Where: Amsterdam, P. C. Hoofthuis, 1.05
Where: Amsterdam, P. C. Hoofthuis, 1.05
Call for papers
The Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotion and Sensory Studies and THALIA, research group on the Interplay of Theatre, Literature & Media in Performance, present: SONG STUDIES 2020 – EXPLORING INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO SONGS AND PRACTICES OF SINGING (1200-TODAY)
Ghent University, 1-3July 2020
Keynote speaker: Monique Scheer (Tübingen University)
The singing voice is a medium of expression that is found in all times and cultures. People have always been singing, not only to perform entertainingly, but also to express emotions or to embody identities. This has for example made collective singing (and listening) practices a primary way for people to articulate and embody the identities that are fundamental to the existence of social groups. The bodily and sensory experience of moving and sounding together in synchrony, enables individuals to experience feelings of togetherness with others. Song is the versatile medium facilitating such processes. Songs can evoke and channel emotions, employing them for specific (or less specific) means. As a multimodal genre, song enables not only the articulation and embodiment of ideas; as an inherently oral and intangible medium, songs can move through space and time, transgressing any material form. Therefore, songs have proven an ideal tool for the distribution of news, contentious ideas, or mobilising messages. This conference aims to bring together researchers from various disciplines investigating song (for example musicology, literary studies, history, sociology, performance studies, cognition studies, anthropology, etc.). The focus will be on the definition of possible approaches to the study of this medium (both in its material and performed existence), its performances (in any form) and reception (in any context). Research examples may cover songs written and sung in any culture and language, and any (historical) period. Common ground will be found through concepts, approaches and methodologies, encouraging an interdisciplinary and transhistorical dialogue, breaking ground for a new research field: song studies.
We invite proposals for 20-minute individual papers (max. 300 words) or alternative formats (pre-submission inquiry is encouraged). As the aim of this conference is to facilitate dialogue, there will be ample time for discussion and exchange. Please send your proposal, including your name, academic affiliation and a short biographical note, no later than 20December 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and registration, see www.songstudies.ugent.be.
Conference ‘Blasphemy and Violence. Interdependencies since 1760’ – 5 March 2020 – Ghent (Belgium)
On the 5th of March 2020, Liberas (Ghent, Belgium), in conjunction with the School of History, Religion and Philosophy at Oxford Brookes University (Oxford, United Kingdom) and the Leibniz Institute of European History (Mainz, Germany), organises an international colloquium devoted to the interdependency between blasphemy and violence in modern history. This international colloquium offers a much-needed analysis of a subject that historians have largely neglected, yet holds great relevance for contemporary society. Both young and established scholars will focus on specific incidents of blasphemy and sacrilege in Europe and the Arab world – a landmark case or a series of little-known micro studies –, examine its relationship with violence and discuss the legal background and context surrounding each incident. Drawing on a variety of chronological and geographical contexts, the colloquium will probe the phenomenon of blasphemy and its link to violence from different angles. All presentations will be given in English. The eve preceding the conference (4 March), internationally renowned expert Alain Cabantous will give a keynote lecture in French on blasphemy and sacrilege during the French Revolution.
For further information and the full programme, see http://www.blasphemyviolence2020.be/
There is no registration fee. If you wish to attend, please register via mail: email@example.com. Please indicate in your mail whether you will attend the keynote lecture (in French) on Wednesday evening and/or the conference on Thursday.
9th Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World (AMPRAW)
‘Authority and Legitimacy’
Huize Heyendael, Geert Grooteplein Noord 9, 6525 EZ Nijmegen
Day 1: Thursday 28 November 2019
09.30-10.00 Registration and Tea/Coffee
10.00-10.10 Word of Welcome
10.10-11.00 Plenary lecture I:
Dr Justine McConnell (King’s College, London), When Greek and Yoruba Myth Meet
11.00-11.30 Tea/Coffee Break
11.30-13.00 Panel 1: Challenging Classical Authority
1.1: Rioghnach Sachs (King’s College, London), (Un)Gendered Desire and Self-Legitimation in Sappho’s Fragments and Monique Wittig’s The Lesbian Body.
1 .2: Dimitris Kentrotis Zinelis (Universiteit Leiden), ‘And Hector dies like everyone else’: The democratisation of mortality in Alice Oswald’s Memorial.
1 .3: Valeria Spacciante (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa), Classics as norm and escape: the retour au classicisme between humanism and nihilism.
