KNAW workshop 23 May 2019

On 23 May 2019, Prof. Wim van Meurs (European Political History, Radboud University) and Prof. Lotte Jensen (Dutch Literature and Cultural History, PI of DwD) organise the workshop Vijf eeuwen rampen en risico’s. For programme and registration, see the website.

The workshop is sponsored by the Royal Dutch Academy for Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Expert meeting: Raingard Esser, University of Groningen

On Christmas eve 1717, the coastal regions of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark were hit by a severe flood disaster. The so-called Christmas Flood killed thousands of people. The sea water damaged the fields, farms and houses deep into the interior. On Tuesday 6 March 2018, the project team travelled to Groningen to visit the exhibition Kerstvloed 1717 in the Noorderlijk Scheepvaartmuseum and met with Raingard Esser, professor of Early Modern History at the University of Groningen. Esser wrote various articles on flood disasters in the Low Countries.

During the expert meeting, various aspects of early modern flood disasters were discussed. Did the flood disasters contribute to the formation of a local or national identity? Did floods always lead to solidarity, or also to conflict? What was the role of religion in the interpretation of disasters? How were floods integrated in the cultural memory of the region?

Esser indicated various possibilities for future research and argued that cultural historical research on floods has great value. Due to climate change, the risk of floods is increasing in coastal regions like Groningen. To cope with this hazard, culture and cultural memory are just as instrumental as technological and political solutions. The British ESRC-funded research project Sustainable Flood Memories (University of Warwick) has drawn attention to the fact that sustainable flood memories and the awareness of the hazard could potentially save lives.

Save the Date: Symposium over 'Water' op 7 juni 2018

Op 7 juni organiseren we een multidisciplinair symposium over water. Water heeft allerlei functies in de samenleving: het is een bron van leven, maar het kan ook een bedreiging vormen als gebieden door overstromingen getroffen worden. Water heeft ook talloze kunstenaars door de eeuwen heen geïnspireerd. Sprekers van verschillende achtergronden buigen zich over het fenomeen water en de rol ervan in onze cultuur en daarbuiten. Klik hier voor het volledige programma.

De toegang is gratis. Wel graag even aanmelden bij Lotte Jensen (l.jensen@let.ru.nl) voor 1 juni 2018.