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Pim Huijnen works as an assistant professor in Digital Cultural History at the Department of History and Art History.

He is involved in the NWO funded digital humanities research project Translantis (2013-2018). 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. For more information, visit www.translantis.nl. 

Before, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the NWO/CLARIN funded Biland project. This project focused on the identity, intensity and location of discourses about heredity, genetics and eugenics in Dutch and German news media between 1863 and 1940.

Pim Huijnen (Heerlen, 1979) studied history at the University of Groningen from 1997 to 2003. He received his MA-degree (cum laude) in the department of Modern History. After working for a short period at the Zentrum für Niederlande-Studien in Münster (Germany), he joined the editoral staff of the news and information website Duitslandweb.nl at the Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam in May 2004. He started working on a doctoral thesis on the history of vitamin research in the Netherlands at the University of Amsterdam two years later (see the PhD Project tab for more information on this subject). He received his PhD on June 24, 2011. He has taught as a lecturer at the University Utrecht and the University of Amsterdam.

Involved in the following study programme(s)
Scientific expertise
history of science
history and theory
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All publications
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Snelders, S.A.M., Huijnen, P., Verheul, J., de Rijke, Maarten & Pieters, Toine (2017). A Digital Humanities Approach to the History of Culture and Science. CLARIN in the Low Countries
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Huijnen, P. (2016). Book review: Peter Jan Knegtmans, Geld, ijdelheid en hormonen. Ernst Laqueur (1880-1947), hoogleraar en ondernemer. Bijdragen en Mededelingen Betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden, 131 (2).
Martinez-Ortiz, Carlos, Kenter, Tom, Wevers, Melvin, Huijnen, Pim, Verheul, Jaap & Van Eijnatten, Joris (2016). Design and implementation of ShiCo - Visualising shifting concepts over time. In Marten Düring, Adam Jatowt, Johannes Preiser-Kappeller & Antal van Den Bosch (Eds.), HistoInformatics 2016 - Proceedings of the 3rd HistoInformatics Workshop on Computational History (HistoInformatics 2016), Krakow, Poland, July 11, 2016 (pp. 11-19) (9 p.).
  2016 - Other output
P. Huijnen (22.09.2016). Der 51. Deutsche Historikertag (theme: Glaubensfragen),.
Huijnen, P. & Lonij, Juliette (2016). From Keyword Searching to Concept Mining.
P. Huijnen (01.04.2016). Organization (with Prof. Joris van Eijnatten) and host of the session ‘Visualizing Modernity: using digital techniques to trace the rise of Modernity in Europe’. ESSHC, European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC).
P. Huijnen (23.06.2016). Remapping Centre and Periphery.
P. Huijnen (12.05.2016). Utrecht University & University of Sheffield Digital Humanities Workshop.
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Huijnen, Pim & Wevers, Melvin (2015). Digital Deconstruction - The Digital Turn and the use of news media as sources for historical research. Officina della storia (issue nr 13).
Huijnen, P. & Garvert-Huijnen, A.M.K. (2015). Tolerant, liberal, populistisch? Eine digitale Analyse des Niederlandebildes in bundesdeutschen Tageszeitungen im Wandel der Zeit. In Matthias Lemke & Gregor Wiedemann (Eds.), Text Mining in den Sozialwissenschaften - Grundlagen und Anwendungen zwischen qualitativer und quantitativer Diskursanalyse (pp. 197-228) (31 p.). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften / Springer Fachmedien.
  2015 - Other output
Kenter, Tom, Wevers, M.J.H.F., Huijnen, P. & de Rijke, Maarten (2015). Ad hoc monitoring of vocabulary shifts over time.
Wevers, M.J.H.F., Kenter, Tom & Huijnen, P. (2015). Concepts through time: Tracing Concepts in Dutch Newspaper Discourse (1890-1990) using Word Embeddings.
P. Huijnen (14.09.2015). Invited talk on Big Data for historical research: Limits, challenges, and opportunities. Making 'Big Data' human: doing history in the digital age.
P. Huijnen (12.06.2015). Invited talk on 'Big Data for history' in De Etalage section of NWO Bessensap 2015. NWO-bessensap.
P. Huijnen (24.09.2015). Invited talk on Concepts over time. Tracing concepts in Dutch newspapers using sequential word vector spaces. First DiscourseNet Conference.
P. Huijnen (14.12.2015). Invited talk on Texcavator. NL-eSC-Lorentz Center eHumanities Day.
P. Huijnen (01.10.2015). Invited workshop on Cultural Text Mining. DH Autumn School University of Trier.
P. Huijnen (27.01.2015). THATCamp Utrecht.
P. Huijnen (27.01.2015). THATCamp Utrecht.
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Huijnen, Pim, Laan, Fons, de Rijke, Maarten & Pieters, Toine (2014). A Digital Humanities Approach to the History of Science Eugenics Revisited in Hidden Debates by Means of Semantic Text Mining. In A Nadamoto, A Jatowt, A Wierzbicki & JL Leidner (Eds.), SOCIAL INFORMATICS, SOCINFO 2013 (pp. 70-84) (15 p.). BERLIN: Springer.
