RMa course – Imagining the Self and the Other

Imagining the Self and the Other

Dates and time: 4, 11, 18, 25 April & 2, 9, 16 May, 9:00-12:00
Venue: PC Hoofthuis (Room 3.01), University of Amsterdam (Spuistraat 134)
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 Yolanda Rodriguez Perez (University of Amsterdam)
RegistrationMaximum participants in this event: 25

More information to be announced soon.

PhD Conference Autumn 2018

Date: October 16 & 17, 2018
Venue: Hoorneboeg, Hilversum (a shuttle bus from and to Hilversum station will be available around 9:30 (16 Ocotber) and 17:00 (17 October))
Open to: PhD candidates, exclusive for Huizinga members
ECTS: 3 (with presentation), 1 (auditor)

At this conference third-year PhD candidates from all over the country who are member of the Huizinga Institute got the chance to give a presentation on (a part of) their research. Their talks will be discussed by coreferents (who have been invited by the candidates themselves), and the audience. Huizinga staff members and PhD candidates who are in their first, second or fourth year are more than welcome to join this conference.

Masterclass – ‘Do sales matter? Reputation and contemporary popularity in the Early Modern Book World’ with Andrew Pettegree

Amsterdam, Monday 27 August 2018
10:00 – 12:00
KNAW, Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
1 ECTS upon request
Open to rMA students and PhD candidates

All authors worry about their sales, even if, as in the first age of print, they made hardly any money from their books. In today’s book world, there is no clear relationship between sales and literary reputation; and in an age when the Nobel Prize for Literature may be awarded to a troubadour with no very obvious literary pretensions, even our concept of literature seems increasingly malleable.  In the early modern period also, the relationship between sales and reputation deserves to be probed further, not least for its impact on our understanding of the societies we study. Are the books we choose to study from previous centuries chosen because contemporaries recognised them as important or because they reflect our current preoccupations?  And how can we know which books past societies particularly valued?  These troubling questions – troubling not least because they are so routinely ignored – are the subject of this workshop.

Andrew Pettegree

Andrew Pettegree is Professor Modern History at the University of St Andrews (United Kingdom).

Preparatory Reading

  • Owen Gingerich, The Book Nobody Read: Chasing the Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus (London: Penguin, 2005).
  • Andrew Pettegree en Arthur der Weduwen, What was published in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic?, Livre. Revue Historique (2018).
  • Flavia Bruni en Andrew Pettegree, Lost Books. Reconstructing the Print World of Pre-Industrial Europe (Leiden: Brill, 2016).

Please also read and prepare the following discussion document:

  • Catalogus variorum & insignum librorum incompactorum (Amsterdam: Abraham and Petrus van Someren, 1685). (Available from Book Sales Catalogues Online).

NB: Participants will receive an email with information about how to get hold of these readings a few weeks before the masterclass.


Please register before 20 August 2018 by sending an email to huizinga-fgw@uva.nl.

Masterclass – ‘Interpreting Early Modern Portraits’ with Prof. Harry Berger – CANCELED

NB: Due to circumstances this event has been canceled

Date: 8 May 2018
Time: 12.00-14.00
Venue: Bushuis, room E1.14C (Kloveniersburgwal 48 Amsterdam)
Open to: Research master students and PhD candidates
Credits: 1 ECTS
Registration: send an email to Ben Moore, University of Amsterdam (B.P.Moore@uva.nl). Readings will be provided to registered attendees.


How do we define portraits and distinguish them from other genres? In this session, Harry Berger will discuss nine ‘portrait premises’ that help us identify the specific characteristics of the images we call portraits. There will be a particular focus on early modern painting, including Rembrandt’s self-portraits. The masterclass is based on research from Prof Berger’s forthcoming book Canon Fodder: New Studies in European Poetry, Fiction, Drama, and Painting and is followed at 15.30 by a lecture on Rembrandt and Shakespeare (held in the VOC-zaal), in collaboration with the Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Golden Age.

Graduate students and PhDs attending the masterclass should read the supporting texts in advance and prepare comments or questions arising from their readings.

