Bijeenkomst Projectgroep Egodocumenten

vrijdag 16 juni 2017, aanvang 14.00
Oost-Indisch Huis / Bushuis – Zaal E0.14C
Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam


Alan Moss MA (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen):
Dobberend op een ijsschots: het reisverslag van de doperse koopman Abraham van der Meersch (1674)


Verslagen lopend onderzoek, planning bijeenkomstenvoor 2017/18, rondvraag


Informatie en aanmelden:
Rudolf Dekker
Email: rdekker123[at]

Summer School – Migration Memory Under Construction

Date: May 24 and June 13-16, 2017
Location: Leiden, Matthias de Vrieshof 2/Room 004 (24 May and 13, 14, 15 June) / Antwerp, Red Star Line Museum (16 June)
Open to:  RMa students and PhD candidates. Members of the Huizinga Institute and the N.W. Posthumus Institute will have first access
Credits: 5 ECTS
Course coordinator: Marlou Schrover (Leiden University)

This event is jointly organized by the research schools Huizinga and Posthumus

This Summer School deals with how migration is remembered. Remembering and disrembering are conscious activities, springing from social debates and political decisions. Debates about remembering aspects of migration history, and the construction of a collective heritage (in school books, in museums, as part of a curriculum) are frequently very emotional. Claim-makers lobby for the right of ‘their’ group to be remembered, and to make (rather ambiguously) ‘our’ history part of ‘your’ history. Women, workers, homosexuals and ethnic minorities have over time claimed their place in history, and have (successfully) argued for a rewrite of the historical narrative. Authorities generally accept the emancipatory aspect of collective heritage for migrants and ethnic minorities. Denial of certain parts of history is punishable in some countries.

This Summer School deals with two subjects:

  1. The representation in museums of (elements of) migration/minority history, the choices that are made and how they are justified, and the societal debates regarding the need for remembrance.
  2. Academic debates about migration history and heritage culture: can history ever be inclusive? When and why do ideas about remembering migration change?


In order to get ECTS for this Summer School, the students have to read articles, attend all meetings, play an active role as commentators, comment on presentations of fellow students and give a presentation at the end of the Summer School. Furthermore they are being asked to write a paper (5000 words) based on the literature and presentations. The papers are to be submitted before 30 June.

The readings will be posted on a protected page, for which participants will get a password.

Participate as auditor
It is also possible to attend (a part of) the lectures as auditor. Please send an email to Rebekka Luijk ( for more information or signing up. Attendance is free of charge.


24 May

Whole day: meeting about the literature for students (in Leiden)

13 June

9:00 – 12:00
Preparation for following talks (introducing speakers, preparing comments)
Teachers: Laura Evans (Sheffield Hallam University), Marlou Schrover


12:30 – 13:00 
Michael Wintle (Huizinga Institute), Bram Hoonhout (N.W. Posthumus Institute), Marlou Schrover

13:00 – 13:45  
Sarah Hackett (Bath Spa University)
Putting a New Face on the Story of Migration: Remembering Migration at Newcastle upon Tyne’s Discovery Museum

13:45 – 14:30   
Pascale Falek Alhadeff (Brussels, conservatrice au Musée Juif de Belgique)
Brussels, safe haven? Addressing migration history as a Jewish Museum

14:30 – 15:15    
Hetty Berg (Amsterdam, chief curator Jewish Cultural Quarter)
Seeking Relevance: Jewish History as Migration History

15:15 – 15:30 

15:30 – 16:15     
Philippe Rygiel (Paris)
Migration museum Paris

16:15 – 17:00
Olaf Kleist (IIMIS Osnabrück)
Political Memories and Migration: Negotiating Belonging

Drinks and poster presentations by students

14 June

9:30 – 10:15 
Johannes Müller (Leiden University)
From diaspora to imagined minority. Mainstream religion and the appropriation of migrant identities in early modern Germany

10:15 – 11:00     
Marlou Schrover (Leiden University)

11:00 – 11:15

11:15 – 12:00 
Mirjam de Bruijn (Leiden University)

12:00 – 12:45     
Kevin Myers (Birmingham)
Struggles for a past

12:45 – 13:15  

13.15 – 14.00
Christiane Hintermann (Vienna)
Marginalized Memories: About the (In)visibility of Migration History in Textbooks, Museums and the Public Space

14:00 – 14:45  
Anouk Smeekes (Utrecht: social psychologist)
Perceptions of national history and identity

14:45 – 15:30
Elise Storck (Leiden, Young Trackers Project)
Young Track Seekers: secondary school students collect and share family photos and stories about migration

15:30 – 15:45

15:45 – 16:15     
Pieter de Bruijn (Open University of the Netherlands)
Facing Slavery: Perspectives on a Sensitive Past in the Netherlands and the UK

Drinks at Van der Werff (Leiden)

15 June

9:30 – 10:15  
Leo Lucassen (director International Institute of Social History)
Soldiers, sailors, missionaries, and diplomats. Organisational migrants and social change

10:15 – 11:00  
Irial Glynn (Leiden University)
Can teaching high school students about the migration past foster greater understanding for the diverse present?

11:00 – 11:15

11:15 – 12:00 
Valika Smeulders (Pasado Presente)
Slave heritage in museums in Suriname, Curacao, Ghana, South Africa and the Netherlands

12:00 – 12:45     
Emily Miller (London, curator Migration Museum London)
Migration memory in the UK heritage sector: the journey of the Migration Museum Project

12:45 – 13:30     
Jozefien de Bock (Ghent University, curator of the Blijven Plakken exhibition)
Making Migration Memory Visible: Scientific Rigour and Public Participation in a Project on Migration History

13:30 – 14:00       

14:00 – 17:00
Paper presentations by students
Teachers: Laura Evans, Marlou Schrover

16 June

Excursion to the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp. (It is possible to be reimbursed your travel expenses to a maximum of 25 euros.)


Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us! (




Masterclass Elizabeth Williams – A Healthy Appetite for Food and Diet

Date: 20 June 2017
Time: 11:00 – 17:00h
Venue: Groningen University (further details TBA)
Open to: RMa students and PhD candidates who are in enrolled in one of the Dutch research schools. Members of the Huizinga Institute will have first access.
Fee (nonmembers): € 50
Credits: 1 ECTS
Coordination: Dr Rina Kroeff & Ruben Verwaal (Groningen University)
Register before: 1 June 2017

Delicious and nutritious, food and drink occupy an ordinary yet essential part of people’s daily lives. But the way people experience food consumption and eating habits has changed considerably. Whereas in the past famines and malnutrition could kill a fifth of a country’s population, today obesity and diabetes are the cause of death for five million people a year. How have eating habits changed under the influence of new foodstuffs, food production, and consumerism? How were the nutritious qualities of nutriments understood and prescribed as diet? To what extent did diet and appetite determine people’s physical condition as well as their mental wellbeing? In this one-day seminar, professor Elizabeth Williams (Oklahoma State University) will host a masterclass on histories of food and diet, appetite and eating disorders, from Antiquity to the modern era.

This masterclass explores different approaches to the study of food and diet in history, to be presented by the speaker and the participants. How were notions of taste, appetite, and diet represented and conceptualized in medical and scientific treatises, cookbooks, advice manuals, letters and memoirs, travel and ethnographic reports, and proverbs and tales? How do visual and material sources such as paintings, textbook and popular illustrations, advertisements, and objects (cooking and eating utensils, food containers and packages, laboratory instruments) represent eating habits? To what extent do cultural, socioeconomic, and bio-archaeological methods complement each other in the study of food and alimentary practices? And, finally, how can the humanities help practitioners and patients to envision alternative ways to understand and cope with present-day challenges of obesity and eating disorders? With this focus on method and sources, this masterclass wants to invite RMa students and PhD candidates from various disciplinary backgrounds.

About the speaker

Elizabeth A. Williams is Professor Emerita in the History department of Oklahoma State University. She took her PhD at Indiana University and is an expert in French medicine in the long eighteenth century. She has published The Physical and the Moral: Anthropology, Physiology, and Philosophical Medicine in France, 1750–1850 (Cambridge, 1994) and A Cultural History of Medical Vitalism in Enlightenment Montpellier (Aldershot, 2014). Her latest book Appetite and Its Discontents: Science, Medicine, and the Drive to Eat, 1750–1950 is nearing completion. In this book Williams studies two centuries of scientific and medical theorizing on how the appetite for food is formed and functions, focusing especially on work in physiology, animal behavior studies, and somatic and psychiatric medicine. She also investigates “eating disorders” as conceived in modern medicine along with an array of psycho-gastric conditions that in the nineteenth century were often called “neuroses of the stomach,” giving special attention to the role of gender. Williams argues that the history of appetite has been marked by a drive toward uniformity and that any approach to troubled eating must respect the experience and autonomy of individual eaters.


Participants are invited to write an essay (max. 2 pages) on food, diet, and related topics. During the masterclass they will present their work, and the examples will be used to discuss methodological issues and multidisciplinary approaches to food and diet.

11:00 – 11:10h
Welcome by Rina Knoeff

11:10 – 12:00h
Elizabeth Williams: Why Do We Eat as We Do? Appetite in Science and Medicine, 1750–1850

12:00 – 12:30h

12:30 – 13:30h
Healthy lunch

13:30 – 15:30h
Presentations by contributors

15:30 – 16:00h
Coffee & tea break

16:00 – 17:00h
Visit to Gelukkig Gezond! exhibition in the University Museum


Interested students and researchers can participate in two ways: as an active auditor or as a contributor. Contributors are expected to submit a short paper (max 2 pages, by 13 June, may be sent to, which is required for earning 1 ECTS. These papers, together with the proposed literature from the speakers, will be distributed in advance to all participants, both contributors and auditors, and will be starting point for discussion.

Masterclass with Mieke Bal – KNIR Rome

Travelling Cultures: Movement, Conflict and Performance

 20-30 September 2017
Deadline for applications: 15 May 2017
Flyer Travelling Cultures

Many of the foundational myths informing “Western Civilization” are narrations of the often violent conflicts performed in a situation where cultures on the move meet. The Rape of the Sabine Women is just one of such tales that illustrate how Rome and its history offer a privileged perspective on the pivotal role of violence in establishing civilization, as well as on the strong cultural memory they produce through the works of art inspired by these myths. In the current global political situation, it is worth revisiting those myths to explore, with the tools of cultural theory, how the movement of cultures, which was once the standard of human cohabitation, has become seen as problematic in the present. In an anachronistic (“pre-posterous”) perspective, participants will bring analytical concepts with relevance for the present in its connection to the past, to bear on their own research projects. Close attention to cultural objects in view of the themes hinted at by the title, with the help of theoretical concepts will be the goal of the seminar.

Course information
The Masterclass is organised by and hosted at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR), in conjunction with the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), the Huizinga Institute. Research Institute and Graduate School for Cultural History, and the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL). The Masterclass comprises a series of excursions to locations in and close to Rome that have relevance to the seminar’s topic.

Staff: KNIR-fellow prof.dr. Mieke Bal (University of Amsterdam), in conjunction with prof.dr. Harald Hendrix (KNIR).
Guest lecturers: prof.dr. Ernst van Alphen (Leiden University), Kaspar Thormod MA (EUI Florence), various KNIR staff members.
Credits: 6 ects, assigned upon completion of the final essay.
Languages used in the Masterclass: English.
Assessment: preparation of a position paper prior to the seminar in Rome, on-site oral presentations, active contribution to plenary discussions, and a final essay to be submitted after the stay in Rome.

