Profile

Dr. Jaap Verheul is associate professor of cultural history. He teaches cultural and transnational history, and coordinates the MA program in Cultural History and the minor in Transatlantic Studies.

He was Fulbright scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, and has taught at UCLA and other American universities. He has published on American, Dutch and transatlantic cultural history. He edited Dreams of Paradise, Visions of Apocalypse: Utopia and Dystopia in American Culture (2004) and co-edited American Multiculturalism After 9/11: Transatlantic Perspectives. (2009) and Discovering the Dutch: On Culture and Society of the Netherlands (2010).  His latest book is De Atlantische Pelgrim: John Lothrop Motley en de Amerikaanse ontdekking van Nederland [The Atlantic Pilgrim: John Lothrop Motley and the American Discovery of the Netherlands] (Boom, 2017).

His current research interest is in American perceptions of Europe and digital humanities. He coordinates the digital humanties research project: Translantis:  The Emergence of the United States in Public Discourse in the Netherlands, 1890-1990 (translantis.nl) and the HERA-funded project Asymmetrical Encounters: Digital Humanities Approaches to Reference Cultures in Europe, 1815-1992 (AsymEnc). He is applicant and UU project leader of collaborative projects such as Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network program CHEurope: Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe (2017-2021) and the transatlantic Digging into Data program Oceanic Excanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914 (OcEx). 

He is also author and project leader of a number of NLeSc-funded digital humanities research projects, such as Facilitating and supporting large-scale text mining in the field of Digital Humanities (Texcavatorin 2014-15; Mining Shifting Concepts through Time (ShiCo): Word Vector Text Mining Change and Continuity in Conceptual History (2016-2017).

 

