Fotograaf: Jeroen Oerlemans

dhr. prof. dr. G.H. (Geert) Janssen

Vroegmoderne geschiedenis
  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis
  • Bezoekadres
    Oost-Indisch Huis
    Kloveniersburgwal 48  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: C 1.11
  • Postadres:
    Kloveniersburgwal  48
    1012 CX  Amsterdam
  • G.H.Janssen@uva.nl
    T: 0205254458
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Biography

Prior to my arrival at the University of Amsterdam in 2013, I taught early modern history at Oxford, Cambridge and Leiden. I held visiting fellowships at the universities of St Andrews (2006), Mainz (2007) and Leuven (2009).

From 2014-2016 I served as Director of the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH).

 

Research interests

My research focuses on the history of the early modern Low Countries, including the Dutch Revolt and the Dutch Golden Age of the seventeenth century. I am particularly interested in political and religious culture and the history of migration. Please find more details elsewhere on this site under 'research'.

My research has been generously supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Rubicon, 2005; Veni, 2007), the British Academy, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst and  Bijzonder Onderzoeksfonds Vlaanderen.

 

Selected publications

- The Dutch Revolt and Catholic Exile in Reformation Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2014; paperback edition, 2016). Awarded the 2015 Gerald Strauss Prize, Sixteenth Century Society.

- Ashgate Research Companion to the Counter-Reformation, co-edited with Alexandra Bamji and Mary Laven (Ashgate, 2013; reprinted with Routledge, 2016),

- Princely Power in the Dutch Republic: Patronage and William Frederick of Nassau (1613-64) (Manchester University Press, 2008). Dutch edition: Creaturen van de macht. Patronage bij Willem Frederik van Nassau (1613-1664) (Amsterdam University Press, 2005).

 

Journal articles in The Historical Journal, Renaissance Quarterly, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Sixteenth Century Journal, History, and BMGN-Low Countries Historical Review.

 

The Dutch Revolt and Catholic Exile in Reformation Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014; 2nd paperback edition, 2016)

Research Companion to the Counter-Reformation (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013; reprinted 2014, by Routledge, 2016)

Princely Power in the Dutch Republic: Patronage and William Frederick of Nassau (1613-64) (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2008). Dutch edition: Creaturen van de macht. Patronage bij Willem Frederik van Nassau (1613-1664) (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2005).

BA and MA teaching

In 2016-17 I teach, among other things, the first-year module ‘Early Modern History [Vroegmoderne Geschiedenis]’, the second-year survey course 'Dutch History [Nederlandse Geschiedenis]' and the interdisciplinary BA module 'The Dutch Golden Age', which is taught in English. In the Research MA programme, I co-teach core module 2: 'Historische debatten'.

Thesis supervision / PhD supervision

From the start I have thoroughly enjoyed working with students who have often inspired me to broaden my range and think in different directions. I am keen to supervise students in the field of early modern Dutch history as well as in areas related to my research, including the Counter-Reformation, the history of migration and the global Dutch golden age.

I have recently supervised MA theses on Jewish mansucript production in early modern Amsterdam, Regime change in Haarlem during the Dutch revolt, News culture and diary-writing practices in 1672, and the Dutch experience in Brazil.

MOOC Big History

I participate in UvA's MOOC on 'Big History'. Please find below two sample youtube clips: on early globalization and globalization in the Dutch golden age.

Research interests

My research focuses on the history of the early modern Low Countries, including the Dutch Revolt  and the Dutch Golden Age of the seventeenth century. I am particularly interested in political and religious culture and the history of migration.

Migration history

I have recently worked on early modern refugees and exile experiences (see references below). My current project concentrates on  vocabularies of migration and their shifting meanings in the Dutch Republic. I am interested in the ways in which immigrants and emigrants shaped notions of 'Dutchness' in the early modern period and facilitated their spreading across the globe. This was also the topic of my inaugural lecture, Nieuw Amsterdam (2014).

Religious history

As co-editor of the Ashgate Research Companion to the Counter-Reformation (2013/2016), I have a broad interest in the history of religious change, conflict and identity formation. My book The Dutch Revolt and Catholic Exile in Reformation Europe (2014) examines the impact of flight, displacement and forced migration on Counter-Reformation culture. By mapping the Catholic diaspora during the Dutch revolt, it explains how exile worked as a catalyst of religious radicalisation and transformed the world views, networks and identities of early modern refugees.

Political history

As a political historian, I am particularly interested in the 'soft' side of early modern politics: networks, language, ritual and (unwritten) codes of conduct. My Princely Power in the Dutch Republic (2005/2008) focuses on patronage practices at the court of the stadholders (provincial governors) in the Dutch Republic. Primarily based on the extensive, yet little known diaries of William Frederick of Nassau (1613-1664) it assessed how clientage shaped political, religious and social identities in the early modern Netherlands. I have also done some work on burial rites and public display at the courts of the Orange and Nassau dynasties (e.g. Funeral processions in the United Provinces).

 

Work in progress

A cultural history of migration in the early modern Low Countries; it seeks to understand Dutch society - and its global presence -  through the eyes of its immigrants and refugees. 

Together with Helmer Helmers (Dutch literature department) I am editor of the Cambridge Companion to the Dutch Golden Age (forthcoming in 2017).

