Werkgroep Oral History – Launch platform oral history collections in Croatia en Bosnia

Launch platform oral history collections in Croatia en Bosnia

For colleagues with special interest in the Balkan region and online oral history collections:

Date: to be announced
Venue: to be announced
Language: English

The Erasmus Studio, the center for e-research at the Erasmus University Rotterdam is proud to announce the launch of two video Oral History platforms: Croatian Memories at www.Croatianmemories.org and Bosnian Memories at www.bosnianmemories.org.

These platforms provide access to personal accounts on war and detention during the Second World War and following the break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. All interviews can be viewed and searched in both the original languages and in the English translation.

On 26 September 2013 Croatian Memories was launched in Zagreb, presenting more than 400 interviews from different ethnic communities recorded in Croatia by the NGO Documenta in collaboration with ES . On 7 November 2013 the Bosnian sibling project Bosnian Memories, launched a platform with initially 100 interviews that have been collected and processed by the Centre for Investigative Journalism and the Human Rights Centre of the University of Sarajevo. Future plans of the consortia involved include the design and development of a search environment for scholars from multiple disciplinary backgrounds who want to do research in the region. Such a federated search environment fits well into the Digital Humanities agenda, which aims to facilitate data-driven research with qualitative data. We invite colleagues to visit the portals and get a glimpse of the dramatic and often traumatic experiences reflected in the tales from former Yugoslavia. For an explanation of the approach of these projects see: www.postyugoslavvoices.org.

In May/June 2014 the Erasmus Studio and the Huizinga institute will organize a special seminar for PhD’s on the use of oral history in the context of research on conflict and trauma in the Balkans.

Lezingenreeks – Na de bevrijding

Data: 5 – 12 – 19 – 26 februari en 5 – 12 – 19 maart 2014
Tijd: 16:00 – 18:00 uur
Locatie: verschillende historische gebouwen in Amsterdam
Sprekers: Ilse Raaijmakers, Helen Grevers, Edwin Praat, Bram Mellink, Abel Streefland, Friso Hoeneveld, Christie Miedema, Paul Bijl, Sophie Elpers
Moderator: Peter Romijn / David Barnouw
Kosten: individuele lezingen zijn gratis toegankelijk voor promovendi en research masterstudenten van het Huizinga Instituut. Andere geïnteresseerden betalen € 150,- voor de hele reeks (AUV-leden en FGw-medewerkers € 105,-)
Aanmelden: via illustereschool-fgw@uva.nl, onder vermelding van je lidmaatschap van het Huizinga Instituut en de titels van de lezing(en) waaraan je wilt deelnemen.
Meer informatie: zie voor het complete programma-overzicht http://www.is.uva.nl/

‘De oorlog is nog niet voorbij!’ – met die woorden waarschuwden kranten de Nederlanders in 1945 dat ze nu wel bevrijd waren, maar dat ze nu de vrede moesten winnen. Het ging daarbij om herstel en wederopbouw van de door de oorlog geschonden samenleving, maar niet minder om het zoeken naar nieuwe vormen en gedachten. Bovendien was het belangrijk om de herinnering aan de ervaringen van geweld, onderdrukking en vervolging een plaats te geven. Nu, bijna zeventig jaar later, is het onderzoek naar de gevolgen van de Tweede Wereldoorlog onverminderd actueel.In deze reeks willen wij een nieuwe generatie historici aan het woord laten, die als promovendus of als postdoc onderzoek doen naar de gevolgen van de oorlog voor economie, jeugd, cultuur en politiek. De focus ligt op Nederland zelf, dat onderdeel van het naoorlogse Europa werd, maar ook strijd voerde om de toekomst van overzeese gebieden

Deze zeven lezingen, georganiseerd door de Illustere School in samenwerking met het Huizinga Instituut en het NIOD Instituut voor Oorlogs-, Holocaust- en Genocidestudies, zijn verbonden aan de televisieserie Na de bevrijding die de NTR vanaf 31 januari uitzendt. Terwijl in de televisieserie de laatste ooggetuigen aan het woord komen, spreken in de lezingenreeks juist jonge onderzoekers met de nieuw verworven wetenschappelijke kennis over deze periode. Na iedere uitzending op vrijdag vindt op woensdagmiddag op een historische locatie in Amsterdam een college plaats, dat dieper ingaat op het thema. Iedere bijeenkomst begint met korte presentatie van de regisseur van de aflevering die dan centraal staat. Vervolgens krijgt het publiek de gelegenheid om vragen te stellen.