Involved in the following study programme(s)
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All publications
  2029 - Other output
J. Verheul (30.09.2029). Dartmouth College Transnational History Colloquium.
  2021 - Other output
J. Verheul (30.11.2021). Low Countries Seminar UCL.
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Verheul, Jaap (2015). De Atlantische Pelgrim - John Lothrop Motley en de Amerikaanse ontdekking van Nederland. Amsterdam: Boom.
  2015 - Professional publications
Dorsman, L.J., Koch, J.P.M., van Eijnatten, J., Ruberg, W.G., Henrichs, H. & Verheul, J. (2015). Het nut van geschiedschrijving. Historici in het publieke domein - Opstellen voor Ed Jonker. (167 p.). Amstelveen: EON Pers Amstelveen.
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Pieters, Toine & Verheul, Jaap (2014). Cultural text mining: using text mining to map the emergence of transnational reference cultures in public media repositories. Digital Humanities 2014 Book of Abstracts (pp. 299-301) (3 p.).
Verheul, Jaap (2014). In Foreign Eyes. Discovering the Dutch - On Culture and Society of the Netherlands (pp. 311-322) (11 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
van Eijnatten, J., Verheul, J. & Pieters, Toine (2014). TS Tools: Using Texcavator to Map Public Discourse. TS: Tijdschrift voor Tijdschriftstudies (35), (pp. 59-65) (7 p.).
  2014 - Professional publications
Verheul, Jaap & Besamusca, Emmeline (2014). Discovering the Dutch - On Dutch Culture and Society. (352 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Schnabel, P., Besamusca, E.N. & Verheul, J. (18.11.2014). Distinctive within the global fold?. Discovering the Dutch - On Culture and Society of The Netherlands (pp. 83-94). Amsterdam University Press, Uitgeverij Salomé.
  2014 - Other output
Verheul, Jaap (25.09.2014). Buffalo Bill in the Netherlands - Text mining Dutch perceptions of the American West.
J. Verheul (10.04.2014). Mining Digital Repositories.
J. Verheul (11.06.2014). Reference Cultures and Imagined Empires in Western History: Global Perspectives, 1815-2000.
  2013 - Scholarly publications
van Eijnatten, J., Pieters, A.H.L.M. & Verheul, J. (2013). Big Data for Global History. The Transformative Promise of Digital Humanities - BMGN - The Low Countries Historical Review. Bijdragen en Mededelingen Betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden, 128 (4), (pp. 55-77) (23 p.).
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Verheul, J. (2011). Bookreview Eb en Vloed: Europa en Amerika van Reagan tot Obama, by Ronald Havenaar. Journal of American history, 97, (pp. 583-584) (2 p.).
Verheul, J. (2011). Bookreview Jonathan Steinberg, Bismarck: A Life. Tijdschrift voor geschiedenis
Verheul, J. (2011). Bookreview The Declaration of Independence: A Global ghistory, by David Armitage. Journal of American history
  2011 - Professional publications
Verheul, J. (2011). Boekbespreking The narcissism of Minor Differences: How America and Europe are Alike, door Peter Baldwin. Nexus, 57, (pp. 182-188) (7 p.).
Verheul, J. (2011). Daadkrachtige Roosevelt, antiheld Carter: Drie studies naar presidentieel leiderschap. Historisch nieuwsblad, 3, (pp. 104-107) (4 p.).
  2010 - Scholarly publications
Verheul, J. & Besamusca, Emmeline (2010). Discovering the Dutch: On Culture and Society of the Netherlands. (304 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Verheul, J. (2010). Europese verkenningen. Tijdschrift voor geschiedenis, 3, (pp. 463-464) (2 p.).
Verheul, J. (2010). Hippolyte Colignon. In J Visser, M Dicke & A van der Zouwen (Eds.), Nederlandse Ondernemers, 1850-1950. Gelderland en Utrecht (pp. 264-269) (405 p.). Zutphen: Walburg Pers.
Verheul, J. (2010). In Foreign Eyes. In E.N. Besamusca-Douwes & J. Verheul (Eds.), Discovering the Dutch: On Culture and Society of the Netherlands (pp. 267-277) (304 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Verheul, J. & Besamusca, Emmeline (2010). Introduction. In Emmeline Besamusca & J Verheul (Eds.), Discovering the Dutch: On Culture and Society of the Netherlands (pp. 11-14) (4 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2010 - Professional publications
Verheul, J. (2010). De comeback van generaal Custer: VS tobben nog altijd met nationaal verleden. Historisch nieuwsblad, 9.
Verheul, J. (2010). 'The Read Story Behind the Headlines." Goede verslaglegging is nog geen zinvolle geschiedschrijving. Historisch nieuwsblad, 4, (pp. 86-89) (4 p.).
  2010 - Other output
J. Verheul (31.07.2010). Cultural Text Mining: Using Text Mining to map the emergence of transnational reference cultures . Digital Humanities Conference 2014.
  2009 - Scholarly publications
Verheul, J. (2009). "How Could This Have Happened in Holland?” American Perceptions of Dutch Multiculturalism after 9/11. In D. Rubin & J. Verheul (Eds.), American Multiculturalism after 9/11: Transatlantic Perspectives (pp. 191-205) (15 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Verheul, J. (2009). "The Dutch 9/11. A Transatlantic Debate About Diversity and National Identity". In H. Krabbendam, K. van Minnen & G.S. Smith (Eds.), Four Centuries of Dutch-American Relations, 1609-2009 (pp. 1106-1116) (11 p.). Amsterdam: Boom.
Verheul, J. & Rubin, D. (2009). American Multiculturalism after 9/11: Transatlantic Perspectives, American Studies. (224 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Rubin, D. & Verheul, J. (2009). Introduction. In Derek Rubin and Jaap Verheul (Eds.), American Multiculturalism after 9/11: Transatlantic Perspectives (pp. 7-20) (14 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2009 - Professional publications
Verheul, J. (2009). De troostprijs voor Peter Stuyvesant. Historisch nieuwsblad, (pp. 68-69) (2 p.).
Verheul, J. (2009). Herwaardering voor de Founders. Historisch nieuwsblad, (pp. 66-67) (2 p.).
Verheul, J. (2009). Leesvoer Voor Obama: Terug Naar Founding Fathers, Depressie En Koude Oorlog. Historisch nieuwsblad, 10.
  2008 - Professional publications
Verheul, J. (2008). Anti-Dutchism: De Amerikaanse Teleurstelling in Nederland. In L.J. Dorsman, E. Jonker & J.P.M. Koch (Eds.), De korte 20e Eeuw: Opstellen voor Maarten van Rossem (pp. 136-146) (11 p.). Amsterdam: Nieuw Amsterdam.
  2007 - Scholarly publications
Verheul, J. (2007). The Netherlands. In D. Levinson & K. Christensen (Eds.), Global Perspectives on the United States: A Nation by Nation Survey (pp. 438-442) (5 p.). Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire.
  2006 - Other output
J. Verheul (07.06.2006). Organizers American Multiculturalism after 9/11: Transatlantic Perspectives. Conference.
  2002 - Scholarly publications
Verheul, J. (2002). -. Nexus, 32, (pp. 203-206) (4 p.).
  2002 - Professional publications
Verheul, J. (2002). -. Historisch nieuwsblad
  2001 - Scholarly publications
Verheul, J. (2001). Bookreview The Photograph and the American Dream, 1840-1940. Nexus, 2001, (pp. 271-276) (6 p.).
Verheul, J. (2001). Conflicten tussen Amerika en het Midden-Oosten. Tijdschrift voor geschiedenis, 114, (pp. 481-484) (4 p.).
  2000 - Scholarly publications
Verheul, J. (2000). 1492 De ontdekking van Amerika; 1830 De Belgische Opstand; 1859 Darwin: The Origin of Species; 1944 D-Day; 1945 De Conferentie van potsdam: 1947 het Marshallplan. In W. Velema (Eds.), Het Aanzien van Ons Verleden (pp. 43-e.v.) (1 p.). Utrecht: Spectrum.
Verheul, J. (2000). The end of the world not affect me. Een essay over de Amerikaanse weerbaarheid tegen het einde der tijden. Ex tempore, 17/18 (3), (pp. 56-65) (10 p.).
  1999 - Scholarly publications
Verheul, J. & Krabbendam, H. (1999). Through the Cultural Looking Glass. American Studies in Transcultural Perspective. (294 p.). Amsterdam: VU University Press.
Verheul, J. (1999). Van American Scholar tot American Studies: Een Amerikaanse worsteling met de Westerse traditie. Theoretische geschiedenis, 26 (2/3), (pp. 389-406) (18 p.). Was ik vorig jaar vergeten op te geven..
Verheul, J. (1999). Wandering Between Two Worlds: Matthew Arnold and American Civilization. In T. de Vries (Eds.), Dynamics of Modernization (15 p.). Amsterdam: VU University Press.
  1999 - Professional publications
Verheul, J. (1999). Het onmogelijke sprookje van Pocahontas. Armada : tijdschrift voor wereldliteratuur, 3 (10), (pp. 25-33) (9 p.).
  1999 - Other output
J. Verheul (18.09.1999). "Amerikaanse Toestanden". Het ornamentele karakter van de amerikanisering van Nederland. Rotterdam, Thomas More Academie, Symposium Amerikanisering.
J. Verheul (25.02.1999). American Culture in Europe: Cultural Imperialism or Global Modernization. University of Florida, Gainesville, Pozzetta Colloquium Series.
J. Verheul (29.10.1999). Mastering the Global Classroom: Transcultural Exchanges on the Digital Frontier. American Studies Association Conference: Corssing Borders, Crossing Centuries.
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Project:
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network program CHEurope: Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe (2017-2020)
01.06.2017 to 01.06.2020
General project description 

