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Succesful PhD defence alumna Mayra Murkens
On 31 January 2023, Posthumus alumna Mayra Murkens succesfully defended her PhD thesis ‘Unequal paths to the grave? Time lags and inequalities in the Dutch health transition, the case of Maastricht, 1864-1955’ at the University of Maastricht. Mayra’s research focusses upon the health transition in Maastricht during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The research is part of a joint project from Maastricht University and the Center for the Social History of Limburg (Dutch: Sociaal Historisch Centrum Limburg, SHCL). Her supervisors were Professor Angélique Janssens and Dr Willibrord Rutten.
Phd Defence Posthumus alumnus Luc Bulten
On 20 April 2023, Posthumus alumnus Luc Bulten will publicly defend his dissertation titled ‘Reconsidering Colonial Registration. Social Histories of Lives, Land, and Labour in Eighteenth-Century Sri Lanka’. Luc’s dissertation considers roughly a century and a half of Sri Lanka’s history, with special attention for the second half of the eighteenth century. This thesis shows that registration processes, and bureaucratisation in general, were anything but unidirectional developments. Local actors, customs, and categories each had a significant impact on the way people’s lives, land, and labour were documented. The ceremony will be held at the Auditorium of the Radboud University, but can also be followed via a livestream.
Save the date: Inaugural lecture Professor Hilde Bras
On 26 May 2023, Professor Hilde Bras, Professor of Economic and Social History with special attention to Global Demography and Health at the History Department of the University of Groningen, will deliver her inaugural lecture. More details will follow in due time, but do already save the date!
Save the date: Inaugural lecture Professor Pepijn Brandon
On 26 May 2023, at 15:45, Professor Pepijn Brandon, will deliver his inaugural lecture as Professor of Global Economic and Social History in the Aula of the VU Amsterdam. The working title of the lecture is: 'Chief momenta of original accumulation: Dispossession, war, and slavery in the history of capitalism'. More details will follow in due time, but do already save the date!
New publication: ‘The World and the Netherlands: A global history from a Dutch Perspective’
On 23 February, Bloomsbury will launch its new publication The World and the Netherlands. A global history from a Dutch Perspective, authored by renowned historians and Posthumus fellows emeritus Professor Marjolein ‘t Hart, Professor Manon van der Heijden, emeritus Professor Karel Davids, Dr Jeroen Touwen, Professor Leo Lucassen and Professor Lex Heerma van Voss). This is the first book to examine the history of the country in a way that connects global processes to local developments. Taking account of social, political and economic dynamics over the last thousand years, the book addresses key questions that get to the heart of the Netherlands’ role in the world, both historically and in more recent times.
  Posthumus Events
Masterclass Dr Céline Regnard – ‘A place in the city. Migrant police, policy & housing in the 19th and 20th centuries’ (Antwerp, 10 May 2023)
The Centre for Urban History at the University of Antwerpin collaboration with the N.W. Posthumus Institute is hosting the masterclass ‘A place in the city. Migrant police, policy & housing in the 19th and 20th centuries’, delivered by Dr. Céline Regnard (Aix-Marseille Université) on 10 May 2023 at the University of Antwerp. The aim of the masterclass is to discuss (post-)doctoral research on the place of migrants in the 19th and 20th century city through 3 interlinked perspectives: police, policy and housing. During the masterclass a maximum of 5 participants can present their work through a short presentation (c. 10 minutes). Early Career Researchers working on migration in the nineteenth and twentieth century are invited to apply by sending an abstract before 24 March 2023.
Conference 'Agrarian capitalism in the preindustrial Low Countries: Local, regional and global dimensions' (Amsterdam, 16 June 2023)
Posthumus students Bram Hilkens (PhD candidate at Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Sam Miske (PhD candidate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), with support by the Posthumus Institute research network ‘Economy and Society of the Pre-Industrial Low Countries in Comparative Perspective’, the NWO-funded VIDI projects ‘Positively Shocking! The Redistributive Impact of Mass Mortality through Epidemic Diseases and Violent Conflict in Early Modern Northwest Europe’ and ‘Land Grabbing and Dutch Empire (16-18th century)’, and the International Institute of Social History (IISH), are organising the workshop ‘Agrarian Capitalism in the Preindustrial Low Countries : Local, Regional, and Global Dimensions’ at the International Institute of Social History in June 2023. For this workshop, papers on agrarian capitalism in the preindustrial Low Countries and related areas, such as border regions and colonies under the Dutch Empire, are welcomed.
