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

Werkgroep Egodocumenten
Huizinga Instituut, Onderzoekschool voor Cultuurgeschiedenis

20 januari 2017, 14.00-17.00, aansluitend borrel

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

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


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



Heritage & Memory Theory Seminar

Dates and time: March 31 (15-18h), April 7 (15-18h), April 21 (15-18h), May 12 (15-18h), May 19 (15-18h), June 2 (10-18h) 2017
Venue: University of Amsterdam, BG 2, Room 008 (Turfdraagsterpad 15-17, 1012 XT Amsterdam)
Open to: RMa Students, who are a member of a Dutch Graduate Research School (onderzoekschool). RMa Students who are members of the Huizinga Institute will have first access. PhD Candidates are allowed to register, however RMa Students will have first access.
Fee (nonmembers): € 250
Credits: 5 ECTS
Coordination: Dr Ihab Saloul & Prof. Rob van der Laarse
Registration: Maximum participants in this event: 20

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

Description, Themes & Objectives

The analytical study of heritage and memory studies poses particular problems of method for all, from beginners to very experienced scholars. Due to its fundamental interdisciplinary, transnational and comparative nature, this seminar devises a specific format that explicitly addresses the methodological ins and outs of heritage and memory studies. We will critically examine the dynamics of the past from the perspective of tangible and intangible remnants, spaces and traces as well as the politics of forgetting and heritage appropriations, significations, musealizations and mediatization in the present. How key sites of heritage and memory in Europe and beyond are presented, interpreted, and renegotiated? And how do memory discourses operate as vehicles of local, national, continental and global identity building? Key topics will address the multidirectionality of heritage and memory as well as the theoretical implications identity and trauma, mourning and reconciliation, nationalism and ethnicity, diaspora and intergenerational memories, landscapes and mass violence, heritage preservation and commemorations, experience and authenticity, (dark) tourism, diaspora and postcolonial memory, and performative reenactments and the art of absence and forgetting. The objectives are to:

  • Introduce researchers to central concepts in the field of heritage and memory studies
  • Provide training with samples from advanced theoretical texts (reading, understanding, discussing and integrating literature in the researchers’ own projects)
Organization & Programme

The intellectual engagement with heritage and memory concepts and the ideas they develop is both necessary and often, quite problematic. In this 5-day seminar the collective effort to deal with this issue is as important as the acquisition of knowledge. The conceptual premise underlying this analytical approach is that interdisciplinary lacks the traditional paradigms that used to provide obvious methodological tools. Concepts offer a substitute; a methodology that is flexible, yet responsible and accountable. The aim is to open up an academic space where a common ground can be found without sacrificing specific and precious disciplinary knowledge.

The program will be announced in advance but the general format is a 3-hour seminar session with an introductory lecture, presentations and a class discussion. In preparation students will be given some theoretical texts to read; a full list of literature will be provided in advance. All participants are expected to:

  • Attend all sessions and read the texts seriously
  • During each session teams of two or three participants will present an object/case study of their own choice on which they bring to bear the texts and concepts
  • Write a 2000-word report with a special focus on a theme of choice.
Credits & Certificate

Certificates of participation and credits are available upon request after the event. Event coordinators will decide whether the participant has fulfilled all requirements for the ECTS. Please direct your request to huizinga-fgw@uva.nl and include the postal address you want the certificate send to. Note: the certificate itself is not valid as ECTS, you need to validate it yourself at your local Graduate School.

Program mini conference 2 June 2017

Course Oral History and Life Stories

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

The course

Historians and others who interview about the past often talk about memory and how they are informed by memory, while they know memory is a difficult and problematic source of historical knowledge. During this course we shall concentrate on the use of memory in historical research. We will investigate the various efforts to create a more systematic and theoretically grounded approach than ‘just talking about days long gone’. How can we create a research pattern that overcomes the incidental and replace it by acceptance of the changing character of spoken narratives about the past? We shall also compare spoken memories with other ego-documents, bearing in mind the many other existing and valid ways of interviewing about personal experience. We shall analyse the creation of a particular kind of knowledge, which produces alternative and unfamiliar viewpoints. As historical interviews ask a lot of research time, participants in this course will be asked to reflect on questions like: Do I really need interviews, what do I want to know, are there other ways to get this kind of knowledge?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Motivation letter

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

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

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

Testing and evaluative criteria

Will be announced in due course.