Moderators

Alle bijeenkomsten op één na worden ingeleid en gecoördineerd door prof. dr. Peter Romijn. De bijeenkomst van 5 februari wordt gecoördineerd door drs. David Barnouw.

Prof. dr. Peter Romijn, bijzonder hoogleraar Geschiedenis van de Twintigste Eeuw aan de UvA, in het bijzonder betreffende het openbaar bestuur in tijden van oorlog en crisis. Daarnaast is hij Directeur Onderzoek van het NIOD, Instituut voor Oorlogs-, Holocaust en Genocide Studies. Hij heeft gepubliceerd over de bestraffing van collaboratie in het naoorlogse Nederland, ambtelijke collaboratie tijdens de bezetting en de geschiedenis van de Jodenvervolging.

Drs. David Barnouw, studeerde Politieke en sociale wetenschappen aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Na werkzaam geweest te zijn op het IISG en de Universiteit van Leiden, is hij sinds 1979 als wetenschappelijk medewerker verbonden aan het NIOD. Sinds 1996 is hij tevens persvoorlichter en woordvoerder van het instituut.

Programma

De eerste drie kwartier van iedere bijeenkomst zijn gereserveerd voor de regisseur van de tv-aflevering. Daarna komt of komen de wetenschappers aan het woord

  • Woensdag 5 februari: Thuiskomst(regisseur: Gerda Jansen Hendriks) door Ilse Raaijmakers. Locatie: Hollandsche Schouwburg, Walter Susskindzaal
  • Woensdag 12 februari: Afrekening (regisseur: Paul Ruigrok) door Helen Grevers. Locatie: De Industrieele Groote Club (IGC)
  • Woensdag 19 februari: Verloren Jeugd (regisseur: Suzanne Raes) door Bram Mellink en Edwin Praat. Locatie: Vossius Gymnasium, Aula
  • Woensdag 26 februari: Alles moet anders (regisseur: Suzanne Raes) door Friso Hoeneveld en Abel Streefland. Locatie: Agnietenkapel
  • Woensdag 5 maart: Koude Oorlog (regisseur: Paul Ruigrok) door Christie Miedema. Locatie: Felix Meritis
  • Woensdag 12 maart: Ver van huis (regisseur: Gerda Jansen Hendriks) door dr. Paul Bijl. Locatie: Tropenmuseum, Mauritszaal
  • Woensdag 19 maart: Wederopbouw (regisseur: Femke Veltman) door Sophie Elpers, Locatie: PC Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, zaal 1.04 (NB: dit is een zaalwijziging)

 

CANCELLED – Lecture Jerry Brotton (Queen Mary University of London)

Due to unforeseen family circumstances Prof. Brotton’s lecture News of the World: Cartography in the Age of Globalization has unfortunately been cancelled.

Date: March 11, 2014
Time: 15.00 – 17.00
Venue: University of Amsterdam, Bijzonder collecties – Nina van Leerzaal, Oude Turfmarkt 129, Amsterdam
Registration

At a time when the Internet is locked in a battle over dominance of virtual geospatial applications, this lecture will situate the current ‘map wars’ within a wider historical and cultural context. Ranging from the Greeks to Google Earth and with specific attention to the early modern period, it surveys how the globe has been mapped by different cultures over time, and what this means for our current understanding of globalisation. Far from being purely scientific objects, world maps appear to be unavoidably partial and subjective, intimately bound up with the systems of power, authority and creativity of particular moments and places. But if the paper map is a thing of the past, then what of the map’s future, and how will we map the world around us?

Jerry Brotton is Professor of Renaissance Studies in the Department of English at Queen Mary University of London. He is the author of numerous books, including Trading Territories (1997), Global Interests (2000, co-written with Lisa Jardine), The Renaissance Bazaar (2002), The Sale of the Late King’s Goods (2006), and A History of the World in Twelve Maps (2012). He presented BBC4’s three-part television series, ‘Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession’ (2010), and co-curated the internationally acclaimed exhibition ‘Penelope’s Labour: Weaving Words and Images’, at the Venice Biennale (2011). He is internationally recognised as an expert in the history of cartography and east-west cultural exchange in the early modern period. His latest project is a book on Shakespeare and Islam.

