AHM Newsletter 2017 no.1
February - March 2017
This is the Newsletter of the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM). 
As a research school and doctoral program,AHM fosters a dynamic, interdisciplinary and transnational research of heritage, memory studies and material culture. AHM is committed to the analysis of the remnants and narratives of the past in the present, as well as of the remaking of pasts into heritage, memory and material culture. The school stimulates scholarly cooperation in an international setting, organises PhD training, seminars and lecture series, reading groups, public debates as well as international workshops and conferences. For more information please take a look at our website.
Upcoming Events
AHM Lecture Series: Julia Sonnevend
15:30-17:00, 6 March 2017
Potgieter Zaal, University of Amsterdam, Singel 425, Amsterdam
In this lecture series Dr. Julia Sonnevend will reflect on her new book ‘Stories Without Borders: The Berlin Wall and the Making of a Global Iconic Event’. In her book she explores practices of transnational storytelling and the making of global iconic events. She will offer insights into the process by which global media cements certain events into public memory. Focusing on journalist covering of the fall of the Berlin Wall and on subsequent retellings of the event, she discusses how storytellers build up events so that people in many parts of the world remember them for long periods of time. Her book considers how this ‘mythological’ story shapes our debates about separation fences and walls worldwide today. Dr. Sonnevend is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. Her interdisciplinary research examines the cultural aspects of international media, with a special focus on media events, rituals, performances, and icons. The lecture will be followed by a discussion and drinks. Find more information here.
Material Culture History
15:00 – 18:00, 2 March 2017
Bushuis, University of Amsterdam,
Kloveniersburgwal 48, Amsterdam

This Masterclass, organised by the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH), explores one of the most innovative and dynamic fields in the discipline: material culture history. While initially focusing mostly on the history of consumption, material culture history now covers a wide range of fields. It is highly interdisciplinary by nature and combines insights and methodologies from various fields across the humanities, social sciences, and the sciences. One of the leading experts in this field, Prof. Ulinka Rublack (University of Cambridge), will discuss the value and different uses of material culture in the context of historical scholarship as well as the challenges involved. The Masterclass is open to RMa and PhD candidates enrolled in Dutch research schools. Find more information here.
Otherwise. Rethinking Museums and Heritage
26 - 28 July 2017, Humboldt University, Berlin

The Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH) of the Humboldt University in Berlin welcomes early career stage researchers to participate in the World Café section of the 2017 conference ‘Otherwise. Rethinking Museums and Heritage’, to be held in Berlin on 26-28 July 2017. This conference brings together international scholars and practitioners to think creatively, critically, and anthropologically about some of the liveliest concepts and practices circulating in museums and heritage today. The conference explores their potential for transforming museum practice. Find more information here.
International Conference:
Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality
27 -29 September 2017, University of Turku, Finland

The HTHIC2017 will take place in Pori, Finland, on 27-29 September 2017, hosted by the University of Turku and Elgin & Co. The Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality conferences invite participants to explore aspects of preservation, (re-)presentation, promotion and profit (value creation) relevant to the leading question “How can tourism destinations succeed in attracting tourists while simultaneously engaging all stakeholders in contributing to the preservation of natural and cultural heritage?”. The special theme of the conference will be: “Narratives for a World in Transition”. Find more information here.
Event: Culture + Conflict
Whose identity? Whose History?
18:00 - 19:30, 2 March 2017
The Weston Room, Maughan Library, King's College, Londen

Culture + Conflict organizes the event 'Whose identity? Whose History? Artist exploring personal and national history through the archives of others' with artists-in-residence Bisu Abu Eisheh and Miriam Ghani, chaired by Pablo de Orellana. The artist will talk about their practice and current research concerning both Palestine and Afghanistan. Culture+Conflict's intent in establishing an artist residency programme is to bring fresh insights to material held in archives by artists whose heritage is not British, especially in relation to the history of war, conflict and colonialism. Find more information about the event and the Culture+Conflict here.
Platform for Postcolonial Readings
10 March 2017
Vrij Universiteit Brussels, Campus Etterbeek
Room D.3.09, Pleinlaan 2, Brussels

