Next meeting Huizinga-Working Group Utopia: Dr Maja Vodopivec – Global History of the 1968 Protests in Japan: Katō Shūichi’s Words and Tanks – Leiden, 19 February 2020

Dr Maja Vodopivec will present on:

Global History of  the 1968 Protests in Japan: Katō Shūichi’s Words and Tanks


Katō Shūichi (1919 – 2008) was an influential intellectual and writer in post-war Japan. He was a representative of the so-called postwar enlightenment thought. By profession, a medical doctor – hematologist, he was a member of the US-Japanese joint medical team to go to Hiroshima right after the bombing.  He quit his job when selected to spend three months in Uzbekistan to help organization of the Afro-Asian Writer’s Conference in 1958. Katō lived half of his life outside of Japan (France, Austria, Germany, Canada) and he lectured at Yale, UBC, FU of Berlin, Brown University, Cambridge, Venezia, Mexico, University of California, Pomona College and numerous other Western and Japanese universities. His writings refer to a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from relationship between modernity and tradition to the role of intellectuals and literature in resistance, the issues of war responsibility, nationalism, nuclear weapons, terrorism, as well as recent war in Iraq and military interventions. Through seven decades of Katō’s work, it is possible to get a comprehensive image of the times and follow the transformation of Japan and the world. In this presentation, I will focus on his first-hand view of the Prague Spring and his book Kotoba to Sensha (“Words and Tanks”), published by Chikuma Shobō in 1969. Through discussing this essay, I would like to discuss larger questions, such as the relationship between words and violence, ideals and reality, interconnectedness of the events in Japan and the world, as well as discussing what it means to be a “progressive” intellectual.”

Date: 19 February 2020

Time 16:30 – 18:00

Leiden University College,  The Hague,  Anna van Burenplein 301 (30 seconds from the Central Station)  2595DG  Room 4.17 (Floor 4)

Symposium Huizinga-werkgroep Oral History: ‘Oral History in de Klas’ – 19 February 2020, Nijmegen

Op 19 februari 2020 vindt op de Lerarenopleiding Geschiedenis van de HAN een mini-symposium plaats over het thema Oral History, identiteit en inclusiviteit in geschiedenisonderwijs.

Tijdens het symposium gaan docenten, studenten, wetenschappers en oog- getuigen in gesprek over de meerwaarde van Oral History (interviewen van oog- getuigen over het verleden) voor het voortgezet en hoger onderwijs. Studenten Leraar Geschiedenis hebben ontbrekende verhalen en perspectieven over identiteit en geschiedenis uit het recente verleden verzameld en gefilmd. Op het symposium presenteren ze hun interviews én ontwikkelde lesmaterialen.

De middag start met de lancering van Deze website is gericht op docenten en studenten VO, MBO en HO en biedt online lesmaterialen en Oral History interviews die direct gebruikt kunnen worden tijdens lessen geschiedenis, mens en maatschappij en burgerschap.

VOOR WIE Docenten en studenten VO, MBO, HBO en WO. Ook andere belangstellenden zijn van harte welkom.

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Download de flyer met het hele programma hier.

‘Public Health’ in the Middle Ages: Healthscaping Urban Europe – Bijeenkomst van de werkgroep ‘History, Health and Healing’ – 7 februari 2020, Utrecht

‘Public Health’ in the Middle Ages: Healthscaping Urban Europe
Bijeenkomst van de werkgroep ‘History, Health and Healing’
Tijd: vrijdag 7 februari 2020, 13.00-18.00 uur
Locatie: Universiteitsbibliotheek locatie Uithof, Heidelberglaan 3, Utrecht (Boothzaal)

Tijdens deze bijeenkomst van de werkgroep HHH presenteren leden van de onderzoeksgroep ‘Healthscaping Urban Europe’ hun onderzoek. Na een inleiding van Prof. Guy Geltner, die het project coördineert, volgen drie presentaties die vervolgens worden gerefereerd door twee specialisten: een in de mediëvistiek, en een in de geschiedenis van public health. Daarna is er plenaire discussie en een borrel.