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Werkgroep Egodocumenten – Lezing Laura van Hasselt, Bert Altena & Mirjam Nieboer

Datum: vrijdag 7 april 2017
Tijd: 14.00-17.00
Locatie: Bushuis/Oostindischhuis – E0.14C, Kloverniersburgwal 48, Amsterdam


Laura van Hasselt
egodocumenten van de Amsterdamse familie Van Eeghen uit de 19de eeuwe

Bert Altena
De biografie in de geschiedschrijving van de linkse beweging

Mirjam Nieboer
Het Nederlands Dagboekarchief, zie

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Rudolf Dekker
Email: rdekker123[at]
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Masterclass with Joep Leerssen and Ann Rigney on Interscalar Memories: Urbi et Orbi

Royal Netherlands Institute Rome
1 – 12 June, 2017

deadline for applications: 1 April 2017

Format and objectives In the early development of cultural memory studies, the national framework seemed the ‘natural’ one for studying the production of shared memory, and its relation to collective identity. Recently this methodological nationalism has been challenged on a number of grounds, not least of them being its inability to capture the entanglements of today’s globalised society. The national framework is still a very important one for memory and identity, not least because of the role of nation-based heritage institutions; but it has long ceased to have the privileged place it once enjoyed. A multiscalar analysis is needed, which would account for the production and circulation of memory at scales smaller than that of nations (families, cities) but also at scales that transcend national boundaries (regional, European, diasporic).

The aim of this masterclass is to explore theoretically, historically, and empirically what is to be gained from such a multi-scalar approach and to reflect critically on how we could use it to get a better grasp both of the multiplicity of narratives at work in society and of the frictions between them. A key aspect of our exploration will be the interplay between the memory materialized in localities and the role of the media in circulating cultural representations which carry that memory to people elsewhere. The palimpsestic city of Rome will offer an ideal observation point for studying the interplay between the local and the global, the city and the world, over a longer period.

The masterclass combines lectures, seminar sessions and site visits. In the lectures and seminars we will discuss key theoretical and methodological issues, and survey particular frameworks of memory, each tethered to a particular “remembrance Rome”. These include: the Imperial city (Napoleon to Mussolini and Hollywood epics); the papacy’s religious capital (after the restoration of Pius VII); the national capital (after 1871); the Holocaust and World War II; the hub of activism, exiles and migrants. Cinematographic thematizations of Rome as an imperial, metropolitan, national or global city, and as a mnemonic space will also be included.

The site visits will be to landmarks that can be “read” as lieux de mémoire across multiscalar frames (e.g. the Vittorio Emmanuele Monument and the Ardeatine Caves ). At the same time, the question will be confronted how these multiscalar memories coexist, competing for bandwidth in the limited, over-memorized space of a single (unique) city.

Course information

The Masterclass is organised by and hosted at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR), in conjunction with the Huizinga Institute. Research Institute and Graduate School for Cultural History, and the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL).

Staff: KNIR-fellow prof.dr. Joep Leerssen (University of Amsterdam), Knir-fellow prof.dr. Ann Rigney (Utrecht University), in conjunction with prof. dr Harald Hendrix (KNIR).

This masterclass is Leerssen/Rigney’s second collaborative research project after their Commemorating writers in 19th-century Europe: Nation-Building and Centenary Fever (Palgrave, 2014).

Credits: 6 ects, assigned upon completion of the final essay.
Languages used in the Masterclass: English.
Assessment: on-site oral presentations, active contribution to plenary discussions, assignments and a final essay to be submitted after the stay in Rome.

Admission The Masterclass is open to a maximum of 10 selected students at (R)MA or PhD-level, as well as to early career researchers in the humanities and beyond.


Tuition is free for selected participants. Dutch participants may be eligible for KNIR bursaries covering all expenses (see below). Other participants are required to cover their stay in the KNIR at their own expenses.

Bursaries for Dutch participants

Selected participants from KNIR partner universities (Universiteit van Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit, Universiteit Leiden, Universiteit Utrecht, Radboud Universiteit, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) are eligible for KNIR bursaries, comprising all expenses related to the Masterclass (tuition, lodging in Rome, conference fees, etc.). Personal expenses, including meals, are not included. Students receive a € 100 reimbursement of their expenses for travelling to Rome after submission of their final essay.


Applications are welcome until 1 April 2017. Notice on acceptance will follow before 15 April 2017. This will include information on the selection for KNIR bursaries. Applicants need to submit an application letter containing information on their motivation, their C.V. and on the marks obtained in their current programme. Candidates can apply by filling out the application form and sending it, together with the application letter and their research statement, to: Download the application form at .

Facilities in Rome

All participants will be housed at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome’s Villa Borghese Park. From there, it is only a short walk to the historical centre of Rome. The KNIR accommodation consists of shared bedrooms and bathrooms, and includes a living and dining space, a large kitchen, washing machine and wireless internet. All residents have 24/7 access to the library and gardens of the Royal Netherlands Institute.