14.00-15.30 Panel 2: Classics and Nation-Building I
2.1: Nicolò Bettegazzi (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Augustus and the Christian vision of Roman Antiquity
2.2: Theodore Delwiche (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), “To Arms, Latin Teachers”: The Classical Outlook and American War Time Efforts to Promote Classical Studies.
2.3: Hanna Paulouskaya (Uniwersytet Warszawski), Our Soviet Ancients. Appropriation of Antiquity for Children’s and Youth Culture of the USSR.
15.30-16.00 Tea/Coffee Break
16.00-17.00 Plenary lecture II:
Prof. Dr David Rijser (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Author and Authority: Classicists and their Texts
Day 2: Friday 29 November 2019
10:00-11.00Panel 4: Rulers and Ruler Ideologies
3.1: Kieren Johns (University of Warwick), “A most valiant lion and a most cunning fox.” Negotiating the Political Authority of the “Outsider” Through Septimius Severus.
3.2: Max-Quentin Bischoff (Universität Mannheim), An ancient concept losing its authority: the end of exemplary historiography during the Sattelzeit (1750-1850).
11.00-11.30 Tea/Coffee Break
11.30-13.00 Panel 5: Non-European Contexts
4.1: Manuela Irarrázabal (University College London), Brazilian Orpheus.
4.2: Gifty Etornam Katahena (University of Ghana), The Reception of Ancient Greek Drama in West Africa: A Challenge to the western canon?
4.3: Marianna Zarantonello (Università di Padova), Homer’s authority in the Arab world: from loan to adaptation.
14.00-15.00 Panel 6: Classics and Nation-Building II
5.1 : James Fortuna (University of St. Andrews), Classical Design and the Fascist Construction of International Legitimacy, 1933-42.
5.2: Sophie Wardle (University of Cambridge), Digging for legitimacy: Nineteenth-century responses to London’s Roman past and the identity of the modern city.
15.00-15.30 Tea/Coffee Break
15.30-16.30 Plenary lecture III:
Dr Nathalie de Haan (Radboud Universiteit), Archaeology, Authority and Grand Narratives
16.30-17.00 Final discussion and closing remarks
16.45-18.30 Drinks reception
18.30- Conference Dinner in Huize Heyendael
Medicine, as a science, has claims to universal knowledge of the body. Yet, in the domain of medical knowledge itself, the knowledge of the body is not a unity. The many sub-disciplines of medicine each have their own focus within the imaginations of the body. This lecture asks how the notion of the anatomic body – occupying a given threedimensional extended space – affects the notions of the body in a different system of medical knowledge viz., Ayurveda, prevalent in the colonial Indian subcontinent. It also looks at how a different space, the tropics, and a different system, the Ayurveda, might affect the epistemology of modern medicine at a particular geo-historical juncture. This speculative exercise in epistemic encounters may finally be linked to repetitions of certain structures of hegemony. Dr Birgit M. Kaiser (Languages, Literature and Communication) takes care of the introduction and Dr Anna Poletti (English Language and Culture) and Dr Sandra K. Manickam (Erasmus School of History) will respond to the lecture.
Anirban Das is Associate Professor in Cultural Studies at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta (CSSSC) in Kolkata, India. He graduated in Medicine (MBBS) and shifted to a broad interdisciplinary field across the Sciences, the Humanities and the Social Sciences. His areas of interest include feminist theory, science studies, the literary and the vernacular, postcolonial theory, body studies and ‘theory’ in a broad sense.
Date and time: 19 November 2019 16:30-19.00h
Location: Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21, Utrecht
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.
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.
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.
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)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Students and PhD candidates willing to participate have to write a motivation letter before 1 November.
All course information can be downloaded here.
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 (I.L.N.Wamelink-vanDijk@uva.nl) if you want to subscribe to the mailing list.
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
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
12.40–13.00 Intermezzo: Postcolonial foodways in the Netherlands
13.00–14.00 Lunch break
14.00–15.30 Panel 2 – Nationalist policy and (de)colonisation
Chair: Peter van Dam
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
09.30–10.30 Panel 3 — Pursuits of the postcolonial food industry
Chair: Iva Peša
10:30–11:00 Coffee & Tea break
11.00–12.00 Panel 4 – Representing the nation: authenticity and appropriation
Chair: Adriana Churampi Ramirez
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.
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