This lecture is organized in cooperation with OSK

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Research master course: Science, scholarship and society (March – May 2014)

Science, scholarship and society

Dates: Friday 7 and 21 March, 4 and 18 April, 9 May
Time: 13u-15u
Venue: Utrecht (exact location to be confirmed)
Open to: ReMa students registered with the Huizinga Institute
Fee (non-members): €250
Credits: 3 ECTS
Coordinator: Dirk van Miert (UU) – contact: D.K.W.vanMiert[at]uu[dot]nl
Guestlecturers: Rens Bod, Charles van den Heuvel, and Wijnand Mijnhardt

Registration: maximum participants: 15 – register before: 10 February, 2014 – register here

It would appear that the humanities are in an existential crisis. Research budgets are limited, accountability and output are monitored more strictly than ever, and many researchers find it difficult to integrate societal relevance, interdisciplinary approaches and cutting-edge research. Many scholars argue that the modeling of the humanities on practices in the natural sciences has ignored the idiosyncrasies of research in the humanities. But the huge variety of domains within humanities and the lack of uniformity in standards and research traditions, hinders a reflection on the value of research in the humanities which is both fundamentally satisfactory and strategically effective. In this course we will study the history of the fragmentation within the knowledge domain of the humanities, and the perspectives for a re-integration. Students will reflect on their own research topics in the light of this history and learn to position themselves more consciously in a future program of research.

Preliminary schedule:

Session 1 (7 March 2014): The formation of the disciplines
Lecturer: Rens Bod

Session 2 (21 March 2014): Discourses of the Scientific Revolution: have historians taken over the history of science?
Lecturer: Dirk van Miert

Session 3 (4 April): The digital humanities: are scientists taking over the humanities?
Lecturer: Charles van den Heuvel

Session 4 (18 April): The humanities in postwar academic politics
Lecturer: Dirk van Miert

Session 5 (9 May): Humanities Research and Society
Lecturer: Dr Wijnand Mijnhardt

Literature & readings

will be announced in due time.

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 Huizinga-fgw@uav.nl 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.

Course Oral History and Life Stories (January 2014)

Course Oral History and Life Stories

Dates: 9 – 13 – 16 – 20 – 23 January 2014, and possibly 6 February 2014
Time: 13:00 – 16:30
Venue: P.C. Hoofthuis, Universiteit van Amsterdam. 9-01: PCH 556; 13-01: PCH 440; 16-01: PCH 556; 20-01: PCH 440: 23-01: PCH 556; 6-2: PCH 556.
Coordinator & lecturer: prof. dr. Selma Leydesdorff and selected guest speakers
Open to: PhD candidates and advanced RMA students who are members of the Huizinga
Fee (non-members): €250
Credits: 3 ECTS
Max. number of participants: 15
Register before: 25 November, 2013
It is no longer possible to resgister for this course

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 of 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 an integration 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. While historical interviews ask a lot of research time, participants in this course will involve in 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. Issues to be investigated in particular 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?

Preparation, literature and assignments
The literature is composed of various articles, informing on how to organize a larger interview project, discussing how to analyse 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 the making of interviews 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 will 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: 25 November, 2013. Send to: Huizinga-fgw@uva.nl.
After the deadline has passed you will be informed as soon as possible about the final decision.

Note: due to the limited amount of places avilable for this course, we have implemented stricter criteria for the motivation letter (see below). Your eventual admittance to this course depends on this letter.
The deadline for registration as well as for the motivation letter have been moved forward to 25 November, 2013.

Testing and evaluative criteria
Will be announced in due course.

Schedule
Will be announced in due course.

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 Huizinga-fgw@uav.nl 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.

Atelier: Wetenschappelijk recenseren – prof. dr. Floris Cohen (UU) (5 maart 2014)

Wetenschappelijk recenseren – prof. dr. Floris Cohen (UU)

Datum: 5 maart 2014
Tijd:10 – 17 uur
Locatie: Bungehuis 3.02, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Voor: promovendi en gevorderde RMa-studenten
Fee (non members): € 50
Credits: 1 ECTS
Coordinatie: prof. Floris Cohen i.s.m. het Huizinga Instituut
Registratie:  Maximum aantal deelnemers: 10
Inschrijven vóór: 10 februari 2014
Registreer hier (NB: dit atelier is helaas vol, je kunt je opgeven voor 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 dinsdag 25 februari 2014 door toezending aan de docent: h.f.cohen@uu.nl. Let op: tijdig inleveren van deze opdracht is verplicht om deel te mogen nemen aan het atelier op 5 maart.