Contact information Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome Via Omero 10-12 00197 ROMA
Phone: (0039)063269621

Cultural Institutions: An Interdisciplinary Seminar by Prof. Karl Kügle

Dates and time: 8 February, 15 February, 17 February, 1 March, 3 March, 15 March, 17 March, 10.00-12.45h
Venue: Utrecht University (details TBA)
Open to: RMa Students in Musicology and in the Humanities 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): € 250
Credits: 5 ECTS
Coordination: Prof. Karl Kügle

Cultural Institutions: An Interdisciplinary Seminar

This seminar will investigate institutions that played or play a significant role in cultural production such as courts, salons, the state, the churches, or various commercial and non-commercial corporate entities. It is interdisciplinary in the sense that it takes into account the full range of components (material, social, financial, religious, political, historical) that interact in a given cultural setting such as a Parisian salon around 1900, or the ducal chapel of St Mark’s in Venice around 1600. We shall pay attention to the elements of individual agency within an institutional framework, and apply recent research paradigms based on, e.g., the theories of Deleuze/Guattari or Latour to seemingly established or innovative institutions that are or have been vital in sponsoring or producing culture in both past and present. Potential subject matter extends from the inner workings of medieval courts to today’s corporate and crowd-funded cultural projects, with an emphasis on the role of music in all this where applicable.

Karl Kügle is Professor of Musicology at Utrecht University where he occupies the Chair in the History of Music prior to 1800. Since September 2016, he holds a contiguous appointment in the University of Oxford, where he is Senior Researcher in the Faculty of Music, Senior Research Fellow of Wadham College, and Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded MALMECC project ( dedicated to the transnational and transdisciplinary exploration of late-medieval court cultures. He also leads the HERA-financed international research project Sound Memories (2016-19).

This event is organised by the Huizinga Institute in cooperation with Research Group Musicology, Utrecht University, and Research MA Programme in Musicology, Utrecht University.


The seminar will consist of seven (bi-)weekly meetings under the leadership of Prof. Karl Kügle. The focus of the seminar will be on cultural institutions, broadly understood, from the late medieval period to today, and their later and contemporary equivalents (aristocratic and ecclesiastic courts, public entities, private patrons, corporate sponsors, commercial media). While music will occupy an important place in the seminar, it is precisely the interaction between the various arts (language-based, visual, architectural, performative), the administrative configuration of the relevant institution, and the multi-media quality of cultural production in past and present that will take centre-stage. The seminar will thus explore the relationship of the arts to politics, religion and socio-economic modes of production within the context of institutions through examining a few selected sites exemplifying nodes of cultural/artistic activity in past and present. We shall also historicize the notion of ‘art’, and de-construct the political and quasi-religious components at work in the various national and international canons, and the infrastructural array that supports them.

The seminar will be designed to appeal to students in the various literatures, music, art history, history, religious studies, museum studies, arts management, and beyond, and work within a chronological time frame from c.1250 to the present.

Detailed course outline and reading lists to follow.

Preparation, readings, written assignments, presentations in class, final essay, grading

Participants will work through about 50-60pp. of assigned readings per session. For the first five sessions, they will prepare short position papers to present in class (either in groups or individually), based on these readings. These short position papers will be designed to stimulate discussion in class. They will also submit short written assignments in preparation of each class.

Starting with session 3, students will develop an individual research topic in consultation with the instructor, based on their current research interests, previous academic training, and the theme of the seminar. By session 5, they will present their work-in-progress in class in the form of an oral (conference-style) presentation of about 15 minutes, directly followed by classroom discussion and feedback from the instructor. This secondary phase will terminate in session 7 when all participants will have presented and received feedback.

By 29 March 2017, 10 am, participants will deliver a written research paper (final essay) based on their work in class and their oral presentations, which they will have expanded into an essay of at least 3,500 words excluding footnotes and bibliography.

Grading will include attendance (5%), written assignments (10%), classroom presentations (10%), the conference-style formal presentation (25%) and the final essay (50%). Total credits to be acquired: 5 EC.

Cursus Rome lezen: de toeristische stad

Rome lezen: de toeristische stad

Datum: 15 t/m 30 mei 2017
Locatie: Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut te Rome
Voor: Promovendi en ReMa-studenten die lid zijn van het Huizinga Instituut (Italiaanse taalkennis niet nodig)
Studielast: 6 ECTS
Taal: Nederlands
Onderwijsvorm en toetsing: Voorbereidende opdracht; locatiegebonden groepsopdrachten; individuele presentatie; bijdrage aan discussies; afsluitend essay
Coördinatie: Prof. dr. Jan Hein Furnée (RU)
Docenten: Prof. dr. Jan Hein Furnée (RU, coordinator), Prof. dr. Harald Hendrix (KNIR, directeur) en gastdocenten
Kosten: Gratis. Voor reiskosten kan een tegemoetkoming van 175 euro worden aangevraagd
Aanmelden: Via het KNIR (voor aanmeldknop zie onderaan deze pagina)    
Poster Cursus Rome Lezen 2017

Deadline aanmeldingen: 10 januari 2017

Sinds de klassieke oudheid is Rome vrijwel onafgebroken bezocht, bewonderd en soms bekritiseerd door pelgrims, reizigers en toeristen. Welke impact heeft dit gehad op de geschiedenis van de stad – op te vatten als de interactie tussen de gebouwde ruimte (urbs), sociaal-economische structuur (civitas) en beeldvorming (topos)? Welke impact heeft de complexe geschiedenis van de stad, op haar beurt, gehad op veranderende verwachtingen,  gedrag en ervaring van toeristen?  Welke plaatsen, actoren en media hebben daarbij een sturende rol gespeeld? Hoe kunnen we als cultuurhistorici deze historische dynamiek onderzoeken door de stad en de stadsgeschiedenis op nieuwe manieren te leren lezen? Wat is het belang van dit onderzoek voor de huidige toeristische sector en stedelijke maatschappij?

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.

Docenten Prof. dr. Jan Hein Furnée (RU, coördinator), Prof. dr. Harald Hendrix (KNIR, directeur) en gastdocenten

Doelgroep en ingangseis Promovendi en ReMa-studenten die lid zijn van het Huizinga Instituut (Italiaanse taalkennis niet nodig)

Onderwijsvorm en toetsing Voorbereidende opdracht; locatiegebonden groepsopdrachten; individuele presentatie; bijdrage aan discussies; afsluitend essay.