Guest speaker details

Harry Berger is Professor Emeritus of Literature and Art History at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His work on Renaissance and Baroque literature and art history is extensive and wide ranging, covering topics such as Shakespeare, Spenser, Marvell, Dutch still-life painting, Plato, and critical theory. Among his most recent books are Harrying: Skills of Offense in Shakespeare’s Henriad (2015), The Perils of Uglytown:  Structural Misanthropology in Plato’s Republic (2015) and Caterpillage: Reflections on 17th Century Dutch Still Life Painting (2011). For more details see http://havc.ucsc.edu/faculty/harry-berger.




Masterclass by Davide Rodogno (The Graduate Institute, Geneva)

Date: 22 March 2018
Time: 14.00-16.30
Venue: Leiden University, Lipsius building, room 147
Open to: Researchmaster- and PhD-students
Fee: free
Credits: 1 ECTS (available upon request)
Registration: Maximum participants in this event: 25 Register before: March 8, 2018
Register here: rethinkingdisability@hum.leidenuniv.nl (See also below)

This masterclass is part of the two-day workshop ‘Historians without Borders: Writing Histories of International Organizations’. This workshop is organized by the ERC project ‘Rethinking Disability’ and sponsored by the Huizinga Institute. It is intended to bring together early-career researchers from different fields working on international organizations, to discuss methodological challenges together with peers and established scholars and aims at providing an informal and interactive setting for the exchange of ideas and perspectives.

Ever since historians have started to break with their ‘methodological nationalism’, history beyond borders has seem to split up in different subfields – e.g. global, transnational and world history – where fruitful dialogue sometimes seems increasingly difficult. The purpose of this workshop is to open up this dialogue, to see what specific advantages different approaches can offer and how they can be best put to use. In order to do this, the workshop will focus on the history of international organizations, from the main intergovernmental organizations (IOs) – such as the League of Nations, the UN or the NATO – to the vast field of International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), spanning a diverse range of causes from the environment (Greenpeace), over human rights (Amnesty International), to humanitarianism (Médecins sans frontières).

More information and an overview of the complete program for the workshop can be found here.

Possible approaches to the history of international organizations: chances and limitations of a view from Geneva

The masterclass will be divided in three parts of roughly fifty minutes each. In the first part we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of studying the history and politics of international organizations using primary sources produced by international organizations. In the second part we will consider different approaches useful to study the history of international organizations; we will also engage with the usefulness of labels and ‘turns’ in contemporary history. In the third and final part of this class we will take cue from my research on the history of Western humanitarianism to debate approaches, sources, methods and methodologies as well as the risks related to the setting up of a research field.

The masterclass will be taught by Davide Rodogno. Dr. Rodogno was a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics (2002-2004), Foreign Associate Researcher at the Institut d’Histoire du Temps Présent in Paris (2004-2005), Academic Fellow – Research Council United Kingdom Academic Fellow – at the School of History, University of St Andrews (2005-2010), and SNSF – Research Professor (2008-2011). Associate professor (2011-2014) and full professor since 2014 at the Graduate Institute, he serves as head of the International History Department (2014-2017). He researches the history of philanthropic foundations, and international public health since the nineteenth century. In 2011 Rodogno published Against Massacre: Humanitarian Interventions in the Ottoman Empire (1815-1914), the Birth of a Concept and International Practice (Princeton University Press). During the summer of 2012 the Kofi Annan Foundation mandated Rodogno to write a report documenting the experience of the United Nations and League of Arab States Joint Special Envoy for Syria. More recently, Rodogno co-edited and authored a volume on the history of Humanitarian Photography, a volume on Transnational Networks of Experts in the Long Nineteenth century, and another on the League of Nations’ social work. He currently works on a third monograph tentatively entitled: Night on Earth – Humanitarian Organizations’ Relief and Rehabilitation Programmes on Behalf of Civilian Populations (1918-1939).

Preparation and proposed readings

Students will be asked to read a selection of articles in preparation for the masterclass.