Save the date: Posthumus RDC to be held on 25-27 September 2023 at University of Vienna
The N.W. Posthumus Institute is happy to announce that the Posthumus Research Design Course will be held on 25-27 September 2023 in Vienna, Austria. The 2023 RDC will be hosted by the University of Vienna under the guidance of Professor Annemarie Steidl. Although part of the N.W. Posthumus Institute Basic PhD Training Programme and being coordinated in the Netherlands by the Education Programme Director of the NWP, the RDC, organised in close cooperation with partners from the ESTER network, is also open to PhD students from all over Europe. However, enrollment for these students not participating in the Posthumus PhD Training Programme enrollment is limited and based on selection through a competitive application process. Participants will be selected on the progress of their research projects and the quality of their proposals. More details will follow in due time.
  Other events
Lecture Prof. Marjoleine Kars: 'Multiple Crossings: Black Biographies in the Dutch Atlantic' (Amsterdam, 28 February 2023)
On 28 February Marjoleine Kars, emerita Professor at MIT, will hold a lecture at the IISH. Professor Kars is composing a biography of two African men, Accara and Gousarie, who were caught up in Dutch slavery and colonialism during the Age of Revolution. Leaders in the 1763 Berbice slave rebellion, they next served as slave hunters, army drummers in the Dutch Republic, and Maroon fighters in Suriname. Defying easy characterization, the pair were victims, perpetrators, resisters, and collaborators – sequentially and, at times, simultaneously. This talk will detail Professor Kars' research findings to date and raise questions about how to write the biographies of people forced to shape-shift across boundaries and allegiances and whose presence in the archives is equally slippery. Participation is free of charge and open to all interested, prior registration via e-mail however is appreciated.
Workshop ‘Framing Statistics? Medical History meets Historical Demography’ (Nijmegen, 10 March 2023)
On 10 March 2023, the History Health and Healing network will organise a workshop where the networks meets with historical demography. The keynote lecture will be delivered by Dr Evelien Walhout, Assistant Professor in Economic and Social History at Leiden University. The programme contains sessions covering a range of topics where medical historians and historical demographers can learn from each other. Confirmed speakers are Dr Leo van Bergen, Professor Gemma Blok, Dr Daniel Curtis, Professor Ralf Futselaar, emeritus Professor Johan Mackenbach, Dr Mayra Murkens, Dr Paul Puschmann, Björn Quanjer MA and Martijn van der Meer MSc. Participation is free of charge and open to all interested, prior registration via e-mail however is appreciated.
Symposium ‘Lives in slavery: Exploring the slave registers of Suriname and Curacao, 1830-1863’ – (Nijmegen (hybrid), 16 March 2023)
The research group Historical Database of Suriname and Curacao (HDSC) at Radboud University Nijmegen published the first releases of the Surinamese and the Curacao slave registers, in which the individual enslaved persons are linked between different series and owners. To celebrate this milestone, the HDSC organises a one-day research symposium in Nijmegen on 16 March 2023 to explore the research possibilities of these newly released datasets. The aims of the symposium are to intensify the research on lives of enslaved individuals from a cultural, social, legal, and demographic history perspective and to facilitate partnerships and future comparative work on the history of slavery in tropical societies in the decades before emancipation in 1863. Participants can join this symposium either on campus or online. Prior registration however is required..
Seminar series on ‘History of Medicine and Health’ (online, February-May 2023)
