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



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

Huizinga-Masterclass ‘Using food in (post)colonial research: possibilities and methodological challenges’ – 1 ECTS

Huizinga-Masterclass ‘Using food in (post)colonial research: possibilities and methodological challenges’ by Professor Katarzyna Cwiertka (Leiden University)

Date: 15 & 16 November 2019

Register here. Register before 1 October 2019



This masterclass is part of the symposium ‘(Post)colonial foodways: creating, negotiating, and resisting transnational food systems’ (attendance required). The masterclass seeks to address two issues. First of all, to explore the ways in which food can enrich a research project on a topic that is not necessarily focused on food. The second objective is to discuss the challenges posed by engaging in a historical study of food. This masterclass is organized in collaboration with the Rural and Environmental History Group at Wageningen University and with Allard Pierson, Collections of the University of Amsterdam.


Write a short essay (400-500 words), in which you engage in the first issue, based on the assigned readings. If possible, try to integrate your own research project in the answer as well. Submit the essay no later than 1 November and be prepared to discuss it in class.

Deadline: Friday 1 November 2019.

Literature (will be provided):
Locher-Scholten, E., “Summer Dresses and Canned Food, European Women and Western Lifestyle” (Chapter 4). In Women and the Colonial State: Essays on Gender and Modernity in the Netherlands Indies, 1900-1942, 121-150. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press 2000.

Cwiertka, Katarzyna J. 2010. “Dining-out in the Land of Desire: Colonial Seoul and the Korean Culture of Consumption”. In Consuming Korean Tradition in Early and Late Modernity: Commodification, Tourism and Performance, ed. L. Kendall, 21-38. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.


Because of their troubling and complex legacy, colonial foodways have become an essential theme in recent histories of transnational food production, consumption and trade practices from early modern mercantilism to the present. By shifting the focus from two-way colonizer-colonized relationships towards (post)colonial networks and their various nexuses, truly transnational histories are emerging that decenter Europe and go beyond traditional narratives.

Food history and (post)colonial history intersect in various ways. Theories about exploration and exploitation offer insights into (proto)capitalism and the consumption of commodities, the agency of populations in the Global South, the transfer of food technologies, and the ecological impact of restructuring and repurposing vast areas of land. Studying material culture and (post)colonial food customs, furthermore, advances an in-depth understanding of the historical negotiation of identities and ideologies. The hybridization of national and migrant cuisines, culinary (neo)colonialism, and shifting perceptions of gastronomic ‘authenticity’ all underwrite the continuing influence of the colonial era on how we speak about food and, subsequently, about ourselves.

This year’s Symposium encourages scholars from all relevant fields of research to explore the continuing relevance of the links between (post)colonial studies and food history.

Attending the symposium (both days) is a mandatory part of the masterclass.


Date & time:
Symposium: 15 November: 9.00 – 17.30 & 16 November: 9.30 – 12.30
Masterclass: 16 November: 14.00 – 16.00

Symposium: Aula, University of Amsterdam, Singel 411, 1012 XM Amsterdam
Masterclass: Werkgroepenruimte, Allard Pierson, Oude Turfmarkt 129, 1012 GC Amsterdam

Masterclass open to: Research MA students and PhD candidates who are a member of a Dutch national research school

ECTS: 1. The Huizinga Instituut issues certificates after successful participation.

Maximum no. of participants: 12

Language: English

Costs: None. Symposium fee included.

Coordination: Ingrid de Zwarte, Joke Mammen.

Huizinga-Masterclass ‘De casus Beverland: uitdagingen van cultuurhistorisch onderzoek naar een veelzijdige persoon’ (1 ECTS)

Huizinga-Masterclass ‘De casus Beverland: uitdagingen van cultuurhistorisch onderzoek naar een veelzijdige persoon’

Vrijdag 25 oktober 2019

1 ECTS. Het Huizinga Instituut verstrekt een certificaat na deelname.
Maximaal aantal deelnemers: 10
Voertaal: Nederlands
Kosten: Geen. Borrel en lunch inclusief.
Registreer hier.