Studielast 6 ECTS

Kosten De overnachtingen in het KNIR zijn voor rekening van het Huizinga Instituut. De reiskosten zijn voor rekening van de deelnemers (wel kan er een tegemoetkoming tot maximal 175 euro worden aangevraagd). De deelnemers kunnen voor hun maaltijden desgewenst gebruik maken van de keuken in het KNIR.

Deadline aanmelding

Doordat er slechts 10 plaatsen beschikbaar zijn, vragen wij geïnteresseerde Promovendi en ReMa studenten een motivatie (incl. affiliatie) van maximaal één A4 te schrijven en in te sturen via het online aanmeldformulier van het KNIR. Op basis van deze motivatie zal er een selectie plaatsvinden. Inschrijven en motivatie insturen voor: 10 januari 2017.

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Atelier – Wetenschappelijk recenseren

Wetenschappelijk recenseren – Prof. Floris Cohen (Universiteit Utrecht)

Datum: 1 maart 2017
Tijd: 10.00 – 16.00
Locatie: Vondelzaal (Universiteit Bibliotheek, Singel 425)
Bestemd voor: Promovendi en Research Master studenten
Credits: 1 ECTS
Coördinatie: Prof. Floris Cohen in samenwerking met het Huizinga Instituut
Aanmelden: voor 15 februari 2017
Maximaal aantal deelnemers: 10
NB: Deze cursus wordt in het Nederlands gegeven

Het Atelier is volgeboekt. Indien je ons een mail stuurt met daarin je naam, affiliatie en van welke onderzoekschool je lid bent, zetten we je op de wachtlijst.

Wetenschappelijk recenseren

Het schrijven van recensies van wetenschappelijk werk hoort bij de taken van een academicus. Het gaat daarbij enerzijds om het beoordelen van de waarde van een studie voor het vak. Anderzijds worden vakgenoten erdoor op de hoogte gesteld van een nieuwe publicatie. Vroeger was het usance dat vooral hoogleraren de recensies in vaktijdschriften voor hun rekening namen. Tegenwoordig wordt dit ook vaak aan promovendi gevraagd. 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.

Voor het schrijven van recensies van wetenschappelijk werk bestaan geen vaste richtlijnen. Anders dan bij het schrijven van literaire kritieken gaat het bij het recenseren van vakliteratuur niet om esthetische oordelen en smaak. Toch is er ook in de wetenschap een duidelijk verschil tussen aanvaardbare en onaanvaardbare recensies. In dit atelier komen vragen aan de orde als ‘Wat zijn maatstaven voor een goede recensie?’ ‘Vergt het recenseren van een wetenschappelijk boek een speciale manier van lezen?’ ‘Hoe maak ik een samenvatting die recht doet aan het boek?’ ‘Hoe blijf ik een academische toonzetting houden als een boek werkelijk niets voorstelt?’ ‘Kan ik het boek van een vriend recenseren?’ ‘Hoe bespreek ik een congresbundel of een andere publicatie waaraan meerdere auteurs hebben meegewerkt?’

Tijdschriften en kranten leggen sterke beperkingen op aan recensies. Gewoonlijk staan kranten niet meer dan 500 woorden toe, terwijl ook vaktijdschriften meestal slechts 1000 woorden reserveren (alleen voor recensie-artikelen meer, maar dan bespreekt de recensent vaak enige onderling samenhangende boeken.) Wat moet er nu op zijn minst in een recensie komen te staan, als er maar zo weinig ruimte beschikbaar wordt gesteld? Aan de hand van recensies uit diverse vakgebieden van de geesteswetenschappen zullen tijdens het atelier in onderlinge wisselwerking richtlijnen en voorwaarden worden opgesteld.

Voorbereiding en literatuur

Van elke deelnemer wordt verwacht dat hij of zij van tevoren een recensie schrijft, die tijdens het atelier wordt besproken. De recensies worden nog voor het atelier plaatsvindt aan alle deelnemers ter beschikking gesteld, zodat iedereen elkaars recensie kan lezen. Om de bespreking te vergemakkelijken, is gekozen voor een recensie van een boek met opstellen die voor letterkundigen, historici en kunsthistorici interessant zijn:

Marita Mathijsen (ed.), Boeken onder druk. Censuur en pers-onvrijheid in Nederland sinds de boekdrukkunst. Amsterdam University Press, 2011; ISBN 978.90.8964.306.3.

NB: je moet dit boek zelf aanschaffen, of lenen in een bibliotheek.

De omvang van de recensie is 750 woorden. De taal is naar wens Nederlands of Engels. Iedereen mag zelf een (fictieve) doelgroep kiezen. Je kunt kiezen voor een vaktijdschrift (bijvoorbeeld Bijdragen en Mededelingen betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden), of voor een dagblad (bijv. Trouw), of voor een medium tussen die niveaus in (Vrij Nederland, De Gids). Vermeld bij de recensie welk type doelgroep je op het oog had. Om beïnvloeding te vermijden is het raadzaam reeds gepubliceerde recensies niet vooraf te lezen.

Inleveren opdracht uiterlijk woensdag 22 februari 2017 door toezending aan de docent ( en aan het Huizinga Instituut ( Let op: tijdig inleveren van deze opdracht is verplicht om deel te mogen nemen aan het atelier op 1 maart.

Floris Cohen


After successfully completing all the requirements for this masterclass, you can obtain a certificate of the credits upon request ( With this certificate you can validate the credits at your own local Graduate School.

