visual rhetoric – that worked to anchor images to, or untether them from their human subjects. Read more


In the Media

Judith Noorman

In Parool about the student project and book 'Gouden Vrouwen'.

George Blaustein

In Folia about the capitol riot (USA).


Niek Pas

Geert Janssen and Sanne Frequin

PhD defense

Dani Evers

24 February 11:00 Aula - Lutherse kerk
Dani Evers, ASH PhD candidate, will defend the dissertation entitled 'Halacha in 'the age of authenticity'. Een studie van koelot (verlichtende uitspraken) in de moderne Joods-religieuze rechtspraak' supervised by Prof. Irene Zwiep and co-supervised by Dr Bart Wallet. Read more

René Lugtigheid

5 March 11:00 Aula - Lutherse kerk
René Lugtigheid, ASH PhD candidate, will defend the dissertation entitled 'Van aardse stof tot hemels lof. De transitie van de achttiende-eeuwse Noord-Nederlandse damesjapon van modeartikel tot kerkelijk gewaad in de katholieke eredienst' supervised by Prof. Frans Grijzenhout. Read more

Nathan van Kleij

12 March 14:00 Aula - Lutherse kerk
Nathan van Kleij, ASH PhD candidate, will defend the dissertation entitled 'Beyond the Facade: Town Halls, Publicity, and Urban Society in the Fifteenth-Century Low Countries' supervised by Prof. Guy Geltner and co-supervised by Dr Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz. Read more

Upcoming events

CREATE Datasprint: Connecting Performing Arts Data 

18 March 15:00-17:00 Online

Over the last two decades, a growing number of databases have been created that record historical information on the production, distribution and reception of theatre, cinema and (other) performing arts. In order to stimulate the careful documentation and conservation of such data sets, the CREATE team has recently edited a special issue of data papers in the Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The launch of this special issue forms the occasion for this datasprint.

More information on the programme will be announced soon on the CREATE website.

Grant news and upcoming deadlines

CfA: Laskaridis Visiting Research Fellowships
in Modern Greek Studies 2021-2022

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam invites applications for two (2) visiting research fellowships in the field of Modern Greek Studies for early-career and more advanced scholars who wish to pursue part of their research at the University of Amsterdam. Applicants for both fellowships are required to hold a Ph.D. For the academic year 2021-2022, 1 fellowship will be offered to an early-career scholar (with a Ph.D. not earlier than 2015) for a period of 5 months, and 1 fellowship will be offered to a more experienced scholar (with a Ph.D. between 2001 and 2015) for a period of 5 months. Deadline: 1 March 2021Read more

Call for Papers: Decolonising the Memories of EnslavementPhoto du Mémorial de l'Anse Caffard (Le Diamand, Martinique)  Crédit: Benaouda Lebdai

The issues of discrimination and racism are more than ever at the heart of today’s debates in Europe, America and Africa since the killing of Georges Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis. The conference 'Decolonising the Memories of Enslavement' of the Université des Antilles and Le Mans Université at Schoelcher, Martinique on 7-9 December 2021, invites contributors to envision this collective rise of humanity through the lenses of literary, artistic and sociocultural creations which will be explored in order to reconsider memorial spaces and the representations of traumatic sites. The conference proposes to address how the memories of slavery in literature and the arts should be expressed and represented differently in the present day in order to decolonise minds and mentalities. The deadline for the call for proposals is 30 March 2021. Read more

Vossius Fund for Research Fellows open for applications

Vossius Center offers funding for Research Fellows. The next deadline is 1 April 2021 for fellowships between September 2021 and June 2022. Applicants are invited to submit a proposal for obtaining a subsidy for research fellows. Read more

Prix de Paris open for applications

RFN (Réseau Franco-Néerlandais) offers funding for research to stimulate scientific knowledge about France (Prix de Paris). The next deadline is 1 May 2021. Read more

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