In order to register for the masterclass, please send an email to rethinkingdisability@hum.leidenuniv.nl. In your email, kindly state:

  • Your name
  • Your affiliation
  • How your research is linked to the methodological issues discussed in the masterclass

Masterclass dr Nigel Hamilton (University of Massachusetts)

Date: 19 September 2018
Time: 12.30-15.00
Venue: to be announced
Open to: Researchmaster- and PhD-students
Fee (non-members): €50
Credits: 1 ECTS (available upon request)
Registration: Maximum participants in this event: 20 Register before: June 1, 2018
Register here: bioconferencegroningen@rug.nl

Biographical research as a corrective to historiography

On September 19, 2018, dr Nigel Hamilton, author of award-winning biographies of Fieldmarshall Montgomery, F.D. Roosevelt and J.F. Kennedy, will host a masterclass on his best practices as a biographer. This masterclass will take place during the conference Different Lives. Global Perspectives on Biography in Public Cultures and Societies (September 19-21, 2018). It will give Researchmaster- and PhD-students the opportunity to discuss the way biographical research can correct existing historiography. How can ‘agency’ be used as a hermeneutic device to compare the way different individuals acted during a certain time and place? By reading different samples from dr. Hamiltons biographies, students will investigate the structural incoherence between the agency of an individual, and the mentality of the time in which he or she was living. What makes historical practice comprehendible, if it is not related to some larger structure or development? Students will delve into the debate on what did biographers do to contribute to methodology of Microhistory, in which developments on a small scale can be an analytical framework for a more complex historical phenomenon.

Preparation and proposed readings

  • a selection of fragments of mr. Hamiltons biographies will be provided for the participating students in order to prepare the masterclass
  • students are required to prepare a short presentation (5 minutes) of the way a biographical approach to cultural history is incorporated in their research. Submit to bioconferenceboard@rug.nl; deadline: June 1, 2018

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

If you require assistance in booking your hotel or arranging your travels, you can reach the board in Groningen at bioconferenceboard@rug.nl. You can buy early bird tickets until June 1 for 40 euros, or full-priced tickets for 60 euros afterwards. If you would like to join the conference dinner, you can reserve a place while booking for 50 euros. We will send out more information on booking as soon as possible.

Make sure to follow our event on Facebook: Different Lives Conference, https://www.facebook.com/events/1837816226288808/.



Rome lezen: de toeristische stad

Masterclass Prof. James A. Parente, Jr. (Minnesota)

Transnational Literary History in a Multilingual Age

Date: 13 February 2018
Time: 11-14.30hr
Venue: Amsterdam, Het Universiteitstheater, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16 – zaal 1.01A
Open to: scholars, PhD students, (R)MA students, scholars
Credits: 1 ECTS (for PhD and RMa students only)
Coordination: Prof. Lia van Gemert
Maximum participants in this event: 25
Register: Send an e-mail to: goudeneeuw-fgw@uva.nl
Register before: 5 February 2018

In this masterclass Prof. Parente will speak about Transnational Literary History in a Multilingual Age. After general discussion and a lunch break participants can discuss their own themes with professor Parente. The session after lunch will also be open for participants who have not sent in questions.

Literary history once again appears en vogue. With increasing frequency, there have been “new” histories of French (1989; 2010), German (2005), American (2009), and modern Chinese literature (2017), an “atlas” (atlante) of Italian literature (2010-2012), a spatial literary history of Denmark (2010), a new literary history of Al-Andalus (2000), and three separate encyclopedias of Neo-Latin writing (2013, 2015, 2017). A new paradigm for writing European literary history has also been exemplified by David Wallace (2016). Most notably, the final installment of the 10-volume, 8,000-page history of Dutch literature (GNL)was completed in late 2016. The Master Class will explore this renewed interest in literary history, the ways in which the traditional narratives of literary history have been questioned, discarded, or revised, and the recent challenges to writing literary history in the age of global connectivity. We will question the function of literary history, discuss its continued utility, and explore alternatives for writing history for the early modern period in which national and linguistic boundaries were still in flux. Special attention will be paid to the construction of transnational and multilingual narratives for the Low Countries.