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network grant for the program CHEurope: Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe - towards an integrated, interdisciplinary and transnational training model in cultural heritage research and management.


The consortium consists of 21 European academies and museums, led by the University of Gothenburg. Utrecht University participates in the € 3,9 million project with one of the 15 PhDs in the subprojects project “Mining transnational reference cultures in multilingual and multimedia repositories” that is developed with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum. 


CHEurope aims to develop a new integrated theoretical and methodological framework to enhance the academic and professional training and open future job opportunities in cultural heritage preservation, management and promotion. Heritage has commonly been perceived through its contingent relationship to other areas, preventing it to be considered as a “legitimate” scientific discipline. Moreover, research and practice in this field are still too often seen as separate dimensions. Thus, there is an increasing need to address these diverging trends in the expanding heritage industry with a critical approach that situates cultural heritage in its social, economic and political frameworks, as well as in professional practice.


Bringing together a network of key European academic and non-academic organisations, the project will explore the processes by which heritage is “assembled” through practice-based research in partner institutions that connect students to their future job markets and publics. Our aim is to inform more conventional aspects of cultural heritage designation, care and management with a strong focus on present and future consumers. The project will develop an advanced learning strategy based on the emerging field of Critical Heritage Studies, which combines theoretical and instrumental knowledge at a transnational and interdisciplinary level, in a series of research seminars, summer schools and secondments.


