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Annual Posthumus Conference (Antwerp, 24-25 May) Keynote by Dr Suzan Flavin on 'Food Inequalities'
The N.W. Posthumus Institute is happy to announce that the keynote lecture of the Annual Posthumus 2023 conference will be delivered by Dr Susan Flavin, Associate Professor of History at Trinity College Dublin. The theme of this year's conference, to be held on 24-25 May 2023 at the University of Antwerp, will be 'Food Inequalities'. Dr Flavin received an ERC Starting Grant (2019) as Principle Investigator for the project FOODCULT ((Food, Culture and Identity in Ireland c. 1550-1650). Her research concentrates on the history of trade, consumption and material culture in Early Modern Britain and Ireland and is grounded in interdisciplinary approaches to history and she teaches on topics such as the social and cultural history of food and drink, and gender and domesticity in Early Modern Britain and Ireland.
ERC Starting Grant awarded to Dr Fenneke Sysling
Dr Fenneke Sysling, one of the research directors of the Posthumus Research Network ‘Routes and Roots in Colonial and Global History’ was recently awarded an ERC Starting Grant for her research on what medical ethics was like in colonial times. In her research, she focuses on medical experiments carried out in colonised areas without the explicit consent of the test subject. Data are collected from historical medical records. Questions on the unequal balance of power between coloniser and the local population, as well on the current use of data collected in the past without consent, will be addressed.
Research Grant Swedish Reserach Council awarded to Dr Daniel Gallardo Albarrán and Professor Jutta Bolt
Posthumus Fellows Dr Daniel Gallardo Albarrán (Wageningen UR) and Professor Jutta Bolt (University of Groningen and Lund University) were awarded a research grant of c. 400,000 euro by the Swedish Research Council for their project proposal ‘Unhealthy development: the origins of health inequalities in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1900-1960’. Co-applicant was Dr Jeanne Cillier of Lund University. The objective of this project is to investigate the uneven establishment of healthcare and sanitation in colonial Africa, ca 1900-1960. Using largely unexplored primary sources for both former British and French colonies, this research will map and explain the spatial and temporal distribution of healthcare and sanitation infrastructures during the first half of the 20th century, when state-funded healthcare was established on the continent.
Succesful PhD defence alumnus Sam Geens
On 23 January 2023, Posthumus alumnus Sam Geens (University of Antwerp) succesfully defended his doctoral thesis Een Gouden Eeuw voor arbeid? Inkomen en rijkdom voor en na de Zwarte Dood in de Zuidelijke Nederlanden en de Florentijnse Republiek (1275-1550). Supervisors were Professors Tim Soens, Bruno Blondé, and Peter Stabel. Thanks to a comparison between the Republic of Florence and the Southern Low Countries, Geens shows that the plague pandemic did not result in a universal increase in living standards. In the last-mentioned region, the income and wealth of most households reached unprecedented heights because of a type of industrious revolution. In stark contrast, such a positive evolution was absent in the Republic of Florence outside the capital.
Inaugural lecture Professor Tine De Moor
On 17 February 2023, Professor Tine De Moor, will hold her inaugural lecture 'Shakeholder society? Social Enterprises, citizens and collective action in the community economy', accepting the chair Social Enterprise & Institutions for Collective Action at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. The ceremony will start promptly at 16:00 hrs in the Aula of the university (Erasmus building), Burgemeester Oudlaan 50 Rotterdam. Those wanting to attend the lecture in person, are asked to register, the lecture will also be broadcast via live-stream.
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!
Publication and database on merchant's letters available
Posthumus fellow Dr Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz (University of Amsterdam) and emeritus Professor Stuart Jenks (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg) are the editors of Message in a Bottle: Merchants’ letters, merchants’ marks and conflict management in 1533-34. A source edition, published this fall with Brepols. The publication is based on a batch of merchants’ letters to be delivered from Antwerp to London that reached its destination, but ended up as part of a booty taken in the English Channel in August of 1533 by Lübeck privateers, only to be opened again in a Hanseatic archive almost 500 years later. The book is available as open access online publication with Brepols. In addition, the database this publication is based on, is also available online.
  Posthumus Events
