Symposium with Prof. Daniel C. Dennett

On 13 November 2012 the Huizinga Institute and the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation organized in Amsterdam a discussion meeting of PhD researchers from Dutch universities with Daniel Dennett, recipient of the 2012 Erasmus Prize. The symposium The Cultural Meaning of the Life Sciences offered a select group of 16 PhD researchers an opportunity to enter into discussion with Daniel Dennett on topics as Consciousness, Free Will, Methodology and Mind and Cognition. The questions to Dennett were inspired by on-going PhD work of the researchers. Participants in this symposium, moderated by Floris Cohen, consisted of two groups: an inner circle of the selected PhD researchers and an outer circle of readers who are interested in the works of  Daniel Dennett, who formed the audience.

It was a thought-provoking and very inspiring symposium. The way Daniel Dennett treated the various cases, combining brilliant analytical thinking with many references to works of fellow philosophers and discoveries in neuroscience and biology, was impressive. Dennett also gave clarifying examples from his own experience, ranging from reflections on his consciousness during a lecture as a young and timid scholar (Princeton University in the early seventies) to the problem of resolving a sudoku when dreaming (Hilton Hotel Amsterdam, November 2012). At the end of the day Daniel Dennett told the audience that he had enjoyed every minute of the symposium. So did we.

Foto’s: Eduard Lampe

 

Lecture prof. Harold J. Cook: The Co-Production of Sciences and Economies

Lecture Prof. Cook (Brown University)

Date: 13 December 2012
Time: 10am-12am
Venue: The Hague, Royal Library, ‘zaal B/C’
Chair: dr. Michiel van Groesen (UvA)
Open to: all

DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS MASTERCLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Thursday December 13, Harold J. Cook, professor of History at Brown University and renowned historian of early modern science, will give a lecture on the relationship between science and economy in the early modern period. This lecture is open to all. The lecture will be  followed by a general discussion and Q&A-session with all participants, chaired by Michiel van Groesen (UvA). The readings are listed below.

Programme:

10:00  Welcome by Dr van Groesen

10:15   Keynote Prof. Cook: The Co-Production of Sciences and Economies

One of the most common arguments about science is that it leads to economic development; it is also commonly argued that the rise of science was a critical factor in the rise of the modern economy. The morning keynote and discussion will explore that theme from the viewpoint of the history of northwestern Europe in the early modern period, arguing that rather than either “economy” or “science” producing the other, they were co-produced (to use a phrase associated with Sheila Jasanoff). In doing so, it steps around many current invocations of the causal power of “culture” to explore more materialistic causes, particularly by examining how recent work in economic history might have much to offer those interested in such processes. It takes the position that institutional forms of organization employed by the urban elite to manage their affairs came to place a high value on descriptive matters of fact, which became the chief matters of exchange in their efforts toward both material betterment and reliable knowledge. In giving pride of place to matters of fact in their knowledge systems, it also became possible for urban leaders to imagine a universal form of knowledge, which we often call science. While early modern science is not the same as modern science, the found relationships between it and economy can offer productive avenues for examining sciences and economies in other places and periods. To do so, however, requires that the history of science be brought into a closer relationship with the history of medicine and technology, as well as with economic history, than was common in the late 20th century.

11:00   Questions & discussion

Masterclass:

This lecture is part of a master class, hosted by Prof. Cook. This master class will take place in the afternoon and is exclusively for PhD researchers and advanced research-master students. More information about this master class here. Separate registration is required.

Readings:

While familiarity with the material below is not obligatory for attending the morning lecture, it would be appreciated. Participants of the master class are expected to be familiar with all material.

  • Introduction to: How Well Do Facts Travel?: The Dissemination of Reliable Knowledge. Ed. Peter Howlett and Mary S Morgan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • Zhang, Qiong. ‘Demystifying Qi: The Politics of Cultural Translation and Interpretation in the Early Jesuit Mission to China’. In Tokens of Exchange: The Problem of Translation in Global Circulations, edited by Lydia H. Liu, 74-106. Durham: Duke University Press, 1999.
  • Introduction to: Market Devices. Ed. Michel Callon, Yuval Millo, and Fabian Muniesa. Malden, MA; Oxford: Blackwell Pub./The Sociological Review, 2007.
  • Epstein, Stephan R. ‘Craft Guilds, Apprenticeship, and Technical Change in Pre-industrial Europe’. Journal of Economic History 58 (1998): 684-713.