Werkgroep Egodocumenten – Lezingen Jeroen Salman, Laurence Duquesnoy en Roelof van Gelder

Werkgroep Egodocumenten
Huizinga Instituut, Onderzoekschool voor Cultuurgeschiedenis

20 januari 2017, 14.00-17.00, aansluitend borrel

P.C. Hoofthuis – Zaal 6.05
Spuistraat 134, 1012 VB Amsterdam

Lezing door Jeroen Salman en Laurence Duquesnoy
De uitgave van het journaal van Isaac Pool over de jaren 1670-1678


Lezing door Roelof van Gelder
John Gabriel Stedman (1744-1797). Een leven als soldaat, dichter en autobiograaf



Heritage & Memory Theory Seminar

Dates and time: March 31 (15-18h), April 7 (15-18h), April 21 (15-18h), May 12 (15-18h), May 19 (15-18h), June 2 (10-18h) 2017
Venue: University of Amsterdam, BG 2, Room 008 (Turfdraagsterpad 15-17, 1012 XT Amsterdam)
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): € 250
Credits: 5 ECTS
Coordination: Dr Ihab Saloul & Prof. Rob van der Laarse
Registration: Maximum participants in this event: 20

THE SEMINAR IS FULLY BOOKED, please send us an e-mail with your name, university and research school. We will put you on our waiting list.

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 5-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. Please direct your request to and include the postal address you want the certificate send to. Note: the certificate itself is not valid as ECTS, you need to validate it yourself at your local Graduate School.

Program mini conference 2 June 2017

Course Oral History and Life Stories

Dates: 19 & 26 January and 2, 9 & 16 February 2017
Time: 13:00 – 16:30
Venue: University of Amsterdam, Oude Manhuispoort 4-6: OMHP A1.18D (19 January), OMPH C0.23 (26 January), OMPH C1.23 (2 February), OMHP E0.13 (9 February, NOTE: CHANGED VENUE), UB – Belle van Zuylenzaal (16 February, NOTE: CHANGED VENUE)
Candidates: PhD candidates and advanced RMa students
Credits: 3 ECTS
Fee: (non-members): € 250
Max. number of participants: 15
Coordinator & lecturer: prof. dr. Selma Leydesdorff and selected guest speakers
Registration | Register and send in your motivation letter before: 7 December 2016 (Extended deadline)

The course

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. We shall analyse the creation of a particular kind of knowledge, which produces alternative and unfamiliar viewpoints. As historical interviews ask a lot of research time, participants in this course will be asked to reflect on questions like: Do I really need interviews, what do I want to know, are there other ways to get this kind of knowledge?

General starting-point for discussion is the study of life stories in oral history as a tradition in the humanities and in the social sciences. In due course, additional attention will be paid to alternative modes of in-depth interviews. Particular issues to be investigated concern the questions of intersubjectivity; (self) reflection; identification with the Other and her/his past; and the interviewer’s role in the process of meaning/knowledge production. What are our responsibilities towards people we interview, do we have particular responsibilities in our research communities? What does it mean to be close to an interviewee, what happens if there is distance or when we don’t like what we hear? Do we have to agree with our interviewees?

Since oral history is part of the digital humanities and a special programme is developed by the Centre for Humanities and Technology special attention will be given to:

  • How to store results of research.
  • How to use existing audio/visual sources for new research.
  • The implications of new ways to do research.
Preparation, literature and assignments

The readings consist of various articles, informing on how to organise a larger interview project, discussing how to analyze interviews. The various stages of such a large project will be followed. The list of literature is updated annually. There are always guest lecturers who explain how they overcome difficulties during their research, while the course also discusses more theoretical approaches. An element becoming more important is the use of websites for the dissemination of narrated accounts and interviewing with the help of a camera.

As usual, advanced researchers who want to refresh their knowledge with recent literature and who want to bring their problems and subjects to the discussion will be welcome. They are asked to accept a status in which they are equal with other participants. Students will be asked to prepare commentaries on the literature.

Details about the reading list and other assignments will be announced in due course.

In order to prepare for the literature and the course, participants are asked to write a short motivation letter.

Motivation letter

Due to the limited amount of places available, aspiring participants will have to write a motivation letter. Selection of candidates will be based on this letter. This letter should contain at least the following elements: 1) a paragraph briefly outlining your current position and current research project; and 2) a brief paragraph outlining why participation in this course is relevant to your own research.

Note: the main criterion for admission is that oral history and/or memory form an integral part of your research project. Therefore, make sure to articulate this clearly in your motivation letter.

Deadline: December 7, 2016. Send to: After the deadline has passed you will be informed as soon as possible about the final decision.

Testing and evaluative criteria

Will be announced in due course.


Will be announced in due course.

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. Please direct your request to and include the postal address you want the certificate sent to. Note: the certificate itself is not valid as ECTS, you need to validate it yourself at your local Graduate School.

Masterclass Thomas Maissen and Wyger Velema

Visualizing Politics: Working with Images in Intellectual History

Date: November 7, 2016
Time: 9:30-17:00
Venue: Potgieterzaal, University Library, Singel 425, 1012 WP Amsterdam
Open to:  RMa students and PhD candidates
Fee (non-members): 50 euro
Credits: 1 ECTS for contributors, none for auditors
Coordination: Lisa Kattenberg (UvA) and Lina Weber (UvA)
Registration (Contributors can register by sending an email to
Register before: 9 October 2016

The so-called Cambridge School of Political Thought has not only transformed the way intellectual history is nowadays conducted but notably Quentin Skinner demonstrated the relevance of visual material for early modern political discourse. To include paintings, prints, and other graphic sources in research on political thought can add new insights to the way and means available to historical actors engaging in contemporary discussions about the state and society.

