KNIR Scholarships and Stipends for Spring 2020 – DL: 15 November 2019

The KNIR’s extensive scholarship programme gives individual researchers at the start of their career (MA/MPhil and PhD students from Dutch universities) the opportunity to conduct independent research in Rome, for up to three months, under the supervision of the Institute’s staff.

This programme allows students to focus on their research for a Master’s thesis or PhD dissertation for a long, uninterrupted period and discuss their progress and results in an interdisciplinary environment.

Find all information here.

Congres ‘Vroegmoderne genderpatronen. Perspectieven op gender in de Nieuwe Tijd’ – Amsterdam, 25 October 2019

Op vrijdag 25 oktober organiseert de Vlaams-Nederlandse Vereniging voor Nieuwe Geschiedenis weer haar jaarcongres. Deze keer is het thema Vroegmoderne genderpatronen. Perspectieven op gender in de Nieuwe Tijd met als sprekers Suze Zijlstra, Bob Pierik, Heleen Wyffels, Nathalie Franckaerts, Jonas Roelens en Elwin Hofman.

Het congres vindt plaats bij het IISG te Amsterdam. Zie hier voor het verdere programma & inschrijving.

Eerste Boekendag: ‘Boekenstrijd’- Deventer, 29 November 2019


De Boekendagen zijn in het leven geroepen voor de Nederlandse-Vlaamse onderzoeksgemeenschap rond boekgeschiedenis en boekenwetenschap van het premoderne boek (tot 1800). Deze dagen bieden een ontmoetingsplek voor mediëvisten en vroegmodernisten en een podium voor junior-onderzoekers.
De eerste in de reeks Boekendagen vindt plaats in boekenstad Deventer. We starten met een middag rond het thema ‘Boekenstrijd’. Boekenstrijd betreft niet alleen de strijd om controversiële en ketterse boeken, die leidde tot censuur en de Index van verboden boeken, maar ook de polemiek die in en rondom de boeken zelf werd gevoerd, door zowel auteurs als lezers. Verboden boeken verdwenen niet van de kaart, integendeel, zij waren het middelpunt van debat én het platform waarop dat debat werd gevoerd.

Organiserend comité: Sabrina Corbellini, Anna Dlabačová, Suzan Folkerts, Andrea van Leerdam en Irene van Renswoude.

13:00 Welkom

Irene van Renswoude (UvA en HuygensING): Voorzichtigheid geboden: Leeslijsten, catalogi en omstreden boeken (400 –1600)

Renske Hoff (RUG) en Bert Tops (KU Leuven): ‘Verboden te lezen’: Censurerende lezers en gebruikers in zestiende-eeuwse Nederlandse Bijbels

14:00 Pauze en posterpresentaties

Pop-up expositie ‘Verboden ideeën’ in de Athenaeumbibliotheek, Klooster 12
Expositie ‘Literatuur van wereldformaat’ in de Proosdijruimte van Bibliotheek Centrum

16:00  Keynotelezing door August den Hollander(VUAmsterdam): Verboden ideeën
Plaats de Bibliotheek Deventer Centrum, Stromarkt 18 Deventer, Theaterzaal (kelder)
Tijdstip 29 november 2019, 13:00-17:00 (zaal open 12:45)
Aanmelden voor 15 november 2019 via (ook voor het aanmelden van posterpresentaties)

Lectures Leiden Kress Fellows: Catherine Powell and Jun Nakamura – Leiden, 7 November 2019

The Department of Art History cordially invites you to the talks of the Leiden Kress Fellows of 2019-2020, 7 November 2019, 15h15-17h, Vossius Room, University Library, Leiden.