The program is based on themes where cultural heritage is undergoing profound change, such as Heritage Futures, Curating the City, Digital Heritage, Heritage and Wellbeing and Management and Citizen Participation. In so doing, this research will have a direct impact on future heritage policies and be linked explicitly to new modes of training. These will enable future practitioners to facilitate a more democratic and informed dialogue between and across various heritage industries and their users, promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in this field.

Role Project Leader Funding
EU grant: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network program
Project members UU
Project:
Trans-Atlantic Platform - Digging into Data program Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914 (OcEx).
01.06.2017 to 01.06.2020
General project description 
Role Project Leader & Researcher & Contact Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU
Project:
SPuDisc: Searching Public Discourses (2013-2017, NWO)
01.01.2013 to 23.12.2017
General project description 

Searching public discourse. Research into our culture is about understanding conversations and debates as forms of public discourse. https://www.esciencecenter.nl/project/spudisc

Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant: Netherlands eScience Center
Project members UU
External project members:
  • prof.dr Maarten de Rijke
  • prof.dr Ed Tan
Project:
E-Humanity Approaches to Reference Cultures: The Emergence of the United States in Public Discourse in the Netherlands, 1890-1990
01.10.2012 to 30.11.2017
General project description 

This project uses digital technologies to analyze the role of reference cultures in debates about social issues and collective identities, looking specifically at the emergence of the United States in public discourse in the Netherlands from the end of the nineteenth century to the end of the Cold War. It introduces the concept of reference culture as a crucial addition to the humanities toolbox to discuss long-term asymmetrical processes of cultural exchange involving dimensions of power and hegemony. The concept recognizes the fact that some cultures assume a dominant role in the international circulation of knowledge and practices, offering or imposing a model that others imitate, adapt, or resist. More specifically, the project will add to our understanding of the global position of the Netherlands as a knowledge-based economy thriving on the innovation that emerges from international cultural encounters.
Reference cultures are mental constructs that do not necessarily represent a geopolitical reality with an internal hierarchy and recognizable borders. These culturally conditioned images of trans-national models are typically established and negotiated in public discourses over a long period of time. However, the specific historical dynamics of reference cultures have never been systematically analyzed and hence are not fully understood. To explore these dynamics, this project asks three interrelated questions.



  1. How were ideas, products and practices associated with the United States valued in Dutch public discourse between 1890 and 1990?

  2. How can e-tools be used to map trends and changes in relation to the economic power, cultural acceptance, and scientific and technological impact of the United States as reference culture?

  3. How does public discourse reflect and influence the emergence and impact of reference cultures?


We propose that the key to understanding the emergence and dominance of reference cultures is to chart the public discourse in which these collective frames of reference are established. The availability of a large digital data collection in the National Library of the Netherlands (KB) enables us for the first time to study long-term developments and transformations in these national discourses in a systematic, longitudinal, and quantifiable way by using innovative text-mining tools. These e-research tools allow us to test the value of qualitative heuristic models and to pair them in a meaningful fashion with quantitative methodology. This will demonstrate that conclusions based on large quantifiable data sets concerning public debates open new vistas in humanities research because they (a) provide a robust framework for contextualizing conclusions based on traditional qualitative research; and (b) directly complement numerical data sets provided by other researchers, for example on economic and social trends.

Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU
External project members:
  • prof.dr. Toine Pieters
  • dr. Charles van den Heuvel
  • prof.dr. Maarten de Rijke

Completed projects

Project:
Asymmetrical encounters: Digital humanities approaches to reference cultures in Europe, 1815–1992 20.08.2013 to 30.09.2016
General project description

This project proposes, firstly, that the emergence of trans-national reference cultures was one of the most significant consequences of cultural encounters within the European framework between 1815 and 1992, and, secondly, that these encounters were asymmetrical. ASYMENC investigates how these reference cultures, defined as spatially and temporally identifiable cultures that offer a model to other cultures, have been established in public debates. The availability of large digital data collections enables us for the first time to study long-term developments and transformations of such cultural imaginaries in a systematic, longitudinal, and quantifiable way. This enables us to chart the regional and national public discourses in which collective frames of orientation and cultural cross-referencing to European "others" have been established. ASYMENC explores how public discourses about reference cultures contributed to the formation of communities, from local to trans-national, and thus foster adherence or resistance to particular versions of “Europe”.