The Groningen Centre for Health and Humanities and the Research Centre for Historical Studies of the University of Groningen jointly organise an online seminar series on ‘History of Medicine and Health’. The series consist of four separate online monthly seminars (February-May 2023) and will be concluded by the inaugural lecture delivered by Professor Hilde Bras on 26 May 2023. Scheduled are: Dr Tizian Zumthurm (University of Bern), Dr Samuël Coghe (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Dr James Akpu (Dublin City University) and Professor Sowande’ Mustakeem (Washington University in St. Louis). All seminars will be hosted via Zoom 16:00-17:00 CET. Download poster for further details.
European Social Science History Conference 2023 (Gothenburg, Sweden, 12-15 April 2023)
The 14th European Social Science History Conference is organized by the IISH in co-operation with the University of Gothenburg, in Gothenburg, Sweden and will take place on 12-15 April 2023. Please note this is a postponed date for the conference originally intended for 2022. The aim of the ESSHC is bringing together scholars interested in explaining historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences. The conference is characterized by a lively exchange in many small groups, rather than by formal plenary sessions. The conference welcomes papers and sessions on any historical topic and any historical period. It is organized in 27 thematic networks. The call for proposals has already closed.
Call for Special Issue proposals The History of the Family - deadline 17 April 2023
The peer-reviewed journal The History of the Family is soliciting special issue proposals on timely and understudied topics within family history and historical demography. The editors are open to proposals focusing on both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and have no chronological limitations. In particular articles on research across various cultures and societies in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim, in addition to Europe, the United States and Canada are welcome. While firmly rooted in history, the journal is interdisciplinary; its contributions can focus on demography, sociology, economy and health as they relate to historical developments in family and the life course.Next to original research articles, research notes – which include position papers, methodological reports, replication studies, descriptions of databases and other source materials – can also be part of special issues.
Conference ‘Making Households Count’ (Rome, 6 and 7 July 2023)
On 6 and 7 July 2023, the conference ‘Making Households Count’ invite paper proposals will be the closing event for the ERC-funded project ‘Race to the bottom? Family labour, household livelihood and consumption in the relocation of global cotton manufacturing’, led by Professor Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk (Utrecht University). The conference will be hosted by the Koninklijke Nederlands Instituut Rome.
Global Conference ‘Legacy of Slavery and Indentured Labour’ 3 (Paramaribo, Surinam, 6-10 June 2023)
Various departments of the Anton de Kom University of Suriname and the Directorate of Culture (Ministry of Education, Science and Culture), organisers of the third conference on the Legacy of Slavery and Indentured Labour welcome proposals for this Global Conference on Slavery, Indentured Labour and their impact on present societies. The aim of the conference is to connect historical specificities of slavery, indentured labour and migration to contemporary issues of globalization, Diaspora, identity formation, interculturalism, nationalism and transnationalism. At the same time the organisers want to promote new perspectives and approaches in the study of forced and free migration and their impact on the society. By bringing scholars together from various parts of the world – senior scholars as well as new promising talents – they hope to stimulate exchange of ideas, set up new networks and strengthen existing ones. A registration fee applies for participants.
IASC2023 Conference ‘The Commons We Want: Between Historical Legacies and Future Collective Actions’ (Nairobi, Kenya, 19-24 June 2023)
The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) will be holding its 2023 Conference in Nairobi, Kenya from 19-24 June 2023. The theme of IASC2023 will be 'The commons We Want: Between Historical Legacies and Future Collective Action'. The conference provides a much-needed link to future-oriented research and practice perspective with a look back, since many legal and structural legacies predetermine possible development pathways. This reflection shall help to position the commons debate in the context of the Agenda 2030 and contribute to making the transformation towards the SDGs a more commons-oriented and participatory endeavor.
Conference ‘Gender discrimination in Modern Greece’ (Athens, 26 June 2023) - Call for proposals