Op 25 oktober 2019 herdenken we de publicatie van Hadriaan Beverlands meest beroemde boek, zijn arrestatie en zijn verbanning in 1679 in de plaats waar hij werd opgepakt, vastgehouden en berecht: Leiden. Tijdens het symposium ‘Niet zomaar een zondaar – 340 jaar Hadriaan Beverland (1650-1716)’, dat wordt georganiseerd in samenwerking met het Scaliger Instituut en Huizinga Instituut, zullen verschillende (kunst)historici, die zich in het heden en het verleden met Beverland hebben beziggehouden, voor het eerst bij elkaar komen om te praten over Beverlands leven, studies, en kunst.

Voor PhD’s en RMA-studenten (verbonden aan een Nationale Onderzoekschool) is het mogelijk om aan het symposium deel te nemen als masterclass. Zij worden van harte uitgenodigd om de casus Beverland onder de loep te nemen in relatie tot hun eigen onderzoek. Tijdens de bijeenkomst worden verschillende kanten van deze vrijzinnige geleerde belicht: hij was een eigenwijze persoonlijkheid, geleerde humanist, Bijbelcriticus, kunstkenner en handelaar, liefhebber van vrouwen, prenten en de klassieke literatuur. Hoe ga je hiermee om als onderzoeker? En hoe kom je los van de biografie en werk je toe naar een breder argument? Tijdens het symposium zullen we ingaan op deze en gerelateerde vragen en van gedachten wisselen over de uitdagingen van het belichten van de geschiedenis van een uniek persoon in cultuurhistorisch onderzoek.

Organisatie: Karen Hollewand (UU) en Joyce Zelen (RKD, Fondation Custodia)



Van studenten en promovendi die deelnemen aan de masterclass wordt verwacht dat zij vooraf de geselecteerde literatuur over Hadriaan Beverland lezen en een reactie op een van de papers voorbereiden. Verder wordt een actieve deelname aan de discussies verwacht. Na afloop verstrekt het Huizinga Instituut certificaten van deelname (1 ECTS).


Programma symposium ‘Niet zomaar een zondaar: 340 jaar Hadriaan Beverland’

Symposium over het leven, de studies en de kunstverzameling van een vrijzinnige geleerde


09.30 – 10.15 Ontvangst met koffie in de Vossiuszaal

10.15 – 12.30:

Karen Hollewand – 340 jaar Hadriaan Beverland: verleden en toekomst

Henk Nellen – Erudiete exegese of pedante lariekoek: Adriaan Beverlands visie op de overlevering van de Bijbeltekst

Floris Verhaart – Het perspectief van katholieke zijde: Beverland, Leonard Ryssenius, en de Index librorum prohibitorum

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.30

Bernhard Schirg – Clitoris Monologues: Beverland, antiquarianism and the male construction of Lesbian sexuality

Truusje Goedings – Adriaan Beverland als bibliofiel: zijn Libri Illustrati ‘per Dirck Jansen van Santen’

Joyce Zelen – ‘Misgeboorten uit verdorven hersenen’: de prentcollages en knipsels van Hadriaan Beverland

15.30 – 16.00 Koffie

16.00 – 17.00 Beverland stadswandeling

17.00 Borrel in De Vergulde Kruik


Symposium: Vossiuszaal, Universiteitsbibliotheek (Witte Singel 27, 2311 BG Leiden)

Stadswandeling: start bij de Universiteitsbibliotheek, eindigt in De Vergulde Kruik

Borrel: De Vergulde Kruik (Haarlemmerstraat 22, 2312 GA, Leiden)



PhD Conference Autumn 2019

Date: 15 & 16 October 2019
Venue: Dominicanenklooster Huissen
Open to: PhD candidates and RMA-students (exclusive for Huizinga members)
ECTS, only for PhD candidates: 3 (with presentation), 1 (auditor)

Registration: Huizinga staff members, ReMa students and PhD candidates are more than welcome to join this conference as auditors. Register here

Third-year PhD candidates who are members of the Huizinga Instituut present (a part of) their research at this conference. Their talks will be discussed by coreferents (who have been invited by the candidates themselves) and the audience.