Lecture and master class are organized in cooperation with the Royal Library in The Hague as part of professor Harold J. Cook’s KB fellowship in the fall of 2012.

Conferentie: The Making of the Humanities III

Lecture Oral History – Paul Thompson

The Experience of Social Research: Reflections on Qualitative Research and steps towards modern approaches

Lecture by Paul Thompson, the man who founded and developed academic oral history 

Date: 23 November 2012, afternoon. 14.30 – 17.00 (followed by drinks)
Venue: PC Hoofthuis room 1.04 Spuistraat 134, Amsterdam
Co-referees: Stef Scagliola (Erasmus University), Sjoerd Keulen (University of Amsterdam)
Registration is necessary, send an email to L.vanHelvoort@uva.nl

British social research experienced an unprecedented flowering from the 1940s to the 1970s, and this enabled many researchers to carry out their research on a scale and with a methodological diversity which could not easily be repeated today. Unfortunately these pioneering researchers failed to ensure that their data – such as interviews or fieldwork notes – could be available for future use. It generally languished forgotten in home or office cupboards, inaccessible to other researchers and in danger of destruction. From 1994 Qualidata – now part of ESDS, the UK Data Archive at Essex – set about rescuing and archiving as many of the research data of pioneering researchers from the last fifty years as could be located. We reported some very serious losses, such as the data of all the early ethnic community studies in Britain; but also rescued much invaluable material. Since then all data has been archived digitally, and made publicly available through ESDS.

From the beginning, an in-depth life story interview with the most significant researchers was recorded, usually by Paul Thompson, to explain the context of the research – personal, social and intellectual. Essex University’s Sociology Department has been one of the cradles of life story/oral history work in Britain, and indeed the archiving there of Thompson’s interviews for The Edwardians, resulting in publications by many visiting researchers, was a key model behind the founding of Qualidata.

These interviews proved so rewarding that in a second phase the project was expanded to include all major researchers who had begun work by the mid-1970s. Each interview covers family and social background and key influences with detailed accounts of major projects. Most of the Pioneers interviews are already available as a resource through ESDS Qualidata, and copies are currently being made available at the British Library Sound Archive. All are fully transcribed as well as summarised in detail. On the Pioneers website accompanied by a brief biography and where possible, text and audio interview extracts. The site will link to any data collections we have or links to any that sit in other archives, and also links to related on-line biographical collections such as Macfarlane’s films on the Cambridge University website, ‘Leading Thinkers’.

These interviews can be rewarding in two different perspectives. Firstly we can look at them as individual biographical accounts, to understand the influences, fieldwork methods, feelings and experiences of a major and admired earlier researcher. We can also trace, through their notably acute social observation, how researchers’ lives were shaped by family and society. We can see how their own experience, for example of social class or the extended family, could generate their key research concerns. In both ways coming to better understand an earlier generation of researchers can be an inspiration to younger researchers, offering models, and encouragement to develop new ideas from their own social observation and experiences.

Secondly, we can trace significant themes which run across whole sets of interviews, and which are still very much relevant today. Examples include gender and kinship, the pleasures of research, or how ideas develop; and research design, fieldwork methods, ethics, and methods of analysis. Through tracing these themes we can tap some of the long experience of earlier qualitative researchers on issues which still very much concern us.

Paul Thompson will expand on why and how he reached this approach.

The event is sponsored by “Heritage and Memory of Conflict”, the Research Priority Area Cultural Heritage and Identity of the University of Amsterdam.

 

Werkgroep autobiografie – Hugo Röling / Theo van der Meer

Uitnodiging – Werkgroep (Auto)biografie Huizinga Instituut

Datum: Vrijdag 9 november 2012
Locatie: Bungehuis (Universiteit van Amsterdam) Spuistraat 210 Amsterdam, Zaal 1.01
Tijd: 14.00 – 17.00, aansluitend borrel
Registratie: rdekker123@gmail.com

Lezingen
  • Hugo Röling: “Röling in Tokyo. Brieven 1946-1948”
  • Theo van der Meer: “`Wie dit eenmaal lezen zal’. De dagboeken van P.J. Meertens als bron voor zijn biografie”

Meer informatie: Rudolf Dekker

email: rdekker123@gmail.com
website: www.egodocument.net

Werkgroep oral history – Nanci Adler

Nanci Adler – Keeping faith with the party, communist believers return from the Gulag


Date
: Friday, October 12, 2012
Venue: UvA, Bungehuis room 1.01, Spuistraat 210, Amsterdam
Time: 15.00 – 17.00, followed by drinks
Registration: huizinga-fgw@uva.nl

On Friday October 12th, the oral history society will celebrate the publication of Nanci Adler’s new book ‘Keeping faith with the party, communist believers return from the Gulag’. (Indiana University Press 2012).