Aan deelname zijn geen kosten deelname verboden. Wel wordt u – in verband met de catering – verzocht zich aan te melden bij de secretaris van de werkgroep, Timo Bolt:


Over het onderzoeksproject:

Premodern Healthcaping brings together a group of medievalists across several disciplines to explore how urban residents in two of Europe’s most urbanized regions – Italy and the Low Countries – thought about and pursued population-level health. The 5-year project, funded by an ERC Consolidator grant, is based at the University of Amsterdam and builds on insights reached by scholars of premodern medicine, urbanism and material culture, which challenge the identification of public health as a uniquely modern phenomenon. Over the next years, this project will trace the development of community health, safety and wellbeing as a major aspect of the public good and as a key means of justifying and legitimating power in an urban context. It will explore the transmission of and tensions between medical theory and urban policy in this regard, and will examine the extent to which these were enforced from the political center outward, guarded and resisted by for instance major economic stakeholders, including the church, as well as neighborhood agents. Using a combination of methodologies drawing on anthropology, geography, cultural history and science and technology studies, this group seeks to define a new key for observing how historical communities aspired to live in places where health could bloom.

Het programma:

13.00-13.30: Inloop en koffie; introductie

13.30-14.00: Toekomstplannen van HHH

14.00-14.30: Guy Geltner, ‘Introduction to Healthscaping Urban Europe: Towards a multiscalar approach to Healthscaping’

14.30-15.00: Janna Coomans, ‘Healthscaping the Late Medieval Low Countries in 4 programs’

15.00-15.30: Theepauze

15.30-16.00: Taylor Zaneri, ‘In, Around, and Under the Medieval City: Water and Waste in 14th Century Bologna’

16.00-16.30: Claire Weeda, ‘The mediation of medical knowledge in Netherlandish cities, 1300-1500’

16.30-17.00: Referenten (Catrien Santing en Eddy Houwaart) gevolgd door plenaire discussie

17.00-18.00: Borrel




Guy Geltner, ‘Introduction to Healthscaping Urban Europe: Towards a multiscalar approach to Healthscaping’
My opening remarks (10 minutes) will briefly introduce the goals and structure of Healthscaping Urban Europe, its work packages and participants, and the project’s “stand van zaken,” before letting contributors speak for themselves. My closing remarks will delve into the broader methodology we have been extrapolating from and adding to our project/s through conversations with scholars of health working across historical-cultural and paleo-scientific fields. Adopting a multiscalar approach, I argue, is a congenial way to expand and improve our conversations with health historians working with diverse admixtures of evidence in and beyond urban societies in western Europe.

Janna Coomans, ‘Healthscaping the Late Medieval Low Countries in 4 programs’
Whereas the vast majority of Europe’s inhabitants spent their lives in a rural environment, almost half of the population in Flanders lived in cities around 1350, a proportion reached in Holland by 1500. Both larger metropoles and the many dozens of Netherlandish towns with a few thousand inhabitants generated extensive series of administrative records. These sources allow studying the efforts that inhabitants and local governments undertook to prevent disease and promote health. Based on the foci and subjects that these archival sources convey, this paper argues that healthscaping practices during the fourteenth and fifteenth century can be divided into four main goals or “programs.” Netherlandish urban communities sought to ensure: 1: well-functioning infrastructures; 2: sufficient and high-quality water and food; 3: organized (but not necessarily centralized) waste disposal; 4: a morally healthy community. This paper briefly discusses what these programs entailed, and what studying them in relation to each other can tell us about the perception of health at a group level in late medieval urban society.

Taylor Zaneri, ‘In, Around, and Under the Medieval City: Water and Waste in 14th Century Bologna’

This paper examines the daily lives in, around, and under Bologna from AD 1200 to 1500. It examines how critical public health issues such as water cleanliness, domestic rubbish, and industrial waste disposal, among others, were managed by households, neighborhoods, and professionals. What kinds of waste were present in medieval Bologna, and how was it disposed of? How did the experience of health and cleanliness differ around the city? This paper analyzes and maps published archaeological evidence uncovered through excavations of the era’s houses, churches, workshops, and canals. It combines GIS, archaeological and environmental techniques with traditional historical sources, to pinpoint health hazards, sources of contamination and pollution, as well as to identify cleanliness promoting actions, and examine how “public health” varied throughout the medieval city.