ASYMENC strives to accomplish three related objectives: a. explore the concept of reference cultures as a way to understand asymmetrical cultural encounters within Europe; b. develop a digital humanities demonstrator to map and analyse the vectors of asymmetrical encounters in European public debates; and c. build an interdisciplinary consortium of three European research centres around the crosscultural study of printed media in Europe by means of multilingual text mining.


ASYMENC uses the innovative digital humanities methodology of multi-lingual text mining to map
the dynamics, intensity, and direction of intercultural references within European public discourse. Innovative semantic-text analytics will be applied to large corpora of digitized newspapers in the Benelux countries and the surrounding countries that served as reference cultures. The demonstrator will be applied to case studies in which regional, national, and European dimensions of cultural encounters are visible, such as references to European urban centres, mass media, and consumer products.

 
Role Researcher Funding
Other grant (government funding): Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA)
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Prof.dr. Caroline Sporleder (Digital Humanities Centre / Trier University)
  • Dr. Ulrich Tiedau (Centre for Digital Humanities / University College London)
Project:
Mining Shifting Concepts through Time (ShiCo): Word Vector Text Mining Change and Continuity in Conceptual History 01.10.2015 to 01.07.2016
General project description

The goal of this project is to develop a repurposable tool that enables humanities researchers to mine the historical development of concepts and the vocabulary with which they are expressed in big textual data repositories. Recent research suggests that vector representations derived by neural network language models offer new possibilities for obtaining high quality semantic representations from huge data sets. We aim to use this methodology to mine changing vocabularies that are used to articulate historical concepts in public discourse (such as citizenship, democracy, evolution, health, liberty, security, etc). This does not only allow us to assess conceptual stability, change and replacement, but also offers us a new way to distinguish between core concepts and the marginal associations that are attached to them in certain historical contexts. Mining Shifting Concepts through Time (ShiCo) uses forementioned innovative word vector algorithms to address two critical challenges for humanities scholars: 1. How can we use text mining methodologies to trace the continuities and changes in historical concepts in big data repositories of digitized periodicals; and 2. How can we present the historical dimension of these cultural formations to humanities researchers in a way that is intuitive and interactive, but at the same time quantitative and reproducible.

 
Role Project Leader & Researcher Funding
Other grant (government funding): NLeSC Path-Finding Project
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Maarten de Rijke (UvA)
  • Charles van den Heuvel (UvA)
  • Tom Kenter (UvA)
Project:
Facilitating and supporting large-scale text mining in the field of Digital Humanities (Texcavator) 01.09.2014 to 31.03.2015
General project description

The purpose of this project is to have a stable, reliable IT environment for the innovative generic text mining application “Texcavator” which is an integral part of the NWO-funded program “Translantis: Digital Humanities Approaches to Reference Cultures.” One of the aims of the Translantis program is to test and further develop Texcavator to research “big data” sets. This will allow a multidisciplinary team of humanities scholars to address conceptual historical questions by mining large textual repositories such as the collection of digitized historical newspapers as provided by National Library of the Netherlands (KB). Texcavator is implemented as a set of modules. It combines xTAS – a scalable open source text analysis service developed by ISLA (UvA) – with Elasticsearch – a big data search and analytics platform. We ask support from the eScience centre in dealing with the challenges of creating a stable IT environment for Texcavator that can be used on a day-to-day basis by a user group of 15-30 historians. The supply of eScience infrastructure (server and computing capacity) will guarantee stable access for users to a prototype of Texcavator within an OTAP-structure. The development capacity of the eScience engineer will be essential for expanding Texcavator’s text mining functionalities.

 
Role Researcher Funding
Other grant (government funding): Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC)
Project members UU
External project members:
  • prof.dr. Toine Pieters
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Currently dr. Jaap Verheul teaches the following course(s):
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Drift 6
Room 0.23
3512 BS  UTRECHT
The Netherlands


Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 6034
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Drift 6

Drift 6
Room 0.22
3512 BS  UTRECHT
The Netherlands


Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 6034
Postal address
Drift 6
3512 BS    UTRECHT
The Netherlands

office hours during teaching terms on Tuesday 3-4 pm, Drift 6, office 0.23

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