After a short introduction by the author Tomáš Bouška (Aspen Institute, Prague), the following three problems will be discussed:

  1. A central theme of Nanci Adler’s book is the loyalty to the communist party of ex-prisoners even after persecution. How do both speakers explain this loyalty.
  2. How do you deal with trauma in the interview. What does trauma mean?
  3. How does working close to a movement (of dissidents) influence your work. Do you feel hindered, or is it just opposite? How do they manage to keep some distance and analyze such sad stories.

Nanci Adler is senior researcher at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, an organization of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the University of Amsterdam. She is the author of Keeping Faith with the Party: Communist Believers Return from the Gulag, The Gulag Survivor: Beyond the Soviet System, Victims of Soviet Terror: The Story of the Memorial Movement, and numerous scholarly articles on the legacy of communism and Stalinism.

Tomáš Bouška works at the Aspen Institute in Prague, and educational and democratic policy directed institution. Till a year ago he was a major organizer at www.politicalprisoners.com the place where oral history with former political prisoners are collected. (see for example http://www.politicalprisoners.eu/film/ ). His oral histories on video bring him as a speaker all over the world.

This event is sponsored by the Huizinga Instituut of the Universiteit van Amsterdam

Symposium – Daniel Dennett

Symposium: the cultural meaning of the life-sciences

Datum: Dinsdag 13 november 10.30 – 16.30 uur
Locatie: KNAW (Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen), Tinbergenzaal
Dagvoorzitter: Prof. dr. Floris Cohen.

Daniel Dennett gaat in debat met een selecte groep van PhD studenten van verschillende universiteiten. Deze PhD studenten zijn inmiddels geselecteerd. Tijdens dit debat zullen de vier grote thema’s in het werk van Daniel Dennett aan bod komen: Bewustzijn, Vrije wil, Evolutie, en Religie.

Het symposium wordt georganiseerd in samenwerking met de Praemium Erasmianum Foundation.
Wegens de grote hoeveelheid aanmeldingen, is het helaas niet meer mogelijk om als toehoorder aanwezig te zijn bij dit debat.

Meer informatie 

Master class – Robert Darnton (Harvard University)

Master class Robert Darnton

Date: 26 September 2012
Venue: Bungehuis room 1.01, Spuistraat 210 Amsterdam
Open to: PhD candidates and advanced RMa students
Fee (non members): € 50.00
Registration is closed.

Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor en director of the Harvard University Library, will host a master class on current and past blogging, discussing the methods and concepts of doing that kind of cultural history. This master class is open to PhD students and advanced RMA students in the field of cultural history, book history, but also media studies.

In the evening professor Darnton will present the closing lecture of a SPUI 25 series on the future of the book in the Singelkerk. Find the program here. We warmly recommend you to attend the evening program as well.

Programme:

The master class will be divided into two sessions during the day, while the evening program in the Singelkerk, while not obligatory, is warmly recommended and can be taken as the third part of the master class. You have been registered for it already. In the morning professor Darnton will present a keynote lecture, which will be followed by a general sessions of questions with regards to the keynote, chaired by prof. dr. Inger Leemans (VU). The afternoon session will be a hands on, work in progress, class. PhD researchers and RMa students will discuss their own research project with both prof. Darnton and prof. Leemans.

Morning session (11:00 – 12:30)

11:00     Introduction by prof. dr. I. Leemans (VU)

11:10     Keynote: “Blogging Now and Then (250 Years Ago)”

12:00     Questions and discussion

12:30     lunch

Afternoon session (13:00 – 14:30)

13:15     Seminar: “Literature & letters now and then”

The afternoon seminar will be focussed on methods of research and research practices. To related issues will be discussed: 1) analogue sources in the digital age; and 2) the Republic of Letters in the 21st century. The first theme pertains to the question of how one deals with historical sources in the digital age of today, for instance; or, alternatively, how the historian deals with digital sources. The second theme investigates whether 21st century developments such as the ubiquity of the internet and Wikipedia in particular may bring the 18th century ideal of the ‘Republic of Letters’ into being—but in what form?