Claire Weeda, ‘The mediation of medical knowledge in Netherlandish cities, 1300-1500’
In recent decades, many historians dealt with the dissemination of Greco-Arabic Galenism via western European universities from the twelfth century onwards. However, university centres of knowledge and the health experts that emerge from them, are but one of the many vectors transmitting and validating ideas, technologies and practices of the health of bodies. Monasteries or local parish schools equally served as sites of knowledge of Galenism, spiritual healing and best practices. Latin and vernacular regimens, mirrors, and books of conduct encouraged individuals to scrutinize their own health practices, teaching them self-discipline in accordance with social position, age, and gender. Norms relating to the health and hygiene of bodies, moreover, were mediated via regulations proclaimed by town criers, such as ordinances and statutes, through sermons, through health workers, in the courts, in market places (including slave trade), and in households.

Although it is evident that Netherlandish urban communities had access to and applied medical knowledge in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century regulations, to date little is known about how, by whom, why and in what context this knowledge became available to them. My paper seeks to address these questions. I will discuss, firstly, the number and origins of Netherlandish medical students in this period and their positions as city doctors and rectors of local schools. Secondly, using contemporary library catalogues produced at monasteries, chapters and courts, I will demonstrate the accessibility of specific medical texts in religious and urban communities. Thirdly, I will discuss how confraternities such as the Zielbroeders and Cellites played a significant role as health workers in Netherlandish cities in this period. Charting how medical ideas, transmitted by lay and religious workers, texts and institutions, turned into norms — that were also resisted by urban populations — will help us to understand how theory and practice intersected.

The Huizinga ReMa/PhD-council is looking for new members

Dear all,
We have to announce the sad fact that two of the PhD-representatives are leaving the ReMa/PhD-council. Didi van Trijp and Bob Pierik will leave after years of service, to make place for a next generation of PhD representatives. We are therefore looking for two new PhD-members for the Huizinga ReMa/PhD-council.
The council represents all Huizinga PhDs and ReMA students and forms both an official and unofficial link between the program team and the board of directors on the one hand and the PhD/ReMA community on the other. Tasks of the PhD/ReMA-representatives include, but are not restricted to: attending the program team meetings where the yearly curriculum is designed and decided upon, giving advice on future courses, conducting a yearly survey, organizing our own events, and keeping an eye on the communication between the Huizinga Institute and the PhD/ReMA-candidates.
If you are interested or have questions about the function, please drop us an e-mail (, so we can inform you of the procedure. Let us know if you are interested before the 26th of January, so we can select new candidates before the 1st of February.
Best regards,
The Huizinga ReMA-PhD-council

Invitation next meeting Huizinga Working Group on Utopia and Social Dreaming: Lecture by dr. Vera Alexander – 11 December 2019, Groningen

Invitation: next meeting Huizinga Institute Working Group on Utopia and Social Dreaming in Connected and Entangled Perspective


Entangled Gardens: Heterotopian Relationality in Romesh Gunesekera’s The Prisoner of Paradise (2012)

Dr. Vera Alexander
Senior Lecturer, European Languages and Cultures
University of Groningen

Location & time:

Room 015 at the OBS 23 (Oude Boteringestraat 23) on Wednesday December 11, from 14:00-16:00.

Uitnodiging Projectgroep Egodocumenten Huizinga Instituut – 28 February 2020, Amsterdam

Uitnodiging Projectgroep Egodocumenten Huizinga Instituut

Vrijdag 28 februari, 14.00-17.00 uur
Universiteitsbibliotheek, Belle van Zuylenzaal
Singel 425
1012 WP Amsterdam


Lezing door Martijn Wink over het dagboek van Franz Friedrich Christian Steinmetz die als majoor van de artillerie in 1808 en 1809 deelnam aan een veldtocht in Spanje, waar hij sneuvelde, met nieuw ontdekte informatie over de omstandigheden rondom de dood van Steinmetz.


Lezing Rik Vuurmans over de in Den Helder geboren Cornelis Dekker, die zich tijdens de Spaanse Burgeroorlog (1936-1939) aangesloot bij de Internationale Brigades en zijn ervaringen te boek heeft gesteld en in 1938 in eigen beheer uitgegeven.

