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.

Lecture Prof. Laurajane Smith: Cultural heritage: politics, nationalism and populism – Utrecht, 17 September 2019

Lecture Prof. Laurajane Smith: Cultural heritage: politics, nationalism and populism 


Date and time: 17 September 2019, at 19h15.

Location: Aula, Academiegebouw, Utrecht University

Organisers: The heritage and public history lab and the CHEurope Marie Curie ITN


Cultural heritage: politics, nationalism and populism
Cultural heritage and the emotions of nostalgia are closely entangled and both have become weaponised in populist national debates. From the nostalgic reflection explicit in the ‘make America great again’ election slogan, to the yearning for an empire long gone that underlies Brexit and the vilification and incarceration of migrants and refuges, heritage has, in some measure, been implicated. Nor is this a new phenomenon, heritage studies itself arose as a recognizable field in the 1980s, at least in the Anglophone context, within the context of Thatcherite uses of heritage and nostalgia and Roland Reagan’s mawkish campaign cry ‘let’s make America great again’. At this time heritage was vilified as explicitly ‘capital C’ conservative.
This talk will theorise both the affective qualities of heritage and the processes through which heritage becomes a resource of political power. As both an emotional and political resource heritage becomes readily mobilised within right-wing populist movements and the talk analyses how and why this occurs. However, this utilisation, is not an inevitable quality of either heritage or nostalgia. There are important lessons to be learned by the left, particularly with respect to understanding the emotional qualities of heritage that in turn have implications for the analyses of populist movements and the mobilisation of heritage and nostalgia for and by the left.

Laurajane Smith is professor and director of the Centre of Heritage and Museum Studies, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, the Australian National University and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. She founded the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, and has been editor of the International Journal of Heritage Studies since 2009. She is co-general editor with William Logan of Routledge’s Key Issues in Cultural Heritage, author of Uses of Heritage (2006) and co-editor of Intangible Heritage (2009); Heritage, Labour and the Working Classes (2011) and Emotion, Affective Practices, and the Past in the Present (2018).

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.

Ten European doctoral positions in architectural history – PALAMUSTO project

The European Training Network PALAMUSTO. Research and Training for the Palace Museum for Tomorrow offers ten funded doctoral positions to graduates in architecture, architectural history, art history, history or heritage studies, starting on 1 January 2020. We are looking for early career researchers willing to combine research and professional training, and willing to travel.

Candidates must have a master degree in a relevant field of study and show aptitude for the field of architectural history and/or heritage, the main areas of the programme. PALAMUSTO’s language is English, but knowledge of other European languages is required for these subjects. Knowledge of the digital humanities will be considered as an advantage.

Are you interested? The recruitment platform will soon be operational! In the meantime, as an expression of your interest, please send a full curriculum vitae together with a brief presentation text and justification (half page) for your choice of subject (see button ‘Themes’) to the PALAMUSTO Coordinator, Krista De Jonge at

More information here

Download the full project and application information here

An information meeting at Utrecht University will take place on 9 September 2019, 17.00-18.30h, Janskerkhof 13, room 006.

Call for Papers: “The Stage of War. Academic and Popular Representations of Large-Scale Conflicts”

The Stage of War: Academic and Popular Representations of Large-Scale Conflicts

26-27 March 2020

Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The conference ‘The Stage of War’ focuses on academic and popular representations of war and other large-scale conflicts. Nowadays, the cultural engagement with the history of violent conflicts spans a multitude of academic and above all popular genres, including (graphic) novels, films, tourism, musicals, games, exhibitions and re-enactments. Producers of popular genres try to bring the past closer to the public through interaction, performance and multisensory experience, often to the discontent of academic historians who fear for a distorted or trivialized past. Nonetheless, research indicates that these popular genres can significantly affect and enhance our understanding of the past. The unique aim of this conference is to stimulate an exchange between academic and popular approaches to the representation of violent conflicts. Instead of just criticizing popular historical culture, we call on academic historians to suggest what a responsible approach to the past might entail. Simultaneously, we ask producers to clarify what the practical and ethical limitations and opportunities are of representing violent pasts in contemporary society. How can we learn from each other? To what extent can critical historical thinking be stimulated through popular productions? This two-day conference is comprised of academic lectures, presentations, roundtable discussions, and a battlefield tour in Rotterdam by military history specialists.

