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Registration for Posthumus Conference 2023 open now! Sign up before 12 May 2023!
Make sure to take part in this interesting conference and sign up before 12 May 2023! The N.W. Posthumus Institute is happy to announce that registration for the 2023 Annual Conference of the N.W. Posthumus Institute is still open now. The 2023 conference will be held at and hosted by the University of Antwerp on 24 and 25 May 2023. Keynote lectures on the central theme ‘Food Inequalities’ will be delivered by Dr Susan Flavin, Associate Professor of History at Trinity College Dublin and Dr Peter Scholliers, Emeritus Professor with the Department of History at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The conference programme includes presentations by the Posthumus PhD candidates as well as round table sessions organised by the various research networks within the network of the N.W. Posthumus Institute. The conference is freely accessible to all interested, but prior registration is required via the Conference website.
Call for abstracts Posthumus RDC at University of Vienna (deadline 2 June 2023)
The N.W. Posthumus Institute calls 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. Abstracts should be submitted ultimately 2 June 2023.
Kate Frederick awarded Keetje Hodshon Award 2023
Dr Katherine Frederick, one of our Research Directors of the Posthumus Research Network ‘Societies in Context: Interactions between humans and rural-urban environments’, has been awarded the Keetje Hodshon Award 2023. Kate receives this award for her PhD thesis Deindustrialization in East Africa: Textile production in an era of globalization and colonization, c. 1830-1940, which she succesfully defended at Wageningen University in 2018. Previously, she was also awarded the Dissertation Award at WEHC2022. The Keetje Hodshon Award has been established by the J.C. Ruigrok Stichting te Haarlem and is intended as encouragement for researchers who recently (< 5 years) defended a dissertation in the Humanities. The N.W. Posthumus Institute staff congratulates Kate very much with winning this award.
Invitation 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 title of the lecture is: 'Elements of original accumulation: Dispossession, war, and slavery in the history of capitalism'. Full professors who want to join in the cortege are asked to come to the forum room (room 2D-02) 30 minutes in advance. The inaugural lecture will also be live-streamed via this link and will be followed by a reception.
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 'African Population and Health: A Plea for an Integrated Historical Perspective'. The lecture will be live-streamed.
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.
Phd Defence Posthumus alumnus Luc Bulten
On 20 April 2023, Posthumus alumnus Luc Bulten succesfully defended 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.
  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.
Call for papers 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? The organisers welcome any and all papers that analyse the financial behavior of households in the past and have a special interest in papers that explore continuity and change in financial arrangements across preindustrial and industrial societies. Deadline for submission is 10 May 2023.
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
Opening Lecture CAPASIA project by Professor Tirthankar Roy (hybrid, registration required)
On 27 April 2023, Professor Tirthankar Roy (London School of Economics) will deliver the opening lecture of the CAPASIA (The Asian Origins of Global Capitalism) project. Professor Roy’s lecture will be titled: Land or sea? Alternative routes to colonialism in Asia and Africa. The talk confronts an anomaly in the history of European colonialism in Asia and Africa, namely that prior to the eighteenth century, European power was negligible compared to interior states. The event can be attended in person at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy or online via zoom. In either case, prior registration is required.
Summer School CityLab IX: ‘Cities and states: exploring a complicated relationship’ (extended deadline 15 May 2023)
Antwerp Summer University welcomes applications for the Summer School CityLab IX: ‘Cities and states: exploring a complicated relationship’, to be organised at the University of Antwerp in July 2023. In this CityLAB, a range of scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and focusing on cities and states in the North as well as the South will introduce the participants to their research. Urban professionals and high profile urban politicians will also discuss how they see the current position of cities in relation to national states. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss their research with other participants and senior scholars. The application deadline is extended until 15 May 2023; those requiring visa to enter Belgium are advised to apply timely.
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.
Afscheidscollege dr. Wybren Verstegen (VU Amsterdam, 12 mei 2023)
~ because of scope, in  Dutch only ~ Na bijna 34 jaar als Universitair Docent Economische en Sociale Geschiedenis verbonden te zijn geweest aan de VU, gaat Wybren Verstegen in mei met pensioen. Graag nodigen Wybren Verstegen en Pepijn Brandon u hierbij uit voor zijn afscheidscollege '“Onze boeren zijn slaven”. “Onze slaven zijn boeren”: De afschaffing van de horigheid en de slavernij in Rusland en de Verenigde Staten in de negentiende eeuw'. Het college wordt gevolgd door een receptie.
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)
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. The submission deadline for proposals has passed on 3 April.
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.
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.
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.
  Job positions
  Onderzoeksmedewerker ‘Tastes of the Past’ (Huygens Instituut) – deadline 26 april 2023

2 student-assistenten Global Hub Labour Conflicts (IISG) – deadline 5 mei 2023

4 PhD positions on community economy, sustainability, resilience (Erasmus University Rotterdam – RSM) – deadline 14 May 2023

Postdoc on community economy, sustainability, resilience (Erasmus University Rotterdam – RSM) – deadline 14 May 2023

Lecturer in Contemporary Gender History (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) – forthcoming
  Call for abstracts Workshop Towards a Comparative History of Household Finance Before and After the Industrial Revolution – deadline 10 May 2023

Call for applications Summer School CityLab IX: 'Cities and states: exploring a complicated relationship' (Antwerp, Belgium) – deadline 15 May 2023

Call for abstracts ESTER Research Design Course 2023 (Vienna, Austria) – deadline 2 June 2023
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