The Huizinga Institute launches new PhD and RMA curriculum

After over a year of hard work from our Programme Team and the PhD/ReMa Council, we are proud to present our new curriculum for PhD candidates and RMA students beginning in 2020-2021.

The new programme offers a coherent set of courses designed to meet the needs of our PhDs and RMAs, representing a wider range of cultural historical competences. New elements include the Cultural Historian’s Toolbox for PhDs, consisting of hands-on seminars on location, and Key Concepts in Cultural History for RMA students.

The new curriculum of the Huizinga Institute will become effective in the academic year 2020-2021. Read all about the PhD programme here and the RMA programme here. An overview of our courses and activities for 2020-2021 can be found here.

Face-to-face educational activities Huizinga Institute suspended

Dear all,

In response to the government’s call responding to the outbreak of the coronavirus, Dutch universities are currently suspending face-to-face teaching until the summer in order to help curb the spread of the virus.

In line with these measures, the Huizinga Institute has also suspended all face-to-face educational activities until this date. We are closely monitoring the situation regarding courses beyond July and will keep all participants informed.

Should you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to consult the Huizinga office.

We hope for your understanding and wish you all good health.

With all best,

Arnoud Visser, director Huizinga Institute
Annelien Krul, coordinator Huizinga Institute

Postponed: Huizinga PhD conference – 30 & 31 March 2020, Dominicanenklooster Huissen

Date: 30 & 31 March 2020
Venue: Dominicanenklooster Huissen
Open to: PhD candidates and RMA-students (exclusive for Huizinga members)
ECTS, only for PhD candidates: 3 (with presentation), 1 (auditor)

Registration: Huizinga staff members, ReMa students and PhD candidates of all years are more than welcome to join this conference as auditors. Register here

Third-year PhD candidates who are members of the Huizinga Instituut present (a part of) their research at this conference. Their talks will be discussed by co-referents (who have been invited by the candidates themselves) and the audience.



Monday 30 March 2020

Chair: Prof. dr. Arnoud Visser


10:15                    Welcome and introduction

10:30                    Workshop by Griet Coupé

                                How to give Effective Feedback

 11:30                    Sam de Schutter (Leiden University)
‘From a liability into an asset’: Transnational entanglements of disability and development in Tanzania, 1940s-1980s
Referent: Dr. Walter Nkwi Gam (UL)

12:30                    Lunch

13:45                    Larissa Schulte Nordholt (Leiden University)
What Is an African Historian? Negotiating Scholarly Personae in UNESCO’S General History of Africa
Referent: Dr. Walter Nkwi Gam (UL)

14:45                    Ayşenur Korkmaz (University of Amsterdam)
‘Sacred’ Journeys ‘Sacred’ Destinations: Ottoman-Armenian Roots Tourism in Eastern Turkey
Referent: prof. dr. Irene Stengs (VU)

15:45                    Coffee and tea

16:00                    Paul Hulsenboom (Radboud University)
Danzig Poets on Dutch Politics: The Place and Function of ‘Dutch’ Topics in Seventeenth-Century Poetry from Danzig
Referent: dr. Dirk van Miert (UU)

17:00                    Cora van de Poppe (Utrecht University)
Reader Management in P.C. Hooft’s Prose: Material and Linguistic Approaches
Referent: Prof. dr. Johan Koppenol (VU)

18:00                    Drinks and dinner


Tuesday 31 March 2020

                                Chair: Fons Meijer MA

 10:15                    Desiree Krikken (University of Groningen)
How to observe the landscape? The consolidation of a rhetoric of utility in early modern land surveying texts
Referent: TBA

11:15                   Frank Birkenholz (University of Groningen)
A ferocious paper consumer: the VOC’s acquisition and distribution of paper
Referent: TBA

12:15                    Lunch

13:45                    Renske Hoff (University of Groningen)
Transformative reading: the dynamic connection between early printed Bibles (1522-1546) and their readers
Referent: prof. dr. August den Hollander (VU)

14:45                    Didi van Trijp (Leiden University)
Marcus Élieser Bloch’s Fish Collection and the Politics of Preservation in Eighteenth-Century Europe
Referent: prof. dr. Wijnand Mijnhardt (UU)

15:45                    Coffee and tea

16:00                    Berrie van der Molen (Utrecht University)
Talking XTC: Tracing the discursive formation of ecstasy in current affairs programs on Radio 1
Referent: Dr. Alec Badenoch (UU)

17:00                    Anne van Veen (Utrecht University)
E is for Ethics? The Formation of Animal Experimental Committees in the Netherlands
Referent: Dr. Frans Stafleu (UU)

18:00                    Drinks