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Succesfull Posthumus Conference 2023 in Antwerpen; next Conference 23-24 May 2024 in Leeuwarden!
On 24 and 25 May 2023, the Posthumus Conference 2023 was held at the University of Antwerp. This year’s central theme was ‘Food Inequalities’, a thema that was also the main topic of two highly interesting keynote lectures, delivered by Dr Susan Flavin (Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin and Principal Investigator of the ERC Funded Project FoodCult and emeritus Professor Peter Scholliers (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). The conference comprised presentations of PhDs currently involved in the PhD Training Programme of the N.W. Posthumus Institute as well as meetings and presentations of the Research networks of the N.W. Posthumus Institute. The N.W. Posthumus Institute wants to express its warmest thanks to all participants, but particularly to our keynotes and the hosts team at Antwerp University, Professor Tim Soens and Dr Stef Espeel for making this conference such a wonderful event. The N.W. Posthumus Institute staff hopes to see you all at the Posthumus Conference 2024, which will be held on 23 and 24 May 2024 and will be hosted by the Fryske Akademy in Leeuwarden.
Extended deadline Call for abstracts Posthumus RDC at University of Vienna - deadline 1 July 2023
The N.W. Posthumus Institute has extended the deadline for the call for abstracts for the 2023 Posthumus Research Design Course, to be 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. The new deadline has been set at 1 July 2023.
PhDs cohort 2021 succesfully completed Basic Training Programme
We are happy to inform you the recent Posthumus Conference in Antwerp also marked the completion of the Basic PhD Training Programme of the N.W. Posthumus Institute for most PhD students of cohort 2021. Those attending the conference were handed their certificate during the conference dinner, those who completed the programme at another event, will receive their certificate by mail. The staff of the N.W. Posthumus Institute congratulates the PhD students with achieving this result!
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FWO Grant awarded to Stef Espeel
On 24 May 2023, Posthumus alumnus and fellow Stef Espeel was awarded a FWO Research Grant for junior postdoc researchers. Stef Espeel, having obtained his PhD from the University of Antwerp in 2021 with a dissertation entitled “Prices and Crises. The Grain Economy in Fourteenth-Century Flanders”, currently works as a postdoctoral senior researcher with the Department of History of the University of Antwerp. His research focus lies with the topic of plague in the late Middle Ages at the University of Antwerp. With the FWO fellowships, the FWO wants to support researchers in developing an independent, international research career. They will receive funding for three years. The Posthumus staff congratulates Stef with his grant.
Project Great Leap Network Radboud University selected as COST-Action
the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) has chosen the Great Leap Network, a research initiative led by Radboud University with Posthumus fellows Professor Angelique Janssens and Dr Tim Riswick as main proposers, as a COST-Action. Over the next four years, the network aims to unravel the historical origins and driving factors behind health inequalities across regions and countries in Europe and beyond. This multidisciplinary endeavor comes at a crucial time, with persistent health disparities and recent events like the COVID-19 pandemic underscoring the urgent need for comprehensive research, insights, and action. The N.W. Posthumus Institute congratulates the proposers with this recognition.
Book launch – New publication by Posthumus alumna Janna Everaert 
On 5 June 2023, Posthumus alumna Dr Janna Everaert, now affiliated as postdoc researcher with the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, will present the first copy of the book 'Macht in de metropool: Politieke elitevorming tijdens de demografische en economische bloeifase van Antwerpen (ca. 1400-1550)', published with Amsterdam University Press, to the mayor of the City of Antwerp, Mr. Bart De Wever. The book .Macht in de Metropool reconstructs the compositions of Antwerp’s city council between 1400 and 1550. It examines the profile of the different aldermen and mayors and how they evolved over time. Furthermore, the research analyses the real estate investments of this group and their relationship with key groups in society such as the merchants, the nobility, and the central administration.
Inaugural lectures Pepijn Brandon and Hilde Bras