Catherine Powell
Influencing through networks and networking through influence Naturalia, botany, and art in late seventeenth-century Amsterdam

Peter Schenk’s album amicorum, Maria Sibylla Merian’s Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium, Daniel Stopendaal’s engravings of the estates along the river Vecht, and Caspar Commelin’s Praeludia Botanica: these items from the Special Collections appear, at first glance, to be unrelated. Yet, upon close examination one can begin to delineate what was arguably Amsterdam’s most influential network concerning naturalia, botany, and the related specialized art. A textual and visual analysis provides a window into a world where patrons, professional botanists and liefhebbers, artists, men and women—in this case Agnes Block, Maria Sibylla Merian, Peter Schenk, Daniel Stopendaal, and Caspar Commelin— worked together to perfect their knowledge, raise their status, and expand their sphere of influence.


Jun Nakamura
Printerly Pedagogy, or: Printing Drawing and Drawing Print

Printed drawing books, insofar as they use the medium of print to convey another media, necessarily draw attention to the appearance of prints, and to the linework and hatching with which forms are rendered. In doing so, they provide insights into period awareness of the limits and possibilities of printed marks and styles. In many examples, a number of different approaches to engraving are displayed side by side, calling attention to the effects of one syntax versus another. In one drawing book, artist portraits appear alongside images culled from a broad range of printed sources including natural history, mythology, and still life. Examining how these different subjects are rendered in various styles of engraving and etching could reveal how particular print idioms were associated with certain kinds of images. On the other hand, drawings made after prints (often but not always for pedagogical purposes) also tell us something about the reception of prints in the Dutch Golden Age. They show how different print styles were viewed and interpreted by artists, and looking at the specific artists whose prints were copied most often or most faithfully could reveal whose styles were thought to be most productive. Goltzius, Dürer, and Lucas van Leyden—three artists whose burin hands were viewed as both distinctive and canonical—were often copied line for line; but drawn copies after other printmakers rarely imitate the particular linework, and we thus get a sense that copyists saw through the syntax to the model that it rendered. By looking at works that exist at the intersections of print and drawing, I hope to understand the qualities of print aesthetics that seventeenth-century Dutch artists found most essential to the medium.

Image from: Maria Sibylla Merian, Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium (Amsterdam, 1705)

Course ‘Oral History and Life Stories’ with Selma Leydesdorff

As of this year, the course ‘Oral History and Life Stories’ with Selma Leydesdorff can be followed via OPG (Research School Political History). Huizinga ReMa-students and PhD candidates are welcome to participate.

Course Supervisor: prof. dr. Selma Leydesdorff
Dates: 4, 11, 18, 25 February 2020 and 3 March 2020 13.30 – 16.30 hrs.
Venue: Amsterdam, Spinhuis, Oudezijds Achterburgwal 185 room 2.19 (except 25 February, OIH, Kloveniers Burgwal 47, Conference Room NIAS Amsterdam)
Candidates: PhD candidates and advanced RMa students
Credits: 2 ECTS, with paper 5-6 ECTS Registration: Before 15 November 2019 ( Students and PhD candidates willing to participate have to write a motivation letter before 1 November.

All course information can be downloaded here.


CFP – Gender, Conflict, Citizenship and Belonging for international workshop (DL: 25 November 2019)

Call for papers for international workshop on 18-20 March 2020 in Antwerp (Belgium)
deadline for submission: 25 November 2019
more info:
On 18-20 March 2020 UCSIA organizes an international academic workshop on “Gender, Conflict, Citizenship and Belonging: Masculinities/Femininities in Times of Crisis” at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Gender and gender(ed) relations have long been the subject of political imagination and interpretation. This is particularly the case in times of crisis and perceived threats to the nation, when political actors seek to mobilise through a (renewed) emphasis on the importance of the nuclear family and traditional roles for both women and men.

This workshop seeks to better understand the current political climate in Europe, which includes the resurfacing debates on abortion, the spread of referenda on the family across Europe, the various discussions in European countries on the re-introduction of military service, as well as the activities of anti-gender movements that have attempted to curtail academic freedom in researching gender and sexuality. To do so, it examines the role of (ideological) constructions of ideal and normative masculinities/femininities and alternatives to them in times of crisis, which remain too often overlooked by researchers.

