Expertise. Contested knowledge of the body in Dutch courtrooms, politics and the home, 1850-1930

In this project we are researching who was considered to be an expert on the human body in the nineteenth and early twentieth century in the Netherlands. Our premise in this project is that expertise is not so much a fixed attribute as a social process. Central to the project is the role of doctors and psychiatrists as expert witnesses in court cases.

  • Project Leader: Dr Willemijn Ruberg
  • Duration: 2014 - 2018
  • Funding: NWO (Aspasia)
DUDOC-ALFA - Research into teaching methodology in the humanities

The humanities are closely interwoven within education in the Netherlands in a whole range of different ways. Examples include cultural issues such as international politics and religious conflicts, the ethical implications of technological advances, processes of social and cultural inclusion and exclusion, and the changing media.

Within the DUDOC-ALFA programme, our aim as a meesterschapsteam (a team of experts including staff from humanities faculties and teacher training departments) is to reflect on cultural education and how this is designed and coordinated within the triangle of culture and cultural heritage institutions, secondary schools and academic teacher training programmes.

  • Project Leaders: Dr Janneke van der Heide, Prof. Peter Coopmans (Chairman of the Steering Committee Vakdidaktiek Geesteswetenschappen)
  • Partners: The Open University, Radboud University Nijmegen, Leiden University, University of Groningen, VU University Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
  • Duration: 2014 - 2017
Asymmetrical encounters: Digital humanities approaches to reference cultures in Europe, 1815-1992

ASYMENC investigates how reference cultures, defined as spatially and temporally identifiable cultures that offer a model to other cultures, have been established in public debates within the European framework between 1815 and 1992. ASYMENC uses the innovative digital humanities methodology of multi-lingual text mining to map the dynamics, intensity, and direction of intercultural references.

  • Project Leaders: Prof. Joris van Eijnatten, Prof. Toine Pieters, Dr Jaap Verheul
  • Participants: Dr Hermione Giffard, Dr Maarten van den Bos
  • Partners: Prof. Caroline Sporleder (Trier University), Dr Ulrich Tiedau (University College London)
  • Duration: 2013 - 2016
  • Funding: HERA
Translantis. Digital Humanity Approaches to Reference Cultures: The Emergence of the United States in Public Discourse in the Netherlands, 1890-1990

The Translantis research programme uses digital humanities tools to analyse how the United States has served as a cultural model for the Netherlands in the long twentieth century. We use the term “reference culture” to describe the dominant role of some cultures in the international exchange of ideas, products and practices. Reference cultures serve as a model that can be imitated, adapted or rejected. Digital technologies such as text mining allows the programme to analyse the role of the United States as a reference culture in Dutch debates about social change and collective identities.

Cultural historians, information scientists, and text-mining experts at Utrecht University, the University of Amsterdam and the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, in The Hague, will use advanced text mining technologies to address this question.

  • Project Leader: Prof. Joris van Eijnatten
  • Participants: Dr Pim Huijnen, Dr José de Kruif, Dr Jaap Verheul, Jesper Verhoef MA, Prof. Toine Pieters, Dr Charles van den Heuvel (Huygens ING), Prof. Maarten de Rijke (University of Amsterdam)
  • Duration: 2012 - 2017
  • Funding: NWO
International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity

HCM is a peer reviewed journal published in open access. The journal stimulates research and a lively academic exchange on the cultural history of global modernity. Now that postmodernism seems to be in decline, ‘modernity’ has resurfaced as a highly topical and relevant theme, deserving to be studied from a global, cultural, and interdisciplinary perspective.

Faultline 1700. Early Modern Conversations on Religion and the State

How did accepted views on the true nature of religion, and on its proper relation to the state, assume a new shape around 1700? Faultline 1700 studies how the early Enlightenment produced a radical rethinking of ‘true religion’, in a time when societal authorities generally upheld the orthodoxies of the established churches, and discouraged open debate on the foundations of their legitimacy.

  • Project Leader: Dr Jo Spaans
  • Partner: Prof. Wiep van Bunge (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Duration: 2010 - 2015
  • Funding: NWO (Free Competition Humanities)
Art and Politics

What is the connection between art and political dreams and realities? This project explores the relationship between art and politics since the twentieth century from a global perspective, with a particular focus on the often paradoxical associations between artistic style and political ideology. It has resulted in a range of international publications and a book entitled Kunst en politiek: Tussen zuiverheid en propaganda (Amsterdam University Press). The project is to be continued in the Wende Museum in Los Angeles (USA).

Project Leader: Dr Joes Segal