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Posthumus Conference 2023 to be held in Antwerp
We are looking back on a pleasant conference, hosted by the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam. We thank all participants, our keynote speaker Professor Deirdre McCloskey and of course the local organisers Professor Ben Wubs, Professor Hein Klemann and Dr Rosa Won for their successful efforts. We are also happy to announce that the 2023 Conference will be held in Antwerp, Belgium, on 25 and 26 May 2023, the University of Antwerp being our conference host. As soon as more info will be available, this will be announced online, so keep an eye on the conference website
Changes in General Board and Research Networks
As of the General Board meeting of 27 September 2022, there will be some changes in the General Board and the Research Networks Coordination. Dr Heidi Deneweth will take her leave as coordinator of the Research Network 'Economy and Society of the Pre-industrial Low Countries in Comparative Perspective'. We thank Heidi for her enthusiastic participation and support over the past years. She will be succeeded by Dr Wout Saelens (University of Antwerp). As for our PhD Representatives, Lore Helsen and Sietske van der Veen will be succeeded by Karolina da Silva Rodrigues (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Dinos Sevdalakis (University of Groningen). And last but not least, Professor Hans Mol will be succeeded by Professor Brand as representative for the Fryske Akademie. We thank all departing members for their efforts for the N.W. Posthumus Institute over the past years and gladly welcome all new Board Members!
N.W. Posthumus Institute congratulates PhDs having completed Basic PhD Training Programme
At the Posthumus Conference 2022, held on 30 June and 1 July at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication of Erasmus University Rotterdam, the PhDs present received their Certificate obtained for completing the Basic PhD Training Programme of the N.W. Posthumus Institute. On behalf of the N.W. Posthumus Institute, the staff wants to congratulate these and all other graduates with this result.
Dr Matthias van Rossum receives NWO VIDI Grant
Recently Posthumus-fellow and course coordinator Dr Matthias van Rossum (IISH) was awarded a VIDI Grant for his research project 'Differences in enslavement'. This project researches how the ways in which people were enslaved (for example by war, debt or birth) influenced life under slavery and resistance to it by enslaved. The research compares the impact through personal narratives from court records from the entire early modern Dutch colonial empire in the Indonesian archipelago, Indian and Atlantic Ocean. The N.W. Posthumus Institute congratulates Matthias with this achievement!
Dr Kate Frederick awarded Dissertation Award at WEHC2022
Dr Katherine Frederick, one of the two Research Directors of the Posthumus Research Network ‘Societies in Context: Interactions between humans and rural-urban environments’, has been awarded the IEHA Dissertation Award in the WEHC 2022 Dissertation Competition in the category ’20th-21st century’ at the WEHC2022 in Paris. Kate Frederick was one of the final three nominees and was selected for her PhD thesis Deindustrialization in East Africa: Textile production in an era of globalization and colonization, c. 1830-1940, which she successfully defended at Wageningen University in 2018. The N.W. Posthumus Institute staff congratulates Kate very much with winning this award.
Inaugural Lecture delivered by Professor Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk (Utrecht University)
On 8 September 2022, Professor Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk, professor of Economic and Social History with the Department of Economic and Social History of Utrecht University, specialised in the history of labor relations, notably women’s and children’s work, and also member of the General Board of the N.W. Posthumus Institute, delivered her inaugural lecture in Utrecht, entitled 'Where did all the workers go? Women, industrialization and the decline of hand spinning in Europe and Asia'. We congratulate Professor van Nederveen Meerkerk with her achievement.
PhD Defence Esther Beeckaert (Ghent University)
On 7 October 2022 at 16:00 sharp, Posthumus alumna Ester Beeckaert will defend her PhD thesis ‘Rural transformation in the Ardennes: The commons as landscapes of change, 1750-1850’ to obtain her PhD in History from Ghent University. Promotors are Professor Eric Vanhaute and Professor Wouter Ryckbosch. After the session, there will be a reception at the atrium of the Magnel-wing of the Faculty’s Library at the opposite side of the street.The N.W. Posthumus Institute congratulates Esther with this achievement!
Publicatie van Ramona Negrón en Jessica den Oudsten over Amsterdamse slavenhandelaren
~ because of scope, in Dutch only ~
Op 23 augustus 2022 is bij Walburg Pers het boek 'De grootste slavenhandelaren van Amsterdam. Over Jochem Matthijs en Coenraad Smitt' van Posthumus-promovendi Ramona Negrón en Jessica den Oudsten verschenen. De auteurs vertellen aan de hand van de reis van een van de eerste private slavenschepen, ’t Gezegende Suikerriet (1743-1745), het tot nu toe onbekende verhaal van de slaafgemaakte mensen en de bemanningsleden aan boord, de betrokken plantage-eigenaren in Suriname en de werkwijze van Amsterdams grootste slavenhandelaren. Het N.W. Posthumus Instituut complimenteert beide auteurs van harte met het verschijnen van deze publicatie!
New publication on East Asian industrialisation by Professor Peer Vries