CMSA Dissertation Writing Group

The CMSA Dissertation Writing Group of the University of Amsterdam invites all PhD students whose research focuses on the Middle Ages to join. This group provides you with the opportunity to share and discuss your written work with other early career academics. We meet a couple times per year. Please contact Nanouschka Wamelink-van Dijk ( if you want to subscribe to the mailing list.

How to write a history of democracy? A masterclass with Pierre Rosanvallon – Amsterdam, 16 October 2019

How to write a history of democracy? A masterclass with Pierre Rosanvallon

Organized by the national Research School for Political History (OPG)

Amsterdam, 16 October 2019, 1-4PM, VOC-zaal, Bushuis, Kloveniersburgwal 48

In his work on democracy, the French historian, theorist and activist Pierre Rosanvallon, member of the Collège de France and professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, emphasizes the deeply historical character of democracy. While in many historical accounts, democracy is conceived as a timeless entity that only has to come to full fruition or can decay in the course of time, Rosanvallon argues that democracy itself is a historically variable phenomenon, characterized by shifting shapes and internal tensions. This raises the question how to write a history of democracy. Is it a history of concepts, values, institutions, practices, or still other forms? What are the various shapes and tensions democracy has acquired since its establishment as a legitimate form of rule? What explains the transformations of democracy? Are there significant differences between national trajectories, resulting in different histories of democracies in the plural?

At the occasion of the publication of Pierre Rosanvallon, De democratie denken. Werk in uitvoering (Nijmegen: Vantilt, 2019), these questions will be discussed (in English) with junior and senior researchers of democracy. After a short introduction by Rosanvallon, participants have the opportunity to contribute to the debate. A limited number of researchers will have to opportunity to give a short presentation (5 minutes) as an introduction to the discussion.

If you are interested to participate in this masterclass, please contact before 30 September. If you are also interested to present your own research at this occasion, please contact the moderator for this event, Ido de Haan (

For those who would like to prepare this meeting with Rosanvallon, a seminar is scheduled on Tuesday 8 October, 15.15 – 18.15 PM in Utrecht (Janskerkhof 15 A, room106, Utrecht) under supervision of Ido de Haan. Junior researchers (RMA/PhDs) who would wish to present their research have to participate in this session in order to coordinate the discussion on 16 October. Readings for this meeting is the volume with an introduction to, interview with, and translation of the work of Pierre Rosanvallon, De democratie denken. Werk in uitvoering (Nijmegen: Vantilt, 2019). If you are interested to participate in this preparatory meeting, and to receive the book at a discount, please contact before 1 October.

Credits: 1 ECTS for participation in the seminar on 8 October and the masterclass on 16 October.

PhD position: The Transfer of Power and/or Learning (translatio imperii and/or translatio studii) as an Anchoring Device in Early Modern (Neo-Latin) Literature. Leiden University, apply before 1 November 2019

PhD position: The Transfer of Power and/or Learning (translatio imperii and/or translatio studii) as an Anchoring Device in Early Modern (Neo-Latin) Literature. Leiden University, apply before 1 November 2019

Find all information here: 

The Anchoring Innovation programme, the classics research programme run at several Dutch universities, is delighted to advertise 9 new Anchoring positions (5 PhDs, 4 postdocs), one of which focuses on the Early Modern Period. For more information on the individual projects, see Please share with any interested parties.
More information about the Anchoring Innovation programme can be found on

Please submit your complete application to Aniek van den Eersten, the coordinator of the Anchoring-programme via before 1 November 2019.
Interviews will take place in the week of 2-6 December 2019. For candidates living abroad interviews may be held via Skype.
Questions about the procedure can be directed to Aniek van den Eersten,

Lecture and round table: ‘The Reopened AfricaMuseum Tervuren’ – Leiden, 10 October 2019

The Department of Art History Leiden and the Africa Study Centre Leiden cordially invites you to “The Reopened AfricaMuseum Tervuren” by Bambi Ceuppens

Thursday 10 October 2019, 15h30-17h, Pieter de la Court building, Room 1A20, Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden

The Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren is known as one of the most beautiful and impressive Africa museums in the world. In December 2018, the completely renovated museum reopened its doors. Bambi Ceuppens played a crucial role in the intense renovation and the development of the new displays between 2008 and 2018. She will tell how the old museum has transformed itself into a modern museum about contemporary Africa, while looking back critically at the colonial past.