James A. Parente, Jr. (Ph.D., Germanic Languages and Literatures, Yale University) is a Professor of German, Scandinavian and Dutch literature at the University of Minnesota and Director of the Minnesota Center for German and European Studies. He is a specialist in early modern (1400-1750) German, Dutch, and Nordic literatures and cultures, and early modern Neo-Latin literature. He is the author of Religious Drama and the Humanist Tradition: Christian Theater in Germany and the Netherlands, 1500-1680, and has edited/ co-edited two anthologies of critical work on the early modern Holy Roman Empire, and another on modern Scandinavian literature. He has published widely on early modern German, Dutch and Neo-Latin literature, especially drama; Renaissance humanism; gender and sexuality in the German Empire; the Dutch Golden Age; early modern Danish literature, and Henrik Ibsen. He is currently working on translational literary relations between the German Empire, the Netherlands, and Nordic Europe, and on the historiography of Europe in the early modern period.

co-organizers and related events:

  • co-organizers; ACSGA (Van Gemert)
  • related event: Golden Age Seminar, 13 February 2018 by prof. James Parente, Jr., 15.30-17.00, VOC-zaal Bushuis, Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam. The title of this lecture is: Border Crossings and the Emergence of Dutch Literature. See http://acsga.uva.nl/ .


day planning (incl. coffee and tea, and lunch breaks)

  • 11:00 Room open, coffee and tea
  • 11.15-12:30 Lecture with general discussion
  • 12:30-13:15 Lunch in Museumcafé (Oude Turfmarkt 129): participants take care and pay for their own lunch
  • 13:15-14:00 Discussion on themes that the participants have sent in or bring up during the masterclass

Preparation and proposed readings and assigment:

  1. Participation in first and second part of the masterclass (so before and after lunch)
  2. A clear description of the questions you have for prof. Parente, linked to a clear description of your research theme and the steps you have already taken or would consider to take. The maximum number of questions is 3. Questions must be sent in before 5 February (to e.m.p.vangemert@uva.nl and cc to goudeneeuw-fgw@uva.nl.
  3. The Golden Age seminar in the afternoon is not obligatory for obtaining the 1 EC credit.

Reading for preparation (pdf’s will be sent after we have received your registration at the registration address):

  • Bloemendal, Jan. “Introduction: Bilingualism, Multilingualism and the Formation of Europe.” In Bilingual Europe: Latin and Vernacular Cultures, Examples of Bilingualism and Multilingualism, c. 1300-1800. Ed. Jan Bloemendal. Leiden: Brill, 2015. Pp. 1-14.
  • Deneire, Tom. “Neo-Latin Literature and the Vernacular.” In A Guide to Neo-Latin Literature. Ed. Victoria Moul. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. Pp. 35-51.
  • Gelderblom, Arie Jan and Anne Marie Musschoot. Ongeziene blikken: Nabeschouwing bij de “Geschiedenis van de Nederlandse literatuur.” Amsterdam: Bert Bakker, 2017. Pp. 7-38.
  • Schenkeveld-van der Dussen, M. A., ed. Nederlandse literatuur, een geschiedenis. Groningen: Nijhoff, 1993. “Woord vooraf,” pp. v-viii.
  • Wallace, David. “Table of Contents” and “General Introduction”, in: Europe: A Literary History, 1348-1418. Vol. 1. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. viii-xiii + [table “” not found /]

After general discussion and a lunch break participants can discuss their own themes with professor Parente.

Please sent your questions by 5 February to Prof Lia van Gemert e.m.p.vangemert@uva.nl and cc to goudeneeuw-fgw@uva.nl.

Masterclass by Prof. Andrew Pettegree ‘How to make money in the business of books’

Date: Thursday 29 March 2018, 12:00-17:00
Location: University Library Utrecht (Campus Uithof), Special Collections, Bucheliuszaal
Please register by sending an e-mail to k.laveant@uu.nl before 16 March 2018.