In August 2022, publishing house Brill has published a new book by Professor Peer Vries, entitled 'An East Asian Route of Industrialization? The Case of Japan, 1868-1937'. With this book Peer Vries is the first scholar to provide an extensive test of the claim that industrialization in East Asia, in particular in Japan between the Meiji Restoration and World War Two, would have been much more labor intensive than industrialization in the West. He does this by systematically comparing the role and importance of labour and capital in Japan and in a number of Western countries at a similar stage of their industrial development. He uses macro-economic data as well as specific observations by people at the time.
Two special book offers
Although we generally do not include book offers in our website or newsletters, we thought it wise to make an exception for two book offers we received recently, because of their relevance for Posthumus affiliates. The first offer concerns a limited number of free copies of the publication Inequality and the City in the Low Countries (1200-2020), eds. Bruno Blondé, Sam Geens, Hilde Greefs, Wouter Ryckbosch, Tim Soens, Peter Stabel. The second offer is by emeritus Professor Ad Knotter, who offers some standard works form his own library to those interested free of charge. For both offers, you can find more info via the button below. First come, first served and please note that in this case, the N.W. Posthumus Institute is only the messenger, all contact will be directly between you and the supplier.
COVID19-effects on Posthumus activities
Recently, in several countries restrictions related to the effects of the COVID-pandemic have been fully or partially lifted. However, COVID-pandemic and measures taken by governments and institutions may still affect activities organised by or in cooperation with the N.W. Posthumus Institute. We will keep our website updated on this, but in case of any uncertainties, contact the local organisers of the event.
  Posthumus Events
Call for papers Datini-ESTER Advanced Seminar 2023: ‘Economic Exchanges’ – deadline abstracts 15 October 2022
Fondazione Istituto Internazionale di Storia Economica “F. Datini” and the European School for Training in Economic and Social Historical Research (ESTER) will organise their sixth jointly-organized Datini-ESTER Advanced Seminar for economic and social historians on 14-20 May 2023, in Prato (Italy) on the theme of “Economic Exchanges”. The topic of the seminar is closely related to the theme of the congress organized yearly by the “F. Datini” International Institute of Economic History, which in 2023 is devoted to ‘Alternative Currencies. Commodities and Services as Exchange Currencies in the Monetarized Economies of the 13th to 18th Centuries’. Abstracts for the 2023 edition are due by 15 October 2022. If accepted for participation, the final paper will be due on 15 March 2023.
Workshop 'Exploring the Links between Genetics and Historical Demography' - KU Leuven, 7 October 2022 (deadline registration 30 September 2022)
On 7 October 2022 the Nature & Nurture-workshop ‘Exploring the Links between Genetics and Historical Demography’ will take place in Leuven, Belgium. This workshop is made possible by funding from the HiDo Scientific Network for Historical Demography. The full program can be found here (pdf). Participation, either at location or online, in the workshop is free of charge, but registration is compulsory. You can register here. The deadline for registration is 30 September 2022.
  Other events
Applied History Conferentie 2022 - Universiteit Utrecht, 24 september 2022
~ because of scope, in Dutch only ~
Dankzij de Toegepaste Geschiedenis kunnen we hedendaagse gebeurtenissen en ontwikkelingen beter begrijpen. Om dit vakgebied een podium te geven, organiseert het Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis van de Universiteit Utrecht op 24 september 2022 een conferentie over Applied History. Tijdens de dag kan men deelnemen aan verschillende panels, voorgezeten door prof. dr. Annelien de Dijn, prof. dr. Beatrice de Graaf, dr. Saskia Stevens, dr. Sanne Frequin, prof. dr. Joost Dankers, prof. dr. Leen Dorsman en dr. René Koekkoek. Deelname is kosteloos, maar vanwege het beperkte aantal plaatsen is reservering vooraf noodzakelijk.
Najaarsbijeenkomst SGVDO, 'Garnizoensstad Maastricht in de achttiende eeuw' (Maastricht, 20 oktober 2022_
~ because of scope, in Dutch only ~
Op 20 oktober 2022 organiseert de Stichting Geschiedenis van de Overheidsfinanciën (SGVDO) haar najaarsbijeenkomst in Maastricht. Het thema van de najaarsbijeenkomst is ‘Garnizoensstad Maastricht in de achttiende eeuw’. De stad viel onder de soevereiniteit van de Staten-Generaal, maar betaalde geen belasting aan de Unie. De stad draaide wel op voor de huisvesting van het garnizoen en het onderhoud van een deel van de fortificaties. Het programma bestaat uit ontvangst met koffie en thee, een aantal lezingen, en aansluitend een wandeling langs de stadsmuren en (op eigen kosten) diner.
  Job positions
  Assistant Professor (tenure track) Global Economic and Social History 1800-present (VU Amsterdam) – deadline 25 September 2022

Temporary Lecturer in Economic and Social History (Utrecht University) – deadline 28 September 2022

Onderzoeksassistent ‘Great Urban Transition’ (Universiteit van Amsterdam) – deadline 29 september 2022

Researcher in Residence (KB, The Hague) – deadline 30 September 2022

PhD candidate in South Asian History / History of Slavery (Leiden University) – deadline 3 October 2022

Two 3-year 2023 Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in History (University of Cambridge) – deadline 28 October 2022
  Call for complementary proposals 7th European Congress on World and Global History – deadline 30 September 2022

Call for papers: ‘The Quest for a Partner in the Past and Today’ – deadline abstracts 1 October 2022

Call for papers ‘Social Mobility in pre-industrial societies: tendencies, causes and effects (13th-18th c.)’ – deadline 1 November 2022
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