History is the future

The members of the Department of History and Art History use their knowledge of the past to better understand the challenges facing today's society. The future of Europe, the threat of terrorism, increasing inequality, new forms of citizenship, continuing globalisation, management of cultural heritage, the role of art in shaping identity, art as a political statement and the international aspect of Dutch art are all examples of themes we address. Research into these themes not only provides greater depth of academic knowledge, it also contributes to current debates concerning political and social challenges, culture and international relations.


18 May 2018
In this book, Merlijn Hurx argues that transformations in building organisation in 15th century Northern Europe laid the foundations for modern architecture.
John Stokes
15 May 2018
Constantin Ardeleanu wrote a biography of John Stokes, the first British commissioner in the European Commission of the Danube (1856-1871).
10 April 2018
Co-edited by Sarah Moran, this special issue considers activities of Catholic and Protestant women in Europe and the Americas in the 16th to 18th centuries.


Cassiodore teaching a student in the margin of Cambridge, Trinity College, B.5.4, fol. 84v. Bron: voicesfromtheedge.huygens.knaw.nl
28 May 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Irene O'Daly will explore some of the discourse around the use of diagrams in the twelfth- and thirteenth-century medieval classroom
29 May 2018 15:30 - 17:00
Centrale vraag: wat zou bij Linnaeus’s naamgeving van olifanten verkeerd kunnen zijn gegaan, gezien verschoven standaarden voor juiste manier van benoemen.
Detail Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece), Workshop of Robert Campin (Netherlandish, ca. 1375-1444, Tournai). The Metropolitan Museum of Art
31 May 2018 15:00 - 19:00
This colloquium brings recent scholarship on the 15th c. architectural practice and explores new approaches to the transition Middle Ages-Early Modern Period.