15.30 Welcome by Stijn Bussels
15.35 – 16.20 Presentation Bambi Ceuppens, AfricaMuseum
16.20 – 17.00 Round table followed by Q&A. Participants: Bambi Ceuppens, Annette Schmidt (Museum Wereldculturen), Kitty Zijlmans (Art History, Leiden) & Mirjam Hoijtink (UvA; research project ‘Past and present tense. Future knowledge for Colonial Collections’). Moderator: Jan-Bart Gewald

This seminar is part of the Seminars in Global Art History and Heritage, organised by Mary Bouquet (UCU), Stijn Bussels (LU), and Thijs Weststeijn (UU) with the support of the Leiden University Fund.

Bambi Ceuppens received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews. She has taught at the Universities of Edinburgh, Manchester and St Andrews and was a postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University and the Catholic University of Leuven. Currently a senior researcher and curator at the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Bambi Ceuppens’s research focuses on the colonial history that the Congo and Belgium share, Congolese arts and cultures, Congolese in Belgium, museum representations of Africa(ns) and autochthony. She has curated the exhibition “Indépendance! Congolese Tell Stories of Fifty Years of Independence” (RMCA, 2010) and has co-curated “Congo Art Works: Popular Painting” (Fine Arts Centre, Brussels, 2016-2017; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2017) with Sammy Baloji and co-curated “Congo Stars” (Graz, Vienna, 2018; Tübingen, Germany, 2019). She teaches anthropology of arts at KASK School of Arts (Ghent) and Sint-Lucas School of Arts (Antwerp).

To register for this seminar:

The Museum Talk of Robert Erdmann: The Secret Life of Art: Data Science for Art History and Art Conservation – Leiden,

17 October,  18h30-19h30
Room 011, Lipsiusbuilding
Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden

With the latest techniques in the field of computer vision, machine learning, image processing, materials science and visualization theory Robert Erdmann works to preserve, understand and make accessible visual artistic heritage. As a member of the Bosch Research and Conservation Project, he contributes to the development of a new generation of computing and visualization techniques that has been applied to the entire body of work of Hieronymus Bosch.

The simultaneous advent of super high-resolution imaging, high-speed internet, and massive data storage capacities have moved us from a world in which we didn’t have enough technical data about art objects to one in which we risk drowning in a data deluge.  The use of machine learning tools such as image recognition and segmentation with deep convolutional neural networks can help us to draw insight from this torrent of data in many ways.  Combining different imaging techniques, such as visible photography, UV-induced visible fluorescence, infrared reflectography, and scanning x-ray fluorescence (MA-XRF), we can see under the surface of a painting to directly observe pentimeni, the effects of restoration, and even the chemistry of the pigments a painter used.  For 3D objects, multiple photos from different angles can be fused together to create 3D models of art objects and to make precise comparisons across different objects to see their relation to each other.  Several novel web-based interactive visualization techniques allow us to zoom into an object to inspect it in extraordinary detail or to zoom out from it to see it in the context of entire oeuvres, time periods, or entire museum collections.

Please register via


Image: Rembrandt’s Isaac and Rebecca, c. 1665, Rijksmuseum

SKILLNET conference ‘Memory and Identity in the Learned World: Community Formation in the Early Modern World of Science and Learning’ – 7-9 November 2019

On 7-9 November 2019, the SKILLNET project will organize a conference at Utrecht University on memory and identity in the early modern learned world. This conference aims at bringing together historians of knowledge, art historians, heritage scholars, philosophers of identity, museum curators, sociologists, literary historians, etc., who are studying cults of memory and community formation in the early modern world of science and learning. See the conference website for more information.