Will be announced in due course.

Credits & certificate

Certificates of participation and credits are available upon request after the event. The event coordinator will decide whether the participant has fulfilled all requirements for the ECTS. Please direct your request to Huizinga-fgw@uav.nl and include the postal address you want the certificate sent to. Note: the certificate itself is not valid as ECTS, you need to validate it yourself at your local Graduate School.

Masterclass Thomas Maissen and Wyger Velema

Visualizing Politics: Working with Images in Intellectual History

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

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

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

About the speakers

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

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


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

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


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

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

Preparation and proposed readings


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


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

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

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

Submit to l.f.kattenberg@uva.nl (and c.c. to huizinga-fgw@uva.nl) on or before the deadline: 9 October 2016.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Provisional) Programme

Moderator: Ann Rigney (Utrecht University)

10.00-10.30: Opening

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

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

12.15-13.30: Lunch break

Part II: Representations of Europe and the politics of belonging

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

15.00-15.15: Coffee and Tea

Part III: New Forms of Self-Presentation

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

16.45- 17.00: Summing up and closure

17.00-19.00: Drinks

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

Participation of RMa students (OSL and Huizinga)

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

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


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


Afbeelding: Barbara van Santen

Image: Barbara van Santen

Masterclass – Kathy Eden (Columbia Univ. New York)

Rhetoric, Refutation, and Experience: The Early Modern Connection

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

NOTE: Registration for lecture separately via KNAW

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

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

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


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

Preparation and proposed readings:




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

Werkgroep Egodocumenten – Lezing door Kees Boterbloem (Professor of History, University of South Florida)

Jan Struys (c. 1629-1694) en zijn reizen door Rusland en Azië en zijn internationale bestseller Drie aanmerkelyke en seer rampspoedige reizen (1676).

21 oktober 2016. Aanvang 15.00 uur
Universiteitstheater Zaal 3.01, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16, 1012 CP Amsterdam

De varensgezel en zeilmaker Jan Struys reisde in 1668 naar Rusland om in dienst van de tsaar mee te werken aan de opbouw van een vloot. In plaats daarvan raakten hij en zijn Hollandse metgezellen op drift in een land dat werd geteisterd door oorlog en een opstand van kozakken. Van de jaren die volgden heeft hij verslag gedaan in een boek dat in 1676 verscheen en talloze malen herdrukt en vertaald werd. Tijdens zijn tocht richting Perzië maakte hij dan ook heel wat mee: veldslagen, belege­ringen, moorden, martelingen, schipbreuken en aardbe­vingen. Zelf werd hij onderweg tot slaaf gemaakt en vervolgens vrijgekocht, waarna hij in 1673 terug­keerde naar Amster­dam. Het verslag van zijn barre tocht is zeldzame beschrij­ving van het dagelijks leven in Rusland en Perzië in de zeventiende eeuw met observaties over de omgang tussen man en vrouw, rituelen bij huwelijken en begrafenissen en de verhou­ding tussen de diverse geloofsgroepen.

Kees Boterbloem studeerde geschiedenis aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Hij promoveerde in 1994 aan de McGill University in Montreal. Hij doceert nu aan de University of South Florida, Tampa USA. Hij schreef eerder boeken over de Sovjet-Unie onder Stalin en binnenkort verschijnt bij AUP De Russische Revolutie (Elementair Deeltje). Zijn huidige onderzoek betreft de internationale wapenhandel sinds de zeventiende eeuw. Over Jan Struys en zijn reis publiceerde hij The fiction and reality of Jan Stuys, a seventeenth-century Dutch globetrotter (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). Hij verzorgde ook een nieuwe Nederlandse uitgave Jan Struys, Rampspoedige reizen door Rusland en Perzië in de zeventiende eeuw (Panchaud, 2014).

Informatie en aanmelden:
Rudolf Dekker
Email: rdekker123[at]gmail.com
Websites: www.egodocument.net en www.panchaud.nl

PhD Conference Autumn 2016

Date: October 4 & 5, 2016
Venue: Hoorneboeg, Hilversum
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 memebers and PhD candidates who are in their first, second or fourth year are more than welcome to join this conference.

