Always follow the sources and never invent ‘information’. That’s what we, historians, are taught during our education. But recently my students and I have been making up stories. We have been ‘interviewing’ people from Utrecht who have been dead for quite a few years. By Geertje Dekkers
In this Hoe geschiedenis jij? Professor Pim Huijnen introduces the concept of historical podcast series. This format offers historians a way to show the everyday process behind their work. It triggers them to also think about storytelling, tension build-ups and activating their listeners. If they manage to do so, a lot of opportunities arise, building on the endless amount of historical stories, cold cases and information. Huijnen therefore calls on students and historians to go and explore the format of historical podcast series.
Woodstock was a world famous music festical, held in 1969, and has gotten much attention in the past and present. Held in the same year, the Harlem Cultural Festival, never got the same kind of attention. With his directoral debut, Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson tries to pull the festival from the clutches of oblivion. Dirk Hooier watched and reviewed ‘Summer of Soul’.
We interview dr. Gertjan Plets about passions in all shapes and forms: passions at work, in leisure time and at the interface between the two. Topics discussed are Gertjan’s journey from archaeology to heritage, his recent research into energy companies’ sponsorship of museums, his enthusiasm for handiwork and cycling, and what he looks for in colleagues and students. Above all, Gertjan celebrates passion and encourages everyone to follow their interests.
Why do we see so few female artists in museums? Despite social and institutional barriers, there have definitely been women who were successful in the art world. It’s time to shed more light on these women and to do justice to this often neglected part of (art) history.
In this Beeldspraak Maud examines how the Javanese kris is a symbol of power and the practice of politics in various ways. She describes how gift-giving has traditionally been a way of maintaining political relations and why building a collection of colonial objects is not a neutral activity. She links all this to the kris that is central to this article, in order to illustrate the direct link between the object and the past.
On the 2nd of July, the notable and renowned Professor Maarten Prak ended his tenure at Utrecht University. For years, he has been committed to the meticulous study of history and high-quality education. We talked about Maarten Prak’s passion for the polder model during this interview. Moreover, we discussed its history and the effect of the phenomenon on contemporary society.