Adriaan Duiveman pitched scenario in De Balie, Amsterdam

On Monday 16 December, project team member and PhD candidate Adriaan Duiveman pitched a scenario during the Kenniscafé in De Balie, Amsterdam. During the evening, 15 scientists and scholars sketched their visions of the future, ranging from breakthroughs in solar energy to surveillance in the digital age.

Adriaan’s scenario connects the research of the DWD group to the current-day, urgent issues of climate crisis and flood risks in the Netherlands. The Dutch national identity is intertwined with the story of a collective “struggle against the water”. In his pitch, Adriaan nuances this story and highlights its potential dangers in the new circumstances of rising sea levels and more extreme weather conditions.

KennisCafé: Wetenschappers over de 2020’s from De Balie TV on Vimeo.

Disaster assignment in school

A nice surprise awaited us when we read the newest edition of Kleio, the journal for history teachers. Our research, and in particular Lotte’s article on disaster songs, inspired Daan Schuijt, editor of Kleio, to make an assignment on disasters in the early modern period for high school students. It is nice to see that our research is already being used for teaching purposes!

In the assignment, the students have to write an ‘enlightened weather journal’ about the earthquake and tsunami in Lisbon in 1755. You can find the complete assignment here:

Presenting our research to the Executive Board of the RU

Yesterday, the Executive Board of the RU visited the faculty of Arts. Three different projects presented themselves to them during the day, including ours. We decided to surprise them with a quiz with all kinds of questions about our research. Naturally, we took the time to explain the answers. The winners took home a fitting prize: beer especially brewed for the memorial of 300 years Christmas’ flood (1717) in Groningen.

Marieke van Egeraat asking the first question of the quiz
Adriaan Duiveman as quiz master

Historicidagen: our contribution in Groningen

Last Saturday, part of the project team (Lotte, Hanneke, Adriaan, Fons and Marieke) had an exciting afternoon. During the Historicidagen (Historians’ Days), we had the opportunity to present our research to fellow historians. In our panel, entitled ‘Rampen, solidariteit en inclusiviteit’ (Disasters, solidarity and inclusiveness), we not only gave short lectures on different topics, but also looked in detail at a print of a flood and sang some disaster songs. All in all, we were very pleased with the participation of the audience and look back on a fantastic conference.

Fons Meijer presents his research during the Historicidagen 2019.

Disasters and morality in the 17th century

On 30 August, Werkgroep Zeventiende Eeuw organises its annual conference, taking place in Antwerp. This year’s theme is ‘virtues and vices’ and deal with questions and representations of morality in the 17th century Dutch Republic. Three of our project members, Hanneke van Apseren, Marieke van Egeraat and Lilian Nijhuis will present papers on the relation between disasters and morality. Click here for more information.

The Saint Martin’s Flood, 1689