The Platform of Postcolonial Readings welcomes its members to their upcoming meeting on the 'Aesthetic Turn in Postcolonial Studies'. The emerging aesthetic turn in postcolonial studies and the challenges this debate presents to postcolonial theorising and to concrete analyses of postcolonial artistic expression will be addressed by the Platform for Postcolonial Readings, which invites in particular junior researchers to participate in the meeting. For more information and registration please contact Dr. Eloe Kingma of NICA/OSL (nica-fgw@uva.nl).
Workshop: ICOMOS
Authenticity and Reconstruction
13 -15 March, 2017
ICOMOS HQ, Paris, France

The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is organizing a workshop on Authenticity and Reconstructions “A contemporary provocation: reconstructions as tools of future-making”. With the recent destructions of cultural heritage in the Middle East in our minds, the workshop will reflect on the thought that ruins and the heritage of war are both significant parts of cultural inheritance, and form an essential element in the landscape of people. Can the reconstruction of such inheritance play an important role in the process of rebuilding society in the wake of destructive events? The workshop will produce a printed peer-reviewed volume will be published by ICOMOS. For registration please contact secretariat@icomos.org. More information on the workshop you can find here.
CREATE Digital History Workshop series:
Geographi Information System (GIS)
15:00 – 17:00, several dates
eLab of Mediastudies, University of Amsterdam
The research program ‘Creative Amsterdam: An E-Humanities Perspective’ (CREATE) of the Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity (ACHI) organizes a new workshop series on ‘Geographic Information System’ (GIS). GIS stands for a wide array of computational techniques that allow scholars to statistically analyse, mange, map, manipulate and visualize geographical / (geo)spatial data. The GIS Digital History Workshop series is designed for all humanities scholars with an interest in data-drive research and who want to explore the spatial aspects of their research material. The upcoming dates are February 28, March 28 and April 25 2017. For more information about the sessions please visit the CREATE website.
ACASA Research Seminar Series
Wednesdays 15:00-17:00, several dates
Doelen zaal, University of Amsterdam, Singel 425, Amsterdam
The Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA) announced the dates for their Research Seminar Series ‘Current Issues in Archaeology’ for the second semester, 2017. The series is full of subjects concerning Memory and Material Culture and are open to everyone. The upcoming dates are February 22, March 6 and 22, April 5, 12 and 26, May 3 and 17. For more information about the program and the lecturers please take a look at the ACASA website.
Touring exhibition:
Creative Europe - Museum as a Toolbox
Until 30 September 2017, different locations

'Exhibition in Progress' (14/01 – 14/02/2017), was the first in the touring exhibition of the EU project, “Translocal: Museum as Toolbox” designed and organized by the MSU Youth Club (KMMSU) in Zagreb. Participants aged between 15 and 25 years had a unique opportunity to find out what an exhibition of contemporary art looks like when museum professionals hand the reins over to young people. The project, which extends over a two-year period and involves five contemporary European art museums, aims to explore different ways of involving young people in the museums’ activities and to accompany them in encountering art from the 21st century. Find more information on the project here.
Exhibition: Lost in Translation.
Understanding and Representing Islam.