Wevers, Melvin & Huijnen, Pim (2014). Mapping America in Dutch Public Discourse - A Digital Approach to Researching the United States as a Reference Culture . In Michal Peprnik & Matthew Sweney (Eds.), America in Foreign Media - Olomouc American Studies - Conference Proceedings 2013 (pp. 109-126). Olomouc.
  2014 - Professional publications
  2014 - Other output
P. Huijnen (13.06.2014). Conference presentation on 'Finding "Reference Cultures" after the "Digital Turn"'. Reference Cultures and Imagined Empires in Western History: Global Perspectives, 1815-2000.
P. Huijnen (28.10.2014). Invited talk on 'Digitaal historisch onderzoek: Op zoek naar "reference cultures" in "big data".
P. Huijnen (28.02.2014). Invited talk on 'Digitale Zeitungsarchive als Quellen (digitaler) Geschichtsforschung'.
P. Huijnen (22.04.2014). Network meeting with the DH-Project Postdemokratie und Neoliberalismus.
P. Huijnen (15.01.2014). Organizer and chair of the session 'Bedolven onder bronnen'. THATCamp The Hague.
P. Huijnen (11.06.2014). Reference Cultures and Imagined Empires in Western History: Global Perspectives, 1815-2000.
P. Huijnen (10.04.2014). Workshop presentation on 'Digital Humanities Approaches to Reference Cultures: The United States as a model for public thinking on scientific management in the Netherlands in the 20th Century'. Mining Digital Repositories.
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Huijnen, P. (2013). ”Our stomachs can’t wait that long”: E.C. van Leersum and the rise of applied nutrition research in the Netherlands. In A. Maas & H. Schatz (Eds.), Physics as a Calling, Science for Society. Studies in Honour of A.J. Kox (pp. 111-130) (20 p.). Leiden: Leiden University press.
Huijnen, P. (2013). Evert Cornelis van Leersum (1862-1938): Pionier van de geschiedenis van de geneeskunde. In D. Baneke & H. Zuidervaart (Eds.), ‘Wonderen zijn verricht door de geestdrift van de stichters’. Impressies van een eeuw wetenschaps- en universiteitsgeschiedenis in de Lage Landen. (Jubileumbundel Studium. Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitsgeschiedenis) (pp. 228-231) (4 p.). Den Haag: Studium.
Huijnen, P. (2013). The Science of Measuring Vitamins. Quality Control and Competition in the Dutch Vitamin Industry before the Second World War. In A. von Schwerin, H. Stoff & B. Wahrig (Eds.), Biologics. A History of Agents Made from Living Organisms in the 20th Century (pp. 139-150) (12 p.). London: Pickering & Chatto.
  2013 - Popularising publications
Huijnen, P. & Garvert-Huijnen, A.M.K. (05.04.2013). Hitlersnor is voor Merkel ook een binnenlands probleem. Trouw, (pp. 19-19) (1 p.).
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Huijnen, Pim (2011). De belofte van vitamines - Voedingsonderzoek tussen universiteit, industrie en overheid, 1918-1945. (192 p.).
  2010 - Scholarly publications
Huijnen, P. (2010). Het wondermiddel van professor Buytendijk. Studium (Rotterdam, Netherlands), 4, (pp. 155-169) (15 p.).
Huijnen, P. (2010). L.K. Wolff en de professionalisering van het voedingsonderzoek in de jaren twintig en dertig. In L.J. Dorsman & P.J. Knegtmans (Eds.), Het universitaire bedrijf in Nederland. Over professionalisering van onderzoek, onderwijs, bestuur en beheer (pp. 11-23) (13 p.). Hilversum: Uitgeverij Verloren.
  2009 - Scholarly publications
Huijnen, P. (2009). Zwischen Gemeinwohl und Privatinteresse: Der Wissenschaftler als Vitaminexperte. In N. Colin (Eds.), Forschungsberichte Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam (pp. 48-59) (12 p.). Amsterdam: DIA.
  2008 - Popularising publications
Huijnen, P. (2008). Gerechtelijke firewall. Pc en privacy. De groene Amsterdammer, 132 (10).
Huijnen, P. (2008). We gebruiken uw gegevens slechts overal voor. Duitsers en privacy. De groene Amsterdammer, 132 (13).
  2007 - Scholarly publications
Huijnen, P. & Kox, A.J. (2007). Paul Ehrenfests Rough Road to Leiden: A Physicists Search for a Position, 1904-1912. Physics in Perspective, 9, (pp. 186-211) (26 p.).
Huijnen, P. (2007). Universiteit, bedrijfsleven en de opkomst van de beroepsonderzoeker, 1880-1940. In L.J. Dorsman & P.J. Knegtmans (Eds.), Onderzoek in opdracht. De publieke functie van het universitaire onderzoek in Nederland sedert 1876 (pp. 23-38) (16 p.). Hilversum: Uitgeverij Verloren.
  2007 - Popularising publications
Huijnen, P. (2007). De grijs geverfde twintigste eeuw. De Eerste Wereldoorlog als historiografisch probleem. De groene Amsterdammer, 131 (24).
Huijnen, P. (2007). De overheid mág niet alles. Interview met oud-minister Gerhart Baum. De groene Amsterdammer, 131 (49).
Huijnen, P. (2007). Peter Sloterdijk: De stad en zijn niet-bewoners. De groene Amsterdammer, 131 (11).
  2006 - Popularising publications
Huijnen, P. (15.11.2006). Groots, tragisch en Pruisisch (recensie van Astrid von Pufendorf, Die Plancks, Berlijn 2006). De groene Amsterdammer
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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 Researcher 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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Currently dr. Pim Huijnen teaches the following course(s):
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Full name
dr. P. Huijnen Contact details
Drift 6

Drift 6
Room 0.25
3512 BS  UTRECHT
The Netherlands


Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 6451
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