Evening programme: 20:00 – 22:00 hrs

Robert Darnton: ‘Digitize, Democratize: Libraries and the Digital Future’

Location: Singelkerk, Singel 452.

 

Masterclass – Leora Auslander

Material culture and everyday life

Masterclass Leora Auslander (University of Chicago)

Date: Thursday 1 November 2012
Venue: Amsterdam, Universiteitsbilbliotheek – Vondelzaal
Time: 10.30-17.00 hrs.
Open to: PhD candidates and RMa students.
Credits: 1 EC
Registration

Since the 1980s material culture has become an integral part of cultural history. Besides a focus on art and text, historians (and other scholars) have learned to use, analyze and integrate everyday objects in their research on subjects such as politics, consumption, society and gender. As historians began to look beyond words, researchers on ancient and medieval history especially started to push their boundaries towards archeological and anthropological sources. Yet, most of the research on early modern and modern culture and politics is still primarily text-based.

Professor Leora Auslander is a prominent scholar who combines outstanding research on political history, material culture and everyday life in order to understand how and why everyday things can become catalysts for conflict and means of expressing identities. While her research primarily focuses on modern France, her most recent book Cultural Revolutions compares three conflicts in the early modern period: English Civil War, the American Revolutionary War and the French Revolution.

In this one-day seminar, Leora Auslander will present her ideas on using material culture and everyday life to understand both early modern and modern society by using further developments from her book Cultural Revolutions and her current research. In addition, PhD students will be given the opportunity to present and discuss their own research.

Preliminary reading

  • Leora Auslander, ‘Beyond Words’, American Historical Review 110 (2005), p. 1015-1045.
  • Leora Auslander, Cultural Revolutions: Everyday Life and Politics in England, North America, and France ( Oxford: Berg Press, 2008).

Preparation

All participants should send in an abstract (ca. 250 words) outlining their research project. The PhD researchers and RMa students who are also interested in giving a 15-minute presentation are invited to write a brief proposal of their presentation as well. RMa students will have to score ‘acceptable’ or higher for their presentation and participation to receive the 1EC certificate.

Submit via Huizinga-fgw@uva.nl; deadline 24 October 2012.

About Leora Auslander
Leora Auslander is professor of Modern European Social History at the University of Chicago and a member of the Committee on Jewish Studies and the Center for Gender Studies at the same university. Her research interests are material culture, the history and theory of the everyday, gender history and the history and theory of citizenship and national belonging. Her most recent research focuses on minority diasporic cultures, particularly those of Jews and post-colonial subjects. Her major publications include Taste and power: furnishing modern France (1996), ‘Beyond Words’ American Historical Review 110 (2005) p. 1015-1045 and most recently Cultural Revolutions: Everyday Life and Politics in England, North America, and France (2009).

Provisional programme

10.30 – 12.00Lecture Leora Auslander, followed by questions and discussion
12.00 – 13.00Lunch
13.00 – 14.30Presentations
14.30 – 15.00Tea
15.00 – 16.30Presentations
16.30Closing remarks and drinks

Imagining the self and the other

RMa-cursus: Imagining the Self and the Other

Datum: 2 mei 2013 –  12 juni 2013
(bijeenkomsten op 2, 8, 15 en 22 mei, en 5 juni)
Tijd: 14:00 – 17:00 u (let op; op 125 mei van 10.00 – 13.00, op 22 mei en 5 juni tot 18:00 u)
Locatie: 2 mei BG5 2.29; 08 mei BG5 2.05; 15 mei PCH 1.14; 22 mei OMHP C2.05; 5 juni OMHP E2.12; allen Amsterdam (zie adressen onderaan dit document)
Bestemd voor:  Researchmaster-studenten; promovendi kunnen als auditors deelnemen
Kosten (niet leden): € 150
Credits: 3 ECTS (certificaat op aanvraag)
Registratie