4 February – 27 May 2017
Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam
The students of the international MA Museum Studies (UvA) present ‘Lost in Translation – Understanding and Representing Islam’. The central object of the exhibition is a replica of a historical, Islamic flag. The flag with Islamic symbols and Arabic texts is from Indonesia and had a place in the VOC-room of the Oost-Indisch Huis in Amsterdam until July 2016. The removal of the flag attracted a lot of attention of several academics of the Faculty of Humanities of the UvA. In response to this event, the students researched the different factors which have played a role in the removal of the flag and its relation to the VOC-room, the origins of the original which is located in the depot of the Rijksmuseum and the value of the object to the Islamic culture. The exhibition is the result of the course ‘Museums & the Mobility of Artefacts’, in which students get acquainted with the ever changing meaning of heritage. Find more information here.
Exhibition: Modern Candor. The Struggle for the Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas
27 January – 7 May 2017
Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam
The exhibition ‘Modern Candor’ is about the conflict on the Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas, but the visitors of the Allard Pierson Museum will only find two maps of the archipelago. Artist Jasmijn Visser created an installation of rare maps and books of, among others, Panama, Zimbabwe, Nepal and the moon. They are selected from the Special Collections of the UvA. From these geographical locations Visser looks at the Falklandislands/Islas Malvinas and connects local events on the archipelago to major turning points in world history. ‘Modern Candor’ is an exhibition on the occasion of the launch of the book ‘Conflict Atlas: Geopolitics and contingencies on the Malvinas – Falklands archipelago’, by Jasmijn Visser & Metahaven, published by Archive Books, Berlin. Find more information about the exhibition here. More about The Falkland Project here.
Exhibition: Activating Artifacts. About Academia
11 February – 16 April 2016, Wed-Sun 12:00-18:00.
Rozenstraat 59, Amsterdam
‘Activating Artifacts: About Academia’ is a new exhibition project by Antoni Muntadas. Its aim is to facilitate an interdisciplinary dialogue about higher educations: its many limitations as well as new possibilities. The exhibition is a collaboration with the University of Amsterdam. Find more information here.
Exhibition: Good Luck, See You After the Revolution
11 February – 16 April, Mon-Fri 09:00-13:00
Art History Department, UvA
Turfdraagsterspad 15-17, Amsterdam

The FOOTNOTES #0 presentation ‘Good Luck, See You After the Revolution’ comments on Antoni Muntadas’ solo-exhibition ‘About Academia: Activating Artifacts’ within the broader framework of radical education programmes in the arts. It does so by emphasizing a highly selective genealogy leading up to the founding of the Center of Advanced Visual Studies at MIT, the experimental art and research platform where Muntadas was first invited in 1977. The exhibition is in cooperation with De Appel Arts Centre. More information about the exhibition and opening hours you can find here.
UvA385 Grants for PhD candidates
Deadline: 1 April 2017
In 2017, the University of Amsterdam is celebrating its 385th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the UvA is introducing a new type of grant, the UvA385 Grant, which enables UvA PhD candidates to acquire international experience. UvA385 Grants are offered on top of existing regular opportunities. The launch of this new grant also forms the start of a fund-raising campaign being carried out by the Amsterdam University Fund (AUF). The UvA and the AUF are investing in the future of research through these UvA385 Grants and are awarded by the Doctorate Board. The students who have been awarded the grants will be announced to coincide with the 2018 Dies Natalis and on the same day in 2019 (for the second round). Find more information and details about the deadlines, the grants, and the selection procedure here.
Mobility grant for AHM members Prof. Christa-Maria Lerm-Hayes 
Prof. Lerm-Hayes, professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History, has received a mobility grant to spend one week at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. The return visit to the AHM will be in October, by Prof. Leonida Kovač, lecturer in Art Theory at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Their academic cooperation will focus on memory and art.
Prof. Juliet Simpson visiting professor at the AHM in 2017
Professor Juliet Simpson of the Coventry University will be a visiting scholar at AHM in 2017. Simpson was selected for the Visiting Professors Programme of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW). Prof. Simpson is an internationally-recognised expert in research and scholarship in European art, visual culture and art criticism of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Find more information on Simpson's work here.
Past Events
Exhibition: Obliterated Families
14 January 2017 – 12 February 2017
Kriterion, Roetersstraat 170, Amsterdam
From January 14 until February 12, the exhibition ‘Obliterated Families’ was housed in Kriterion, Amsterdam. The art project from photographer Anne Paq and journalist Ala Quandil is about Palestinian families who were ‘obliterated’ by an attack from Israel in 2014. The pictures show wat the surviving family members are left with. This exhibition was organised by the ‘Nederlandse coalitie voor Palestijnse kinderen in Israëlische gevangenschap’, that exists of several NGO’s, including Defense For Children. Find more information about the project here
Lecture: Christian Castles, Pagan Forests?
8 February 2017
University of Amsterdam
This lecture ‘Christian Castles, Pagan Forests? Environmental and Cultural Dynamics Folowing the Crusades in the Eastern Baltic’ by Prof. Aleksander Pluskowski, from the Department of Archaeology of the University of Reading (UK), considered the inter-related environmental and cultural dynamics associated with the impact of the crusades and associated processes of colonisation and religious transformation in the eastern Baltic. This lecture was the first of the ACASA Research Seminar Series ‘Current issues in Archaeology’ of Semester 2, 2017. Find more information on the lecture here.
Bootcamp for Humanities
6-10 February 2017
Venture Lab Humanities, Amsterdam
Twice a year ACE Venture Lab organises the Bootcamp – an intensive training program for MSc students, researchers and professionals of the faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam. Offering several workshops and mentoring from startup experts, the Bootcamp covers all stages of business creation and development, teaching the participant how to translate their concept into a feasible company. The next Bootcamp will take place around September/October. More information about the programme you can find on their website.
Lecture: Literary Life in Mamluk Syria and Egypt (1250-1517)
2 February 2017
University of Leiden
In this fifth Leiden Lecture on Arabic Language and Culture, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies Thomas Bauer (University of Münster) gave a lecture on the literary life in Syria and Egypt in the Mamluk period. In his lecture, the main question was who wrote and recited which kind of literature for what kind of readership and audience, and he asked about the function of literature in different social layers of Mamluk society. He gave an overview over the most common forms and genres of Arabic literature in this exciting period. More information here.
Special screening: ‘Reasonable Doubt’ (2016) by Mieke Bal
Wednesday 18 January 2017
EYE Film museum, Amsterdam
‘Reasonable Doubt’, the latest film by cultural theorist and critic Mieke Bal, is an experiment to audio-visualise ‘thought’. Mixing docu-drama with theoretical fiction, the project stages scenes from the lives of philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650) and the Swedish Queen Kristina (1626-1689). The film is not a biography but a series of scenes that constitute a double portrait. In this project, Mieke Bal looks back from Descartes’ last book, The Passions of the Soul and explores the ongoing struggle against dualism in different episodes of his life. The screening was introduced by Mieke Bal and the Q&A session was led by Giovanna Fossati, chief curator at EYE and professor of Film Heritage at the UvA. Find a trailer of the film here.
Calls and Vacancies
Call for Applications:
TransPositions Summer School
Deadline: 22 February 2017