Inlichtingen en aanmelden (niet verplicht)

Rudolf Dekker
Van Breestraat 116 (boven)
1071 ZV Amsterdam

Looking back: first two meetings Huizinga Instituut Working Group on Utopia and Social Dreaming in Connected and Entangled Perspective

The Huizinga Instituut Working Group on utopia and Social Dreaming in Connected and Entangled Perspective conducted its first two sessions in September and November. Our first session had group member Dr Carolien Stolte, University Lecturer in History at leiden University, presenting an article by her on ‘”The People’s Bandung”: Local Anti-imperialists on an Afro-Asian Stage’, Journal of World History, Volume 30, Numbers 1-2, June 2019, pp. 125-156. This took place in the conference room of the Institute for History, Huizinga Building, Leiden University, on 23 September 2019. RMA students from Utrecht University attended, in addition to the group members and the presenter at the following Working Group session, Dr Joppan George, Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University. Carolien argued thatwhile the 1955 intergovernmental Conference of Asian-African Countries at Bandung is widely regarded as the beginning of the Afro-Asian movement, it is less well known that eleven days prior to the Bandung Conference, a conference was convened in New Delhi that should be considered its unofficial counterpart. In contrast to Bandung, which was closed to the public, large crowds attended the Delhi conference. Officially known as the Conference of Asian Countries for the Relaxation of International Tension, the conference was also instrumental in the formation of the Afro-Asian People’s Solidarity Organization (AAPSO). In contrast to the “official” Bandung, this movement sought bottom-up, mass-based support for decolonization and nuclear disarmament through popular manifestations of international solidarity. Carolien widened our notion of the “Bandung Moment” by focusing not on interstate diplomacy but on more popular, as well as more populous, expressions of the “Bandung Spirit.” There was animated discussion, including on women’s transnational civic activism and on the role of Paul Robeson.

The second session of this working group was a joint one, on 25 November 2019, with the Modern South Asia Seminar at Leiden University. Dr Joppan George, who got his Ph.D. from Princeton University this year, and is a Fellow at IIAS Leiden presented on “Colonial Airmindedness: Views from British India.” He charted the course of airmindedness and the birth of the aerial being in India in the interwar years of the 20th century through a reading of the counter-archive of historical romances, memoirs, radio broadcasts, phrasebooks, travelogues, hoaxes, and rumors to recuperate the colonial subjects’ self-fashioning of technological modernity. Participants included Dr Steffen Rimner (International History, Utrecht U), Dr Radhika Gupta (Leiden U), and Dr Ole Laursen (Fellow, IIAS, Leiden), in addition to the working group members and many students from the Leiden South and South-east Asia undergraduate teaching programme.

Would you like to receive updates and invitations regarding the Huizinga Instituut Working Group on Utopia and Social Dreaming in Connected and Entangled perspective? Send a message to to be placed on this working group’s Email list.

The next working group meeting will take place on 11 December in Groningen, by Dr Vera Alexander on Entangled Gardens. More information soon.

Lecture organised by the Huizinga Instituut Working Group on Utopia and Social Dreaming: Joppan George, “Colonial Airmindedness: Views from British India” – 25 November 2019, Leiden

Leiden University Modern South Asia Seminar and the Huizinga Instituut Working Group on Utopia and Social Dreaming in Connected and Entangled Perspective
Joppan George, “Colonial Airmindedness: Views from British India”

Time and Venue: Mon 25 November, 17:00  – 19:30, Het Verbarium, Leiden University

Please join us for the talk and the reception.

“Colonial Airmindedness: Views from British India”
In the canonical Western historiography on airmindedness or air sense, much ink has been spilt on the spectacle of flight made available through literature, cinema, and radio. Air shows and aerial pageants became much-celebrated events wherein, at the price of an entrance ticket, the citizens had mass edification in airmindedness. In a progressive, utopian way, in the West, aviation was the consummate object of technological progress. In that the airminded citizenry demonstrated a “technically oriented form of patriotic ideology,” often, the optics of airmindedness was tinted in nationalist hues. This article provincializes airmindedness by shifting the focus on normative Western narratives that privileged the innovations in laboratories and the genius of airmen to listen to the colonial subjectivities’ awareness of aviatic practices. How did the political consciousness of the colonial subjects address their interest in, and articulate their grasp of, modernity’s emblematic high technology? This article charts the course of airmindedness and the birth of the aerial being in India through a reading of the counter-archive of historical romances, memoirs, radio broadcasts, phrasebooks, travelogues, hoaxes, and rumors to recuperate the colonial subjects’ self-fashioning of technological modernity. An aerial being in the interwar India, the presentation contends, was forged from proximate discursive, material, and experiential engagement with the colonial policies of aviation as much as by piloting and flying.