Deze cursus introduceert het verschijnsel van beeldvorming in onze westerse cultuur sinds de Middeleeuwen. Aandacht wordt besteed aan de basisbegrippen “Zelf” en “Ander”, vanuit een theoretisch perspectief en binnen een historisch kader. Tekstuele (w.o. literaire) uitingen en visuele percepties (cartografie, schilderijen, standbeelden) van identiteit en alteriteit spelen hierbij een belangrijke rol. Tevens is er aandacht voor de vorming van een Europese identiteit, en de ervaring van het ‘exotische’ die Europese reizigers met name in de zestiende eeuw ten deel viel. Deze seminar gaat ervan uit dat de manier waarop wij over onszelf en anderen denken nooit vanzelfsprekend is of neutraal, maar wordt bepaald, geconditioneerd zelfs, door een aantal culturele conventies zoals stereotypen, die eeuwenlang de beeldvorming kunnen bepalen. In deze seminar presenteren vier binnen- en buitenlandse wetenschappers hun werk, en wordt de research master student uitgedaagd om hierover in discussie te gaan, teneinde zo zijn eigen inzichten te testen voor zover deze betrekking hebben op diens eigen onderzoek. In de loop van de cursus bereidt de student een presentatie voor over een of meer van de werken die zijn gelezen en besproken, of over een eigen onderwerp (zoals eigen lopend onderzoek). Deze presentatie vormt dan de basis van het afsluitend essay voor deze cursus.

Programma:

Week I

Donderdag, 2 mei 2013, 14:00-17:00
BG5 2.29, Amsterdam

College I – Ton Hoenselaars (Universiteit Utrecht): “Inleiding”

Literatuur

  • Nancy Gail Selleck, The Interpersonal Idiom in Shakespeare, Donne, and Early Modern Culture (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008): (a) “Introduction: Other Selves,” pp. 1-20; (b) “Properties of a ‘Self’: Words and Things, 1580-1690,” pp. 21-55.
  • Jerrold Seigel, The Idea of the Self: Thought and Experience in Western Europe since the Seventeenth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), “Dimensions and Contexts of Selfhood,” pp. 3-44.

Week II

Woensdag, 8 mei 2013, 14:00-17:00
BG5 2.05, Amsterdam

College II – Joep Leerssen (Universiteit van Amsterdam): “Beeldvorming binnen een historisch, Europees kader”

Literatuur

  • Joep Leerssen, Spiegelpaleis Europa: Europese cultuur als mythe en beeldvorming (Nijmegen: Vantilt, 2011)

Week III

Woensdag, 15 mei 2013, 14:00-17:00
BG5 2.05, Amsterdam

College III – Peter Mason (Rome): “Distancing, displacement, disguise”

Literatuur

  • Peter Mason, Infelicities: Representations of the Exotic (Baltimore, MD, and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998)

Week IV

Woensdag, 22 mei, 14:00-17:00, 17:00-18:00
OMHP C2.05, Amsterdam                        

College IV – Michael Wintle (Universiteit van Amsterdam): “‘Defining the Continent: European Othering and Identity in the Age of Enlightenment’

Literatuur         

  • M. J. Wintle, The Image of Europe: Visualizing Europe in Cartography and Iconography throughout the Ages (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), hoofdst. 1 & 6.

Aanbevolen

  • S. Muthu, Enlightenment against Empire (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003).
  • S. Poeschel, “The Iconography of the Continents in the Visual Arts from the Origins to the Age of Tiepolo,” in Luisa Passerini & Marina Nordera (eds.), Images of Europe (Florence: European University) 2000), 61-83.

Week V              (27 -31 mei) Studieverlof

Week VI           

Woensdag, 5 juni, 14:00-18:00 (Hoenselaars)
OMHP E2.12, Amsterdam

Werkcollege – Presentatie over Research Essay

Week VII

Woensdag, 12 June, 18:00: deadline Research Essay (2500 woorden)

Voorbereiding, presentatie & paper

Voor elke bijeenkomst leest de student aandachtig het opgegeven materiaal, met de gedachte dat hierover tijdens het betreffende college een discussie over wordt gevolgd. Studenten kunnen op elk moment de coördinator van de cursus benaderen over de presentatie en het uiteindelijke essay (a.j.hoenselaars@uu.nl). Er is een speciale sessie voor de voorbespreking van de presentatie en het essay in Week IV (woensdag, 22 mei, 17:00-18:00).

Presentatie: 15 minuten incl. discussie in Week VI
(woensdag, 5 juni, 14:00-18:00)
Paper: 2500 woorden (hoeveelheid literatuur e.d. in overleg met coördinator)
Deadline paper: woensdag 12 juni, 18:00 uur.

