Cursus Cultuurhistorisch Onderzoek (CCO) | Research into Cultural History Course

RMa Course – Heritage & Memory Theory Seminar

RMa Course – Cultures of reading

PhD Conference Autumn 2017

Bijeenkomst Projectgroep Egodocumenten

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


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


Verslagen lopend onderzoek, planning bijeenkomstenvoor 2017/18, rondvraag


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

Summer School – Migration Memory Under Construction

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

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

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

This Summer School deals with two subjects:

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


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

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

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


24 May

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

13 June

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


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

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

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

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

15:15 – 15:30 

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

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

Drinks and poster presentations by students

14 June

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

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

11:00 – 11:15

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

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

12:45 – 13:15  

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

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

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

15:30 – 15:45

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

Drinks at Van der Werff (Leiden)

15 June

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

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

11:00 – 11:15

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

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

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

13:30 – 14:00       

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

16 June

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


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Winter School Rome – Cities, Borders and Identities. Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach

Date: 18-26 November 2017
Venue: Royal Dutch Institute Rome (KNIR), Via Omero 12, 00197 Roma
Open to: RMa students and PhD candidates, as well as to early career researcher in the Humanities and Social Sciences, working on historical or contemporary urban contexts
Fee: See below
Credits: 6 ECTS
Administrative coordination: Milou van Hout, Enno Maessen, Tymen Peverelli (University of Amsterdam)
Deadline for applications: 15 May 2017
Maximum participants: 20

The ongoing refugee crisis, combined with the continuing aftershocks of the financial crisis of 2008 have seen the re-emergence of identity politics across Europe in a space that is increasingly divided in cultural, political, social and economic terms, and whose borders are increasingly contested. European border cities have historically been crucial sites within which processes of identity-making and contestation have been particularly visible. In this respect, one could think of cities located at European or state borders such as Nicosia, Trieste, Lviv and Maastricht. Yet also in cities like Rome, Istanbul, Dubrovnik, Paris or Belfast intense physical, cultural and social borders have for centuries been marking and transforming the urban landscape. Over the last three decades these as well as similar border cities and urban borderlands have become central to the study of identities from a range of different disciplines. This winter school takes the city of Rome as an explorative case study in its thematic focus on European border cities. We consider European border cities as paradigmatic urban contexts where identity questions are not only particularly salient, but where they also potentially lend themselves to novel conceptualizations of cultural difference and sameness.

By bringing together RMa students and early career PhD researchers from (Art) History, Cultural Studies, European Studies, Archeology, Anthropology and Human Geography, the winter school aims specifically to foster an interdisciplinary discussion of the changing cultures of urban border identities. Although individual participants are invited to apply the research questions to various European cases, locating this winter school in Rome offers an outstanding possibility for excursions and in situ analyses of a historically layered city. By observing and analyzing the urban landscape through the lens of the course themes and methodologies, the city of Rome itself functions as an essential tool in the winter school. We therefore welcome applications from PhD candidates and RMa students from the aforementioned (and related) disciplines, working in urban contexts, contemporary as well as historical.


Key questions and themes include, but are not limited to:

  • How do cultural actors and residents, as well as city planners and administrators in border cities engage in the processes of place-making and identity construction?
  • How are histories of border conflict and contact negotiated in concrete spaces and landscapes in the city? Can urban spaces provide sites for the negotiation of difference?
  • How can urban peripheries change over time, and how do people engage with them?
  • How can the processes of negotiation of urban identities hold lessons for wider national and European debates and challenges, such as the shifting of the contours of nationalism, cosmopolitanism and European integration?
  • How can varying approaches from both the humanities and the social sciences shed light on these questions?

Program (provisional)

  • Prof. Luiza Bialasiewicz (coordinator) – Geographies of border cities: Fascist Rome
  • Dr Chiara de Cesari – Urban heritagization and gentrification
  • Dr Lucinda Dirven – Hatra and Palmyra: Cultural diversity in Roman border cities
  • Lora Sariaslan – Artistic geographies at Rome’s urban waterfront
  • Dr Guido Snel – Urban literary borders
  • Prof. Harald Hendrix – On the edge of Rome’s peripheries: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Course information
This winter school is a joint initiative of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR), the Huizinga Institute, ACCESS EUROPE, and the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam.

6 ECTS, assigned upon completion of the final essay/paper presentation.


Teaching method
Seminars, workshops, site visits, presentations and essays.

Participants are requested to prepare an introductory ‘framing’ paper – related to the participant’s own research project or a selected topic that is part of this winter school’s focus. The paper should consist of 6.000 words, and will be introduced by the participant in a 10-minute presentation during the first day of the winter school. This paper will be elaborated upon during the week, taking into account the feedback from day 1 as well as the course material and a final draft assessed and discussed at the closing of the winter school.
Active participation during the sessions, workshops and other participants’ presentations is obligatory and will also be part of the assessment.