Joppan George is a postdoctoral fellow in the International Institute for Asian Studies, at Leiden University. He is working on a cultural history of British imperial ecology produced through aerial vision in the 1920s and 1930s. He earned a PhD in History from Princeton University in June 2019 for his dissertation Airborne Colony: Culture and Politics of Aviation in India, 1910-1939.

Nieuws Werkgroep NEWW: verslag lancering website Correspondance d’Isabelle de Charrière / Brieven van Belle van Zuylen

Zaterdag 26 oktober vond in Het Utrechts Archief de lancering plaats van de website Correspondance d’Isabelle de Charrière / Brieven van Belle van Zuylen. Dit is een project dat wordt gerealiseerd binnen het Huygens Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis (KNAW), onder leiding van Suzan van Dijk en Madeleine van Strien-Chardonneau.

Belle van Zuylen, 18e-eeuws schrijfster en aanvoerster van de Utrechtse Literaire Canon, is vooral beroemd door haar uitgebreide correspondentie, gevoerd in het Frans. Slechts een klein gedeelte is ook in het Nederlands (in boekvorm) beschikbaar. Afgelopen zaterdag is een begin gemaakt met de online publicatie van alle brieven, in eerste instantie in het Frans (maar in gemoderniseerde spelling). Geleidelijk aan zullen daaraan vertalingen worden toegevoegd.

De afgelopen jaren is door een aantal vrijwilligers, de meesten lid van het Genootschap Belle van Zuylen, gewerkt aan de voorbereiding van deze publicatie: op basis van scans van de Oeuvres complètes, uitgegeven door Van Oorschot (1979-84) pasten zij de spelling en de layout aan, en voegden annotaties toe.

Aangezien het gaat om ruim 2600 brieven, vindt de publicatie in etappes plaats, te beginnen in deze Maand van de Geschiedenis, die als thema heeft: “ZIJ/HIJ”. Als eerste zijn nu de 199 brieven beschikbaar, waarvan de handschriften in Nederland zijn, namelijk in: Nationaal Archief, Rijksarchief Gelderland, Het Utrechts Archief, Koninklijke Bibliotheek en Literatuurmuseum.

Voorafgaand aan de openstelling van de website vond een klein symposium plaats waarin vier sprekers (V/M) ingingen op het belang van Belle van Zuylen en van deze correspondentie – voor het cultuurhistorisch onderzoek, voor de geschiedenis van Utrecht, voor hedendaagse schrijfsters die door Belle van Zuylen’s voorbeeld worden geïnspireerd, en voor “gewone” lezers (M/V).

Na een korte inleiding waarin Kaj van Vliet (rijksarchivaris, Het Utrechts Archief) wees op de rol die Belle van Zuylen, samen met Anna Maria van Schurman, speelt in de recentelijk vernieuwde vaste tentoonstelling, ging Suzan van Dijk (projectleider) in op Belle’s dikwijls geciteerde uitspraak “Ik heb geen talent voor ondergeschiktheid”: de brieven die zich in Nederland bevinden, veelal gericht aan haar eigen Nederlandse familie, laten eigenlijk ook wel andere kanten zien dan alleen die van de “rebelse meid”, en zijn om die reden zeer interessant.

Naar aanleiding van zijn recent verschenen Belle van Zuylen. Een leven in Holland, sprak Kees van Strien over Gijsbert Jan van Hardenbroek, lid van een Utrechtse regentenfamilie, en enkele van diens vrienden en tijdgenoten, van wie hij dagboeken en correspondenties heeft bestudeerd. Met name deze Hardenbroek moeten we wel zien als een “slachtoffer van Cupido dankzij Belle”.

