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New members Huizinga PhD council

After over two years of membership, Lieke van Deinsen and Jan Rotmans have recently left the Huizinga PhD council to focus all their attention on finishing their dissertations. We would like to thank them for the time and effort they put into the Huizinga Institute.

Luckily, the PhD council found two worthy successors and we would like to introduce them to you.

Tymen Peverelli (1988) is a PhD candidate at the History department of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). His current research, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), focusses on the dynamics of urban and national identities in the Netherlands and Belgium during the long nineteenth century. His academic work is primarily located at the intersection between the cultural history of (national) identities, urban space and memory. Previously, he worked as a guest researcher for the Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms (SPIN). After finishing his Bachelor’s degree in history at the UvA, he studied at the Nationalism Studies Program of the Central European University in Budapest and graduated from the UvA Research Master in History with distinction. His Master’s thesis Mensentuin on the history of the Antwerp Zoo in the nineteenth century was published by Academia Press in Ghent.

Ivan Flis is a PhD Candidate in History and Philosophy of Psychology at the Descartes Centre, Utrecht University since January 2014. He got his degree in psychology from the Centre for Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb, Croatia in 2013. During his studies and academic career, he was involved as an Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS). He is a vocal advocate of Open Access and Open Science, working with the European Federation of Psychology Students’ Associations (EFPSA) and the Right to Research Coalition. Ivan’s research interest is housed at the intersection of history of science, philosophy of science, science studies, and the multifarious branches of 20th century research psychology. Specifically, his research focuses on the usage of quantitative methodologies and their relation to theory development in psychology from 1950s onwards –  in simple terms, it is about psychologists using numbers to theorize. He investigates this topic based on two kinds of sources – large amount of data-mined content from academic psychology journals and close-reading of introductory psychology textbooks. Through this, he aims to describe the complex relationship between psychologists’ investigative practices and their theorizing.

In April next year there will be a new edition of the Huizinga Promovendi Symposium and the PhD Council will, as usual, organize a meeting there. If you have any comments, questions or other issues you would like to discuss please contact them.