Universiteit van Nederland

On 3 February 2016, Lotte Jensen will give a lecture on Dutch identity at the Universiteit van Nederland [University of the Netherlands]. When did we start to feel Dutch? Why do we get emotional when we listen to our national anthem? Who are our Dutch heroes? Jensen’s lecture will be broadcast on NPO 2.

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Performances of Peace: Peace of Utrecht (1713)

Recently published: Renger E. de Bruin, Cornelis van der Haven, Lotte Jensen & David Onnekink (Eds.), Performances of PeaceUtrecht 1713. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2015.

The Peace of Utrecht (1713), which brought an end to the War of the Spanish Succession, was a milestone in global history. Performances of Peace aims to rethink the significance of the Peace of Utrecht by exploring the nexus between culture and politics. For too long, cultural and political historians have studied early modern international relations in isolation. By studying the political as well as the cultural aspects of this peace (and its concomitant paradoxes) from a broader perspective, this volume aims to shed new light on the relation between diplomacy and performative culture in the public sphere.

For more information, click here. The book will soon be available Open Access.

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Lotte Jensen on national identity

What does it mean to be Dutch? And when did Dutch identity emerge? In this short video by de Jonke Akademie Lotte Jensen discusses the roots of Dutch identity.

Also see the article on De Volkskrant website.

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The Roots of Nationalism

On 22 and 23 January 2015 the VIDI research group ‘Proud to be Dutch’ will host the international conference ‘The Roots of Nationalism: National Identity Formation in Early Modern Europe, 1600-1815’. We are happy to announce that registration is now open. The registration form and the conference programme, which includes keynotes by David Bell, Azar Gat, Andrew Hadfield, and Caspar Hirschi, can be found on the conference website. Please note that the registration deadline is  15 December 2014.

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Radboud Science Award 2014

We happily announce that Lotte Jensen has been awarded the Radboud Science Award 2014. Every year the Radboud University selects three scholars whose research is considered to be the most groundbreaking, innovative and interesting. Their research will be translated into activities aimed at primary schools in the region of Nijmegen. The award will be handed over by the dean of the Radboud University, prof. mr. S.C.J.J. Kortmann, on Wednesday 24 September. For more information about the award, please see Wetenschapsknooppunt Radboud Universiteit.

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Proud to be Dutch on TV

Last Tuesday, 10 June, Lotte Jensen appeared on the Dutch 8 o’ clock news to talk about Dutch identity, in connection to the upcoming football world championship.

Here you can read the news article and here you can find the media clip.

UPDATE. Lotte Jensen also appeared on the Dutch TV programme for children, ‘Schooltv weekjournaal’. You can find the media clip here.

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Early Modern Europeanism 1648-1815

On Friday 6 June 2014, Matthijs Lok and Lotte Jensen will host the following colloquium:

Early Modern Europeanism 1648-1815

Date: Friday 6 June 2014
Location: University of Amsterdam, Bungehuis 1.01

The idea of Europe is generally considered to be the typical product of a war-ridden twentieth century. If a European ideal is thought to have existed before the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) in 1952, its roots are generally sought in the Interbellum. However, thoughts on Europe were also prevalent in Europe prior to 1914. During this conference we will study the early modern tradition of European thinking between 1648 and 1815. Various questions will be addressed, such as: what forms does early modern Europeanism take? Is the theme of Europe important primarily in times of peace (as during the Peace of Westphalia, Ryswick, Utrecht, and Vienna), or does it continue to be prevalent in public opinion? How do concepts of Europe in literature, political writings, and international law interrelate? How do thoughts on Europe relate to the emergence of an early modern ‘national’ consciousness? Does the past play a role in early modern Europeanism, and if so, which past? What is the relationship between protestant, catholic, and European thought and does the concept of Europe differ from the earlier concept of the ‘respublica christiana’? And finally: is there a development in the way Europe was perceived in the period between 1648 and 1815?

Programme

13.00-13.15 Lotte Jensen – Introduction

13.15-13.45 David Onnekink – Europe and Christendom in Early Modern Diplomatic Discourse

13.45-14.15 Lotte Jensen – Peace Celebrations and Europeanism, 1648-1748

14.15-14.45 Coffee break

14.45-15.15 Michael Wintle – Dutch Europeanism before 1815: the Case of Visual Culture in Engravings and Maps

15.15-15.45 Bart Verheijen – The Peace of Amiens of 1802. Shaping Europe after the Revolution?

15.45-16.15 Matthijs Lok – The Kantian Peace Tradition and the Reconstruction of Europe, 1813-1815 

16.15-16.45 Plenary Discussion & Concluding Remarks by Matthijs Lok

16.45-17.30 Drinks

Participation is free, but please register by sending an e-mail to Lotte Jensen (l.jensen@let.ru.nl) before 1 June. 

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