Date: 7 – 9 November 2019

Utrecht, Sweelinckzaal
Image: Jan Jacobz. Wielant, “De Geleerde in Syn Kamer”, 17th century. Source: Rijksmuseum

Symposium ‘Niet zomaar een zondaar: 340 jaar Hadriaan Beverland’ – Leiden, 25 October 2019

‘Niet zomaar een zondaar: 340 jaar Hadriaan Beverland’

Symposium over het leven, de studies en de kunstverzameling van een vrijzinnige geleerde


In 1679 werd humanist Hadriaan Beverland (1650-1716) opgepakt, berecht en verbannen door de Academische Vierschaar van de Universiteit van Leiden. Op 25 oktober 2019 herdenken we Beverland en bespreken verschillende (kunst)historici zijn tragische levensverhaal, zijn studies over seks en zonde en zijn passie voor kunst tijdens een symposium in de Universiteitsbibliotheek in Leiden, georganiseerd in samenwerking met het Scaliger Instituut en Huizinga Instituut.

Iedereen is welkom: stuur voor 12 oktober een email naar om u aan te melden. Download het volledige programma hier.


Let op: promovendi en researchmasterstudenten kunnen deelnemen aan de bijbehorende Masterclass ‘De casus Beverland: uitdagingen van cultuurhistorisch onderzoek naar een veelzijdige persoon’ (1 ECTS, maximaal 10 deelnemers). Meer informatie en aanmelden hier.



09.30 – 10.15 Ontvangst met koffie in de Vossiuszaal

10.15 – 12.30:

Karen Hollewand – 340 jaar Hadriaan Beverland: verleden en toekomst

Henk Nellen – Erudiete exegese of pedante lariekoek: Adriaan Beverlands visie op de overlevering van de Bijbeltekst

Floris Verhaart – Het perspectief van katholieke zijde: Beverland, Leonard Ryssenius, en de Index librorum prohibitorum

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.30

Bernhard Schirg – Clitoris Monologues: Beverland, antiquarianism and the male construction of Lesbian sexuality

Truusje Goedings – Adriaan Beverland als bibliofiel: zijn Libri Illustrati ‘per Dirck Jansen van Santen’

Joyce Zelen – ‘Misgeboorten uit verdorven hersenen’: de prentcollages en knipsels van Hadriaan Beverland

15.30 – 16.00 Koffie

16.00 – 17.00 Beverland stadswandeling

17.00 Borrel in De Vergulde Kruik



Symposium: Vossiuszaal, Universiteitsbibliotheek (Witte Singel 27, 2311 BG Leiden)

Stadswandeling: start bij de Universiteitsbibliotheek, eindigt in De Vergulde Kruik

Borrel: De Vergulde Kruik (Haarlemmerstraat 22, 2312 GA, Leiden)





Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food 2019: (Post)colonial foodways: creating, negotiating, and resisting transnational food systems – 15-16 November 2019

Friday, 15 November – Saturday 16 November 2019

Venue: Aula of the University of Amsterdam, Singel 411, 1012 XM Amsterdam.

Symposium fee: €90 (until 15 September €75)

Reduced fee: €45 (students, Friends of the Special Collections UvA).





 (Post)colonial foodways: creating, negotiating, and resisting transnational food systems

 Because of its manifold effects on individuals, cultures, and countries, from the 15th century onwards the colonial era had far-reaching impacts on existing foodways. Colonial rulers often imposed exploitative food systems upon the colonized, resulting in relationships that have been perpetuated, mediated, and resisted to this day. Because of their troubling and complex legacy, colonial foodways have become an essential theme in recent histories of transnational food production, consumption and trade practices from early modern mercantilism to the present. By shifting the focus from two-way colonizer-colonized relationships towards (post)colonial networks and their various nexuses, truly transnational histories are emerging that decenter Europe and go beyond traditional narratives.


