Winnaar Scriptieprijs 2018-2019 bekend!

De jury, bestaande uit Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis, Karen Hollewand en Christophe Madelein, heeft besloten Tim van Polanen uit te roepen tot laureaat van de Scriptieprijs 2019 voor zijn eindverhandeling ‘Hermanus Noordkerk (1702-1771): een onderzoek naar de beroemdste Amsterdamse advocaat in de achttiende eeuw’ (Universiteit Leiden, master geschiedenis, begeleider: Prof. dr. Judith Pollmann). De jury roemt de originaliteit van het onderwerp en de vraagstelling over advocatuur in de 18de eeuw alsook de excellente uitwerking van de onderzoeksvragen. De studie is zowel analytisch als historisch breed en combineert historische vaardigheden met juridisch-inhoudelijke kennis van zaken. Het is een gedegen onderzoek waarbij de kritische omgang met zowel primaire als secundaire bronnen opvalt. Tim van Polanen slaagt erin een eigen positie in te nemen.

CfP: ‘Dealing with disasters’ (deadline 1 juni 2020)

Nowadays, we are constantly confronted with frantic reports on natural calamities. Major news outlets describe the potentially cataclysmic effects of the latest forest fires, floods, and storms – and due to the ongoing climate crisis, extreme weather events can be expected to have ever greater impacts on our lives. If we are left wondering how we should deal with these disasters, we should also acknowledge that natural calamities have always occurred and have affected human experience in myriad ways.
For many centuries, news about catastrophic events has been disseminated via media such as pamphlets, chronicles, poems, and prints. This conference seeks to address the cultural representations that reflected and shaped the ways in which people learned and thought about disasters that occurred either nearby or far away, both in time and space.

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Thijssen-Schoute MA scriptieprijs 2020

The Dr. C. Louise Thijssen-Schoute Foundation is soliciting nominations for the 2020 award for the best MA-thesis on early modern Dutch intellectual history. Established in 1961, Louise Thijssen-Schoute Foundation aims to encourage research in the history of ideas of the early modern Netherlands. According to the will of Dr. Thijssen-Schoute – the author of an influential work on Dutch Cartesianism – financial support could be given to projects and publications conferences devoted to the emergence and dissemination of new philosophical ideas, as well as the intersections of literature and science in the seventeenth- and early eighteenth century. Moreover, the Foundation recently has established special chairs at VU University Amsterdam and the Radboud University Nijmegen.

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Call for Papers Jaarcongres Werkgroep 18e Eeuw “Making sense of finance” (deadline 31 maart)

Conference date: October 15, 2020
Location: Amsterdam
Submission deadline: March 31, 2020

2020 marks the 300-year anniversary of the 1720 South Sea Bubble, a turning point in the history of finance. Starting in France, England and the Low Countries, the bubbles left their mark on Europe and beyond. They also sparked a wide public debate on the value and dangers of speculation. Far more than a financial incident, the bubbles prompted all kinds of cultural anxiety. The many pamphlets, plays and prints, some of which were collected in The Great Mirror of Folly, attest to this and served not only to ridicule, but also to make sense of finance.

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CfP: ‘Exploring interdisciplinary approaches to songs and practices of singing (1200-today)’ (deadline 20 dec.)

THALIA en het Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotion and Sensory Studies nodigen onderzoekers uit om deel te nemen aan het congres ‘Exploring interdisciplinary approaches to songs and practices of singing (1200-today)’ dat op 1-3 maart 2020 te Ghent zal plaatsvinden. Onderstaand de Call for Papers:

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