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

Dates: January 30 and 31, February 22, March 8 and 22, and April 5 and 19, 2017. Final session on May 24, 2017
Venues: January 30 and 31, and May 14: Academiegebouw Utrecht – Belle van Zuylenzaal, Domplein 29, Utrecht. Other dates: Universtiteit van Amsterdam, TBA
Open to: PhD Candidates who are affiliated with the Huizinga Institute
Co-ordinators: Helmer Helmers (University of Amsterdam) & Sara Polak (Leiden University)
NB: First-year PhD candidates who are affiliated with the Huizinga Institute will be enrolled in this course automatically.

More information will follow soon

  • I. Introductie: 30 & 31 januari 2017
  • II. Perspectieven en debatten: 22 februari, 8 en 22 maart, en 5 en 19 april 2017; (iedere keer een ochtend en een middag sessie)
  • III. Schrijven paper: deadline 3 mei 2017, voor 13.00 uur.
  • IV. Afsluitende bespreking: 24 mei 2017

Masterclass Prof. Michael Rothberg (University of California)

From multidirectional memory to the implicated subject

Date: September 23, 2016
Time: 10.00-13.00, including lunch
Venue: University of Amsterdam, University Library – Belle van Zuylenzaal, Singel 425
Open to: PhD Candidates and RMa Students
ECTS: 2, only in combination with attending Symposium Rethoric of the Past

The Masterclass is fully booked, please send us an e-mail with your name, university and research school. We will put you on our waiting list.


11:00–11:15 BREAK
12:00-13:00 CLOSING LUNCH

Michael Rothberg is Professor of English and Head of the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies Initiative and a Conrad Humanities Scholar. From 2003-2009 he was Director of Illinois’s Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. After a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center in Comparative Literature, Rothberg works in the fields of critical theory and cultural studies, Holocaust studies, postcolonial studies, and contemporary literatures, as well as being affiliated with the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, the Department of French, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and the Programs in Comparative Literature and Jewish Culture and Society. Prof. Rothberg is on the Editorial Board of the journals Memory Studies and Studies in American Jewish Literature, and has been a member of the International Academic Advisory Council of the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (2010-2013) and of the Advisory Group of the AHRC-funded project Translating Freedom (2011-2012). Currently, he is completing a book called The Implicated Subject: Beyond Victims and Perpetrators, which is under contract with Stanford University Press. With Yasemin Yildiz, he is writing another book that focuses on the intersections between migration and confrontation with National Socialism and the Holocaust in contemporary Germany.

This masterclass is organized by The Huizinga Institute and The Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM) at the University of Amsterdam, Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies at Utrecht University, and Royal Netherlands Historical Society (KNHG). Masterclass Coordinator: Dr Ihab Saloul

For assignments or other practicalities please contact the Huizinga Institute: huizinga-fgw@uva.nl


Symposium: Rhetoric of the Past

How and why do people re-appropriate rhetoric from the past in present contexts?

September 22, 2016

In 2014, the Dutch producer Bakermat released his pop song ‘One Day’ in which he incorporated the famous words ‘I have a dream’ of Martin Luther King. His song became a hit in several European countries. Another example is the re-appropriation of the 1989 slogan ‘Wir sind das Volk’ during the recent Pegida demonstrations in Dresden. The rhetorical use of the past can articulate a certain identity and influence historical consciousness. Especially now, in times of cultural diversity, it is important to gain more insight. How and why do people use references to the past? How can we analyse these practices in text and images? And how do people respond as consumers to these practices?

Keynote speaker: Professor Michael Rothberg
Time: 13.00-17.30
Location: Tesselschadezaal Huygens ING (fifth floor, Royal Library), The Hague
Organisers: Laurie Slegtenhorst and Tina van der Vlies
Funded by: KNHG – Erfgoed Nederland – Centre for Historical Culture
Registration: info@knhg.nl



13.00: Welcome and introduction by Tina van der Vlies (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

13.15: Keynote Prof. Michael Rothberg (University of California, Los Angeles): Implicated Subjects and the Rhetoric of the Past
Moderator Prof. Ismee Tames (NIOD/University of Utrecht)

13.45: First reaction by Dr Berber Bevernage (University Gent)

14.00: Discussion

14.30: Coffee Break

15.00: Session I – Rhetoric of the Past: Narratives and Mnemonic Structures.
Moderator: Prof. Kees Ribbens (NIOD/Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • Sanne Parlevliet (University of Groningen): Is that us? Identification and alienation in historical fiction for children
  • Tina van der Vlies (Erasmus University Groningen): “What we have done once, we can do again!” Resonating narratives in history textbooks