Please send abstracts of max. 300 words and a short biographical statement of max. 50 words to before 1 October 2019. All abstracts will be reviewed. Notification of acceptance: 1 December 2019.

Download the call for papers here.

Start project PURE: ‘Public Renaissance: Urban Cultures of Public Space between Early Modern Europe and the Present’ (RUG/Athenaeumbibliotheek Deventer)

Public Renaissance: Urban Cultures of Public Space between Early Modern Europe and the Present

The central concept of the project is that of a “Public Renaissance”, by which we intend to examine both the urban cultures of public space in the early modern era, and to set this into dynamic dialogue with the recently invigorated discourse around the agency of public space in shaping contemporary events.

By proposing a cross-chronological enquiry that sets the relatively remote formative period of many European cities into dialogue with the contemporary world, we explore and reveal how the past is inscribed in the material culture of the public spaces we still inhabit, and how these contribute to shaping actions and events in the present. Our project considers the early modern period (c. 1450–1700) in the urbanised heart of Europe, with particular attention to case examples between the Netherlands (Deventer, Leiden, Amsterdam), Germany (Hamburg), Spain (Valencia, Madrid), Italy (Trento, Venice, Bologna, Florence) and England (Exeter and Bristol).

Working with an interdisciplinary team of architectural, social and cultural historians, in collaboration with non-academic partners from the museum/heritage sector, and shaping our research agendas in dialogue with contemporary planners, architects and policy-makers, we will probe the continuities and ruptures that shape urban spaces of the past in relation to contemporary urban interaction. In addition to primary archival research methods, we will work with locative media technologists to create smartphone apps that enable an engagement with histories of place, to propose an innovative place-based research methodology. While historical enquiry is at the heart of the project, through digital tools and interaction with regional city museums, we will communicate the memories and meanings of public space in European cities.


For more information on this HERA-project: prof. dr. Sabrina Corbellini,

Call for proposals KB Researcher-in-residence 2020 (DL: 30/9/2019)

Call for proposals KB Researcher-in-residence 2020

 Are you an early career data scientist, social scientist, computer scientist, humanities scholar, or more simply put, a researcher working with or interested in our digital collections, such as the web archive, 100 million pages digitised text or ground-truth sets? Then we’re looking for you!


Ø  Paid research opportunity

Ø  Two placements in 2020

Ø  All early career researchers employed at a European university or research institute can apply (max. 5 years after PhD or in final phase of their PhD research)

Ø  6 month projects for 0.5 fte

Ø  Output published on KB Lab (  

Ø  Support from software engineer, advisor, and collection and data specialists

Ø  Office space in Den Haag in the Research department of the KB

Ø  Deadline is 30 September 2019


The full call is available at:

VAN DE WAAL LECTURE 2019 – ‘Pieter Bruegel: the hand of the master. ‘A once in a lifetime exhibition’ – concept, aims and results’ – 12 September 2019

The Leiden Department of Art History & the Netherlands Institute for Art History invite you to the:

Pieter Bruegel: the hand of the master.
‘A once in a lifetime exhibition’ – concept, aims and results

By Manfred Sellink, Director Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp
Thursday 12 September, 18:00-19:30, Academy Building, Klein Auditorium

In view of the commemoration of Pieter Bruegel’s death 450 years ago (1569) the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna organized the first ever – and for many decades to come the last – comprehensive and highly succesful survey of the master’s oeuvre with paintings, drawings and prints. More than ‘just’ a commemorative blockbuster, the exhibition was also the result of a seven year multidisciplinary research project. As initiator and co-curator Prof. dr. Manfred Sellink – Bruegel specialist and director of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp – will lecture on the making of the exhibition. What were the aims of the project, how was the research conducted, how did the organizers try to translate and visualize the research in the exhibition itself, are the (prize winning) exhibition and its accompanying catalogue an aim in itself or are there targets beyond. Numerous questions, many suggestions for future research and, perhaps, some answers. In Sellink’s opinion a good exhibition raises as many questions as it answers.