 

Certificate:

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

 

Bijeenkomst – werkgroep (Auto)biografie

Werkgroep (Auto)biografie Huizinga Instituut

Datum: Vrijdag 31 januari 2013
Locatie: Bungehuis (Universiteit van Amsterdam), Spuistraat 210 Amsterdam, Zaal 1.01
Tijd: Aanvang 14.00
Registratie: rdekker123@gmail.com

Lezing:

Rindert Jagersma
“Ericus Walten (1662-1697) en zjin memorialen”
(Walten werd door W.P.C.Knuttel in het Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek getypeerd als `een der roerigste pamfletschrijvers uit de tweede helft der 17de eeuw’)

Pauze

Rondvraag, bijdragen over lopend onderzoek, onder andere Rudolf Dekker over de autobiografische romans van Ed. de Nève.

Borrel na afloop

Lecture prof. Steven Shapin (Harvard): Who is the Modern Scientist? (28 November, 2013)

Who is the Modern Scientist?  A lecture by Steven Shapin

Thursday 28 November 2013, 5-7pm, Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam

There are now many historical studies of what’s been called scientists’ personæ–- the typifications, images, and expectations attached to people who do scientific work. There has been much less interest in the largely managerial and bureaucratic exercises of counting scientists-– finding out how many there are, of what sorts, working in what institutions. This talk first describes how and why scientists came to be counted from about the middle of the twentieth century and then relates those statistical exercises to changing senses of who the scientist was, what scientific inquiry was, and what it was good for.

Professor Shapin’s lecture will be followed by two short comments, by Professor Floris Cohen of the Huizinga Institute and by Dr Laurens Hessels of WTMC, before the discussion is opened to all. Find the flyer here.

Steven Shapin is Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. His books include Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life (Princeton University Press, 1985 [new ed. 2011] with Simon Schaffer), A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England (University of Chicago Press, 1994), The Scientific Revolution (University of Chicago Press, 1996; now translated into 16 languages), Wetenschap is cultuur (Science is Culture) (Amsterdam: Balans, 2005; with Simon Schaffer), The Scientific Life: A Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation (University of Chicago Press, 2008), Never Pure: Historical Studies of Science as if It Was Produced by People with Bodies, Situated in Time, Space, Culture and Society, and Struggling for Credibility and Authority (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). Amongst the many prizes he has received, he was the 2005 winner of the Erasmus Prize (with Simon Schaffer), conferred by HRH the Prince of Orange of the Netherlands, for contributions to European culture, society, or social science. More details at: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~hsdept/bios/shapin.html

 Attendance at this public lecture is free. However, space is limited, so please register in advance via huizinga-fgw[at]uva[dot]nl (deadline: 13 November). WTMC members who have already registered for the WTMC annual meeting do NOT need to register separately for this lecture.

Expert meeting: Using Audio-Visuals in Memory Studies of the Shoah/Holocaust: New Approaches in a Digital Era (3 December, 2013)

Oral History – Expert meeting & seminar, presented by the Commission for the History and Culture of Jews in the Netherlands (Menasseh Ben Israel Institute), the Huizinga Institute and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW):

 Using Audio-Visuals in Memory Studies of the Shoah/Holocaust: New Approaches in a Digital Era

 3 December 2013  ** KNAW, Trippenhuis, Amsterdam ** 9:30 – 18:00 hrs

Memory is crucial for Jewish identity and Culture. Stories about the past do not just describe the self – they are the self’s medium of being. They situate us in relation to our families, communities, and traditions, giving shape to our experiences, telling us where we came from and offering guideposts for the future. Immediately after the Shoah/Holocaust Jews have connected with the past by telling about it and by remembrance. But even more important has been to tell the world about what has happened to Jews, as memory can also be a warning.

Those memories have been created in a specific context and are personal. This seminar explores the value of audiovisual and oral collections for the writing of history, while keeping in mind that memories cannot just be used, but, like any other source, must be analyzed and contextualized. The seminar is presented by the Commission for the History and Culture of Jews.

Foto (c) Rainer Hesse.