On 26 June 2023, the single-day Conference ‘Gender discrimination in Modern Greece’ will be held at conference, to be held at the Norwegian Institute at Athens. Recent research not only argues that female infanticide and the mortal neglect of female infants was more common in Modern Greece than previously acknowledged, but also that Greek parents continued to treat boys and girls differently throughout childhood (in terms of food and care). These discriminatory practices, arising from a strong son preference and girls’ inferior status, therefore unduly increased female mortality rates early in life and resulted in a significant number of ‘missing girls’ during the 19th century and the fist decades of the 20th century. Proposals for contributions should be submitted by 1 April 2023.
5th Conference of the European Society on Historical Demography (Nijmegen, 30 August-2 September 2023)
From 30 August until and including 2 September 2023, Radboud University Nijmegen will be hosting the 5th Conference of the European Society on Historical DemographyDemographic thought has been, and still is, heavily influenced by the Malthusian discourse that insisted on the differences be-tween Europeans and the others, and the superiority of the former over the latter. Conversely, almost two centuries later the nuclear hardship theory suggested a greater efficiency of the complex family systems over the nuclear model predominant in Europe. It is now time for new approaches that challenge the past narratives. New approaches that, instead of binary oppositions and hypothetical hierarchies, consider equally similarities and dissimilarities, recognize the ambiguity of borders, reciprocal influences, and the importance not only of external but also internal diversity within the compared populations. With this in mind, the 5th ESHD conference leading theme is ‘The Challenge of Comparing Across Space and Time’.
Conference 'Maritime solidarity: Past and present' (IISH, Amsterdam, 22-23 September 2023)
On 22 and 23 September 2023, the two-day conference 'Maritime solidarity: Past and present' will be held in Amsterdam. The organisers, Posthumus board member Professor Pepijn Brandon (VU Amsterdam/IISH), Dr Niklas Frykman, Professor Marcus Rediker (both University of Pittsburgh), and Professor and activist Nandita Sharma (University of Hawai‘i at Manoa)) invite paper proposals. Papers can cover any period between roughly 1500 and the present, any group of people challenging authority from below, and all the world’s river systems, seas, and oceans.
Conference ‘Food, Rules and the City’ (Brussels, 16-17 November 2023)
On 16 and 17 November 2023, Posthumus alumni Dennis De Vriese (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Nicholas Brunmayr (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and Robin Rose Southard (VUB) organise an international conference, entitled ‘Food, Rules and the City: Food Market Regulations and Their Social and Political Dynamics (15th-20th C.)’. Through its wide chronological and geographical scope, the conference seeks to confront different methodologies to study the ever-present matter of food market regulation as well as different approaches of various historical actors, institutions, and contexts in handling enduring concerns. Proposals should be submitted by 15 April 2023, a registration fee applies.
  Job positions
  Assistant Professor Economic and Social History (Utrecht University) – deadline 26 February 2023

PhD position ‘Roots and routes to migrants’ economic participation in the Netherlands’ (Utrecht University) – deadline 1 March 2023

Hoogleraar Geschiedenis van de Sociale Zekerheid (0,2 fte; Universiteit Utrecht) – deadline 6 maart 2023

PhD Position Netherlands’ Globally Entangled History of Edible Oils (Eindhoven University of Technology) – deadline 22 March 2023

Professor of Dutch History (University of Amsterdam) – deadline 23 March 2023
  Call for papers Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis Themanummer ‘De oogst van corona’ – deadline 28 februari 2023

Call for papers Work and Wellbeing in History FRESH Meeting – deadline 10 March 2023

Nominaties ESM-Proefschriftprijs Interdisciplinariteit – deadline 15 maart 2023

Call for abstracts Masterclass Dr Céline Regnard – ‘A place in the city. Migrant police, policy & housing in the 19th and 20th centuries’ – deadline 24 March 2023

Call for proposals Conference ‘Gender discrimination in Modern Greece’ – deadline 1 April 2023

Call for papers Conference 'Food, Rules and the City’ – deadline 15 April 2023

Call for Special Issue proposals journal The History of the Family – deadline 17 April 2023
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