Please register via

2 PhD positions in transnational business history at Maastricht University (DL: 26-08-2019)

In cooperation with the Centre for the Social History of Limburg (SHCL) and the Centre for the Regional History of Limburg (RHCL), the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers two PhD positions in transnational business history. Transnational business history should be understood in a broad sense, including social, economic, political, cultural and environmental aspects. The empirical emphasis of the projects is on two companies based in the Dutch province of Limburg, which – each in their own way – had a broad transnational outlook.

1. The atelier Glasschilderkunst F. Nicolas en zonen in Roermond (NL) (1855-1968) and the revival of stained-glass production in Western Europe in the 19th and 20th century (1 fte)
This project NV Glasschilderkunst F. Nicolas en zonen, sedert 1940 Max Weiss, focalizes on a company based in Roermond, producing stained-glass that found its way to churches and public and private buildings in the Netherlands, Belgium and other countries. The archives of the company have recently been catalogued and partly digitized.

The focus and approach of the project will be determined – within the parameters sketched above – by the candidate and the supervision team in the first months after the appointment. Comparative perspectives, for example with other companies or environments, are strongly encouraged. The academic background and interests of the PhD candidate will play a major role in this.

The researcher will be based at Maastricht University, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and undertake a 6-month secondment at the Sociaal Historisch Centrum voor Limburg (Centre for the Social History of Limburg) SHCL, the Netherlands and/or the Regionaal Historisch Centrum voor Limburg (Centre for the Regional History of Limburg), the Netherlands.

Candidates are expected to possess
– A (research) master’s degree in history or a related field;
– Excellent (passive) knowledge of Dutch;
– Outstanding writing skills;
– Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

Supervision team:
Supervisor: Nico Randeraad, Associate Professor, Interim Director Social History Centre for Limburg, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University
Co-supervisor: Ad Knotter, Endowed chair, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University
External supervisor: Joep Leerssen, chair of Modern European Literature, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam


2. Mining at the border: the transnational space of the Domaniale Mijn in the 19th and 20th century (1 fte)

This project centres around the Domaniale Mijn, a mining company operating on the border of Dutch and German territory between Kerkrade and Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle). The archives of the company have recently been catalogued and partly digitized.

The focus and approach of the project will be determined – within the parameters sketched above – by the candidate and the supervision team in the first months after the appointment. Comparative perspectives, for example with other companies or environments, are strongly encouraged. The academic background and interests of the PhD candidate will play a major role in this.

Candidates are expected to possess
– A (Research) Master degree in History or a related field;
– Excellent (passive) knowledge of Dutch and of German;
– Outstanding writing skills;
– Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

The researcher will be based at Maastricht University, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and undertake a 6-month secondment at the Sociaal Historisch Centrum voor Limburg (Centre for the Social History of Limburg) SHCL, the Netherlands and/or the Regionaal Historisch Centrum voor Limburg (Centre for the Regional History of Limburg), the Netherlands.

Supervision team:
Supervisor: Nico Randeraad, Associate Professor, Interim Director Social History Centre for Limburg, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University
Co-supervisor: Ad Knotter, Endowed chair, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University
External supervisor: Ben Gales, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen

For more information on the LIMES PhD Program, co-funded by the European Union, see the program website, Any inquiries about the position or the project may be addressed to the supervisor (

Nico Randeraad
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University
PO Box 616, NL-6200 MD Maastricht

Call: 6e Uitgeverij Verloren/Johan de Witt-scriptieprijs

Uitgeverij Verloren/Johan de Witt-scriptieprijs 2019

Voor de zesde keer reikt de historische vereniging Vrienden van De Witt een prijs uit voor de beste universitaire geschiedenisscriptie die betrekking heeft op de Republiek der Nederlanden in de zeventiende eeuw. Dit jaar gebeurt dat samen met Uitgeverij Verloren te Hilversum ( en Elsevier Weekblad. De prijs heeft als doel historisch onderzoek naar dit belangrijke tijdvak te stimuleren. Nadere toelichting is te vinden op

