Winter School Rome – Cities, Borders and Identities. Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach

18-26 November 2017
This winter school takes the city of Rome as an explorative case study in its thematic focus on European border cities. We consider European border cities as paradigmatic urban contexts where identity questions are not only particularly salient, but where they also potentially lend themselves to novel conceptualizations of cultural difference and sameness.

Masterclass – Prof. Nigel Smith (Princeton University)

12 December 2017 | University of Amsterdam
In this masterclass professor Nigel Smith (Princeton) will give a lecture about one of his key research themes: relations between politics and literature in Early Modern Europe. After general discussion and a lunch break participants can discuss their own themes with professor Smith. The session after lunch will also be open for participants who have not sent in questions.

Lecture – Professor Nigel Smith (Princeton University)

12 December 2017 | University of Amsterdam
This lecture will discuss the nature of the 17th-century literary public spheres in different places, and their mutual relationships. Did the cities of Holland, especially Amsterdam, enjoy a different quality of public sphere than London, Paris or Madrid? How did traveling writers experience the public spheres of their host countries? How were geographic and language borders crossed in poetry and drama, for instance by poets writing in one language on a political theme but far from home in the territory of another tongue?

Wetenschappelijk recenseren – Prof. Ieme van der Poel (UvA)

8 maart 2017 | Universiteit van Amsterdam
Het schrijven van recensies van wetenschappelijk werk is een vaardigheid waarvan promovendi en universitaire onderzoekers-in-spe op enig moment van hun loopbaan zeker profijt zullen hebben. Daarbij valt te denken aan het beoordelen van de waarde van een studie voor vakgenoten, maar ook, wanneer het een krant of weekblad betreft, aan het schrijven van een kritiek voor een algemeen, geïnteresseerd publiek. Een recensie kan een boek maken of breken, en alleen al daarom is het van belang dat een recensent zich bezint op de eisen en voorwaarden van de kritiek.

Masterclass – Professor Peter Mack (University of Warwick)

17 November 2017
This class will examine the possibility of using the doctrines of rhetoric not for generating new texts but for analysing existing texts and images. Rhetoric invites us to think about the relationship between speaker, audience and subject-matter and provides a range of techniques for finding ideas and words suitable for persuading that audience. The class will consider the possible hermeneutic applications of a range of rhetorical teachings and will discuss the interpretation of a renaissance poem, a scene from Hamlet, passages from Salman Rushdie’s The Moor’s Last Sigh, and paintings by Rembrandt (Bathsheba, 1654, Louvre) and Cézanne (Mont St Victoire, 1904-6, Zurich) in this light.

Course Oral History and Life Stories

1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 March 2018 | Register and send in your motivation letter before: 29 November 2017
Historians and others who interview about the past often talk about memory and how they are informed by memory, while they know memory is a difficult and problematic source of historical knowledge. During this course we shall concentrate on the use of memory in historical research. We will investigate the various efforts to create a more systematic and theoretically grounded approach than ‘just talking about days long gone’. How can we create a research pattern that overcomes the incidental and replace it by acceptance of the changing character of spoken narratives about the past? We shall also compare spoken memories with other ego-documents, bearing in mind the many other existing and valid ways of interviewing about personal experience.

Summer School 2018 – Genius and Madness: A Cultural History

First Meeting on 25 May 2018, Summer School Week, 18-22 June 2018 | University of Amsterdam
The Summer School seeks to pick up assumptions on genius, madness and creativity in a diachronical and interdisciplinary way. Key themes around cultural translations of madness and geniality will be discussed. We will follow transdisciplinary approaches inspired by musicology, art history, film studies, cultural history, anthropology and psychology.

Rome lezen: de toeristische stad

14 t/m 28 mei 2018 | Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut te Rome
In de cursus maken deelnemers op basis van programmatische teksten en case studies kennis met een breed palet aan (inter)disciplinaire invalshoeken en methodes om de impact van toerisme en pelgrimage op de ruimtelijke, sociaal-economische en culturele dynamiek van de stad te analyseren. Vervolgens zullen we aan de hand van combinaties van zelf te kiezen bronnen – bv. reisverslagen, gidsen, tijdschriften, prenten, schilderijen, foto’s, films, archieven van toeristische organisaties en lokale overheden – onderzoek doen naar de betekenis van Rome voor toeristen en de betekenis van toerisme voor Rome. In gesprekken met stadsbestuurders, journalisten, touroperators en vertegenwoordigers van de erfgoedwereld zullen we ten slotte van gedachten wisselen over de uitdagingen van de toeristische stad, en de bijdrage die wij met ons cultuurhistorische onderzoek daaraan kunnen leveren.

RMa Course – Heritage & Memory Theory Seminar

May – June 2018 | University of Amsterdam
The analytical study of heritage and memory studies poses particular problems of method for all, from beginners to very experienced scholars. Due to its fundamental interdisciplinary, transnational and comparative nature, this seminar devises a specific format that explicitly addresses the methodological ins and outs of heritage and memory studies. We will critically examine the dynamics of the past from the perspective of tangible and intangible remnants, spaces and traces as well as the politics of forgetting and heritage appropriations, significations, musealizations and mediatization in the present. How key sites of heritage and memory in Europe and beyond are presented, interpreted, and renegotiated? And how do memory discourses operate as vehicles of local, national, continental and global identity building?

RMa Course – Cultures of reading

Spring 2018 | University of Amsterdam
This course serves as an introduction to the cultural history of reading. In a series of lectures and seminars spanning an 8-week period, the phenomenon of reading cultures is studied from a variety of different historical and disciplinary perspectives by academics from across the field of cultural history in the Netherlands, assisted by guest speakers from abroad.

Promotie – Marieke Lefeber (Universiteit Utrecht)

Zet hem op een ton. Repertoire op bellenspeelklokken in het achttiende-eeuwse Nederland Datum: 4 oktober 2017 – 10:30 Locatie: Academiegebouw, Domplein 29, Utrecht Promotor(es): Prof. dr. Emile Wennekes Rijke klokkenbezitters luisterden in de 18e eeuw naar eenvoudige en soms pikante deuntjes op hun bellenspeelklokken. Dit blijkt uit het promotieonderzoek van Marieke Lefeber-Morsman. Zij heeft onderzoek […]

Promotie Floor Haalboom (Universteit van Utrecht)

One Health? Landbouw dominant in de historische omgang met zoönosen van productiedieren Datum: 21 september 2017 – 12:45 Locatie: Academiegebouw Domplein 29, Utrecht Promotor(es): Prof. dr. F.G. Huisman Co-promotor(es): Prof. dr. P.A. Koolmees Promotie Floor Haalboom over de geschiedenis van One Health en de omgang met door mens en vee gedeelde infectieziekten in Nederland Gedurende […]

PhD Defence – Simon Halink (RUG)

Date: 11 October 2017, 14:30h Venue: Aula, Academy building, Broerstraat 5 – Groningen Promotores: Prof. dr C.W. Bosch (RUG) & Prof. dr J.T. Leerssen (UvA) S. (Simon) Halink, MA, will defend his doctoral thesis on Wednesday, 11 October 2017: Asgard revisited. Old Norse mythology and national culture in Iceland, 1820-1918 More information: http://www.rug.nl/research/gradschool-humanities/news/11-10-2017-phd-ceremony-halink?lang=en