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Call for papers: ASAP Amsterdam


"As Slowly as Possible": A Symposium of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present.

Oratie dr. Alec Badenoch: 'Found in Translation: Transnational Media and the National Archive.'


Dr Alec Badenoch (1971) bekleedt de komende vijf jaar een bijzondere leerstoel van het Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Re-scape Colloquium Medellín, social urbanism spatial justice and urban narratives


You are kindly invited for a special Re-Scape afternoon at the VU, with a program on urban transformation and regeneration.

Symposion: 'Philosophical Perspectives on Religious Diversity and the Discussion on the Future of the Faculty of Theology'


Presentation of the book 'Philosophical Perspectives on Religious Diversity - Bivalent Truth, Tolerance, and Personhood' by Dirk-Martin Grube and Walter van Herck.

The Digital Art History Lab at the Frick Collection: Towards a Critical ´DAH´


A recurrent criticism of digital art history (DAH) is that the methodologies offered by computational tools and analytical techniques have not been applied to art-historical research questions in ways that allow art historians to reconsider fundamental issues of their field and develop new research questions. Critics argue that instead of breaking new ground, DAH has stalled at the level of the DAH project, which merely translates traditional practices into a digitized format. Their concerns are not entirely unfounded: at a 2016 symposium on the state of the field of DAH, conversation focused on the sustainability of existing projects rather than how digital tools might expand the discipline. This presentation revisits the question of how DAH might impact art history productively and surveys the efforts of one American institution that is striving to bring the tools and methods of DAH to a larger audience: the Frick Art Reference Library╒s Digital Art History Lab (DAHL). The DAHL seeks not only to provide researchers with the digital tools and data necessary to explore new methodologies but also aims to stimulate collaborations between art historians and specialists from a variety of fields, from computer science to geography. Ellen Prokop is an art historian who specializes in Spanish art of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She is currently preparing two book manuscripts: an overview of the collecting and exhibition histories of BartolomÄ Murillo, El Greco, and Diego de Velçzquez and an annotated translation of Fray Juan Ricci╒s artistic treatise of ca. 1660, La pintura sabia. Her articles are published and forthcoming in The Hispanic Research Journal and The Journal of the History of Collections. She is the Associate Photoarchivist of the Frick Art Reference Library, New York, and regularly teaches at New York University and Hunter College, City University of New York.

Global History Seminar; Invitation for the session of November 23, 2017


Wybren Verstegen, The Senate and the people in the North Atlantic small power constitutional monarchies, the Low Countries, Scandinavia, Ireland and Canada, from ca. 1800 to the present Karin Lurvink, Consuming Freedom. Unfree labor in the 20th century

Two new PhD positions obtained through China Research Council and University of Salento


In october Mrs. Nana Zheng and Ilaria Ricci started new, doctoral research in the department of Art and Culture, History and Heritage of the Faculty of Humanities. The research is made possible thanks to grants from the China Research Council and the University of Salento (double degree) respectively.

Oratie Wayne Modest over materiële cultuur en gevoelige erfgoedstudies


Per 21 oktober 2016 is Wayne Modest benoemd tot bijzonder hoogleraar bij de Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen van de Vrije Universiteit.

Unhinging the National Framework: Platform for the Study of Life-Writing and Transnationalism


6th Meeting Friday, 3 November, 2017

CLUE+ meets Network Institute


CLUE+ and the Network Institute are two of the interfaculty research institutes of the Vrije Universiteit. Key to the research of CLUE are culture, cognition, history and heritage, while the Network Institute studies the technological, economic, social and communicative aspects of networks. Both institutes bring together unique combinations of scientists from social sciences and humanities, theology, informatics, economy, earth and live sciences and law. Aim is to work on joint projects, reflect upon societal challenges and formulate strategies for addressing those challenges.

The exsistance of God: on the Very idea of radical theology


This symposium is the fourteenth in a series of seminars as part of the project Metamorphoses of Christianity.

Environmental Humanities Center. Waste Event + Excursion


With Alice Twemlow, Rachele Dini, and Dave Hakkens At this event, we invite you to confront and ponder an object that we usually wish to dispose of quickly: waste. To examine waste in all its materiality, we invite 15 people to join us on a morning excursion to AEB, an Energy from Waste plant in Amsterdam’s harbour. In the afternoon, three speakers will explore the topic of waste from an environmental humanities perspective: Alice Twemlow, author of Sifting the Trash: A History of Design Criticism in the US and the UK Since 1950; Rachele Dini, author of Consumerism, Waste and Re-use in Twentieth-century Fiction; and the Dutch artist Dave Hakkens, who designed the Precious Plastic project.



Nuclear waste is one of the major unsolved challenges of our time, raising an array of questions, from the possibilities and politics of storage and disposal, over deep time, to toxic sovereignty. In this series, we will grapple with the environmental, aesthetico-political and ethical dilemmas that emerge from the out-of-scale temporalities induced by radioactive matter that haunt our own era but also countless generations to come.