The Huizinga Institute launches new PhD and RMA curriculum

After over a year of hard work from our Programme Team and the PhD/ReMa council, we are proud to present our new and strengthened curriculum for PhD candidates and RMA students.

We felt it was time to consider afresh the aims, structure and organisation of the Huizinga Institute’s teaching programme. We aspired to develop a coherent set of courses that is adapted to the changing needs of our PhDs and RMAs. In the new programme there is more focus on cultural historical competences and active student participation. Furthermore, we aimed to involve all participating universities more strongly, as well as non-academic cultural institutions, making the programme richer and more diverse.

The new curriculum of the Huizinga Institute will become effective in the academic year 2020-2021. Read all about the PhD programme here and the RMA programme here. An overview of our courses and activities for 2020-2021 can be found here.

Join the Huizinga Institute online Forum

Now that you have grown used to the little office spheres in your house, you might find yourself rambling to the coffee machine as if it is truly listening to you like you colleague used to (and who knows, maybe it is). It can be hard to find kindred spirits to discuss your research and interests with. The PhD/ReMA council created an internet forum on which you can discuss these and many more topics. Would you like to share some recipes you have been working on since the quarantine? Are you walking into research-related problems and are you in need of an extra pair of eyes? Maybe you have been listening to a new podcast which provided an interested perspective on cultural history. You are invited to join us!

Enter the forum here and register via the button on the right sidebar. Should you have any trouble registering, please contact the Huizinga office (huizinga@uu.nl).

Best wishes,

The Huizinga Institute PhD/ReMa council

Call for proposals: Organise your own Huizinga Institute Masterclass, Workshop, Atelier or Seminar (ReMa/PhD level)

Application procedure: fill out our application form and send it to huizinga@uu.nl

Application deadline: 1 September 2020.

The Huizinga Institute offers Research Master students and PhD candidates , as well as senior members, the opportunity to organise a masterclass, workshop, Atelier or Seminar about a subject of their choosing within the field of cultural history. The proposed activities may take different forms, such as a research seminar with (international) experts or a more practice-oriented workshop in the (work)field, and may be aimed at any subdiscipline in the broad cultural historical field. For examples, see our page on workshops and masterclasses.

We are able to support several applications in this call and are looking for activities ranging from half a day to two days, preferably taking place in the academic year 2020-2021. Student organizers will receive ECTS credits for their activities as organisers.

To submit your proposal, please fill out the application form and send it to coordinator Annelien Krul (huizinga@uu.nl). She is also available to discuss options and answer any questions. Proposals will be reviewed by the Huizinga Institute’s Programme Team. Applicants will receive a response before 1 October 2020.

Huizinga/NICA Workshop: ‘Museums and the circulation of knowledge’ – 28 September 2020

Museums and the circulation of knowledge

28 September 2020, 10.00 – 17.00

Venue: Rijksmuseum
Open to: PhD candidates and RMA students who are a member of the Huizinga Institute or NICA
Credits: 1 ECTS
Coordination: Eve Kalyva (UvA)
Maximum no. of participants: 12
Language: English
Registration: Unfortunately this event is fully booked. Email huizinga@uu.nl for a spot on the waiting list.

How is knowledge accessed, structured and circulated in a museum setting? While cultural artefacts enable us discuss ideologies, political and financial power structures, gender roles and social hierarchies, we must also consider: What frameworks of interpretation become available in museums, and how are these juxtaposed and utilised in understanding different cultures?

Using the 17th century collection of the Rijksmuseum as a case study, this workshop encourages you to reflect on and evaluate how cultural objects are displayed and how different viewpoints become organised, affecting both the object and the method of study. Through on site interaction and practical exercises, we will consider:

  • How are narratives experienced in a museum setting?
  • What relationships develop across viewers, cultural objects and historical subjects; and how do cultural objects participate in their interpretation?
  • What tools can we use to extrapolate concepts and ideas from object-based study?
  • Can multiple perspectives be supported or do these always converge in relation to where we stand?

This workshop gives you the opportunity to put ideas about museums, heritage, curating and cultural analysis to the test; and engage with how institutional practices are experienced in an existing setting. It enriches your research skills with practical knowledge; and introduces you to Visible Thinking pedagogies, which support critical thinking through social interaction, direct experience and collaborative learning.

References (texts will be provided)

  • John Berger, Ways of Seeing (Penguin Books, 1972)
  • Michael Baxandall, “The Period Eye”, Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy: A Primer in the Social History of Pictorial Style, 29–41 (Oxford University Press, 1972)
  • Roland Barthes, “Rhetoric of the Image” [1964], Image–Music–Text, pp. 32–51. Trans. Stephen Heath (Fontana, 1977)
  • Raymond Williams, “Introduction” and selected terms, Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society (Croom Helm, 1976)

Schedule

10.00 – 11.30 Introductory discussion

11.30 – 13.30 Practical part 1

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch break

14.30 – 16.00 Practical part 2

16.00 – 17.00 Round table discussion

Face-to-face educational activities Huizinga Institute suspended

Dear all,

In response to the government’s call responding to the outbreak of the coronavirus, Dutch universities are currently suspending face-to-face teaching until the summer in order to help curb the spread of the virus.

In line with these measures, the Huizinga Institute has also suspended all face-to-face educational activities until this date. We are closely monitoring the situation regarding courses beyond July and will keep all participants informed.

Should you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to consult the Huizinga office.

We hope for your understanding and wish you all good health.

With all best,

Arnoud Visser, director Huizinga Institute
Annelien Krul, coordinator Huizinga Institute

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 until 1 December 2019.
Fee (nonmembers of a Dutch National Research School): € 250
Credits: 5 ECTS
Coordination: TBA
Register here. Maximum participants in this event: 20 – Unfortunately this course is fully booked – please contact the Huizinga office for a spot on the waiting list.

 

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!

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

Contact:
Norah Karrouche
karrouche@eshcc.eur.nl

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 (huizinga@uu.nl). She is also available to discuss the possibilities and to answer any questions.

We look forward to hearing from you!