Dr. Joep Schenk

Dr. Joep Schenk

Postdoctoral Researcher
International and Political History
Assistant Professor
Humanities
j.schenk@uu.nl

Securing Europe, Fighting its Enemies. The Making of a Security Culture in Europe and Beyond,  1815-1914
European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant (2014-2019)

In this ERC-funded project, Professor Beatrice de Graaf (Principal Investigator) and an international team of historians examine the formation of a European security culture as the sum of mutually shared visions on ‘enemies of the states’, ‘vital interests’, and corresponding practices between 1815 and 1914. The project compares seven different security regimes in which Europe engaged globally, stretching across the political and commercial domain, affecting urban and maritime environments, and reaching around the world to the Ottoman Empire and China. These highly dynamic regimes were dictated both by threats (anarchists, pirates, smugglers, colonial rebels) and interests (political, moral, economic, maritime, colonial). Mobilising increasing numbers of professional 'agents' from various quarters – including police, judicial authorities and armed forces – they evolved from military interventions into police and judicial regimes and ultimately contributed to the creation of a veritable European security culture. Uncovering and introducing new historical sources, the project thus pioneers a new multidisciplinary approach to the combined history of international relations and internal policy, aiming to ‘historicise security’.

 

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Project website:

http://www.uu.nl/securing-europe

Projects
Project
Securing Europe, fighting its enemies. The making of a security culture in Europe and beyond, 1815-1914 01.06.2014
General project description

In this ERC-funded project, Prof. Beatrice de Graaf (Principal Investigator) and an international team of historians examine the formation of a European security culture as the sum of mutually shared visions on ‘enemies of the states’, ‘vital interests’, and corresponding practices between 1815 and 1914. The project compares seven different security regimes in which Europe engaged globally, stretching across the political and commercial domain, affecting urban and maritime environments, and reaching around the world to the Ottoman Empire and China. These highly dynamic regimes were dictated both by threats (anarchists, pirates, smugglers, colonial rebels) and interests (political, moral, economic, maritime, colonial). Mobilising increasing numbers of professional 'agents' from various quarters – including police, judicial authorities and armed forces – they evolved from military interventions into police and judicial regimes and ultimately contributed to the creation of a veritable European security culture. Uncovering and introducing new historical sources, the project thus pioneers a new multidisciplinary approach to the combined history of international relations and internal policy, aiming to ‘historicise security’. 

Project website: www.uu.nl/securing-europe 

Role
Researcher
Funding
EU grant European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant
Project
Nyenrode Business University
General project description

Never before has so much public attention been paid to the black pages of the Dutch colonial past and their repercussions in the present. With this, we are gaining more and more insight into the far-reaching effects of colonialism on the creation and perpetuation of important institutions and political or administrative relationships within Dutch society. This social trend is now also reaching universities and other educational institutions. Commissioned by Nyenrode Business University, Utrecht University is mapping the extent to which the effects of colonialism also permeated Nyenrode's founding. 

Role
Researcher
Funding
Other grant (government funding)
Project members UU