16.00: Coffee Break

16.30: Session II – Media, Remediation and Cultural Education
Moderator: Prof. Franciska de Jong (Erasmus University Rotterdam/Utrecht University/University of Twente)

  • Dr Dagmar Brunow (Linnaeus University): Remediating archival content
  • Laurie Slegtenhorst (Erasmus University Rotterdam): World War II remediated in cultural education

17.30: Closure by Laurie Slegtenhorst (Erasmus University Rotterdam)



Symposium ‘Ongekend Bijzonder’

Ongekend Bijzonder Symposium: Unknown voices, new lessons

Vrijdag 23 september 2016, 9.30 tot 17.30 uur, Trippenhuis Amsterdam


We nodigen je van harte uit voor het symposium Unknown Voices, New Lessons, een samenwerking tussen Stichting BMP, het Centrum voor de Geschiedenis van Migranten (van het IISG) en de Werkgroep Oral History van het Huizinga Instituut.

Doel: De uitkomsten van het oral history project Ongekend Bijzonder bespreken en hieruit lessen voor de toekomst trekken. Een symposium voor beleidsmakers, onderzoekers, museale vernieuwers, erfgoed specialisten, project initiators en belangstellenden uit bredere kring.

Twee hoofdthema’s:

  1. De betekenis van de 248 oral history interviews met (voormalige) vluchtelingen voor de hedendaagse geschiedschrijving en beleidsontwikkeling.
  2. Het bewaren, toegankelijk maken en presenteren van dit materiaal in samenwerking met archieven, musea, culturele instellingen en vluchtelingen.

In de ochtend is er een plenair programma onder leiding van Selma Leydesdorff, hoogleraar Oral history and Culture aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Dagvoorzitter is Seada Nourhussen.

Sprekers zijn onder meer:

  • Corinne Squire, Centre for Narrative Research van de East Londen University
  • Halleh Ghorashi, hoogleraar Diversiteit en integratie aan de Vrije Universiteit
  • Leo Lucassen, directeur Onderzoek van het Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis (IISG)
  • Jantje Steenhuis, directeur Stadsarchief Rotterdam
  • Wayne Modest, hoofd Research Centre for Material Culture, Leiden

In de middag zijn er zes workshops: toekomstige oral history projecten, uitkomsten Ongekend Bijzonder en verder onderzoek, duurzaam toegankelijk maken van oral history materiaal (powered by DANS), presentatie & co-creatie, educatie, en beleidsopgaven.

Deelnemers worden uitgedaagd hun denkkracht in te zetten aan de hand van concrete vragen. Inleiders uit de ochtend en andere inhoudelijke specialisten fungeren als juryleden. Actiepunten uit de workshops worden aan het einde van de dag gepresenteerd. Meer informatie: ongekendbijzonder.nl/symposium/

Toegang tot dit symposium is vrij, na aanmelding via deze link. In het aanmeldproces kun je aangeven naar welke workshop in de middag je voorkeur uitgaat.

Gratis is niet zonder waarde, daarom gaan we er van uit dat u zich tijdig afmeldt als u onverhoopt niet kunt komen. We willen no-shows heel graag voorkomen.

We ontvangen je graag op vrijdag 23 september.

Met vriendelijke groet, Ongekend Bijzonder, IISG en Huizinga Instituut





Werkgroep Egodocumenten – Petra van Langen & Rudolf Dekker

Datum: Vrijdag 30 september 2016, 14.00 uur.
Locatie: Amsterdam, UB – Belle van Zuylenzaal, Singel 425.


Petra van Langen : Biografisch onderzoek naar de priester-musicoloog Albert Smijers (1888-1957), de eerste hoogleraar muziekwetenschap in Nederland.

Rudolf Dekker: Autobiografie en straatgeschiedenis. Over autobiografieën geschreven door bewoners van de Amsterdamse Van Breestraat tussen 1900 en 2000, onder wie de violist Carl Flesch en de psychiater A.W. van Renterghem. Rondvraag.