Dirk van Miert (leider van het project SKILLNET aan de UU) gaf een bevestigend antwoord op de vraag of Belle van Zuylen ook burgeres was van de toenmalige Republiek der Letteren. Hij vergeleek haar met twee tijdgenotes van Belle, over wie door zijn studenten onderzoek is verricht: Hyleke Gockinga en Etta Palm. De eerste beheerste vele talen, en werd een “tweede Schurman” genoemd. De tweede correspondeerde o.a. met raadpensionaris Van der Spiegel (die ook in brieven van Belle voorkomt). Zij woonde ruim 20 jaar in Parijs en kwam in salons die Belle ook bezocht: in één van Belle’s brieven (nr. 2310) wordt zij genoemd – niet bij naam, maar als “intrigante hollandaise”.

Vervolgens ging Josephine Rombouts (inmiddels bekend vanwege Cliffrock Castle, en haar verblijf op dit Schotse kasteel) in op de enorme indruk die alleen al de eerste paar zinnen van Belle van Zuylen’s eerste brief, in de bundel Ik heb geen talent voor ondergeschiktheid, op haar maakten, toen zij als 19-jarige op kamers ging wonen en met het oog op dat nieuwe leven (waarvoor ook een pedaalemmer nodig was) het boek aanschafte.

Tenslotte werd de website met de digitale editie Correspondance d’Isabelle de Charrière/Brieven van Belle van Zuylen: onthuld en kort toegelicht. Daarbij lag enige nadruk op het feit dat het hier gaat om Work in Progress, en dus op de mogelijkheid – voor geïnteresseerden die vertrouwd zijn met de Franse taal, en belangstelling hebben voor literatuur en geschiedenis – om zich bij de verdere werkzaamheden te laten betrekken. Naast de “Nederlandse” zijn er nog alle andere brieven, die zich in Zwitserland (vooral) en elders bevinden: veel daarvan zijn inmiddels bewerkt, maar er is ook nog heel wat te doen…..  Neem eventueel contact op met onderstaande adressen.;

Huizinga-werkgroep NEWW: Uitnodiging bijeenkomst “Belle van Zuylen: haar brieven online!” – Utrecht, 26 October 2019

De Huizinga-werkgroep NEWW (New approaches to European Women’s Writing) vraagt graag uw aandacht voor de volgende uitnodiging:

Het Utrechts Archief en Huygens ING nodigen u van harte uit om aanwezig te zijn bij de bijeenkomst “Belle van Zuylen: haar brieven online!” op zaterdag 26 oktober in Het Utrechts Archief aan de Hamburgerstraat 28, Utrecht. De uitnodiging en het programma zijn hier te downloaden. U kunt zich aanmelden voor deze feestelijke middag via


Sprekers (M/V) zijn:

· Kaj van Vliet (rijksarchivaris, Het Utrechts Archief)

· Suzan van Dijk (projectleider)

· Kees van Strien (auteur van o.a. Isabelle de Charrière (Belle de Zuylen) Early Writings New Material from Dutch Archives, 2005)

· Dirk van Miert (projectleider SKILLNET Universiteit Utrecht)

· Josephine Rombouts (auteur van o.a. Cliffrock Castle, 2018)


Drinks with the Huizinga PhD/ReMa Council – Utrecht, 10 October 2019


This October, the PhD/ReMa Council is starting a new tradition. Over the course of the academic year, we will be organizing a couple of social gatherings for PhD’s and ReMa students. These will give you the opportunity to visit a (historic) place in the Netherlands you may have never been before, or to freely discuss topics that are relevant to you. Perhaps even more important, they will provide a relaxed atmosphere for you to get to know your peers at the Huizinga Institute a little better – whether you’re a first-year ReMa or a seventh-year (gulp…) PhD!

Our first get-together will be on Thursday 10 October, at 17:00 (5 p.m.) in Janskerkhof 13, 0.06 (Stijlkamer) (please note the time change: we will not start at 4 pm as previously announced). Join us and mingle with your fellow Huizinga historians, and perhaps we can try to answer difficult questions like ‘What is the Huizinga Institute for?’

Please let us know ( if you fancy attending, so we have an idea of how many people will show up.

Seminar ‘How to work with Sammelbände? Understanding the van Buchell collection’ (1 ECTS)

How to work with Sammelbände? Understanding the van Buchell collection.