Andrew Pettegree is Professor of Modern History University of Saint-Andrews (Scotland). One of the leading experts on book history in the Early Modern period, the Reformation, and the history of the beginnings of news, he has recently published several books that have attracted equal attention and praise from the scientific community and from the general media and public, among which The Book in the Renaissance (2010), The Invention of News (2014), and Brand Luther (2015). His latest researchproject is specifically focused on the book culture of the Dutch Republic: it will lead  to the publication of a book in 2019, Trading Books in the Age of Rembrandt, co-authored with Arthur Der Weduwen.

During his stay as Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Humanities (Utrecht University), Prof. Andrew Pettegree will offer a Masterclass for Research Master and PhD students on book history and material bibliography, around the general theme of the business of books in the early modern period.

The goals of this workshop are to: offer students an overview of the latest research and approaches in the field of book history on this topic; get acquainted with material bibliography and develop their analytical skills in this discipline thanks to hands-on work with early modern material from the Special Collections of the University Library of Utrecht. This workshop will be especially useful for students working on the late medieval and early modern societies, to learn to reflect on early modern media and on material culture.

For this workshop, Andrew Pettegree will be assisted by Arthur der Weduwen (author of Dutch and Flemish Newspapers of the Seventeenth Century (2 vols., Leiden: Brill, 2017). Two weeks before the Masterclass, the registered students will receive literature to study beforehand.


12:00-13:00: Meeting with the students and lunch

First session: why did publishers go bankrupt in the first age of print?

Short break

Second session: How to make money in the business of books

17:00: end of the Masterclass

Attendance and credits

The Masterclass is integrated to the course History of the Early Modern Book (TLRMV16416), instructor: Jeroen Salman, Teaching Period 3, open to Research Master students from the UU and from other Dutch Universities.

The Masterclass is also open, as an individual module, to Research Master students and PhD candidates affiliated to the following graduate schools:

  • Huizinga Instituut
  • Onderzoekschool Mediëvistiek

The students affiliated to these graduate schools will receive credits (1 ECTS) for this Masterclass, upon completing an assignment (a short memorandum on how they link the acquired knowledge with their own research).

It is also interesting for the students of the following Research Master programmes (UU):

  • Research Master Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance studies (GKG);
  • Research Master History (GKG);
  • Research Master History and Philosophy of Sciences (Science/Natural Sciences);
  • Research Master Dutch Literature (TLC, track Early Modern Literature);
  • PhD students from ICON interested in (early modern) media;

Attendance is free of charge (lunch included).


There are 25 places available (first-come, first-served basis). Please register by sending an e-mail to k.laveant@uu.nl before 16 March 2018.

CCO II – Anxiety with Sources

Masterclass – Prof. Nigel Smith (Princeton University)

Politics and Literature in Early Modern Europe

Date: 12 December 2017
Time: 11-14.30hr
Venue: Amsterdam, Bushuis F 0.21
Open to: scholars, PhD students, (R)MA students, scholars
Credits: 1 ECTS (for PhD and RMa students only)
Coordination: Prof. Lia van Gemert
egistration: Maximum participants in this event: 25
Register here
Register before: 1 december 2017

In this masterclass professor Nigel Smith (Princeton) will give a lecture about one of his key research themes: relations between politics and literature in Early Modern Europe. After general discussion and a lunch break participants can discuss their own themes with professor Smith. The session after lunch will also be open for participants who have not sent in questions.