This masterclass aims at continuing this approach by discussing some concrete examples chosen by the speakers but also presented by the participants. The guiding questions will be: How did symbols, figures, and allegories represent and help conceptualize abstract ideas like the state, a certain nation, or liberty? How did these visual materialization of ideas differ from or interact with mental images and written sources? And finally, how can we as historians go beyond using these images as mere illustrations in a more productive way?

About the speakers

Thomas Maissen (*1962) studied History, Latin, and Philosophy at the Universities of Basle, Rome, and Geneva. After earning his PhD with a thesis on the usages of the French past in the Italian Renaissance (Von der Legende zum Modell. Das Interesse für die französische Vergangenheit während der italienischen Renaissance, Basel 1994) he wrote a habilitation on the emergence of the early modern Swiss confederacy (Die Geburt der Republic. Staatsverständnis und Repräsentation in der frühneuzeitlichen Eidgenossenschaft, Göttingen 2006). Since 2004, Thomas Maissen holds the chair for Early Modern History at the University of Heidelberg and since 2013, he is director of the German Historical Institute Paris. His research interests are focused on the history of historiography, the history of political thought, and Swiss history.

Prof. Dr. Wyger Velema (*1955) is holder of the Jan Romein chair for the philosophy of history and the history of historiography at the University of Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD degree at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore under the supervision of Prof. J.G.A. Pocock. He is specialized in early modern history, with an emphasis on the eighteenth century, the history of political thought and conceptual history. His first book, Enlightenment and Conservatism in the Dutch Republic (1993), was on the political thought of Elie Luzac, one of the key figures of the Dutch Enlightenment. He has since published widely on the history of political thought and on the history of concepts. A number of his essays on these topics have been published by Brill Academic Publishers: Republicans. Essays on Eighteenth-Century Dutch Political Thought (2007). Recently his research has turned to antiquity and modernity in the eighteenth century, on which he has published numerous essays.


This one-day masterclass aims at discussing approaches to visual material for intellectual historians by giving participants the opportunity to intensify and exemplify their own material and putting them in a broader context. The course consists of two parts. On the one hand two senior key note speakers give a short introduction to their own experiences of working with paintings and prints and to the assigned research literature that will be followed by questions and discussion with all participants. The aim is to establish a broad framework of the usage of visual material in early-modern European political discourse. On the other hand a number of contributing participants are given the chance to briefly summarize her/his pre-circulated paper and raise particular questions she/he encountered in working with them (max. 5 Min.). This will be followed by questions and discussion with the group (25 minutes per participant). Though the focus will be on the early-modern period, interested researchers in intellectual history of other eras are encouraged to apply as well. Besides the option of contributing their own material, students can also apply as active auditors (attend and partake in the discussion).

  • 09:30 – Welcome and introduction by Lisa Kattenberg and Lina Weber
  • 10:00 – Session Thomas Maissen
  • 11:00 – Session contributor 1
  • 11:30 – Session contributor 2
  • 12:00 – Session contributor 3
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 13:30 – Session Wyger Velema
  • 14:30 – Session contributor 4
  • 15:00 – Coffee and tea
  • 15:30 – Session participant 5
  • 16:00 – Session participant 6
  • 16:30 – Concluding discussion


Interested researchers can participate in two different manners: as an active auditor or as a contributor. Contributors are expected to submit a short paper (1 page together with 2-4 examples, by 30 October, for further details see section ‘Preparation’), which is required for earning 1 ECTS. These papers, together with the proposed literature from the speakers, will be distributed in advance to all participants, both contributors and auditors, and will be starting point for discussion during the workshop.

We ask all interested researchers to apply with a short and informal outline of their research and research interests (max. 100 words). Researchers applying for the contributor places also need to include a short statement of what he/she thinks can add to the topic, and what she/he would like to get out of the masterclass (max. 200 words). Deadline for application is 9 October, the results will be announced on 12 October.

Preparation and proposed readings


  • Allan Ellenius, ed. Iconography, Propaganda and Legitimation (Clarendon Press: Oxford, 1998), pp. 245-275 (articles by Peter Burke and Thomas Froeschl).
  • Rolf Reichardt and Hubertus Kohle, Vizualizing the Revolution. Politics and the Pictorial Arts in Late Eighteenth-Century France (Reaktion Books: London, 2008), pp. 7-11 and 183-239.
  • Thomas Maissen, Die Bedeutung der christlichen Bildsprache für die Legitimation frühneuzeitlicher Staatlichkeit (work in progress, pp tba).


After acceptance, the contributing participants are asked to hand in a paper that will be circulated in advance. These papers should consist of:

  • a brief outline of their research (1 page);
  • 2-4 relevant images that are accompanied by short introductions;
  • particular questions that participants would like to discuss with the group.

Furthermore, the organizers would like to compile a list with databases and bibliographies for visual sources. Therefore, participants are asked to contribute to it by sending in relevant information in a Word document that will be put together and handed out to the group.

Submit to (and c.c. to on or before the deadline: 9 October 2016.


Conference – Life Writing and European Identities (A.S. Byatt)

On the occasion of the awarding of the Erasmus Prize 2016 to A.S. Byatt

Date: November 16, 2016
Time: 10:00 – 19:00
(Pre-meeting only for students who follow the Masterclass:  November 2 from 14:00 – 17:00, at Academic Building – Westerdijkkamer, Domplein 29 Utrecht)
Venue: Paushuize, Kromme Nieuwegracht 49, Utrecht
Open to: PhD candidates & RMa students, members of OSL and the Huizinga Institute will have first access
The conference is open to anyone who’s interested. If you would like to attend the conference, please send an e-mail to

The British novelist A.S. Byatt will receive the 2016 Erasmus Prize for her contribution to the genre of life writing. To mark this occasion, Praemium Erasmianum, the Huizinga Instituut voor Cultuurgeschiedenis and the Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschap (OSL) are organizing a one-day seminar to examine the role of life writing in the construction of European identities.