Locaties

BG 5: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 233-237, 1012 DL Amsterdam
OMHP – Oudemanhuispoort: Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, 1012 CN Amsterdam
Zie ook: http://www.uva.nl/over-de-uva/de-uva-in-amsterdam/locaties/locaties.html

 

Course oral history and life stories

Course Oral History and Life Stories

Date: 10, 14, 17, 21, 24 January 2013, and possibly 6 February 2013
Time: 13:00 – 16:30
Venue: all dates, UB – Potgieterzaal (Amsterdam), except 17 January: Bungehuis 3.02 (Amsterdam)
Teacher: prof. dr. Selma Leydesdorff and selected guest speakers
Open to: PhD candidates and advanced RMA students
Fee (non members): €250
Credits: 3 ECTS
Max. number of participants: 15–THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED
Registration

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.

In order to prepare for the literature and the course, participants are asked to write a short motivation which informs the supervisor of the course about the direction of their research. Deadline: 15 December, 2012. Send to: Huizinga-fgw@uva.nl.

 

Uitnodiging – Werkgroep (Auto)biografie

UITNODIGING – Werkgroep (Auto)biografie Huizinga Instituut

Datum: Vrijdag 15 juni 2012
Locatie: Bungehuis (Universiteit van Amsterdam) Zaal 1.01 Spuistraat 210 Amsterdam
Tijd: Zaal open vanaf 13.00; Aanvang 13.30
Registratie:  rdekker123@gmail.com

Lezingen:

  • Jeroen Blaak over de uitgave van een nieuw ontdekt deel van het dagboek van David Beck (na 1624) 
  • Willemijn Koning over reismotivatie en reisbeleving in de 19de eeuw 
  • Salvador Bloemgarten over het leven van Justus Gerardus Swaving (1784-1835)

Informatie:  Rudolf Dekker
email: rdekker123@gmail.com
website: www.egodocument.net

Werkgroep oral history – Jan Bleyen & Jutta Chorus

Datum: 8 juni 2011
Tijd: 14.30 – 17.00, followed by drinks
(vanaf 14.30 vergadering over planning komend jaar, start inhoudelijk programma 15.15 uur)
Locatie: Bungehuis 0.04, Spuistraat 210, Amsterdam
Registratie: huizinga-fgw@uva.nl

Op 8 juni organiseert de werkgroep oral history een discussie over het raakvlak tussen interviews over het verleden door geëngageerde interviewers en academische oral history.

Die middag zullen we proberen te bekijken of er  grenzen zijn en of die gehandhaafd moeten worden. We weten allen dat voor een historisch proefschrift een conceptueel en theoretisch kader nodig is, tegelijk hebben we twee auteurs van fascinerende boeken uitgenodigd, die heel gevoelsmatig hebben gewerkt. Is die academische bagage een hindernis en wat draagt zij mogelijkerwijs bij?.

Sprekers die middag zijn:

Jan Bleyen, auteur van ‘Doodgeboren’. Hij luisterde naar ervaringen van ouders van een doodgeboren baby. Hij sprak zowel mensen die vijftig jaar geleden een kind hebben verloren als ouders die dit recent hebben meegemaakt. Deze mondelinge geschiedenis laat zien hoe grondig de omgang met doodgeboorte in een halve eeuw is veranderd. De verhalen tonen op aangrijpende wijze dat we rouw heel anders zijn gaan beleven. Doodgeboren is een empathische en vernieuwende studie naar een ingrijpend, veelvoorkomend fenomeen.  (De Bezige Bij 2011)

Jutta Chorus, auteur van Afri. AFRI is de kroniek van een negentiende-eeuwse migrantenwijk, die in veertig jaar tijd een Turkse en Marokkaanse enclave werd. Het is het verhaal van de katholieke havenarbeiders die de eerste gastarbeiders belaagden, maar die later niet meer waren opgewassen tegen hun overmacht. Het is het verhaal van de Turkse familie Soyçicek die op een kluitje woont en zich nooit met Nederland heeft kunnen verzoenen. Jutta Chorus verbleef anderhalf jaar in de Rotterdamse Afrikaanderwijk en beschreef van binnen uit de grootste verandering die zich na de oorlog in Nederland voltrok . (Atlas/Contact 2010).

De middag begint om 14.30 met een korte vergadering over de planning voor volgend jaar. Om 15.15 start het inhoudelijke programma.

 

Huizinga Summer School 2012: National identity as cultural transfer

By now it has become an established fact that nationalism is a very international phenomenon. Starting from the insights of Anne-Marie Thiesse, the role of, specifically, intellectuals and their international interests has become a topic of investigation. Thus, the spread of nationalism can be addressed in terms of “cultural transfer”.