Participation is free, but please register in advance by submitting the online registration form on the website of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Schedule:

PDF of the programme

 09:00  registration and coffee

09:30  Introduction by Selma Leydesdorff – Professor of Oral History and Culture, University of Amsterdam – Chair: Floor Meijer, Huizinga Institute

09:50  Part I: Keynotes – Chair: Selma Leydesdorff

The Past and Future Uses of Holocaust Testimonies, Noah Shenker – Lecturer in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University

History in Memory, Memory in History: How to take in account collections of testimonies for better analysing Shoah, Denis Peschanski – Professor of History, Center for Twentieth Century Social History, Université de Paris

Using Existing Sources and  Generating Sources: Why Oral History Matters, Albert Lichtblau – Chair of the Centre for Jewish Cultural History and Assistant Professor of History, University of Salzburg

Discussion

12:15  LUNCH

13:15  Part II: Varieties of archives and ways to work – Chair: Nanci Adler – Division head holocaust and genocide studies, NIOD-KNAW Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam

Return and reception of Jewish survivors: testimonies collections as historical source, Dienke Hondius – Assistant Professor of Contemporary History, VU University Amsterdam

Teaching with testimonies: international coursework using Skype, Dawn Skorczewsky – Fullbright Scholar, Free University Amsterdam and Brandeis University

“Hide and seek” – the use of oral history material preparing an exhibition in the Jewish Historical Museum, Hetty Berg – Curator, Jewish Historical Museum

The use of existing material while researching Alexander Pechersky the leader of the Sobibor revolt, Selma Leydesdorff – Professor of Oral History and Culture, University of Amsterdam

15:00  coffee & tea break

15:30  Part III: Presentations

Paula Witkamp – Project Manager, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS-KNAW)

Lonnie Stegink – Project Manager, Shoah Visual History Archive, Jewish Historical Museum

Puck Huitsing – Director of Collections & Services, NIOD-KNAW Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

16:15  Panel discussion: Oral History, Testimony, Life story – with: Nanci Adler, Dienke Hondius, Paula Witkamp – Chair: Puck Huitsing

16:45 Closing remarks by Selma Leydesdorff

17:00  RECEPTION, on the occasion of the 40-year jubilee of prof. dr. Selma Leydesdorff – co-sponsored by the dept. of Arts, Religion and Culture, University of Amsterdam

Conference committee

Dienke Hondius, Puck Huitsing, Lonnie Stegink, Selma Leydesdorff

Partners and sponsors

Commission for the History and Culture of Jews in the Netherlands (Menasseh Ben Israel Institute);
Huizinga Institute, National Research School for Cultural History;
KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy for the Arts and Sciences);
Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam;
Digital Heritage Research Group,  Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity;
Maatschappij tot Nut der Israelieten;
Levi Lassen Foundation;
Stichting Democratie en Media;
Department of Arts, Religion, Culture, University of Amsterdam.

Location

Het Trippenhuis
Kloveniersburgwal 29
1011 JV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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Bijeenkomst werkgroep Oral History

Oral History Today : de toepassing van technologie voor de ontsluiting en verbreiding van mondelinge historische bronnen

Datum: 1 November  2013
Locatiezaal 5.59 van het PC Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134.
Tijd: 15.00 – 17.00 uur, aansluitende borrel
Registratie is gewenst, stuur een mail naar: L.vanHelvoort@uva.nl

Het aantal collecties interviews in bibliotheken, archieven en musea waarin mensen over hun persoonlijk verleden vertellen groeit ook in Nederland gestaag. Dit is mede onder invloed van digitale technologie en de democratisering van geschiedenis. Onderzoekers weten echter niet altijd hun weg naar deze bronnen te vinden, hoewel ze zeer waardevolle informatie bevatten. Dat komt omdat vaak niet bekend is waar de collecties zich bevinden en waar ze over gaan. Ook is bij collecties die wel bekend zijn, de toegang tot en selectie van relevante fragmenten complex en tijdrovend. Om deze obstakels weg te nemen is het project Oral History Today opgezet. Dit is een samenwerking tussen het Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, de Erasmus Studio, en de software bedrijven Spinque en Dispectu. Met behulp van zoektechnologie hebben zij een digitale zoekomgeving gebouwd  waarbij door verschillende oral history collecties heen gezocht kan worden op relevant materiaal. Ook is een survey opgezet om zicht te krijgen op nog onbekende oral history collecties en de wensen voor de toekomst. De rijkdom aan thema’s en perspectieven die door dit zoeksysteem en de survey zichtbaar zijn geworden, willen wij graag met u delen.  

Daarom nodigen wij u uit voor een bijeenkomst van de Werkgroep Oral History van het Huizinga Instituut in Amsterdam (UvA) (http://www.huizingainstituut.nl/v02/werkgroep-oral-history/) , op vrijdag 1 Novermber van 15.00 tot 17.00. Daar zullen de makers van Oral History Today de resultaten van de survey presenteren en een uitleg en demonstratie geven van de zoekomgeving.  