Call for Papers - Summer School Socioeconomic Diplomacy and Global Empire Building (16th-19th c.) - deadline abstracts 15 February 2023
On 26-28 June, 2023, Leiden University’s Institute for History will host a summer school on Socioeconomic diplomacy and global empire building, 16th-19th centuries, in collaboration with the N.W. Posthumus Institute and the Global Diplomacy Network. The summer school will bring together approximately 10-15 advanced students or young academics and a team of experts at the crossroads of (new) diplomatic history, the history of empires, and global history. We will discuss and present content, historiography, concepts and methodology in these innovative fields. We aim for a stimulating programme consisting of lectures, interactive workshops, and thorough discussions of the participants’ work. Applicants should submit a (short) cv and a 500 word abstract of their paper by 15 February 2023.
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 open to PhD students from all over Europe. However, 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.
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 for 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.
  Other events
Symposium ‘From science to society: evidence-based lessons for (cooperative) social enterprises’ (Rotterdam, 17 February 2023)
Preceding the inaugural lecture by Professor Tine De Moor, the Research Team Institutions for Collective Action, based at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, organises the Symposium: ‘From science to society: evidence-based lessons for (cooperative) social enterprises’. The team has invited eleven fellow-scientists from various universities and different disciplines to talk about their research findings. What is the meaning of their research for society, particularly for citizen collectives, commons, and cooperative social enterprises. What insights from science can people put into practice on a daily basis? The team kindly invites you to attend the symposium. Prior registration (free of charge) is requested.
Research School Political History Seminar ‘Applied History and Current Affairs’ (Amsterdam, 24 February 2023 - register before 2 February 2023)
On 24 February 2023, the Research School Political History (RSPH) organises the seminar ‘Applied History and Current Affairs’. This seminar has a dual goal. First of all, it invites PhD candidates to reflect on the links between their research project, their research methodologies, and current affairs. Second, in interaction with people working in the sphere of policy-making, heritage, the press and think tanks candidates reflect on how they can develop methods of ‘applied history’, how their research can be considered ‘usable history’ for others outside academia, and/or how they may present their academic skills and knowledge to the world beyond academia, also with an eye towards their post-PhD-career. Application deadline: 2 February 2023, download the leaflet for full details.
European Social Science History Conference 2023 (Gothenburg, Sweden, 12-15 April 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.
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.
Conference ‘Making Households Count’ (Rome, 6 and 7 July 2023) - EXTENDED deadline 30 January 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. The deadline for submitting paper proposals has been extended until 30 January 2023 (notwithstanding the original date mentioned in the original call).
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.
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.
  Job positions
  University Lecturer in Carribean History (Leiden University) – deadline 27 January 2023

Onderzoeksmedewerker project Arbeidsinspectie (IISG-KNAW) - deadline 5 februari 2023

BHIC Fellowships voor recent (<3 jaar) afgestudeerden – deadline 15 februari 2023

PhD Verzekeraars en slavernij: Assurantie Compagnie van 1771 (IISG) – deadline 21 februari 2023

Assistant Professor Economic and Social History (Utrecht University) – deadline 26 February 2023 (final and full text available after 30 January 2023)

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

Professor of Dutch History (University of Amsterdam) – deadline 23 March 2023
  Call for papers Conference ‘Making Households Count’ – EXTENDED deadline 30 January 2023

Research School Political History Seminar ‘Applied History and Current Affairs’ – deadline 2 February 2023

Call for proposals Conference ‘Migration and Societal Change’ – deadline 5 February 2023

Call for papers Summer school Socioeconomic diplomacy and global empire building, 16th-19th centuries – deadline abstracts 15 February 2023

Call for papers Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis Themanummer ‘De oogst van corona’ – deadline 28 februari 2023

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

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