The seminar series Spores of Emire: Dutch Culture and its imperial archive addresses specific manifestations and media of cultural transfer in the Netherlands from the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century. The first seminar is devoted to media.
Speakers are Dr Gerda Jansen Hendriks, Dr Vincent Kuitenbrouwer and Dr Jacqueline Bel.
Consecutive seminars will be devoted to book culture, cultural and social organizations, and material culture. The talks will be published in a collective volume.
- December 2017: Books and Literature
- March 2018: Material Culture and Cultural Institutions
- June 2018: Social Organizations and Imperial Consciousness
- September 2018: Home Imperial Cultures: a comparative perspective
A New Dutch Imperial History?
In 2012, the Royal Dutch Historical Society organized a conference on ‘A New Dutch Imperial History?’, including the question mark. One of the themes addressed in the conference was the issue of colonial cultures in the Netherlands: the way colonialism has affected and influenced Dutch society. Although the proceedings of the conference contain various good examples of colonial cultures in the Netherlands, we still have a long way to go in order to assess the dynamics and impact of cultures of colonialism in the Netherlands.
This stands in sharp contrast to, in particular, research in Great Britain, where much groundbreaking research has been done over the last twenty years in to the influences of empire on cultures in the British isles, on the tropes of popular imperialism, and of the cultural entanglement of metropole and empire.