Food history and (post)colonial history intersect in various ways. Theories about exploration and exploitation offer insights into (proto)capitalism and the consumption of commodities, the agency of populations in the Global South, the transfer of food technologies, and the ecological impact of restructuring and repurposing vast areas of land. Studying material culture and (post)colonial food customs, furthermore, advances an in-depth understanding of the historical negotiation of identities and ideologies. The hybridization of national and migrant cuisines, culinary (neo)colonialism, and shifting perceptions of gastronomic ‘authenticity’ all underwrite the continuing influence of the colonial era on how we speak about food and, subsequently, about ourselves.





Friday 15 November 2019


 09.00–10.00       Registration and coffee


10.00–10.05       Welcome Marike van Roon


10.05–10.30       Professor J.M. van Winter Stipend


10.30–11.00       Keynote lecture by Katarzyna Cwiertka 


11.00–11.10       short break


11.10–12.40       Panel 1 – Transatlantic legacies of slavery


Chair: :Karwan Fatah-Black

  • Ilaria Berti – Sugar, Slaves, and Food: The Emergence of a Fusion and Cuisine in the West Indies Colonies (19th century)
  • Debby Esmeé de Vlugt – Searching for Roots in African Soil: Black Power and the Politics of Heritage Cooking
  • Laura Kihlström & Dalila D’Ingeo – Institutional Racism and the Geneology of Food Insecurity in the US South


12.40–13.00       Intermezzo: Postcolonial foodways in the Netherlands


  • Lenno Munnikes & Joris Vermeer – Post-colonial eating out of the wall: Two different stories of the Loempia


13.00–14.00       Lunch break


14.00–15.30       Panel 2 – Nationalist policy and (de)colonisation

Chair: Peter van Dam

  • Rachel B. Herrmann – Food Diplomacy, Victual Imperialism, and Victual Warfare: A Food Studies Model for Vast Early America
  • Sebastiaan Broere – “Freedom means Rice”: Food Production as a Marker of Postcolonial Independence in Indonesia, 1945-1967
  • Arnoud Arps – Trading New-Amsterdam for a Spice Island: Nutmegs, Dutch food history and the spirit of Indonesian nationalism


15.30–16.45       Coffee & Tea break


16.45–17.30       Prize-giving ceremony of the 2019 Johannes van Dam Prize and the Joop Witteveen Prize



Saturday 16 November 2019


09.00-09.30        Registration


09.30–10.30       Panel 3 — Pursuits of the postcolonial food industry

Chair: Iva Peša

  • Lola Wilhelm – «Africa must feed Africa»: Nestlé’s participation in imperial and postcolonial food engineering experiments in West Africa, 1950s-1960s
  • Noa Berger – Representing the (post)colonial: Addressing the tension between colonial heritage and ethical concerns in the French specialty coffee market


10:30–11:00       Coffee & Tea break


11.00–12.00       Panel 4 – Representing the nation: authenticity and appropriation

Chair: Adriana Churampi Ramirez

  • Suzanne Cope – Feeding the Revolution: Two Case Studies on the Use of Food as a Weapon of Resistance in Contemporary (Post)colonial North America
  • Catarina Passidomo – Peruvian Gastrodiplomacy: Cuisine as nation-brand in post-colonial context


12.00–12.20       Wrap-up – Marlou Schrover


12.20-12.30        Closing remarks and topic for 2020


Afternoon Programme of the Foodie Festival at the Allard Pierson UvA (festival starts at 13.00; registration for this event will start in September)


The Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food is the annual point of assembly and an exchange of knowledge in the field of Food history in the Netherlands. It intends to stimulate debate and research that bridges the gap between different disciplines. Another aim is to transfer academic research to a wider public and stimulate research using the History of Food Collection of Allard Pierson | Collections of the University of Amsterdam. The symposium is therefore targeted at both an academic and a professional audience.

The Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food has been made possible with the generous support of The Amsterdam School for Historical Studies – University of Amsterdam, Bibliotheken Eemland, Carrera Culinair, Cormet, Fontaine Uitgeverij, Hotel De l’Europe, Huizinga Instituut, Nijgh Cuisine, Stichting Gastronomische Bibliotheek, Terra, Rural & Environmental History Group – Wageningen University & Research and Allard Pierson |Collections of the University of Amsterdam.

