Researcher: Adriaan Duiveman
Supervisors: Lotte Jensen and Joost Rosendaal

The eighteenth century is usually characterised as the Age of Enlightenment, including advancements in science and critical thought in the domains of religion and politics. This project will establish to what extent disaster discourses were influenced by Enlightenment thought, while also focusing on the central question of local and national community building in disaster discourses.

The PhD candidate investigates the types of solidarity manifested in various aspects of eighteenth-century emergency management, like disaster prevention (dyke solidarity) and disaster relief (charity). These types of solidarity are linked to processes of local and national identity formation, memory culture and the interpretative frameworks used to give meaning to catastrophes.

The Christmas flood, 1717