 

Symposium Jürgen Habermas (recipient of the 2013 Erasmus Prize)

Symposium – The Future of Democracy

Date: Tuesday 5 November 2013
Venue: Tinbergenzaal, Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
Moderators: Prof. Maria Grever (Erasmus University Rotterdam), prof. Ed Jonker (Utrecht University), dr. Joel Anderson (Utrecht University)
Registration: KNAW
Due to overwhelming interest, it’s no longer possible to register. The symposium will be broadcasted via live streaming. More information will follow in due course.

Symposium organised by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation and the Huizinga Institute Graduate School for Cultural History.

For more than fifty years, the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas has been one of the leading thinkers in the fields of philosophy, sociology, and politics. Central to his thinking are deliberative democracy and commitment of citizens. He believes in open rational debate as a vital resource of politics and in the equality of all human beings as a foundational value underpinning democracy. Critical about the way political elites are dealing with the European crisis, driven by unrestrained financial markets, Habermas pleads for a more fully integrated, democratic European Union.

This symposium is organised on the occasion of the Erasmus Prize 2013 that will be awarded to Jürgen Habermas on Wednesday 6 November. The symposium offers a select group of invited Research Master students and PhD researchers an opportunity to enter into discussion with Jürgen Habermas and other speakers, on a range of philosophical, historical, sociological and political topics. The idea is that this dialogue will be fuelled by on-going research of the students and PhD researchers.

Participants are welcome to attend the discussion of Jürgen Habermas with the other speakers and the Research Master students and PhD researchers.

Programme

10:30 a.m.

  • Welcome  by Pim Levelt, former President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Introduction by Maria Grever, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Deliberative democracy and political crisis, by Jürgen Habermas, recipient of the Erasmus Prize 2013

Discussion moderated by Maria Grever

Break

01:30 p.m.

  • Introduction by Ed Jonker, Utrecht University
  • Enlightenment and the limits of equality, by Siep Stuurman, Utrecht University

Discussion moderated by Ed Jonker

Tea

  • Introduction by Joel Anderson, Utrecht University
  • Democracy and economic crisis, by Ingrid Robeyns, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Discussion moderated by Joel Anderson

05:00 p.m.

  • Conclusions and drinks

Registration is required. You can apply with the on line registration form. Please note: only a limited number of seats are available. We will inform you about your participation before 15 October 2013.
Due to overwhelming interest, it’s no longer possible to register. The symposium will be broadcasted via live streaming. More information will follow in due course.

Participation is free, but lunch is not included. In the surroundings of the Trippenhuis are many lunch facilities.

Masterclass – prof. Richard Bourke (Queen Mary, University of London)

Political Thought in the British Enlightenment

Date: 8 November 2013
Time: 10:00 – 13:00 hrs
Venue: Bungehuis 101, University of Amsterdam
Open to: PhD candidates and Research Master students
Fee (non-members): €50
Credits: 1 ECTS (available upon request)
Coordination: Jan Rotmans & Monika Baar (Huizinga Institute)
Registration: Maximum participants in the masterclass: 12 | Register before: 15 October 2013
Registration PhD candidates
Registration RMa students

This class will be dedicated to the political ideas of three prominent thinkers of the eighteenth century, focusing in particular on their ideas of human nature, the foundations of government, the project of empire, and the role of commerce in modern political life. The discussion will situate their work in the context of the struggle for power in Europe, the overseas expansion of trade and territory from the 1740s on, and modern political revolutions, including 1688, 1776 and 1789. Specific topics to be examined will be the nature of justice, the normative foundations of political subjection, the nature of revolution, and the relationship between power and commerce in the political economy of America, Europe and Asia in the mid- to late-eighteenth century. Texts to be examined will include: David Hume, Essays Moral, Political and Literary, Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, Edmund Burke, Speech on fox’s India Bill and Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France.

The masterclass is offered in combination with prof. Bourke’s keynote lecture Enlightenment and the British Conquest of India: The Case of Edmund Burke on the same day. Attendance at this lecture is required.