On 26 May 2023 both Pepijn Brandon and Hilde Bras delivered their inaugural lectures. Pepijn Brandon's lecture as Professor of Global Economic and Social History at VU Amsterdam was entitled 'Elements of original accumulation: Dispossession, war, and slavery in the history of capitalism'. Recordings of his lecture are available online. Hilde Bras' lecture as Full Professor of Economic & Social History at the University of Groningen was entitled 'African histories of population and health. A plea for an integrated approach'.
PhD Defence Posthumus alumnus Hugo La Poutré
On 5 June 2023, Posthumus alumnus Hugo La Poutré will defend his PhD thesis ‘English population 1086-1377: a modelling approach’ at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. Promotors are Dr Richard Paping and Professor emeritus Maarten Duijvendak, both from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. The defence will also be streamed live. Please note that Hugo has connected his promotion to the charity programme of Tracing (Restoring Family Links), a programme of the international Red Cross to help find lost relatives in case of war, conflicts, natural disaster or migration.
In Memoriam: em. o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Josef Peter Ehmer (1948–2023)
We are sad to have received the notice that Josef Peter Ehmer, emeritus university professor at the University of Vienna and former member of the ESTER network, passed away on 10 May 2023 at the age of 74. Born on 7 November 1948 in Gschwandt near Gmunden, Upper-Austria already became a devoted reader at a young age, as he passed his time recovering from a lengthy disease in his childhood at the city library of Gmunden. After completing his secondary education at the Bundesgymnasium in Gmunden, he started his study in History and German Studies in 1968 at the University of Vienna, a study he successfully completed with a thesis on family structure and organisation of labour in early modern Vienna in 1977. His academic research at that time was also strongly inspired by Michael Mitterauer (1937–2022). In 1995, Josef Ehmer was awarded the Victor-Adler-State Prize for the History of Social Movements. Because of his academic projects and research Josef Ehmer was well known in international academia After numerous international guest professorships, Josef Ehmer was appointed University Professor in General Modern History at the University of Salzburg in 1993; he combined this position wit the positions of Director of the Institute and vice-dean at the same university. In 2005, he was appointed University Professor in Economic and Social History at the University of Vienna, as successor of Michael Mitterauer, a position he held until his retirement in 2015. As a result of his interdisciplinary academic endeavours, Josef Ehmer was became involved in the European graduate School for Training in Economic and social historical Research (ESTER). His contribution to the ESTER events was highly valued. He will be dearly missed. On behalf of the ESTER network, the N.W. Posthumus Institute staff offers sincere condolences to his wife Riki and his family.
  Posthumus Events
Workshop ‘Risk and Entrepreneurship – Old Discussions, Innovative Questions, New Insights’ (Leiden University, 7-8 June 2023)
Posthumus affiliates Gijs Dreijer, Cátia Antunes and their co-organisers Lewis Wade, Mallory Hope, and Maria Fusaro kindly invite participants to join the workshop ‘Risk and Entrepreneurship – Old Discussions, Innovative Questions, New Insights’, to be held at Leiden University on 7 and 8 June 2023. The keynote lecture will be delivered by Professor Anthony Hopkins, Emeritus Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History at Cambridge and an Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College. This workshop brings together experts from the University of Exeter and Leiden University, as well as specialists from across the world, to analyse the historical role of the entrepreneur in a comparative and global-historical perspective, particularly in relationship to the management of risk and uncertainty. Those interested to participate can contact Dr Gijs Dreijer.
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.
Workshop ‘Pioneers of Capitalism in the Low Countries’ (Antwerp, 30 June 2023)