Nigel Smith is William and Annie S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature at Princeton University. He previously taught at the University of Oxford. He has published mostly on early modern literature, especially the seventeenth century; his work is interdisciplinary by inclination and training. His major works are Andrew Marvell: The Chameleon (Yale UP, 2010; pbk 2012), a TLS ‘Book of the Year’ for 2010, Is Milton better than Shakespeare? (Harvard UP, 2008), the Longman Annotated English Poets edition of Andrew Marvell’s Poems (2003, pbk 2007), a TLS ‘Book of the Year’ for 2003, Literature and Revolution in England, 1640-1660 (Yale UP, 1994) and Perfection Proclaimed: Language and Literature in English Radical Religion 1640-1660 (Oxford UP, 1989). He has also edited the Journal of George Fox (1998); the Ranter pamphlets (1983; revised edn. Pluto Press, 2014); co-edited with Nicholas McDowell the Oxford Handbook to Milton (Oxford UP, 2009, pbk 2011), and with Sara S. Poor, Mysticism and Reform 1450-1750 (Notre Dame UP, 2015). His new study Polyglot Poetics: Transnational Early Modern Literature is forthcoming: it explores the migration of literature and writers across political and linguistic borders in early modern Europe. The Dutch Republic is a central component of this work.

In this masterclass prof. Nigel Smith (Princeton) will present his views on relations between politics and literature in Early Modern Europe. He will go into various themes:

  • How can we read early modern literature in a political way?
  • The crucial relationship between form and ideology.
  • What is agency in early modern literature and its dissemination?
  • Semantics, syntax and tropes in controversial pamphlets, plays and poetry.
  • Gender, sexuality and politics; ‘queer reading.’

co-organizers and related events:

  • co-organizers; ACSGA (Van Gemert); Huygens/KNAW (Bloemendal)
  • related event: Golden Age Seminar, 12 december 2017 by prof. Nigel Smith, 15.30-17.00, VOC-zaal Bushuis. The title of this lecture is: Public Spheres in the Tri-State-Zone: Batavo-Anglo-Franco Literary Politics, c. 1630-1680. See http://acsga.uva.nl/.


day planning (incl. coffee and tea, and lunch breaks)

  • room open: 10:30
  • coffee and tea: 10:30-11:00
  • 11-12:30 Lecture with general discussion
  • 12:30-13:15 lunch in Bushuis: participants take care and pay for their own lunch
  • 13:15-14:00 Discussion on themes that the participants have sent in or bring up during the masterclass

Preparation and proposed readings and assigment:

  1. Participation in first and second part of the masterclass (so before and after lunch)
  2. A clear description of the questions you have for prof. Smit, linked to a clear description of your research theme and the steps you have already taken or would consider to take. The maximum number of questions is 3. Questions must be sent in before 4 December (to e.m.p.vangemert@uva.nl and cc to huizinga-fgw@uva.nl).
  3. The Golden Age seminar in the afternoon is not obligatory for obtaining the 1 EC credit.

Reading for preparation:

  • Nigel Smith, ‘The Politics of Tragedy in the Dutch Republic: Joachim Oudaen’s Martyr Drama in Context’, in Gvozdeva, K. Ospovat and T. Korneeva, eds., Dramatic Experience: The Poetics of Drama and the Public Sphere(s) in Early Modern Europe and Beyond (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2016), 220-249. Online access: http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/books/b9789004329768_010.
  • Andrew Marvell, ‘An Horatian Ode Upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland’, in The Poems of Andrew Marvell, ed., Nigel Smith, Longman Annotated English Poets Series (Harlow: Pearson-Longman, 2007), 267-280.

Extracts will be taken from:

  • Joachim Oudaen, Servetus (1655).
  • Joachim Oudaen, Haagsche Broeder-Moord, Of Dolle Blydschap (1673).
  • Andrew Marvell, ‘An Horatian Ode Upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland’ (June-July, 1650).

After general discussion and a lunch break participants can discuss their own themes with professor Smith.
Please sent your questions by 4 December to Prof Lia van Gemert e.m.p.vangemert@uva.nl and c.c. to  Paul Koopman: huizinga-fgw@uva.nl.

