Recent News

VU New Year’s Gala 2019


For the first time, we will be awarding all teaching prizes at the same time during the VU New Year’s Gala.

Conference ‘The corrupt colony? Empire, colonialism and corruption: 1800-present’


Scandal, corruption, exploitation and abuse of power are related to the history of modern empire-building. In spite of some case-studies and general essays on corruption and imperialism, no entangled analysis exists of empire and corruption. This conference is an attempt to discuss the topic more systematically.

VU researcher and philosopher Catarina Dutilh Novaes appointed as URC professor


The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) will appoint Catarina Dutilh Novaes as Professor of Reasoning and Argumentation, and their History at the University Research Chair on 1 January 2019.

PPE, Griekse en Latijnse Taal en Cultuur en Philosophy Topopleiding 2019


In de Keuzegids Universiteiten 2019 krijgen zeven VU-bacheloropleidingen het kwaliteitszegel ‘Topopleiding’, twee meer dan vorig jaar. De VU stijgt hiermee naar de derde plek in de ranglijst van de zes klassieke universiteiten.

PAN-project nominated for the National Data Award


The Faculty of Humanities’ PAN-project (Portable Antiquities of the Netherlands) is nominated for the Dutch Data Award 2018

Nominated: Treasures in Trusted Hands


"Treasures in Trusted Hands – Negotiating the Future of Colonial Cultural Objects" (2016) by Jos van Beurden is one of the three dissertations nominated for the Boekman Dissertation-price for art, culture and policy. The winner will be announced during a symposium at Radboud University on October 30 next. There were 74 entries.

Interactive masterclass with Gerrit Zalm for PPE students


Gerrit Zalm is a VU-alumnus, former VU professor in economic governmental policy, Dutch Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Affairs, Minister of Finance, Director at ABN AMRO and later CEO and Chairman at ABN AMRO Group until his retirement a year ago.

Call for papers: 'Conference The Artistic Taste of Nations: Contesting Geographies of European Art, 1550-1815'


The conference The Artistic Taste of Nations: Contesting Geographies of European Art, 1550-1815 will be held on 13 and 14 June 2019 at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Researchers are invited to submit papers scrutinizing the impact of the early modern notion of ‘school’ on the emergence of a geographical understanding of the visual arts in Europe.

VU historians Inger Leemans and Ronald Kroeze receive NWO Internationalisation grant of 50,000 euro


For their research project Banking on Financial History

Microplastics Event: Invisible Invaders


Microplastics are everywhere. At this interdisciplinary event, we will examine the issue of ‘invisible invaders’ from multiple perspectives

Manon Parry appointed Professor of Medical History


As of the 1st of May 2018 Manon Parry is named professor by special appointment at the Faculty of Humanities

Keynote Lecture Angela Davis


Moving Together: Activism, Art and Education – A Week with Angela Davis is a weeklong program taking place from 12-17 May at various arts, cultural, educational and heritage institutions, and community centers in Amsterdam. Together with esteemed guest Professor Angela Y. Davis, as well as artists, scholars, activists and audience members, we will look into questions of citizenship, communal knowledge sharing, intergenerational activism, and relevant artistic practices.

Oud VU-promovendus Math Osseforth ontmoet Paus Benedictus XVI


Vorige maand is het vijf jaar geleden dat Paus Benedictus XVI zijn emeritaat aanving

Nederlanders hebben minder vertrouwen in banken door toename online dienstverlening


Persoonlijk contact tussen bankmedewerkers en hun klanten is van groot belang om het vertrouwen in banken te vergroten.

Beyond Racism and Poverty


SUMMARY The truck system is an understudied form of labor coercion that existed on a global scale in the period 1865-1920. Under this system, workers were forced to accept payments in kind through the company store. In Beyond Racism and Poverty Karin Lurvink describes how this system functioned on plantations in Louisiana in comparison with peateries in the Netherlands. In the United States, the system is often viewed as a 'second slavery' and strongly associated with racism. In the Netherlands, however, not racism but poverty has been seen as the main reason for its continued existence. By using a variety of historical sources and by analyzing the perspectives of both employers and workers, Lurvink provides new insights into how the truck system worked and can be explained. She reveals how the system was not only coercive but had advantages for the workers as well, which should not be overlooked.