Degree related research groups

Seminar on Global History and Heritage in a Postcolonial World

  • Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Susan Legêne

  • This CLUE seminar sees Research Master's students and PhD researchers join forces in research on Global History and Heritage in a Postcolonial World.

De Boekzaal (The Book Room)

  • Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Inger Leemans

  • Reading society De Boekzaal (The Book Room) is made up of cultural historians: PhD researchers from the Huizinga Institute and Research Master's students engaged in studying early modern cultural history. During meetings, which are held at VU University, we look at one or more early modern texts together, which we present from different angles. One of the PhD researchers or Research Master’s students gives a short presentation of their own research and briefly introduces the text, after which the other participants can shed light on the text based on their own expertise. At the moment students and researchers are participating on research on the history of literature, religion, economics, politics, science, society and emotions. Discussions are led by Prof. Dr. Inger Leemans (VU) and Prof. Dr. Wijnand Mijnhardt (Utrecht University). To sign up, please contact Fernie Maas.

Seminar on Interdisciplinary Literary Research

  • Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Diederik Oostdijk

  • The purpose of this research seminar is to bring together a small group of scholars in the humanities (RMA, PhD. or postdoctoral) whose work is connected to literature in an interdisciplinary way. Each year it focuses on a demanding theoretical book that may be hard to study on one’s own, and reflects on how the ideas of this text may change or affect the researcher’s project. This project may be different for each of the participants: an essay, a chapter, a paper, or a research proposal.

    This year the focus will be on Astrid Erll's Memory in Culture (2011). Each week the participants study one chapter of Erll's book and discuss in ten minutes how the chapter is relevant for their research. The participants may focus on the entire chapter, but could also zero in on a single concept, a single sentence, or a paragraph that seems particularly significant for their research. It is important to make the connection of Erll's text to your own research project as concrete as possible. The presentations and sessions are informal, so participants can test ideas, raise questions, or share doubts about any aspect of their research that connects with the chapter that the group will be reading that week. Each of the participants is asked to bring a hand-out about their presentation for all of the other participants. One of the participants writes a short report, which is distributed amongst the group during the following session. The report of the previous session will be read aloud to the group at the beginning of the next session. The reports contain short descriptions of the presentations and the general agreements and disagreements that were discussed, so that there is a record of the findings.