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Registration for Posthumus Research Master courses open until 6 January 2023
Up for a challenge? Registration for three Research Master courses of the N.W. Posthumus Institute is still open until 6 January 2023:

Please inform your students about this great opportunity or download the brochure as pdf.
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.
New book publication by Maarten Prak and Jan Luiten van Zanden
Posthumus fellows emeritus Professors Maarten Prak and Jan Luiten Zanden have published a new book with Princeton University Press, entitled Pioneers in Capitalism: The Netherlands 1000-1800. Drawing on the latest quantitative theories in economic research, Maarten Prak and Jan Luiten van Zanden show how Dutch cities, corporations, guilds, commons, and other private and semipublic organizations provided safeguards for market transactions in the state’s absence. Informal institutions developed in the Netherlands long before the state created public safeguards for economic activity. 
PhD Defence Bas Machielsen (Utrecht University, 18 January 2023)
On 18 january 2023, Posthumus alumnus Bas Machielsen will defend his thesis ‘The Political Elite, Self-Interest and Democratization’, in which he examines the influence of self-interest on the decision-making of political elites, at Utrecht University. Machielsen focuses on the Dutch political elite of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a period of economic growth and democratisation. Not only the wealth of MPs is examined, but also that of ministers and provincial deputies. Machielsen shows that politicians prioritised their own wealth when voting on bills that directly affected them. By looking at variations in expected inheritance, he shows that the link is casual. Promotors are Professor Oscar Gelderblom (University of Antwerp / Utrecht University) and Professor Abe de Jong (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam). The defence can also be attended via livestream.
Save the date: Valedictory lecture Professor Kees Mandemakers
Posthumus fellow emeritus Professor Kees Mandemakers, professor of Large Historical Databases at Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, will present his public valedictory lecture on Friday 20 January 2023, entitled ‘“You Really Got Me”. Development and Future of Historical Databases with Microdata’. The ceremony will begin at 16:00 hours promptly in the Aula, Erasmus (A) building, of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. If you are unable to attend in person, you can also watch the valedictory lecture via livestream. The reception will take place in the same building afterwards.
Save the date: Inaugural lecture Professor Tine De Moor
On 17 February 2023, Professor Tine De Moor, will hold her inaugural lecture, accepting the chair Social Enterprise & Institutions for Collective Action at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Professor De Moor’s inaugural address will be preceded at 11:00 on the same day by a public seminar with international scholars presenting their research results as solutions to tackle societal challenges. Both events are open to the public, but prior registration is required.
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!
  Posthumus Events
Conference 'Agrarian capitalism in the preindustrial Low Countries: Local, regional and global dimensions' (Amsterdam, 16 June 2023) - Call for contributions
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. Deadline for abstracts is 16 December 2022.
  Other events
Conference ‘Changing Businesses for Good: Activist interventions in the Age of Environmental Catastrophe’ (Amsterdam, 19-20 December 2022)
On 19 and 20 December 2022, the International Conference ‘Changing Businesses for Good: Activist interventions in the Age of Environmental Catastrophe’ will take place at Amsterdam University Library. Keynote speakers will be Professor Adam Rome (University of Buffalo) and Ann Pettifor. Among the other speakers will be Posthumus PhD student Claudia Hacke. This conference investigates the specific ideas and practices which social movements use to achieve a transition to a more sustainable economic system. Participation is free of charge, but prior registration is requested.
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 ‘Making Households Count’ (Rome, 6 and 7 July 2023) - Call for proposals
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. Paper proposals for this conference on household income diversification, the combination of textile/craft work and/or other crafts and services with other forms of labour and more generally on gender relations and labour allocation between different generations are welcome, the deadline for abstracts is 15 January 2023.
5th Conference of the European Society on Historical Demography (Nijmegen, 30 August-2 September 2023) - Call for proposals
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’. Researchers are invited to propose individual papers or complete session proposals (3 to 5 papers). The (extended) deadline is 24 December 2022.
Conference 'Maritime solidarity: Past and present' (Amsterdam, 22-23 September 2023) - Call for contributions
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. Academic participants should send in proposals for papers by 1 December. As the organisers also wish to make space for an active dialogue between people studying maritime solidarity in the past and practitioners of maritime solidarity in the present (including, for example, migrant rescue workers, maritime trade unionists, stop the boat campaigners, and more), non-academics who would be interested in joining the conference on the basis of their involvement in present-day maritime solidarity are also invited to join and to write a short e-mail to the conference organizers explaining the nature of their work.
  Job positions
  PhD programme European University Institute – open for applications 1 November 2022-1 January 2023

Redacteur (onbezoldigd) (Tijdschrift Historica) – deadline 1 januari 2023

Medewerker Communicatie, tevens webredacteur (KNHG) – deadline 8 January 2023

Johan Huizinga Fellowship (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam) – deadline 9 January 2023

Student-assistenten GLOBALISE (Huygens Instituut - KNAW) – deadline 20 januari 2023

University Lecturer in Carribean History (Leiden University) – deadline 27 January 2023
  Call for contributions Conference 'Agrarian capitalism in the preindustrial Low Countries : Local, regional, and global dimensions' - deadline 16 December 2022

Call for proposals 5th Conference of The European Society of Historical Demography – extended deadline 24 December 2022

Nominaties Keetje Hodshon Prijs voor recent gepromoveerden (KHMW) – deadline 12 januari 2023

Call for proposals Conference 'Making households count' - deadline 25 January 2023
  And last but not least...
The N.W. Posthumus Institute wishes you happy holidays!
Photo: Deaconesses and apprentice nurses celebrating the last Christmas at the old Deaconesses Hospital (Diakonessenhuis), Oudegracht 419-421, before moving to the new (and current) location at the Bosboom Toussaintstraat in Utrecht, December 1928. Photo by unknown photographer, Public Domain license. Het Utrechts Archief, Beeldmateriaal van het Diakonessenhuis, toegangsnummer 1812, 24.

The staff of the N.W. Posthumus Institute wishes you pleasant Christmas holidays and a wonderful New Year!

Kind regards,
Jessica Dijkman, Rogier van Kooten, René van Weeren and Midas van de Weetering.

Because of Christmas Holidays we will be out of office from 23 December 2022 until 9 January
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