Studenten die mee willen dingen naar deze prijs, dienen hun afgeronde scriptie vóór 13 september 2019 te mailen naar (in Word of als pdf). Zowel bachelor- als masterscripties, in het Nederlands en in het Engels, komen in aanmerking. Ze mogen niet ouder zijn dan drie jaar en kunnen slechts één keer worden ingediend.

De prijs voor de beste masterscriptie bestaat uit een oorkonde, een bedrag van € 1.500,–, een boekenpakket van Elsevier Weekblad inclusief jaarabonnement én een jaar lidmaatschap Vrienden van De Witt. Voor de beste bachelorscriptie geldt een aanmoedigingsprijs van € 200,–.

Een samenvatting van de winnende scriptie wordt gepubliceerd in Elsevier Weekblad en op de websites van Uitgeverij Verloren, Elsevier Weekblad en Vrienden van De Witt. De overige genomineerde scripties ontvangen het boekenpakket. De prijsuitreiking zal plaatsvinden op zaterdag 25 januari 2020.

De jury bestaat uit dr. E.C.M. Huysman, voorzitter (Huygens ING-KNAW), dr. P. Brandon (VU), dr. G. de Bruin (UU), dr. M.A. Ebben (UL), dr. J.W. Koopmans (RUG), dr. A. Nobel (UvA) en dr. R. Raeymaekers (RUN). Secretaris is dr. L.H. de Jonge (WU). Voor meer informatie kunt u mailen naar of bellen met de secretaris, tel. 0612317957.

Eerdere winnaars

2018 – Lidewij Nissen (RUN), ‘A matter of life and death. Seventeenth-century funerary culture and the construction of a Nassau-Dietz Identity’. Deze masterscriptie gaat over de begrafeniscultuur van de Friese tak van het huis Nassau en de wijze waarop deze cultuur werd gebruikt om de eigen identiteit en imago binnen de Republiek te versterken. Friso van Nimwegen (RUN) ontving de aanmoedigingsprijs voor z’n bachelorscriptie over ‘Nieuws, speculatie en propaganda in de Republiek over het beleg van La Rochelle (1627-1628)’.

2017 – Emma Mojet (UU), ‘Early Dutch Interest in Newtonian Mathematics’. Deze masterscriptie beschrijft de interesse voor de wiskunde van Isaac Newton in de Republiek gedurende de tweede

helft van de zeventiende eeuw aan de hand van de wijze waarop amateurwiskundige Adriaen Verwer deze gebruikte om de filosofie van Spinoza te weerleggen.

2016 – Arthur der Weduwen (University of St Andrews, Schotland), ‘The development of the Dutch press in the seventeenth century, 1618-1700’. Deze masterscriptie biedt een analyse van de complexe relaties tussen de verschillende overheden in de Republiek der Nederlanden in de zeventiende eeuw (staten, gemeentebesturen), uitgevers en de markt voor nieuws.

2015 – Didi van Trijp (UU), ‘Spheres in verse’. Deze masterscriptie gaat over opvattingen over de opbouw van het ‘heelal’ bij twee Amsterdamse rederijkerskamers in het begin van de zeventiende eeuw.

2014 – Gloria Moorman (UL), masterscriptie over Johan Blaeu’s Italiaanse stedenatlas (1663); Joris Gerritse (UL), bachelorscriptie over de politieke besluitvorming achter de diplomatieke missie van de Republiek (1655-1658) tijdens de Noordse oorlog.

Masterclass David Pomfret (University of Hong Kong): Foregrounding marginal groups in historical analysis – Nijmegen, 8 July 2019

Foregrounding marginal groups in historical analysis
Masterclass with David M. Pomfret

Date: July 8 2019, 10.00 – 14.00, lunch included
Venue: Radboud University Nijmegen, SP A 01.12

Open to: PhD candidates and research master students.