Richard Bourke specialises in the history of political thought and intellectual history, focusing on enlightenment political ideas, having also published in literary and political history. He studied at Dublin, London, Oxford and Cambridge, and then taught at University College Dublin before moving to Queen Mary. He has been a Fellow of the John Carter Brown Library (2004), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2006–07), the Clark Memorial Library (2009), the Beinecke (2010) and the Huntington (2011). He recently co-edited Political Judgement (2009) with Raymond Geuss, and is completing Empire and Revolution: The Political Life of Edmund Burke for Princeton University Press. He is a co-editor for the Cambridge University Press series Ideas in Context, and co-director of the Popular Sovereignty Network under the auspices of the Centre for the Study of the History of Political Thought. He has commented on current affairs for BBC television, the BBC World Service, the Financial Times and The Irish Times, and reviews regularly for Political Quarterly and the Times Literary Supplement.

Find information on reading and assignments below.

Schedule masterclass:

09:45    doors open, coffee & tea
10:00    start  masterclass
11:15    coffee & tea break
13:00    end masterclass & lunch

Keynote lecture prof. Richard Bourke:
Enlightenment and the British Conquest of India:
The Case of Edmund Burke

Date: 8 November 2013
Time: 16:00 – 18:00
Venue: Nina van Leerzaal, UB Bijzondere Collecties
Open to: all; required for PhD candidates and ReMa students participating in the masterclass

Abstract will follow soon.

Schedule keynote lecture:

15:45    doors open
16:00    lecture prof. Bourke
17:15    drinks in the Museum café of the Special Collections

Preparation & readings

Required reading:

Bourke, Richard. ‘Popular Sovereignty and Political Representation: Edmund Burke in the Context of Eighteenth-Century Thought.’ In: Popular Sovereignty in Historical Perspective, eds. Richard Bourke and Quentin Skinner (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2015].

Suggested primary reading:

David Hume, ‘Of the First Principles of Government’, ‘Of the Origins of Government’, ‘Of the Original Contract’ and ‘Of Passive Obedience’ in Essays Moral, Political, and Literary ed. Eugene F. Miller (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1985).

Adam Smith, The Theory of Modern Sentiments, ed. D. D. Raphael et al. (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1982), I, iii, 2: ‘Of the Origin of Ambition, and the Distinction of Ranks’, pp. 50–61.

Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, ed. R. H. Campbell et al., (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1981), 2 vols., II, pp. 556–90, 634–41, 731–58.

Edmund Burke, Speech on Fox’s India Bill in P. J. Marshall ed., Edmund Burke: Writings and Speeches, V, pp. 378–451.

Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France, ed. J. C. D. Clark (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001), pp. 145––243.

Preparation – for all participants:

Prepare a description of half a page of your own research-project, focusing on how it relates to prof. Bourke’s work and specifically to the theme of the masterclass and the political texts that will be discussed. Furthermore, formulate one question for prof. Bourke pertaining to these themes. Submit via Huizinga-fgw@uva.nl; deadline 30 October 2013, 13:00 hrs.

Please bring this description with you to the masterclass; you will be asked to introduce your research and discuss the question you have formulated for prof. Bourke. Max 4 mins.

Additional requirements for ReMa students:

To obtain the 1 ECTS credit, research master students are required to familiarise themselves with the suggested reading; attend prof. Bourke’s keynote lecture that afternoon; and write a 2 page account afterwards, focussing upon the insights gained during the masterclass and lecture and how these relate to one’s own research project. This brief essay will be written according to general academic standards and will be reviewed by prof. Monika Baar (RUG). Submit via Huizinga-fgw@uva.nl; deadline 15 November 2013, 17:00 hrs.

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 Huizinga-fgw@uav.nl 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.

 

Call for Papers: Games of Late Modernity (15-17 Jan, 2014)

To shed new light on the significance of Johan Huizinga`s study, we are organizing a three-day interdisciplinary conference Games of Late Modernity”, on the concept of play as a grounding structure of reality.

Out of a large body of critique we have distilled a few issues we would like to invite participants respond to, as you will also see in the enclosed Call for Papers. For instance, is it possible to develop a formulation of play that incorporates the most cruel and tragic dimension of (Western) culture as well? Or, one may wonder if, instead of playing, human beings are often being played with. ‘To play’ means ‘to play by the rules’. Is it possible to formulate such rules, or is present-day society best characterized by an absence of rules? Furthermore we invite participants to extricate concepts of play from structuralist and post-structuralist thought. How can, for example, the work of Derrida, Foucault and Levi-Strauss help us to reformulate or strengthen Huizinga’s concept of play? Keynotes are Loïc Wacquant, Thomas Macho, Helmut Lethen, Joyce Goggin, Elena Esposito, and Jos de Mul.

