All publications
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Verhoef, J. (2016). Lawaai als modern onheil - De draagbare radio en beheerste modernisering, 1955-1969. Tijdschrift voor geschiedenis, 129 (2), (pp. 219-240) (22 p.).
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Verhoef, J. & Sauer, C. (2015). Nieuwsfilmfragmenten in politieke televisieinterviews in talkshows - Een conversatie-analytisch onderzoek naar de effecten van een filmvertoning op de eerste vraag-antwoordsequentie. Tijdschrift voor Taalbeheersing, 37 (3), (pp. 243-283) (41 p.).
  2015 - Other output
J. Verhoef (07.12.2015). De waarde van en problemen met het gebruik van digitale krantenadvertenties. Historische kranten en de draagbare radio, 1950-1969. Historisch onderzoek & Delpher.
J. Verhoef (07.07.2015). Paper - Americanization and modernization through the prism of public debates on the portable radio?. Transatlantic Studies Association, 14th Annual Conference.
J. Verhoef (19.06.2015). Paper - The usage of digital techniques to analyze digitized newspapers: a case study . IAMHIST, The International Association for Media and History XXVI biennial conference 'Media and History Revisited', special area 'The Digital Archive and Historical Media Research'.
J. Verhoef (08.06.2015). Paper (with Melvin Wevers) The Digital Humanities Cycle: Doing Digital History Iteratively . Digital Humanities Benelux Conference.
J. Verhoef (22.07.2015). Paper (with Pim Huijnen) - Distant reading the role of the USA in Dutch public debates in the 20th century. The Corpus and the Historian. Using Corpora and Corpus Linguistics in Historical Investigations. Part of the CL2015 conference. .
  2014 - Other output
J. Verhoef (24.04.2014). Paper - Anti-modernist community formation. Discursive “othering”: the Dutch cultural outlook vis-à-vis America in the interwar years . International Conference of the Société d’Etudes Modernistes, 'Modernist Communities'.
J. Verhoef (13.06.2014). Paper - How to strike gold? The exploratory value of text mining for cultural historical ends. Reference Cultures and Imagined Empires in Western History: Global Perspectives, 1815-2000.
J. Verhoef (26.06.2014). Paper - The role of cinema publicity in intercultural encounters. Dutch discursive constructions of ‘America’ in the interwar years . Global Studies Association, 'Cultural Encounters and Global Connectivity'.
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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 PhD Candidate Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU
External project members:
  • prof.dr. Toine Pieters
  • dr. Charles van den Heuvel
  • prof.dr. Maarten de Rijke

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