Preliminary programme:

15 October 2019

10:15: Welcome and introduction

 10:30: Sabine Waasdorp (University of Amsterdam)
The Hour of Spain. Literary Hispanophobia and Hispanophilia in England and the Netherlands, ca. 1550-ca. 1620
Referent: t.b.a.

11:30: Michel van Duijnen (VU University Amsterdam)
Imagineering Violence: Techniques of Early Modern Performativity in the Northern and Southern Netherlands (1630-1690)
Referent: t.b.a.

12:30: Lunch

13:45: Didi van Trijp (Leiden University)

Enlightened Fish Books: A New History of Eighteenth-Century Ichthyology (1686-1828)
Referent: t.b.a.

14:45: Caro Verbeek (VU University Amsterdam)
In Search of Lost Scents. Reconstructing the Aromatic Heritage of the Avant-garde
Referent: t.b.a.

15:45: Coffee and tea

16:00: David Veltman (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
Biography Felix De Boeck (1898-1995)
Referent: Prof. Hubert van den Berg, Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic

17:00: Drinks and dinner


16 October 2019

 10:15: Anna-Luna Post (Utrecht University)
Claiming Fame for Galileo: The Mechanics of Reputation and its Impact in Early Modern Europe 
Referent: t.b.a.

11:15: Laura van Hasselt (University of Amsterdam)
The Invisible Urban Innovator: Piet van Eeghen (1816-1889) and the Modernization of Amsterdam in the Nineteenth Century
Referent: Annet Mooij

12:15: PhD Council

12:30: Lunch

 13:45: Pieter van den Heede (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Games set in war-devastated European (urban) landscapes
Referent: t.b.a.

14:45: Tim van Gerven (University of Amsterdam)
Scandinavism: overlapping and competing identities in the Nordic world
Referent: t.b.a.

15:45: Coffee and tea

16:00: Heleen over de Linden (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
Why former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, decided on 21 November 2013 not to sign the association agreement with the EU
Referent: t.b.a.

17:00: Drinks

Uitnodiging Projectgroep Egodocumenten: lezing door Koos-jan de Jager

Uitnodiging Projectgroep Egodocumenten Huizinga Instituut

Vrijdag 20 september 14.00 – 17.00

Locatie: zaal F2.11C van het Bushuis

Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam

Lezing door Koos-jan de Jager

Denken en schrijven over geloof en oorlogsgeweld. Religie in de Indonesische oorlog (1945-1950)

Geweld tijdens de oorlog in Indonesië tussen 1945 en 1950 staat volop in de belangstelling van wetenschappers en media. Religie is een belangrijk, maar onderbelicht aspect van deze oorlog. In deze lezing ga ik in op de religieuze ervaringen van Nederlandse militairen in Indonesië. Wat betekende geloof voor hen? Hoe gingen zij om met hun geloof te midden van oorlog en geweld? Hoe keken zij aan tegen religieuze diversiteit? Werd religie gebruikt om de oorlog te rechtvaardigen? Wat is eigenlijk de rol van religie in oorlogstijd? Om deze vragen te beantwoorden zijn egodocumenten essentieel. Zij bieden unieke inzichten in het geloofsleven van militairen en hun denken over God, kerk en oorlog. Aan de hand van een variëteit aan egodocumenten – van een persoonlijk verslag van de moord op een protestantse zendeling tot een brief van een Nederlandse militair die zijn dominee laat weten geen lid meer te willen zijn van de kerk – geeft deze lezing nieuwe inzichten in de oorlog in Indonesië.

Koos-jan de Jager is als promovendus verbonden aan het Historisch Documentatiecentrum voor het Nederlands Protestantisme (1800-heden) aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam waar hij werkt aan een proefschrift over de rol van religie in de Indonesische oorlog, 1945-1950.


