Cultural History of Modern Europe


Dear <<First Name>>:

This is the first Cultural History Newsletter of this academic year. The MA Cultural History of Modern Europe started with 40 students this year, and there are many upcoming events we like to tell you about. There is even a succesful conference we can already look back at.

Enjoy the start of this year!

Jaap Verheul

In this issue:

Lecture Seminar 22 September

The first session of the CHME Lecture Seminar will take place Thursday 22 September 17.15-18.15h in Drift 21, room 1.05. This session will start with an introduction by our career officer Sjoer Bergervoet, This will be followed by a presentation by one of our alumni, Nina Montijn, who did her internship in the Rijksmuseum and is now working in the education department of the Cobra Museum. Attendance is compulsory for all students in the MA Cultural History of Modern Europe, premaster students and others are welcome. Drinks will be served afterward in café Broers, Janskerkhof 9.

Conference ‘Life Writing and European Identities’ 16 November

A.S. Byatt will receive the 2016 Erasmus Prize for her contribution to the genre of life writing. To mark this occasion, Praemium Erasmianum, the Huizinga Instituut voor Cultuurgeschiedenis and the Onderzoekschool voor Literatuurwetenschap (OSL) are organizing this conference on life writing and European identities.
Date: Wednesday 16 November 2016
Time: 10am until 5pm (drinks afterwards)
Venue: Paushuize, Kromme Nieuwegracht 49, Utrecht
Moderator: Prof. Ann Rigney (Utrecht University)

The full programme will be soon available on the websites and
Entrance to the conference is free of charge. Registration via the Huizinga Institute ( or the National Research School for Literary Studies (OSL) ( The conference will be held in English.

Conference Imag(in)ing Europe

The academic year started  with the conference Imag(in)ing Europe: Perspectives on a Contested Continent, 14-16 September. The conference was the final event of the research program Asymmetrical Encounters that was run by the Cultural History program at Utrecht.

Many students attended the conference and study association USHK organized the debate section "From Europe with Love?" with freelance political writer Dick Pels and cultural entrepreneur Marjo van van Schaik.

Cultural History Seminars

Thursdays, 15:30-17:00, Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, room 1.06

Upcoming seminars 
  • 6 October: Jochen Hung ,“Good” Culture and “Bad” Politics? Rewriting the History of the Weimar Republic
  • 20 October: Melvin Wevers
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