Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Newsletter March 2018


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NWO Vici Grant for Geert Janssen

Professor Geert Janssen has been awarded a Vici grant of 1.5 million Euros by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for the project 'The Invention of the Refugee in Early Modern Europe'.
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Tim Verlaan's book De Ruimtemakers in the media

Tim Verlaan's recent book, De ruimtemakers. Projectontwikkelaars en de Nederlandse binnenstad 1950-1980 is discussed in the NRC and Het Parool.
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Petra Brouwer Visiting Professor at McGill University

From April to August 2018 Petra Brouwer will reside in Montreal, as Visiting Professor at McGill University School of Architecture. She has been invited by head of the school professor Martin Bressani, with whom Brouwer collaborates on a publication World Histories of Architecture.
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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.

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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Upcoming events

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

Book presentation: Putin's Court

12 March 20:00, De Balie
At this part-Dutch, part-English evening, Egor Osipov-Gipsh, Nina Targan Mouravi, and Ellen Rutten, professor of Slavic Literature and Culture at the University of Amsterdam, present Poetins rechtbank (Putin's Court), their new book with translated court speeches by Russian citizens, activists, politicians, and artists. Read more

ACSGA Colloquium: A Golden Age? Rethinking 17th-century Dutch Art

13 March 15:30-17:00, Bushuis (VOC-zaal)
Often considered a nineteenth-century historiographical invention, the Dutch notion of "golden age" (gouden or gulden eeuw) was actually constructed at the end of the sixteenth century.  Prof. Jan Blanc (University of Geneva) will discuss this topic. Read more

Historisch Café

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

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

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

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)

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

'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

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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