Byatt’s oeuvre provides ample opportunity to explore the ways life writing constitutes and performs identities on multiple levels. As Byatt once wrote, she became ‘European’ through reading. The stories of Homer, Racine, Goethe and Proust provided her with an imaginative entry into cultural forms available outside of Britain and awakened a sense of Europeanness that shaped her literary consciousness. Engaging with this European tradition, Byatt has blurred boundaries between fact and fiction-oriented genres and experimented with different forms of writing lives. Since many of her novels also deal with crucial events and epochs in European history, Byatts work can be seen as an invitation to reflect on the interpretation and (re)construction of the past that we need to make sense of our lives, both individually and collectively.

The conference will focus on life writing, literature and European identities. The contributions will address the following topics:

  • ‘Life writing: genres, forms and traditions’: which European traditions of narrating subjectivity can be distinguished?
  • ‘The representation of Europe’: what images, conceptions and narratives of Europe and European history can be identified in life writing?
  • ‘New Forms and Practices of Self-Narration’: what forms of tale-telling and practices of self-representation do we have today?

(Provisional) Programme

Moderator: Ann Rigney (Utrecht University)

10.00-10.30: Opening

Part I: Byatt and life writing; genres, forms and traditions

  • Max Saunders (King’s College London): ‘Auto/biography and fiction in modernist and post-modernist literature’
  • Léon Hanssen (Tilburg University): ‘Piet Mondrian and the ideal of an artist’s life: on being Dutch, metropolitan or sacred’

12.15-13.30: Lunch break

Part II: Representations of Europe and the politics of belonging

  • Elisabeth Bekers (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) ‘Perspectives on Europe in post-colonial life writing’
  • Gabriele Linke (Universität Rostock) ‘Narrative strategies and belonging in autobiographical writing in post-communist Europe’

15.00-15.15: Coffee and Tea

Part III: New Forms of Self-Presentation

  • Odile Heynders (Tilburg University) ‘The Life of a Man: Karl Ove Knausgaard’
  • Anna Poletti (Utrecht University) ‘What can a critic do? New forms of life writing and scholarship’

16.45- 17.00: Summing up and closure

17.00-19.00: Drinks

Offered by the Faculty of Humanities Utrecht University
Venue: Akademiegebouw, Domplein 29, Utrecht (Maskeradezaal)

Participation of RMa students (OSL and Huizinga)

RMa students can obtain 2 EC for active participation in the conference, the preparation of readings and the writing of an essay on the topic of event.

  • Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson, Reading Autobiography. A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives 2001. 2nd edition University of Minnesota Press 2010.
  • Barbara Caine, Biography and History. Palgrave MacMillan 2010.
  • Max Saunders, Self-Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2010, pp. 1-29.
  • A.S. Byatt, ‘Hoe ik Europees werd’, NEXUS 205, nr. 42, pp. 129-136.
  • A.S. Byatt, What is a European’, in The New York Times, 13 October 2002.
  • Recommended: A.S. Byatt, Possession (1990) en The Biographer’s Tale (2001)


Also interesting: Masterclass – A.S. BYATT AT 80


Afbeelding: Barbara van Santen

Image: Barbara van Santen

Masterclass – Kathy Eden (Columbia Univ. New York)

Rhetoric, Refutation, and Experience: The Early Modern Connection

Date: November 4, 2016
Time: 11:00-13:30
Venue: Trippenhuis Building, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
Open to:  RMa students and PhD candidates
Credits: 1 ECTS (available upon request); can be increased to 2 ECTS (on request and in consultation with the teachers) by writing a research paper (3000 words) about the subject.
Coordination: Arnoud Visser (UU), Lodi Nauta (RUG). In collaboration with the KNAW, the Erasmus of Rotterdam Society, and Huygens ING.
Registration: Maximum participants in this event: 15
Register before: 15 October 2016

NOTE: Registration for lecture separately via KNAW

Taking as its point of departure a brief selection of readings from ancient rhetoric and philosophy to twentieth-century philosophical hermeneutics (approx. 50 pp.), this workshop will explore the status of experience in the early modern period and its investment in the adversarial practice of refutation.

Kathy H. Eden (Professor of English Literature and Professor of Classics, Columbia University) specializes in Renaissance humanism, history of rhetoric, hermeneutics, ancient literary theory, and history of classical scholarship. She studies the history of rhetorical and poetic theory in antiquity, including late antiquity, and the Renaissance, within the larger context of intellectual history and with an emphasis on the problems of reception. Her current project explores epistolary theory and the construction of letter collections in antiquity and the Renaissance.

The seminar is organised in conjunction with the (public) Erasmus Birthday Lecture by Prof. Eden, “Erasmus on Dogs and Baths and Other Odious Comparisons.” This will take place at 16:15. Abstract: At once praised and censured by his contemporaries for his mastery of the comparison, Erasmus puts this discursive strategy at the center of his educational reform, his biblical hermeneutics, and his call to philosophia Christi. This talk will explore both the roots of Erasmus’ master trope in some of his favorite rhetoricians and philosophers, including Quintilian and Plato, and the key role it plays in his own literary production.


  • 11:00-11:45 Seminar part 1
  • 11:45-12:00 Coffee break
  • 12:45-13:00 Seminar part 2
  • 13:00-13:30 Lunch
  • 16:15-17:15 Erasmus Birthday Lecture (public)
  • 17:15 Drinks

Preparation and proposed readings:




Selected participants will receive 1 ECTS: Careful preparation of the assigned literature and active participation are required, as well as attendance of the Erasmus Birthday Lecture. Participants can earn 2 ECTS if they write a research paper about an aspect of the seminar theme (3000 words): in consultation with the course organisers.