Workshop ‘Transcribing and analysing oral history in digital research environments’ – Rotterdam, 25 October 2019

Invitation to the workshop Transcribing and analysing oral history in digital research environments

When? ​Friday October 25, 2019 (9:00 – 17:30 hrs.)

Where? ​Erasmus University Rotterdam, Woudestein Campus, Polak-building, room ​3-22 Registration​ is free of charge. Please contact Norah Karrouche: ​ Please take note of the fact that the number of participants is limited.

Digital archiving practices in the Netherlands in the past two decades have provided better access to oral history collections (Heeren et al. 2009, Kemman et al., 2013, Ordelman & de Jong 2011, de Jong et al. 2014), yet oral historians may not yet be fully aware of the other possibilities that digital research infrastructures have to offer. Digital research infrastructures should not only be regarded as convenient ways of gaining and providing access to data (as it mostly is now), but also as means of data preparation and analysis.

This workshop shows you how to use digital tools to transcribe and analyse oral history interviews. ​We aim to do so by demonstrating parts of the CLARIN and CLARIAH research infrastructures, i.e. the ​CLARIN Oral History Portal ​and the ​CLARIAH Media Suite​, which were both developed in the past few years (2015-2018).

What’s in it for you?
As a participant, you will learn how to explore, prepare and annotate data in the aforementioned environments with the help of easy to follow step-by-step instructions and personal assistance from the organizers. The workshop is tailored to oral history principles and methods, and you will be able to work with your own collections, as well as with a very interesting collection of our choice. There will be some preparatory work for participants that has to be done prior to the workshop that will consist of describing the individual oral historian’s workflow, and reviewing some documentation that we will send you in advance.

9.00 – 9.30 Welcome with tea and coffee
9.30 – 9.45 Welcome and introduction to the day’s programme by Norah Karrouche
9.45 – 10.00 Transcribing in the Oral History Portal: demo by Arjan van Hessen
10.00 – 11.30 Oral History Portal hands-on work* by participants in three groups, supported by AvH, LM and NK (incl. short coffee break)
11.30 – 12.00 Oral History Portal evaluation
12.00 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.00 Annotation in the Media Suite: demo by Liliana Melgar
14.00 – 16.00 Media Suite hands-on work** by participants in three groups, supported by AvH, LM and NK (incl. short coffee break)
16.00 – 16.30 Media Suite evaluation
16.30 – 17.30 Drinks

*Scholars will be offered to work with their own data for the first part of the workshop. They may want to bring along and work with (snippets of) their own interviews.

**During the second part, scholars will be working with the DANS oral history collection in the Media Suite, in particular the Verhalenhuis Rotterdam ‘De ziel van de wederopbouw’ collection.



CLARIN-OH​ is interested in how it can better support oral historians, and how it can lower barriers to the use and take up of its resource and technologies. ​CLARIAH​ has developed the Media Suite, a research environment where audiovisual media and oral history collections content can be explored, enriched with automatic speech recognition (ASR), analysed, stored in personal collections, and annotated manually.

Norah Karrouche ​(Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) works as a CLARIAH researcher at the Erasmus Studio, Erasmus University Rotterdam. She works closely with information scientists in order to develop infrastructures for oral historians. She is interested in the uses of oral history in migration research, both as fieldwork method and as research ethic.

Liliana Melgar​ (Universiteit van Amsterdam, Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid) conducts user studies for CLARIAH. As part of the project, she works with oral historians in order to understand and gather their requirements for the infrastructure.

Arjan van Hessen​ (Universiteit Twente, Universiteit Utrecht) has been working as a researcher in the field of Language and Speech Technology (HLT) for the past 2 decades. He seeks to improve the recognition results of interviews. In order to do so, he closely cooperates with humanities scholars and social scientists.