Lotte Jensen new member of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Our PI, Lotte Jensen, has been chosen as a new member of the The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (in Dutch: Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, KNAW)! Members of the KNAW are prominent academics from all disciplines. They are chosen based on nominations from colleagues in and outside the Academy.

For a news article in Dutch, see: Vijf Nijmeegse topwetenschappers gekozen tot lid KNAW

‘Monarchs show their added value during disasters’ – Interview with Fons Meijer

In light of Kingsday on Monday 27 April in the Netherlands, the day we celebrate the birthday of our king, Fons Meijer was interviewed for Vox Nieuws to tell something about monarchs in times of disaster. You can read the interview in English and Dutch:

English: ‘Monarchs show their added value during disasters’
Dutch: ‘Tijdens rampen laten vorsten hun meerwaarde zien’

Brabants Erfgoed: themamaand rampen

Brabants Erfgoed is deze maand gewijd aan historische rampen​ in Brabant. Ons onderzoeksteam heeft verschillende bijdragen geleverd aan de themamaand.

Beluister hier de podcast met Lotte Jensen

Of lees de volgende artikelen:

– Hanneke van Asperen, Het drama van Babyloniënbroek in 1809.

– Fons Meijer, Het Maasland, gevormd door overstromingen.

– Adriaan Duiveman, Een gedicht over de watersnood van 1757 in ‘s Hertogenbosch.

– Lotte Jensen, De watersnoodramp van Nieuwkuijk in 1880.

George Andries Roth, Watersnood te Kessel, 1855, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

The Corona Crisis and music

The Corona Crisis and Music

During the current corona crisis music is often used to offer consolation. People in Siena were singing from their balconies, while Elton John hosted a relief concert to pay tribute to front line health care workers . A total sum of one million dollar was raised. In the Netherlands we also witnessed such initiatives: the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (Rotterdam) played Alle Menschen werden Brüder. The home concert was praised by Oprah Winfrey.


From historical disaster research we know that during crises songs were often used to spread the news, offer consolation and create a sense of beloning together. Here is a selection of articles published on this theme from a Dutch perspective:

– Lotte Jensen, ‘Disaster upon disaster inflicted on the Dutch. Singing about natural disasters in the Netherlands, 1600-1900’, BMGN – Low Countries Historical Review 134 (2019) 2, 45-70. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/bmgn-lchr.10449.
– Lotte Jensen, ‘Zingen om het hoofd boven water te houden. Overstromingen en de Nederlandse liedcultuur‘, in: Tijdschrift voor waterstaatsgeschiedenis 28 (2019) 2, 78-91.
– Lotte Jensen, ‘Zingen over rampen. Het lied als nieuwsverspreider en troostverschaffer‘, in: Kleio 60 (november 2019), 4-9.

The Corona crisis and our research

With the Corona crisis affecting everyone in the Netherlands and even the world, our research becomes more relevant than ever. Some of us have already contributed to the ongoing debates about the crisis on their own websites, in magazines and newspapers. In this blog post we will give an overview of these contributions:

Interview De Gelderlander

Het weekend van 1-2 februari stond in het teken van de herdenking van de watersnood van 1953 en van het hoogwater 1995. In De Gelderlander verscheen een interview met Lotte Jensen over de manier waarop lokale en nationale identiteit bepaald worden door de strijd tegen het water. Zie voor het interview: https://www.gelderlander.nl/nijmegen/in-tijden-van-watersnood-laten-nederlanders-zich-van-hun-beste-kant-zien-al-eeuwenlang~a34561ec/

Expert meeting 23 January

On Thursday, 23 January, we met with a group of experts from the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Dutch: Rijkswaterstaat) and other people working on (the history of) managing the water in the Netherlands. It was a very fruitful afternoon during which we discussed how to implement findings of our research into the work of Rijkswaterstaat.