Borrel na afloop

Informatie: Rudolf Dekker
Email: rdekker123[at]gmail.com
Website: www.egodocument.net

Rome lezen: de toeristische stad

Datum: 2 tot 16 mei 2016
Locatie: Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut te Rome
Voor: Promovendi en ReMa-studenten die lid zijn van het Huizinga Instituut (Italiaanse taalkennis niet nodig)
Coördinatie: Prof.dr. Jan Hein Furnée (RU)
Docenten: Prof. dr. Jan Hein Furnée (RU), prof. dr. Harald Hendrix (KNIR) en gastdocenten

Geïnspireerd door het boek Steden lezen van de Duitse cultuurhistoricus Karl Schlögel richt deze cursus zich op de vraag: hoe wordt ‘de stad’ vanuit verschillende geesteswetenschappelijke en
sociaalwetenschappelijke disciplines gelezen? De stad kan worden opgevat als urbs, civitas en topos, dat wil zeggen als materiële ruimte, stedelijke samenleving en representatie. De belangrijkste intellectuele uitdaging is om deze drie dimensies op nieuwe manieren met elkaar te leren verbinden.

Om de verschillende (inter)disciplinaire benaderingen van de stad van elkaar te kunnen onderscheiden en aan elkaar te relateren, richten we ons in de cursus op het thema van de toeristische stad, met een focus op Rome. Een thema dat in het Jubeljaar 2016 met 33 miljoen verwachte bezoekers een bijzondere actualiteit zal krijgen.

Steden Lezen 2

Steden Lezen 1

‘Deelnemers cursus ‘Steden lezen’ in de tuin van het Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut te Rome (KNIR)’. In willekeurige volgorde: Jilt Jorritsma (RUG), Lara Fernandez Piqueras (UU), Rebecca van Raamsdonk (UvA), Susan Scherpenisse (RU), Anique Hamelink (UL), Isa de Grood (UL), Aimee Plukker (UvA), Alan Moss (RU), Gloria Moorman (Warwick), Vincent Bijman (UvA), Bas Gooijer (RUG), Leonoor Zuiderveen Borgesius (RU), Harald Hendrix (directeur KNIR) en Jan Hein Furnee (cursusleider)

Meer informatie over de curus: http://www.huizingainstituut.nl/v02/cursus-rome-lezen-de-toeristische-stad/

Meeting National Seminar in Oral History – How to use deposited archives? Problems and Questions

How to use deposited archives? Problems and Questions

Huizinga Institute / National Seminar in Oral History

It is our pleasure to invite you to our next meeting on May 27 at 15.00 hrs. The Seminar in Oral History was focused on a major grant recently, but now we want to make a fresh restart. Please feel free to spread this invitation.

Date: May 27, 2016
Time: 15.00 -17.00 hrs (followed by drinks)
Guest speaker: Dawn Skorczewski (Brandeis University)
Co referee: Selma Leydesdorff (UvA)
Chair: Nanci Adler (NIOD, UvA)
Venue: NIOD, Herengracht 380, 1016 CJ Amsterdam (NL)
We kindly ask you to register via Huizinga-fgw@uva.nl, because there is limited space.

We are happy to announce that professor Dawn Skorczewski will be our guest speaker:

Silences in the Archive: Revisiting the Question of Holocaust Memory

It has become commonplace to speak of the silences that haunt the work of Holocaust testimony and memory. But when does silence act in the service of a survivor’s agency? This presenter will consider the relatively unexamined and delicate power balance in encounters between witnesses and the interviewers in the USC Shoah Foundation digitized archive. Skorczewski shows clips from the archive to call attention to what still cannot be said within and about women’s experiences of being objectified and abused. She will focus in on Dutch women’s attempts to move out of the “victim” position when narrating sexual abuse in hiding and in the camps. One survivor, when asked, “what was that like for you?” looks her interviewer in the eye and says “well, Yeah.” and moves on. Her silence illustrates when speaking is not actually freeing, in contradiction to so much of the standard literature on testimony.

Dawn Skorczewski is Professor of English and Director of University Writing at Brandeis University, where she teaches courses including Writing the Holocaust and The International Legacy of Anne Frank. She was the 2013 Fulbright Professor of American Culture at VU Amsterdam. She is the author of Teaching One Moment at a Time: Disruption and Repair in the Classroom (U Mass Press 2005), and An Accident of Hope: The Therapy Tapes of Anne Sexton (Routledge 2012).  She won the Gondor award for her contributions to psychoanalytic education. Her articles on the Holocaust include “Talking Around the Holocaust: The Interviewer’s Role” (Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Szczecińskiego Volume 1/2014). She is working on Are You Jewish?: A Holocaust Education in Amsterdam.