Inlichtingen en aanmelden (niet verplicht)

Rudolf Dekker

Van Breestraat 116 (boven)

1071 ZV Amsterdam





Foto: Tropenmuseum

Promotie Martje aan de Kerk (UvA) – 18 September 2019

Woensdag 18 september, 14:00 stipt in de Agnietenkapel UvA, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229-231, Amsterdam.

Martje aan de Kerk is a PhD candidate at the early modern history department. She is working on a project entitled: ‘Madness and the city. Interactions between the mad, their families and urban society in the Dutch Republic, 1600-1795.’ This project aims to uncover the interactions between the mad, their family and urban society, and to analyze the changing attitudes towards perceived madness in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. The focus of the research will be on the changing daily reality of the mad and their caregivers during this period. Establishing what option people had to take care of their family members, how private and public care was arranged and who were classified as mad are key aims of this research. Thus, this project will incorporate both intra and extramural care for the mad and will therefore shed new light on the history of early modern madness in the Dutch Republic.

Huizinga Summer School 2020: ‘Doing digital history. Critical approaches to your data’ (5 ECTS)

Dates and time: 8-9-10 July 2020
Venue: Erasmus University Rotterdam
Open to: RMa Students and PhD students who are a member of a Dutch Graduate Research School (onderzoekschool). Members of the Huizinga Institute will have first access.
Fee (nonmembers of a Dutch National Research School): € 250
Credits: 5 ECTS
Coordination: TBA
Register here. Maximum participants in this event: 20


Description, Themes & Objectives

Are you wondering about how digital history can be applied in your research? Curious to learn where and how you can access historical sources for your PhD/ReMA project online? Would you like to critically explore new digital methodologies?

This 3-day summer school aims to acquaint and familiarise you with different digital sources and methodologies that are relevant for cultural historians (as well as political and social historians) in various fields of interest; from early modern to contemporary history. Our summer school provides an opportunity to experiment with and reflect on different types of datasets: from textual to audiovisual sources.

It offers hands-on workshops in small groups and under close supervision of experts, inspiring lectures by experienced digital historians and plenty of opportunity to engage in critical reflection with both experts and fellow participants. How do you explore large datasets and perform source criticism in – at times opaque – digital environments? In what ways does ‘going digital’ add to, change or challenge, your own practice as a historian?

Our team of experts will preselect a set of collections and tools that are suitable for your own PhD/ReMA research, based on your level of experience. In two to three modules, you will learn how to use this selection of datasets and tools to answer a research question of your own, visualise your results, and critically reflect on the process of ‘doing digital history’.

We welcome all levels of experience, beginners included!

Department of History and Erasmus Studio
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Norah Karrouche

Research Master course ‘Heritage and Memory Theory Seminar’ (5 ECTS)

Dates and time: Thursdays or Fridays 30 April, 8 May, 14 May, 22 May, 28 May (14:00-18:00); 5 June (12-20h) 2020
Venue: University of Amsterdam (room TBA)
Open to: RMa Students who are a member of a Dutch Graduate Research School (onderzoekschool). RMa Students who are members of the Huizinga Institute will have first access. PhD Candidates are allowed to register, however RMa Students will have first access.
Fee (nonmembers of a Dutch National Research School): € 250
Credits: 5 ECTS
Coordination: Prof. dr Ihab Saloul (University of Amsterdam)
Register here. Maximum participants in this event: 20


Description, Themes & Objectives

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? Key topics will address the multidirectionality of heritage and memory as well as the theoretical implications identity and trauma, mourning and reconciliation, nationalism and ethnicity, diaspora and intergenerational memories, landscapes and mass violence, heritage preservation and commemorations, experience and authenticity, (dark) tourism, diaspora and postcolonial memory, and performative reenactments and the art of absence and forgetting. The objectives are to:

  • Introduce researchers to central concepts in the field of heritage and memory studies
  • Provide training with samples from advanced theoretical texts (reading, understanding, discussing and integrating literature in the researchers’ own projects)
Organization & Programme

The intellectual engagement with heritage and memory concepts and the ideas they develop is both necessary and often, quite problematic. In this 6-day seminar the collective effort to deal with this issue is as important as the acquisition of knowledge. The conceptual premise underlying this analytical approach is that interdisciplinary lacks the traditional paradigms that used to provide obvious methodological tools. Concepts offer a substitute; a methodology that is flexible, yet responsible and accountable. The aim is to open up an academic space where a common ground can be found without sacrificing specific and precious disciplinary knowledge.