On 30 June 2023, the Center for Urban History of the University of Antwerp and the Antwerp Interdisciplinary Platform for Research into Inequality (AIPRIL), in cooperation with the N.W. Posthumus Institute, will host a workshop that is dedicated to the brand new book by Maarten Prak and Jan Luiten van Zanden, published in 2022 under the title Pioneers of Capitalism: The Netherlands, 1000-1800. To frame the long-term socioeconomic history of the Northern Netherlands, the book employs the terminology of ‘varieties of capitalism’, which revolves around the idea that the balance between market and state differs in time and space. While capitalism in the colonies remained extractive, the intervention of the state in the economy fostered the rise of a resilient and inclusive market economy within the Netherlands. Prak and Van Zanden refer to a group of Flemish historians who recently drew attention to the paradoxical confluence of rising middle classes and increasing social inequality that went hand in hand with economic growth in the Low Countries. This workshop reflects on the ‘varieties of capitalism’ and ‘Low Countries paradox’ concepts and assesses their strengths and limitations for future research into the socioeconomic history of both the Northern and Southern Netherlands.
Workshop 'Towards a Comparative History of Household Finance Before and After the Industrial Revolution' (Antwerp, 20-21 October 2023)
In the Fall of 2023 the Department of History at the University of Antwerp will host the workshop 'Towards a Comparative History of Household Finance Before and After the Industrial Revolution'. The central questions in this workshop are very simple and empirical questions: how did households in the past organize their finances? How did people pay for food, clothing and housing? What did more affluent households do with the money they earned beyond what was needed for primary consumption? And for households living on the edge of subsistence: could they complement financial support from within their social networks with public welfare, private insurance, or more or less costly forms of credit?
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.
  Other events
Launch research website CAPASIA Project
Recently, the CAPASIA (The Asian Origins of Global Capitalism) project has launched its new Research Website where you will find updates and highlights on the project’s activities. CAPASIA is a five-year ERC-funded project hosted at the European University Institute in Florence from 2022 to 2027. The project aspires to provide a polycentric history of early modern capitalism, with the factories of maritime Asia as its focal point. Working with collaborators from across the globe, CAPASIA will produce an extensive body of scholarship and host a variety of events dedicated to its research agenda. The project’s overarching ambition is to construct a website that integrates the archives of the European East India companies with various Asian archival repositories. To that end, the site will serve as the basis for the ‘decolonization’ of the history of capitalism.
Workshop ‘Epidemics in Medieval and Early Modern Western Europe’ (5 June 2023)
Preceding the PhD defence by Hugo La Poutré, the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) and the Scientific Network for Historical Demography (HiDo:) jointly organise the hybrid workshop ‘Epidemics in Medieval and Early Modern Western Europe’. This workshop will be chaired by Dr Anjana Singh and includes presentations by several Posthumus fellows and alumni. The workshop will be held both on location and via a live-stream. No prior registration is required, but please contact organiser Dr Richard Paping to obtain the required links.
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.
Evenement ‘Collectieven en overheid: Genoeg geëxperimenteerd?!’ (Eindhoven, 16 juni 2023)
(because of scope, in Dutch only) Het onderzoeksteam achter het Kennisplatform Collectieve Kracht organiseert op 16 juni in Eindhoven een inspirerende dag waar burgercollectieven en overheid worden samengebracht. Beide partijen hebben in het verleden met elkaar samengewerkt, maar waar zal die samenwerking in de toekomst toe leiden en welke volgende stappen moeten genomen worden? Het evenement begint met een warm welkom door Lukas Held van Collectieve Kracht en Jacques Giesbertz van Europe Direct Eindhoven. Hierop volgen een keynote en tien sessies met elk hun eigen thema’s en sprekers. Het evenement wordt afgesloten met een panel en netwerkborrel. Welkomstconsumpties en consumpties tijdens de netwerkborrel zijn voorzien, de optionele lunch dient zelf betaald te worden. Toegang tot de bijeenkomst is verder vrij, reservering vooraf is echter nodig.
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)
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.
Dutch Caribean Research Week (mainly online, 26 June-2 July 2023)