 

Recent publications

Books

- The Dutch Revolt and Catholic Exile in Reformation Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2014; paperback edn, 2016). Awarded the 2015 Gerald Strauss Prize by the Sixteenth Century Society.

- Ashgate Research Companion to the Counter-Reformation, co-edted with Alexandra Bamji and Mary Laven (Ashgate, 2013; reprinted in 2014, by Routledge, 2016)

- Princely Power in the Dutch Republic: Patronage and William Frederick of Nassau (1613-64) (Manchester University Press, 2008). Dutch edition: Creaturen van de macht. Patronage bij Willem Frederik van Nassau (1613-1664) (Amsterdam University Press, 2005).

 

Articles

- 'The Republic of the Refugees. Early Modern Migrations and the Dutch Experience', The Historical Journal (first view online, 2016) [see PDF attachment below]

- Nieuw Amsterdam. Oratie Universiteit van Amsterdam, 12-12-2014 [see PDF attachment below]

- 'Less is More. Geschiedenis in het Rijksmuseum', BMGN-Low Countries Historical Review 129-1 (2014), pp. 146-155. [see PDF attachment below]

- ‘The Exile Experience’, in: Alexandra Bamji, Geert Janssen, Mary Laven (ed.), Ashgate Research Companion to the Counter-Reformation (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), pp. 73-90. [see PDF attachment below]

- ‘The Counter-Reformation of the Refugee: Exile and the Shaping of Catholic Militancy in the Dutch Revolt’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 63 (2012), pp. 671-92. [see PDF attachment below]

- ‘Quo Vadis? Catholic Perceptions of Flight and the Revolt of the Low Countries, 1566-1609’, Renaissance Quarterly, 64 (2011), pp. 472-99. [see PDF attachment below]

- ‘The Dutchness of the Dutch Golden Age’, The Historical Journal, 53 (2010), pp. 805-17. [see PDF attachment below]

- ‘Political Ambiguity and Confessional Diversity in the Funeral Processions of Stadholders in the Dutch Republic’, Sixteenth Century Journal, 40 (2009), pp. 283-301. [see PDF attachment below]

- ‘Exiles and the Politics of Reintegration in the Dutch Revolt’, History, 94 (2009), pp. 37-53. [see PDF attachment below]

 

 

Please find below some recent coverage of my research in (Dutch) media:

- 'Amsterdam in the Golden Age', BBC's Great Continental Railway Journeys, BBC 2 (October, 2016)

- 'Oost-Indisch Huis: een omstreden monument?', De Ochtend, Radio 1 (October, 2016)

- 'Integreren in de gouden eeuw', Geschiedenis Magazine (March, 2016)

- 'Katholieken op de vlucht', Historisch Nieuwsblad (April, 2015)

- 'Migratie in de gouden eeuw', NTR Academie, Radio 5 (January 2015).

- 'Nieuw gezicht', De Volkskrant (December 2014)

- 'Soepele integratie Amsterdam Gouden Eeuw', Een Vandaag, Radio 1 (December 2014)

- 'Gouden eeuw was eeuw van migranten', Het Parool (December, 2014)

 

2016

2014

2013

  • Janssen, G. H. (2013). The Exile Experience. In A. Bamji, G. H. Janssen, & M. Laven (Eds.), The Ashgate research companion to the Counter-Reformation. (pp. 73-90). (Ashgate research companion). Farnham: Ashgate. [details] [PDF]

2016

  • Janssen, G. H. (2016). [Review of: D. van der Linden (2015) Experiencing Exile: huguenot refugees in the Dutch republic, 1680-1700]. The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 67(1), 206-206. DOI: 10.1017/S0022046915002481 [details]

2015

  • Janssen, G. H. (2015). [Review of: B. Forclaz (2014) Catholiques au défi de la Réforme: La coexistence confessionnelle à Utrecht au XVIIe siècle]. American Historical review, 120(5), 1987-1988. DOI: 10.1093/ahr/120.5.1987 [details]
  • Janssen, G. H. (2015). [Review of: H. Dunthorne (2013) Britain and the Dutch Revolt, 1560-1700]. The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 66(1), 200. DOI: 10.1017/S002204691400147X [details]
  • Janssen, G. H. (2015). [Review of: M.C. Erler (2013) Reading and Writing during the Dissolution: Monks. Friars, and Nuns 1530-1558]. The Sixteenth Century Journal, 46(3), 724-725. [details]

2014

  • Janssen, G. H. (2014). [Review of: T.G. Fehler, G.G. Kroeker (2014) Religious Diaspora in Early Modern Europe: Stratagies of Exile]. Renaissance Quarterly, 67(4), 1389-1390. DOI: 10.1086/679841 [details]

2013

  • Janssen, G. H. (2013). [Review of: L. Duerloo (2012) Dynasty and Piety: Archduke Albert (1598-1621) and Habsburg Political Culture in an Age of Religious Wars]. The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 64(3), 640-641. DOI: 10.1017/S0022046913000122 [details]

2015

  • Janssen, G. H. (2015). Nieuw Amsterdam. (Oratiereeks). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details] [PDF]

Boekredactie

  • Bamji, A., Janssen, G. H., & Laven, M. (2013). The Ashgate research companion to the Counter-Reformation. (Ashgate research companion). Farnham: Ashgate. [details]
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