The ERC ARTECHNE project and the Department of History and Art History of Utrecht University organize the ‘TransPositions Summer School 2017: Sensible Objects, Material Engagement, Skilled Expertise’ from 21 August to 25 August 2017. The focus will be on material culture and the senses. How can we investigate sensory experiences of past material cultures or cultures that are not our own? And how can we reconstruct in our studies the experiential richness of ephemera and material practices “lost in transmission” or only preserved in textual sources? These questions are approached across different disciplines. Find more information here.

Deadline: 1 March 2017

The project-team iC ACCESS is looking for student-assistant for circa 8 hours a week, for a period of 12 months. The student-assistant will be assisting the project-team in different kinds of organizational issues. The student is in the Master phase (e.g. Heritage, Museum conservator, Archaeology) or in its third-year of Archaeology, Cultural Studies, European Studies or History. The student has to have an excellent understanding of English and is interested in Heritage research. The student-assistant will be closely involved in the research of the AHM. For the full vacancy please contact a.j.m.blommestijn@uva.nl. More information about the project you find here.
Call for Research Assistantships:
Deadline: 1 March 2017

The Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies (ACCES EUROPE) is looking for six Research Assistants. ACCESS EUROPE Research Assistants are students currently enrolled in a Master degree in a relevant discipline or who have completed such a degree in 2015 or 2016. They undertake a clearly specified research project on a topic with a distinct European dimension. The research project includes the preparation of a PhD proposal as well as other activities such as data collection and analysis, and/or co-authorship of a research publication with the supervisors. Find more information here.
Call for Papers:
Trauma Studies in
the Digital Age

Deadline: 5 March 2017

The international workshop ‘Trauma Studies in the Digital Age’ is going to advance the growing new field of digital trauma studies which is located at the intersection of digital memory studies, cultural trauma studies, and digital media studies. The workshop will discuss the emerging social phenomenon of digital trauma processing. There are also young scholars sessions. The workshop is part of Anna Menyhért’s individual Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellowship, supervised by Prof. Ellen Rutten at the University of Amsterdam. The project is called TRAPRODIG - Trauma Studies in the Digital Age: the Impact of Social Media on Trauma Processing in Life Narratives and in Trauma Literature: the Case of Hungary. Find more information here.