In the week of 26 June-2 July 2023, NWO will organise the third Dutch Caribbean Research Week (DCRW 2023). The Dutch Caribbean Research Week 2023 is a free annual multiday conference aimed at providing a platform to bring researchers from the Caribbean science community together and will be held online mostly, in order to provide access for as many interested people as possible within and outside The Netherlands. Due to the time difference, the event will take place in the morning for the Caribbean region and in the afternoon for the Netherlands. This year complementary physical events will be organised in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom and in the Netherlands.
Symposium De Hanze: handel, communicatie en conflict ~ Koersen op rijkdom, laveren langs risico (Zutphen, Netherlands, 28-29 June 2023)
On 30 June 2023, various organisations will jointly organise the Symposium De Hanze: handel, communicatie en conflict ~ Koersen op rijkdom, laveren langs risico (transl.: The Hanseatic League: commerce, communication and conflict ~ setting course for wealth, navigating along risks). The Hanseatic League appeals to one’s imagination because of its combination of international cooperation and decisiveness, especially in the light of current-day international developments. During this symposium, a range of young researchers and experts, both domestic and from abroad, will share their latest insights on a wide range of topics. The keynote lecture on the origins of the Hanseatic League will be delivered by Dr Carsten Jahnke, Associate Professor for Medieval History, SAXO-Institute, University of Copenhagen. In addition, on 29 June an additional excursion will be organised. Participation in both the symposium and the excursion is free of charge, but prior registration is required.
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.
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 Demography. Demographic 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.
Workshop on Belief in Solidarity (Antwerp, 11-13 December 2023)
On 11-13 December 2023, UCSIA, the Urban Studies Institute (University of Antwerp) and Centre Pieter Gillis (University of Antwerp) organise an academic workshop at the University of Antwerp on interdisciplinary perspectives on the role of religiously inspired solidarity in modernising and post-secular contexts. The organisers of this workshop aim to discuss the role of faith and religious inspiration in organizing solidarity in contemporary superdiverse and post-secular urbanized societies as well as in secularising societies from the nineteenth century on by proceeding from the observation that religiously inspired or faith-based organizations have played and continue to play a significant role in offering social support and protection to vulnerable groups. The call for abstracts is still open, deadline for abstracts is 28 June 2023.
Jaarcongres Werkgroep De Moderne Tijd (Amsterdam, 22 maart 2024) - deadline abstracts 22 september 2023
(because of scope, in Dutch only) Het congres van de Werkgroep de Moderne Tijd zal in 2024 op 22 maart plaatsvinden en heeft als thema: 'Water: beleving, beheer, beeldvorming in de lange negentiende eeuw'. Wat waren de wateropgaven in deze lange negentiende eeuw? Hoe bepaalde het water de economie, de handel en het toerisme? Op welke manier was het een bron van inspiratie voor ingenieurs, wetenschappers of kunstenaars? Kortom, welke rol speelde het water in de cultuur en identiteit van de snel veranderende samenleving van de lage landen tijdens de lange negentiende eeuw? Aan de hand van deze vragen beoogt het congres stil te staan bij de veelzijdige culturele betekenis van water en de maatschappelijke, wetenschappelijke en artistieke vragen in de Lage landen. De call for abstracts is open tot uiterlijk 22 september 2023.
  Job positions
  Postdoctoral fellow in Economic History (Lund University) – deadline 5 June 2023

PhD position ‘Perceptions of Rats in North-Western Europe c.1650-c.1850’ (University of York) – deadline 14 June 2023

PhD position on Air pollution and its socio-economic and health consequences in Dutch cities, 1850-1950 (Utrecht University) – deadline 15 June 2023

2 nieuwe fellowship-beurzen voor Brabantse geschiedschrijving (BHIC) – deadline 15 juni 2023

2 Phd Positions Project ‘Resisting Enslavement’ (IISH) – deadline 25 June 2023

Publieksmedewerker (Amsab-ISG) – deadline 26 juni 2023

Communicatiemedewerker (2 jaar; Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam) – deadline 17 juli 2023

Post-doc Environmental Humanities of Extraction in Africa (University of Groningen) – deadline 13 August 2023
  Call for papers Workshop on Belief in Solidarity – deadline 24 June 2023

Call for abstracts ESTER Research Design Course 2023 (Vienna, Austria) – EXTENDED deadline 1 July 2023

Call for Papers Jaarcongres De Moderne Tijd 2024 – deadline abstracts 22 september 2023
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