David Pomfret’s seminal work Youth and Empire has convincingly shown the value of integrating historically marginal groups of people, such as children, in transnational research on the fashioning of empire, social aspects of imperialism and ideas of global modernity and mobility. Pomfret’s bottom-up approach, inventive use of source material, and conceptualisation of childhood allow him to successfully frame children not only as objects who were “acted upon” by adults but as historical agents in their own right.

In this masterclass, professor Pomfret invites PhD candidates and research master stude nts to reflects on ways in which marginalised groups of people can become the central actors of one’s research project. What approaches, sources, methodologies, theories or concepts can be used? How can concepts like agency be operationalised in order to contribute to “inclusive” research on (historical) processes of marginalisation? What research questions or topics are afforded by dismissing ‘marginal’ as an identity, and instead considering social, economic and cultural positioning as contingent across time and place?

Aims of the masterclass
1. To consider what conceptual and methodological approaches can be applied to centre marginalised groups of people as actors in (historical) research projects. David Pomfret’s work on children and young people and the ways in which they engaged in imperial projects serves as a point of entry for this consideration.
2. To consider in what ways historical conceptualisations of certain groups of people were produced and lived, how these socio-cultural categories travelled through space and time, and what this means for your own conceptualisations as researcher.
3. To reflect on research questions and topics afforded by the inclusion of marginal(ised) groups as historical actors in research projects.

About the speaker
David M. Pomfret is Professor of History at the University of Hong Kong. His research specialisations are in British and French history, histories of Childhood and Youth, and the transnational and comparative history of modern Europe and its empires. His recent ground-breaking monograph Youth and Empire: Trans-Colonial Childhoods in British and French Asia (2016), which was awarded the 2017 Grace Abbott Best Book Award, is the first study of its kind to engage with colonialism through the lens of childhood. By utilizing a diverse range of unpublished source materials drawn from three different continents, David M. Pomfret examines the emergence of youth and childhood as a central historical force in the global history of empire in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Focusing upon histories of children, their agency, and how concepts of childhood travelled, this research has illuminated how metropolitan and colonial discourses and practices intersected and interacted. Through his conceptualization of a historically marginalised population like colonial children, Pomfret asks new questions and provides insights in issues of childhood, race, authority and responsibility that are highly relevant for international and intercultural research projects.

Requirements for the masterclass
It is possible to either participate in or attend this masterclass.

The participants:
• Are invited to submit a ‘think piece’ in which they reflect on the historical positioning and conceptualisation of the actors in their own research projects and the sources, concepts, theories and methodologies they use to study these actors. The deadline for this text (600-1200 words) is June 28 2019. The think pieces will be circulated among the participants and attendees of the masterclass in advance;
• Are asked to prepare a brief (informal) presentation of ca. 5 minutes in which they briefly introduce their research and discuss the contents of their think piece.

The attendees:
• Have read the ‘think pieces’;
• Have familiarised themselves with the work of prof. Pomfret.

Given the limited number of attendees/participants we would like to hear from you as soon as possible (ultimately on Friday June 28, via whether and in what capacity you will participate.

Provisional programme
10.00 – 10.15: Introduction
10.15 – 10.45: David Pomfret: Youth and Empire – brief consideration of the conceptual and methodological approaches of children as historical actors: age matters! What else matters?
10.45 – 11.00: Coffee break
11.00 – 12.00: Presentations by participants
12.00 – 13.00: Discussion
13.00: Lunch
15u30: Public lecture by David Pomfret

Organizing Committee
Prof. dr. Marit Monteiro
Prof. dr. Geertje Mak
Marleen Reichgelt MA

For practical or other questions please send an e-mail to Marleen Reichgelt at

Workshop “Thinking like a database: Digitizing and analysing data in the Humanities” – Amsterdam, 4-5 July 2019

“Thinking like a database: Digitizing and analysing data in the Humanities”

Scholars in the humanities work with many different kinds of materials and sources. We risk being overwhelmed with the available amount of information, and our organizational computer skills rarely go beyond organizing files in a hierarchy of folders and sub-folders. Working within large amounts of data (in digital form) requires a more systematic management and way of approach: that of a database.