Call for Applications:
International Summer School in Comparative Conflict Studies
Deadline: 13 March 2017

The Centre for Comparative Conflict Studies at the Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK) of the Singidunum University in Belgrade organizes its 8th International Summer School from June 25 to July 2, 2017. The courses provide a learning opportunity for students interested in the study and analysis of societies in and post-conflict. Interdisciplinary in its nature, the Summer School provides students with an interactive learning experience utilizing frontal lectures and class discussions focusing on comparative conflict analysis of different case studies. Students who complete the course requirements gain 5 ECTS. Find more information here.
Call for Applications
Exploring the Spatial and Temporal Scales of Warfare and Conflict
Deadline: 15 March 2017

The Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologist of 2017, to be held 30 August - 3 September in Maastricht, will consider the topic of conflict archaeology. This new and promising field of research has developed rapidly over the past two decades. It focuses on the material manifestations of human violence from prehistory tot the 21st century. The goal of this session is to explore the advances in conflict archaeology by a consideration of the wider scales of analysis in a spatial as well as a temporal sense. AHM members James Symonds and Rob van der Laarse are involved in this project. Find more information here.
Call for Participants:
LERU Doctural Summer School 2017
Deadline: 20 March 2017

Each year LERU, the League of European Universities, organises a summer school at the University of Zurich from 9-14 July 2017, with the theme 'Citizen science - nexus between research and public engagement'. The summer school is intended for PhD candidates who are in an advanced phase of their doctoral work. The objectives are to encourage students to gain a better understanding of the benefits and impact of information sharing and collaboration, and to assist them to develop the core skills needed for involvement in knowledge exchange in order to enrich and advance their own research excellence as well as that of others. For more information please contact: c.sierhuis@uva.nl. 
Call for Papers:
Heritage, Memory, Art,
and Agency

Deadline: 31 March 2017

The CHAT (Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory) 2017 Conference, organised in collaboration with AHM, will take place from November 3-5, 2017. The conference will explore the relationship between contemporary and historical archaeology and cultural memory narratives. It will take an interdisciplinary approach to artefacts and people, examining the agency of art, and how humans, material culture, and non-human actors interact to form identities, and create, perpetuate, and or challenge social hierarchies, taboos, and a sense of place. Find more information here.
Call for Papers:
Mnemonics 2017 Summer School
Deadline: 31 March 2017

The sixth ‘Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies’ Summer School, with the theme ‘The Social Life of Memory’, will be hosted by the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform from September 7-9, 2017 at Goethe University, Frankfurt. Confirmed Keynote speakers are Aleida Assmann (University of Konstantz), Andreas Huyssen (Colombia University, New York) and Anna Reading (King’s College Londen). Find more information here.
Call for Participants:
Urban World-Making
International conference and workshop
Deadline: 26 May 2017

The international workshop on Urban World-Making is organised by the ASCA Cities Project of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis of the University of Amsterdam. The one-day workshop will take place 1-2 June 2017. The international workshop explores contemporary processes of ‘worlding’ in relation to urban environments. A confirmed Keynote speaker is Dr. Romola Sanyal, Assistant Professor of Urban Geography, at the London School of Economics. The workshop is open to the public. Find more information here.
Call for Papers:
Materialities of Postcolonial Memory
Deadline: 1 June 2017

The Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM) of the University of Amsterdam welcomes applications for the AHM Conference 2017 on ‘Materialities of Postcolonial Memory’, which will be held 7-9 December 2017 in Amsterdam. As questions of racism are prominent in public debate, the colonial and slavery past represent more than ever key sites of both social encounter and contestation. The fields of heritage and memory studies, however, have been slow to respond to these urgent issues. This conference will engage with these debates through the lens of materiality, broadly understood. More information on the conference and the CfP you can find here.
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