Wetenschappelijk recenseren – Prof. Ieme van der Poel (UvA)

Datum: 8 maart 2018
Tijd: 10.00 – 16.00
Locatie: Vondelzaal (Universiteit Bibliotheek, Singel 425)
Bestemd voor: Promovendi en Research Master studenten
Credits: 1 ECTS
Coördinatie: Prof. Ieme van der Poel in samenwerking met het Huizinga Instituut
Aanmeldenvoor 15 februari 2018
Maximaal aantal deelnemers: 10
NB: Deze cursus wordt in het Nederlands gegeven

Het schrijven van recensies van wetenschappelijk werk is een vaardigheid waarvan promovendi en universitaire onderzoekers-in-spe op enig moment van hun loopbaan zeker profijt zullen hebben. Daarbij valt te denken aan het beoordelen van de waarde van een studie voor vakgenoten, maar ook, wanneer het een krant of weekblad betreft, aan het schrijven van een kritiek voor een algemeen, geïnteresseerd publiek. 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?’ ‘Stelt een recensie voor een digitaal platform andere eisen dan die voor een publicatie op papier?’

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 over een van de meest vernieuwende en dynamische ontwikkelingen binnen de geschiedwetenschap van dit moment: global history. Het betreft een wetenschapsgebied dat de nadruk legt op begrippen als mobiliteit, connectiviteit, mondialisering, Eurocentrisme en postkolonialisme en dat om die reden ook studenten buiten de geschiedwetenschap zal interesseren.

  • Sebastian Conrad, What is Global History? (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2016).

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 The Journal of European Studies), of voor een dagblad (bijv. Trouw), of voor een medium tussen die niveaus in (De Groene Amsterdammer, 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 2018 door toezending aan de docent (i.m.vanderpoel@uva.nl) en aan het Huizinga Instituut (Huizinga-fgw@uva.nl). Let op: tijdig inleveren van deze opdracht is verplicht om deel te mogen nemen aan het atelier op 8 maart.

Masterclass – Professor Peter Mack (University of Warwick)

Date: 17 November 2017
Time: 12:00-14:15, followed by Erasmus Birthday Lecture at 16:15.
Venue: Trippenhuis, KNAW
Open to: RMa students, graduate students
Credits: 1 ECTS (available upon request)
Coordination: Arnoud Visser
Registration: Register before: 1 November
Register here (NB: and also at KNAW for the Erasmus Birthday Lecture: Chantal Bax: chantal.bax@knaw.nl (or register through knaw.nl).

This class will examine the possibility of using the doctrines of rhetoric not for generating new texts but for analysing existing texts and images. Rhetoric invites us to think about the relationship between speaker, audience and subject-matter and provides a range of techniques for finding ideas and words suitable for persuading that audience. The class will  consider the possible hermeneutic applications of a range of rhetorical teachings and will discuss the interpretation of a renaissance poem, a scene from Hamlet, passages from Salman Rushdie’s  The Moor’s Last Sigh, and paintings by Rembrandt (Bathsheba, 1654, Louvre) and Cézanne (Mont St Victoire, 1904-6, Zurich) in this light.

Peter Mack is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Warwick and former Director of the Warburg Institute, London. He is a world-leading scholar in the field of Renaissance rhetoric and dialectic. His publications include Renaissance Argument: Valla and Agricola in the Traditions of Rhetoric and Dialectic (1993), Elizabethan Rhetoric (2002), Reading and Rhetoric in Montaigne and Shakespeare (2010), and A History of Renaissance Rhetoric 1380-1620 (2011).

The seminar is organised in conjunction with the (public) Erasmus Birthday Lecture by Prof. Mack “‘Paraphrase, Paradox and Amplification in Agricola and Erasmus”. Abstract: The 38th Erasmus Birthday Lecture lecture will be concerned with Erasmus’s Paraphrases on the New Testament (1517-24), especially the paraphrases on Romans and Mark. It will consider the ways in which the Paraphrases and their paratexts make use of rhetorical techniques described in De copia (1512) and De ratione studii (1511). It will discuss the ways in which Erasmus reads the Bible texts and makes them available to his imagined audience. It will compare the Paraphrases with Rudolph Agricola’s Oration on Christ’s Nativity (1484) and Philipp Melanchthon’s Loci Communes (1521). The lecture was conceived as a tribute to Fokke Akkermann (1930-2017), teacher of Latin in Groningen, pioneering Agricola scholar, editor and translator of Spinoza, and long-term collaborator of the Erasmus edition. Both events are organised by the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Erasmus of Rotterdam Society, het Neolatinistenverband and Huygens ING.