The workshop “Thinking like a database” offers insights into the opportunities and challenges of digitally gathering and storing of information, and on modelling and structuring our materials and at a conceptual level. Using an online multimedia database (LAB 1100’s nodegoat technology), we discuss and try out the complexities of organizing and managing your materials in structured datasets. This also allows you to create relational modes of analysis, mapping the geographic, social and temporal connections between your materials and data.

The workshop will be jointly organised by LAB 1100 and Prof Joep Leerssen and Dr Christian from the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies.

Date: Thursday 4 July (morning and afternoon sessions) and Friday 5 July
Venue: University of Amsterdam, Bushuis, Kloverniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam


Free of charge for members of the Huizinga Institute

For further information and registration please contact:

Dr Christian Noack
Director of the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies
+31 20 525 4677

Call: Professor J.M. van Winter Stipendium 2019 (DL: 15 August 2019)

Professor J.M. van Winter Stipendium 2019

Het bestuur van de Stichting Gastronomische Bibliotheek nodigt studenten en onderzoekers uit om een aanvraag in te dienen voor het Professor J.M. van Winter Stipendium 2019.
De Stichting Gastronomische Bibliotheek beoogt met de instelling van dit stipendium:
• de grote verdienste te eren van prof. dr. J.M. van Winter, emeritus hoogleraar in de Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis aan de Universiteit Utrecht, voor de studie van de geschiedenis van het eten en drinken in de middeleeuwen;
• het gebruik van de collectie Geschiedenis van de Voeding van de Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam te stimuleren.
De Stichting Gastronomische Bibliotheek werd in 1993 opgericht door Johannes van Dam, Joop Witteveen en Bart Cuperus met het doel hun particuliere verzamelingen op het gebied van de geschiedenis van de voeding voor de toekomst veilig te stellen. De Stichting besloot in 2005 om de bibliotheek onder te brengen bij de Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Het Professor J.M. van Winter Stipendium:
De Stichting Gastronomische Bibliotheek stelt jaarlijks een stipendium van € 1000 ter beschikking voor onderzoek waarbij (met name) gebruik wordt gemaakt van de collectie Geschiedenis van de Voeding van de Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Het onderwerp van onderzoek dient een aspect van de geschiedenis van eten en drinken te belichten. Het bedrag is bedoeld voor reis-, verblijfs- en onderzoekskosten en moet binnen een jaar na toekenning zijn besteed.

De resultaten van het onderzoek dienen schriftelijk te worden gepresenteerd in de vorm van een beknopt verslag. Tijdens het eerstvolgende Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food krijgt de onderzoeker de gelegenheid het onderzoek kort te presenteren.

In aanmerking komen studenten of onderzoekers die verbonden zijn aan een universiteit in Nederland of in het buitenland.

Aanmeldingen dienen te bestaan uit:
• een onderzoeksvoorstel van maximaal 500 woorden;
• een beknopt curriculum vitae;
• een volledig ingevuld aanmeldformulier.
Aanmeldingen kunnen tot uiterlijk 15 augustus 2019 worden gestuurd naar: Bijzondere Collecties, t.a.v. drs. J.J. Mammen, Oude Turfmarkt 129, 1012 GC Amsterdam, e-mail: De aanmeldingen zullen worden beoordeeld door prof. dr. J.M. van Winter en de jury van de Joop Witteveenprijs: dr. D. De Vooght, drs. M. Willebrands, prof. dr. K.J. Cwiertka, drs. S. van der Veen en dr. M. van Roon.

De bekendmaking van de toekenning van het Professor J.M. van Winter Stipendium vindt plaats tijdens het Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food op vrijdag 15 november 2019. Alle inzenders krijgen bericht vóór 15 oktober 2019.


Fotograaf: Monique Kooijmans