The program will be announced in advance but the general format is a 3-hour seminar session with an introductory lecture, presentations and a class discussion. In preparation students will be given some theoretical texts to read; a full list of literature will be provided in advance. All participants are expected to:

  • Attend all sessions and read the texts seriously
  • During each session teams of two or three participants will present an object/case study of their own choice on which they bring to bear the texts and concepts
  • Write a 2000-word report with a special focus on a theme of choice.
Credits & Certificate

Certificates of participation and credits are available upon request after the event. Event coordinators will decide whether the participant has fulfilled all requirements for the ECTS. Note: the certificate itself is not valid as ECTS, you need to validate it yourself at your local Graduate School.

Research Master course ‘Cultures of Reading’ (5 ECTS)

Dates: Fridays 24 April, 1 May, 15 May, 29 May, 12 June 2020
Time: 13.00-16.00h
Venue: Utrecht University (Room TBA) and Utrecht University Library (29 May: Bucheliuszaal)
Open to: RMa Students who are a member of a Dutch Graduate Research School (onderzoekschool). RMa Students who are members of the Huizinga Institute will have first access; PhD candidates can attend as auditor (limited number)
Fee (non members of a Dutch National Research School): € 150
Credits: 5 ECTS
Coordinator: Arnoud Visser (UU)
Register here. Maximum participants in this event: 25

Cultures of Reading

Since the early modern period, reading has been essential for the transmission of ideas, but it is also a vital skill for the cultural historian. Reading is not a stable form of communication. It may be done in many different ways, depending on a host of historical, social, and religious contexts. In the past three decades the ‘History of Reading’ has become a vibrant scholarly field, exploring both historical practices as well as our own as researchers of earlier periods in history. Historians such as Robert Darnton, Carlo Ginzburg, Roger Chartier, Anthony Grafton, and William Sherman have developed challenging new approaches, highlighting a diversity of reading styles and at least as great a variety of research opportunities.

This course serves as an introduction to the cultural history of reading. In a series of lectures and seminars, 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.

The lectures and seminars that constitute the core of this course will be complemented by a working visit to the UU special collections.

Credits & Certificate

Certificates of participation and credits are available upon request after the event. The event coordinator will decide whether the participant has fulfilled all requirements for the ECTS. Note: the certificate itself is not valid as ECTS, you need to validate it yourself at your local Graduate School.

Huizinga ReMa/PhD curriculum 2019-2020

We are proud to present our ReMa and PhD curriculum for the forthcoming academic year:


Core curriculum Research master students:

Core curriculum PhD candidates:

  • PhD conference I (October 2019, 3 ECTS)
  • CCOI: Research into Cultural History Course (January-May 2020, 5 ECTS)
  • PhD conference II (Spring 2020, 3 ECTS)
  • CCOII: Anxiety with Sources (Spring 2020, 1 ECTS)
    Core curriculum ReMa-courses are also open to PhD candidates

Masterclasses, workshops and ateliers (open to both Research master students and PhD candidates):

And more TBA

Share your plans: organize a masterclass, workshop or other Huizinga-activity

Our goal is to give you the best education opportunities possible. That requires a demand-driven programme, for which we need your help. Do you miss anything in the Huizinga Institute’s programme? And do you have ideas for a ReMa-PhD Masterclass, Workshop, Atelier or course? Or an activity focused on community/platform building? For examples, see our page on workshops and masterclasses.

We greatly welcome initiatives from ReMa-students, PhD candidates and Senior researchers, and have budget available to support several activities each year. Organizers may receive ECTS credits for their efforts. To submit your proposal, please fill out the application form and send it to coordinator Annelien Krul ( She is also available to discuss the possibilities and to answer any questions.

We look forward to hearing from you!