Cultural History programme


Zwarte Piet maakt witheet

Wies Bakker has transformed her final essay for the course Understanding Theory into an online article. Her article argues that the debate about the appearance of Black Pete can benefit from the use of emotion.   For the article, click here

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Thesis: Jewish Americans and the Holocaust. The Holocaust discourse in Jewish American newspapers, 1945-2000.

by Mieke Geugies In April 2016 I began writing my master thesis. But actually, the preliminary thesis process already started in November of 2015. During the second teaching period, students followed a tutorial course in which we perfected our writing and research skills and drafted a research proposal for the thesis. Students could choose between…

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Joris van Eijnatten appointed as KB fellow

Cultural historian Joris van Eijnatten is appointed DH Fellow at the National Library of the Netherlands this Fall. He uses the digitized corpora of newspapers in the library to analyze the changing face of Europe during the twentieth century. In order to do this, he traces the popularity of all but forgotten European ideals such…

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Thesis: Ela and Ada: Gender, Class and Performativity in Penny Romances

by Celine Frohn In my experience the hardest part of any substantial writing project is finding a place to start. In the case of the master’s thesis, the first task was finding a suitable subject. My personal interest has always been literature, with a weak spot for stories containing murder, mayhem, and supernatural elements. When…

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Thesis: Empire and South Pacific ‘contributions’ to the London Missionary Society

by Stephanie Hall   My thesis explored the relationship between the missions of the London Missionary Society (LMS) and empire in the South Pacific during the mid-nineteenth century. I looked at a characteristic form of missionary material culture: the contribution. Contributions were produce, craft objects, and money given by South Pacific converts to fund the…

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