The conference, organized by Tilburg University and Huizinga Research Institute will be held at the intimate estate of the International School for Philosophy (ISVW) in Leusden-the Netherlands from 15 till 17 January 2014. The conference fee of €585 includes a three-night stay, breakfast, lunch, two evening dinners, and refreshments. Also we would like to point out that the conference will result in an edited volume published by Amsterdam University Press.

PhD candidates

The Huizinga Institute offers selected PhD candidates, registered with the Huizinga, a subsidy to cover the conference fee. To apply, please send a motivation letter, stating why participation in this event furthers your research, accompanied by the abstract of your paper and a brief bio of 250 wrds., to ms. Chantal Olijerhoek, via huizinga-fgw[at]uva[dot]nl. Only a limited number of places is available. Of course you are only applicable for funding if your paper is accepted by the organisation of the conference.

Registration deadline is extended to 20 October, 2013.

Please also register here.

This event is part of the extended 2014-15 Huizinga Jubilee Programme of the Huizinga Institute.

Promovendisymposium najaar 2013

Promovendisymposium

Datum: 28-29 oktober 2013
Tijd: 10 – 18 h
LocatieNIAS, Wassenaar
Credits: 3 ECTS (met eigen presentatie); 1 ECTS (toehoorder)
Bestemd voor: Exclusief voor promovendi, lid het Huizinga Instituut
Registratie

Opzet symposium

Tijdens dit symposium presenteren derdejaars promovendi van diverse universiteiten (een deel van) hun onderzoek. In deze presentatie komen het doel, de probleemstelling en de gebruikte methode van onderzoek aan de orde. Ook reeds gesignaleerde problemen kunnen naar voren gebracht worden. Op de presentatie wordt in eerste instantie gereageerd door een referent, die door de promovendus zelf wordt uitgenodigd en die van te voren van de inhoud van de voordracht op de hoogte is gebracht. Daarna is er discussie met alle aanwezigen.

Voor wie?

Het promovendisymposium is primair bedoeld voor derdejaars promovendi om hun onderzoek te presenteren. Omdat het symposium een goede introductie vormt op het onderzoek dat binnen het Huizinga Instituut verricht wordt, zijn eerstejaars promovendi van harte uitgenodigd om het symposium bij te wonen. Tweede- en vierdejaars promovendi, evenals stafleden van het Huizinga Instituut, zijn ook van harte welkom.

Programma

(ook te downloaden als PDF)

Maandag 28 oktober

12:00    ontvangst met LUNCH

Middagprogramma – Chair: dr. Boudien de Vries (UvA)

13:00    opening door Michael Wintle (directeur Huizinga Instituut)

13.15    Trudelien van t Hof: De ‘gematigde middenweg’ in beweging. Romeyn de Hooghe’s (1645-1708) dubbelzinnige beoordeling van rede en openbaring in zijn Hieroglyphica
Referent: prof. dr. Joris van Eijnatten (UU)

14.15    Loes Rusch: The Zeeland Suite (1977): Jazz, public funding and national narratives
Referent: dr. Stephen Amico (UvA)

15.15    THEE

15.45    Berthe Jansen: The impact of Buddhist monasticism on Tibetan society and culture
Referent: dr. Françoise Robin (INALCO, Paris)

16.45    PROMOVENDIRAAD

19:00    DINER

Dinsdag 29 oktober – Chair: dr. Tessel M. Bauduin (Huizinga Instituut)

10.00    Camille Creyghton: De receptie van Jules Michelet in de Franse historiografie. Tussen academische herinneringscultuur en politiek engagement
Referent: prof. dr. Ed Jonker (UU)

11.00    Ingrid Kloosterman: ‘The Unifying Ganzfeld’: experimental methodologies in Dutch parapsychology 1971-1986
Referent: dr. Maarten Derksen (RUG)

12.00    LUNCH

13.00    Frank Daudeij: Dienaren der duisternis: Het ambt van zedentuchtmeester in een vry bestier
Referent: prof. dr. Wijnand Mijnhardt (UU)

14.00    Timo Bolt: Evidence-Based Medicine: the myth of the loss of professional autonomy
Referent: prof. dr. Wijnand Mijnhardt (UU)

15.00    THEE

15.30    Abel Streefland: “Geen tijd voor politiek geleuter!” Het ultracentrifugeproject onder druk, 1955-1961.
Referent: prof. dr. Ir. Geert Verbong (TUE)

16.30    afsluiting en BORREL  met het Huizinga Programma Team