UCMS Seminar on Premodern Reading Cultures

11 October 2019, Special Collections, Utrecht University Library

Huizinga members can participate for 1 ECTS.


Sammelbände, that is to say volumes of printed texts created at the request of their buyers, were a ubiquitous phenomenon in in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Europe. Surprisingly, they have not been studied as such yet. Because they can be studied from many angles, Sammelbände are of interest for scholars of many disciplines, from Antiquity to the early modern period. They touch on topics as diverse as the reception of Ancient authors in later periods; the material features of the Sammelbände that inform us on medieval and early modern binding practices; the rescue of medieval fragments preserved in the bindings; premodern reading practices (annotating books, claiming ownership, circulating books in a network of readers)… Another crucial question lies in the way we can use digital humanities to make these items more accessible to a large audience, with a system of digitisation and of description of the volumes in library and research databases.

The one-day seminar will consist of papers around one specific collection of Sammelbände kept at Utrecht University Library, the van Buchell collection, as well as other examples and perspectives that will allow reflecting on the new methodologies and tools we can use to study these objects. There will also be a presentation of books from the van Buchell collection.

RMA students and PhD students can receive 1 ECTS via the Huizinga Institute for attending the Seminar and writing a synthesis of what they will have observed and learned during the day.

The workshop is free of charge (lunch and coffee breaks included) but is limited to 35 participants. Please register before October 7, 2019, via this link:


Organisation: Katell Lavéant ( & Ann-Marie Hansen (


More information on the workshop (see PDF)



Friday 11 October 2019 – Bucheliuszaal, Utrecht University Library (Uithof Science Campus, 6th floor)


9:30-10:00: welcome and coffee


Morning session: (re)discovering the van Buchell collection

10:00-10:10: Opening – Bart Jaski: The van Buchell collection: a tale of misers and cheaters

10:10-10:50: Malcolm Walsby: Analysing the riches of the van Buchell Sammelbände

10:50-11:10: Bart Jaski: From manuscript to maculature: the unique testimony of van Buchell’s books

11:10-11:50: Katell Lavéant & Ann-Marie Hansen: Traces of use: how readers left their marks in the Van Buchell volumes


12:00-13:00: lunch

13:00-14:30: book presentation (two groups for better access to the books)


Afternoon session: beyond van Buchell

14:30-15:10: John Tholen: Reading classical mythology: a case study of an early modern Sammelband

15:10-15:50: Arja Firet: Old books and new technologies: the challenges and potential of digitisation and digital humanities

15:50-16:00: conclusions



Afscheidscollege professor Wijnand Mijnhardt (UU)

Hoogleraar Vergelijkende Wetenschapsgeschiedenis Wijnand Mijnhardt, voormalig voorzitter van het Huizinga Instituut, is voornemens afscheid te nemen met het houden van een college, getiteld

Een Republikeinse erfenis

Alle belangstellenden worden hartelijk uitgenodigd tot het bijwonen van dit college in de Aula van het Academiegebouw, Domplein 29, Utrecht. Na afloop is vanaf 17.00 uur een receptie in de Senaatszaal van het Academiegebouw. Graag bericht van uw komst aan

Hoogleraren die wensen mee te lopen in het cortège – bij voorkeur in een toga van de eigen instelling – wordt verzocht dit te laten weten aan de pedel ( Het cortège wordt om 16.00 uur opgesteld in de Senaatszaal (togakleedkamer zaal 1.7).

Invitation first meeting Huizinga Instituut Working Group ‘Utopia and Social Dreaming in Connected and Entangled Perspective’

The Huizinga Instituut Working Group Utopia and Social Dreaming in Connected and Entangled Perspective has formally begun its activities. More on this group can found here.
Our first session will discuss an article by our group member Carolien Stolte: ‘”The People’s Bandung”: Local Anti-imperialists on an Afro-Asian Stage’, Journal of World History, Volume 30, Numbers 1-2, June 2019, pp. 125-156.
Place and Time:
Conference room of the Institute for History,  Huizinga Building,  Doelensteeg 16, Leiden University, Leiden
Monday, 23 September 2019, 16.00h
 We welcome outside participants. Please register by emailing and