Course material
A number of book chapters and articles to be circulated in advance. 

The winter school is open to a maximum of 20 selected students at RMA or PhD-level, as well as to early career researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences, working on historical or contemporary urban contexts.

The deadline for applications is 15 May 2017. Participants will be informed of the committee’s decision by 5 June 2017 latest. Applicants need to submit an application letter stating their motivation, a C.V.  and a one-page proposal of the project they plan to work on during the winter school (including discussion of literature). The selection process will be based on the candidate’s motivation, and it seeks a balance in backgrounds. Applications can be send to

Tuition and accommodation are free for selected participants belonging to Dutch universities. Travel costs and personal expenses, including meals, are not included. Participants from non-Dutch universities have the possibility to join the winter school but have to cover tuition fee, accommodation and travel costs themselves. The fee for participants of non-Dutch universities is €400 and covers tuition fee and accommodation. A limited number of reductions are available for students with limited funding, who are asked to add a motivation statement and budget overview to their application.

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

Further information
For more information, please contact Milou van Hout (

Masterclass Elizabeth Williams – A Healthy Appetite for Food and Diet

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

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

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

About the speaker

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


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

11:00 – 11:10h
Welcome by Rina Knoeff

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

12:00 – 12:30h

12:30 – 13:30h
Healthy lunch

13:30 – 15:30h
Presentations by contributors

15:30 – 16:00h
Coffee & tea break

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


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

Masterclass with Mieke Bal – KNIR Rome

Travelling Cultures: Movement, Conflict and Performance

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Bert Altena
De biografie in de geschiedschrijving van de linkse beweging

Mirjam Nieboer
Het Nederlands Dagboekarchief, zie

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

Royal Netherlands Institute Rome
1 – 12 June, 2017

deadline for applications: 1 April 2017

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

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

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

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

Course information

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

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

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

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

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


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

Bursaries for Dutch participants

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


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

Facilities in Rome

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

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

Cultural Institutions: An Interdisciplinary Seminar by Prof. Karl Kügle

Dates and time: 8 February, 15 February, 17 February, 1 March, 3 March, 15 March, 17 March, 10.00-12.45h
Venue: Utrecht University (details TBA)
Open to: RMa Students in Musicology and in the Humanities who are a member of a Dutch Graduate Research School (onderzoekschool). RMa Students who are members of the Huizinga Institute will have first access. PhD Candidates are allowed to register, however RMa Students will have first access.
Fee (nonmembers): € 250
Credits: 5 ECTS
Coordination: Prof. Karl Kügle

Cultural Institutions: An Interdisciplinary Seminar

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

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

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


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

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

Detailed course outline and reading lists to follow.

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

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

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

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

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

Cursus Rome lezen: de toeristische stad

Rome lezen: de toeristische stad

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

Deadline aanmeldingen: 10 januari 2017

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

In de cursus maken deelnemers op basis van programmatische teksten en case studies kennis met een breed palet aan (inter)disciplinaire invalshoeken en methodes om de impact van toerisme en pelgrimage op de ruimtelijke, sociaal-economische en culturele dynamiek van de stad te analyseren. Vervolgens zullen we aan de hand van combinaties van zelf te kiezen bronnen – bv. reisverslagen, gidsen, tijdschriften, prenten, schilderijen, foto’s, films, archieven van toeristische organisaties en lokale overheden – onderzoek doen naar de betekenis van Rome voor toeristen en de betekenis van toerisme voor Rome. In gesprekken met stadsbestuurders, journalisten, touroperators en vertegenwoordigers van de erfgoedwereld zullen we ten slotte van gedachten wisselen over de uitdagingen van de toeristische stad, en de bijdrage die wij met ons cultuurhistorische onderzoek daaraan kunnen leveren.

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

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

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

Studielast 6 ECTS

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

Deadline aanmelding

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

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Atelier – Wetenschappelijk recenseren

Wetenschappelijk recenseren – Prof. Floris Cohen (Universiteit Utrecht)

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

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

Wetenschappelijk recenseren

Het schrijven van recensies van wetenschappelijk werk hoort bij de taken van een academicus. Het gaat daarbij enerzijds om het beoordelen van de waarde van een studie voor het vak. Anderzijds worden vakgenoten erdoor op de hoogte gesteld van een nieuwe publicatie. Vroeger was het usance dat vooral hoogleraren de recensies in vaktijdschriften voor hun rekening namen. Tegenwoordig wordt dit ook vaak aan promovendi gevraagd. Een recensie kan een boek maken of breken, en alleen al daarom is het van belang dat een recensent zich bezint op de eisen en voorwaarden van de kritiek.

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

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

Voorbereiding en literatuur

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

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

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

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

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

Floris Cohen


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

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

Werkgroep Egodocumenten
Huizinga Instituut, Onderzoekschool voor Cultuurgeschiedenis

20 januari 2017, 14.00-17.00, aansluitend borrel

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

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


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