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Registration for Posthumus Conference 2023 open now!
The N.W. Posthumus Institute is happy to announce that registration for the 2023 Annual Conference of the N.W. Posthumus Institute is 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.
Dr Peter Scholliers second keynote lecturer at Posthumus Conference 2023
The organisers are happy to announce that a second keynote speaker has been added to the programma of the Posthumus Conference 2023. In addition to Dr Susan Flavin, Associate Professor of History at Trinity College Dublin, a second keynote lecture will be delivered by Dr Peter Scholliers, Emeritus Professor with the Department of History at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
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.
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 also be live-streamed.
New open access publication: ‘Global Agricultural Workers from the 17th to the 21st Century’
Posthumus fellow Professor Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk (Utrecht University) and Dr Rolf Bauer (University of Vienna / Central European University ) are the editors of the newly published Open Access publication Global Agricultural Workers from the 17th to the 21st Century, published by Brill publishers in its Studies in Global Histories series. This publication, made possible by the TextileLab ERC project, explores the history of agricultural workers, a group that has long been underrepresented in labour history. The volume aims to change this by bringing together a collection of studies on the largest group of the global work force. The contributions cover the period from the early modern to the present – a period when the emergence and consolidation of capitalism has transformed rural areas all over the globe. tHE.
  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.
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.
  Other events
Symposium ‘Grenzen en grienden’ (VU Amsterdam, 30 maart 2023)
~ because of scope, in Dutch only ~ De Vereniging voor Waterstaatsgeschiedenis organiseert in samenwerking met het Environmental Humanities Center Amsterdam van de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam het symposium ‘Grenzen en grienden. Sociaal-ecologische en andere aspecten van de geschiedenis van rivieren- en kanalenlandschappen’. Tijdens dit symposium zullen een drietal experts elk ingaan op verschillende aspecten: dr. Jim van der Meulen (Huygens Instituut, Amsterdam / Universiteit Gent) , Berco Hoegen (Staatsbosbeheer / Kenniscentrum Landschap, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) en ir. Ton Burgers (onafhankelijk onderzoeker). Abstracts van de lezingen is te vinden op de webpagina van het symposium. Deelname aan het symposium is gratis, maar aanmelding vooraf is noodzakelijk.s.
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.
Voorjaarsbijeenkomst SGVDO 2023 (Rotterdam, 13 april 2023)
~ because of scope, in Dutch only ~ De voorjaarsbijeenkomst van de Stichting Geschiedenis van de Overheidsfinanciën (SGVDO) staat in het teken van de verzorgingsstaat en of deze nog een toekomst heeft. Sprekers tijdens deze bijeenkomst zullen zijn dr. Dennie Oude Nijhuis (Universiteit Leiden) en dr. Arthur van Riel, verbonden aan de Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid. De bijeenkomst is toegankelijk voor alle geïnteresseerden, aanmelding vooraf is wel noodzakelijk.
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.
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.
Dutch Carribean 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 organisers call for poster and oral presentations, deadline for submission is 3 April 2023.
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.
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 15 April 2023 (extended deadline).
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 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
  Two-year Postdoc position ‘Classical roots of (early) modern colonization’ (U. of Groningen / Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome) – deadline 27 March 2023

PhD Position ‘On the Footprint of Colonialism’ (Utrecht University) – deadline 31 March 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’ – EXTENDED deadline 15 April 2023

Call for abstracts Dutch Carribean Research Week – deadline 3 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 16 April 2023

Call for abstracts Workshop Towards a Comparative History of Household Finance Before and After the Industrial Revolution – deadline 10 May 2023
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