Day planning (incl. coffee and tea, and lunch breaks)

12:00 – Start masterclass (Trippenhuis)
12:45 – Lunch with participants
1:30 – Continuation masterclass
2:15 – End
4:00 – Start Erasmus Birthday Lecture (VOC-zaal, Oost-Indisch Huis, Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam)

Preparation and proposed readings:
TBA – The teacher will provide all participants with around 50 pages of material to read in preparation for the class.

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) [on request and in consultation with the coordinators].

Submit to huizinga-fgw@uva.nl; deadline: 1 November
NB: also submit your application to the KNAW via Sophie van den Bergh (sophie.van.den.bergh@knaw.nl).

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 to be sent 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

Summer School 2018 – Genius and Madness: A Cultural History

Date and Time: First Meeting on 25 May 2018, Summer School Week, 18-20 June 2018
Venue: University of Amsterdam
Open to: RMa-students and PhD researchers from the Huizinga Institute and other national research schools
Credits: 5 ECTS (available upon request)
Coordination: Dr Babette Hellemans and Prof. Hubertus Büschel (RUG)
Registration (Maximum participants in this event: 25)
Register before 1 April 2018

Since the publication of Michel Foucault’s Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason (1961), we have come to recognize mental illness both as a socially constructed phenomenon and as a phenomenon which influences the culture of a society. Following Foucault we could also state that the emphasis on genius results in the classification of a person as extraordinary, often with marginalization as a consequence. In the long-term history of Western thought and European culture, the notion of genius has always been related to madness and melancholy. The origin of this cluster of concepts is twofold: on the one hand, we identify a medical, physical tradition; on the other hand, genius has an ethical and religious origin. In this set of concepts we detect elements of human failure, and notions of human “imperfection” and “abnormality”. Yet, “falling short” is not the only result of genius, melancholy, or madness.  The discourse of genius has also been entwined with the creative mind. Today, modern Western culture tends to medicalize talent and creativity. But in the period preceding ‘the age of reason’ (Foucault’s term), we can trace entanglements between mental disorder, art and esthetics, albeit in a different way.

This Summer School seeks to pick up assumptions about genius, madness and creativity in a diachronic and interdisciplinary way. Key themes around cultural translations of madness and genius will be discussed. We follow transdisciplinary approaches inspired by musicology, art history, film studies, cultural history, anthropology and psychology.

We welcome students from the humanities working in all periods and disciplines who would like to share their work and thoughts with us. The first meeting with the coordinators will be held in May 2018. We will be discussing Foucault’s Madness and Civilization in order to familiarize ourselves with this theoretical starting point. During the Summer School week, we shall have keynote lectures, discussions, as well as workshops, and also visit the Eye Museum to watch a movie on the topic.

speaker(s) and instructors


  • Prof. Brian Cummings, York University, on Madness in Shakespeare’s Plays
  • Dr Thomas Roeske, Curator Prinzhorn Collection Heidelberg, on art created by men and women with mental disorders

Special Guest Speaker and coordination visit to Eye Museum

  • Dr Julian Hanich, RUG, film studies

Workshops by speakers who will be working in tandem

Each ‘couple’ will be held responsible together for one of the four workshops; this allows for greater flexibility with regard to the presence of the speakers and aims at a truly interdisciplinary structure within the educational program

  • Prof. Monika Baár, Leiden University (disability and semiotics)
  • Dr Gemma Blok, UvA (modern Dutch literature and social history of psychiatry)
  • Prof. Hubertus Büschel, RUG (history of psychiatry and non-western cultures)
  • Dr Babette Hellemans, RUG (historical anthropology of pre-modern culture/ mysticism)
  • Prof. Sander van Maas, UvA (modern music and philosophy)
  • Dr Willemijn Ruberg, UU (cultural history of 19th c. forensic psychiatry)