This implies that cultural transfer not only takes place between national entities, but that these entities themselves take shape, are articulated as self- images, as a result of transfer processes between societies and intellectual “hubs”. The modality in which such exchanges occur have been studied in the specialism of imagology: Self- images can obtain a specific profile as a result of antagonistic and contrastive self- positioning, or else of adaptation and internalization, or by way of parallel influences from a common external source-discourse. In any case, the crucial insight is that the formulation and instrumentalization of a national self- image is not an internalistically driven process, emerging wholly from within the bosom of a given cultural community or society, but part of a transnational traffic of communicated ideas.

The challenging task for the future is to study the intellectual exchanges between regions and realm that gave rise to Europe perceived to consist of modular nationalities.

Keynote speaker

With lectures by:

This Summer School is organized in cooperation with SPIN (Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms).

SPIN lecture

On Tuesday 26 June Anne-Marie Thiesse will present the SPIN Lecture 2012: The Transnational Creation of National Arts and Crafts in 19th Century Europe. Separate registration for this lecture is possible and required. For more information and registration visit this website.

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Call for participants – Symposium: the cultural meaning of the life-sciences

Symposium: the cultural meaning of the life-sciences

Date: Tuesday 13 November 2012
Venue: Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen – Tinbergenzaal, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam
Moderator: Prof. dr. Floris Cohen

A discussion meeting of PhD researchers from Dutch universities with Daniel Dennett, recipient of the 2012 Erasmus Prize.

Organized by the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation and the Huizinga Research Institute and Graduate School for Cultural History.

Introduction
American philosopher Daniel Dennett (Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University) has addressed two of the major cultural questions of our time, questions that have defined our self-image: Where do we come from and What is consciousness? He has shown that through the power of thinking combined with sheer hard work one can add new insights to the fields of study that these questions traditionally have belonged to, in this case evolutionary biology, neurobiology and psychology. Dennett addresses philosophical questions with tools derived from the Life Sciences. The new insights that he has developed are challenging and considered groundbreaking among the experts. However, they are also highly accessible to a wider academic readership.

This symposium offers a select group of PhD students an opportunity to enter into discussion with Daniel Dennett on a range of philosophical topics. The idea is that questions to Dennett should be inspired by on-going PhD work of the students.

Organization
Participants in this symposium consist of two groups: an inner circle of the selected PhD students clustered in thematic/disciplinary groups, and an outer circle of PhD students and scholars/scientists who form the audience. The selected students of the inner circle prepare questions among themselves, arising from their work, in relation to the work of Dennett. These questions are forwarded to Dennett, who will prepare a response to these questions and enter into debate with the PhD students during the symposium. 

Selection of participants
PhD students will be approached through the secretariats of the Dutch research schools (onderzoekscholen), via their promotores or directly. PhD students from all Dutch universities who wish to take an active part in the symposium are invited to apply for in writing, stating their motivation and providing a 1-page description of their research topic to

Huizinga Research Institute and Graduate School for Cultural History
c/o Drs. Paul J. Koopman
Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam
Huizinga-fgw@uva.nl, tel. 020-5254433

Extended deadline 15 June 2012; selection end June.

All applicants will be informed about the selection by the end of June 2012. The PhD students who have been selected will be asked (i) to read parts of Daniel Dennett’s work, (ii) to take part in one thematic group, and (iii) jointly to formulate the questions they wish to address to Daniel Dennett. In September the questions will be forwarded to Dennett.

The thematic groups are organized round four major themes of Dennett’s work:

Consciousness
In an attempt to understand the mind, Daniel Dennett takes position in a debate with neurobiologists, cognitive psychologists and artificial-intelligence experts. In his work Consciousness Explained (1991), he investigated the nature and meaning of consciousness, in connection with the physical and chemical processes in the human brain.

Free Will
In his work Freedom Evolves (2003), Dennett explores the question whether there really is such a thing as free will in a world determined by scientific laws. Dennett brings the discussion into the realm of Darwinian theory.

Evolution
Darwin did not yet know about genes. After Darwin, few scholars have endeavored to reinvestigate the evolution theory with the knowledge of today. This is what Dennett did in his book Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life (1995).

Religion
Dennett has investigated the nature and origin of religion as a natural phenomenon, using methods from the life sciences. Ultimately he faces the question of whether god exists. His book Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon (2006) is probably one of his most influential works.