dr. D.W.A.G. (Danielle) van den Heuvel
Faculty of Humanities
Kloveniersburgwal 48 Amsterdam
Room number: E1.18
1012 CX Amsterdam
Danielle van den Heuvel is an Associate Professor in Early Modern History. She obtained a PhD from the University of Utrecht in 2007. After holding research fellowships at Girton College and the Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge, she taught at the School of History of the University of Kent (Canterbury). In 2016 she moved to the University of Amsterdam.
Her current research has a highly interdisciplinary focus and centres around two main themes: the impact of institutions on marginal groups in early modern society, and life in city streets before industrialisation. In this context she explores topics such as the informal economy, women’s work, food markets, and gendered urban spaces.
She has published widely on the position of women in early modern Dutch society, retailing during the Consumer Revolution, and street vending and informality. Research funding awarded include a Rubicon Grant (2007) and a VIDI Grant (2016) from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010).
Danielle sits on the editorial board of BMGN/Low Countries Historical Review
- Food hawkers. Selling in the streets from antiquity to the present [Edited with Melissa Calaresu] (London: Routledge 2016).
- Women and entrepreneurship. Female traders in the Northern Netherlands c. 1580-1815 (Amsterdam: Aksant 2007). Winner of the Thirsk-Feinstein Dissertation Prize and the IEHA Dissertation Prize.
- Bij uijtlandigheijt van haar man. Echtgenotes van VOC-zeelieden aangemonsterd voor de kamer Enkhuizen (1700-1750) (Amsterdam: Aksant 2005). Winner of the J.R. Bruijn Prize.
- ‘Policing peddlers. The prosecution of illegal street trade in eighteenth-century Dutch towns’, The Historical Journal Vol. 58 No. 2 (June 2015) 367-392.
- ‘Retail development in the Consumer Revolution, The Netherlands c. 1670 – c. 1815’ [with Sheilagh Ogilvie] Explorations in Economic History 50 (2013) 69-87.
- ‘The multiple identities of early modern Dutch fishwives’ in: SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Vol. 37 No. 3 (Spring 2012) 587-594.
The Freedom of the Streets. Gender and Urban Space in Europe and Asia (1600-1850)
University of Amsterdam, 2016-2021; Funded by NWO (VIDI Scheme)
Principal Investigator: Dr Danielle van den Heuvel
This project analyses the gendering of urban space in the early modern city. It is widely held that between 1600 and 1850, women gradually withdrew from the public sphere of the street and moved to the private sphere of the home. This powerful narrative, linked to theories of modernisation, has created a conceptual stranglehold that sees public space as exclusively male and private space as entirely female, thereby obscuring the actual workings of gender in pre-industrial urban societies.
This project offers a pioneering approach to the study of gendered urban space, enabling for the first time to move beyond the public/private dichotomy and analyse women’s access to pre-industrial streets in full. Through an analysis of the ownership of streets, both formally by authorities and informally through daily use, it uncovers how urban space was gendered in the run up to the nineteenth century. It hypothesises that the extent to which women could own the street depended on gender norms, local governance, urban fabric, and the everyday use of streets and squares. As such, this project uniquely enables a cross-cultural comparison that connects the material and immaterial city, as well as for women’s agency to play a central role in the analysis.
In four closely-related subprojects, this project systematically compares the gendering of urban space in pre-modern Asia and Europe. Based on extensive visual and textual sources, Subprojects 1 and 2 provide in-depth studies of Edo and Amsterdam, two major pre-modern cities with distinct cultures, architecture, and governance. Subproject 3 digitally visualises gendered movement in these two cities, thereby providing a complementary spatial analysis, as well as an important tool to engage with wider audiences. Subproject 4 builds on Subprojects 1-3 and analyses how the access of women to pre-industrial streets was shaped in contrasting European and Asian urban communities.
- van den Heuvel, D. W. A. G. (2016). Food, markets, and people: Selling perishables in urban markets in pre-industrial Holland and England. In D. van den Heuvel, & M. Calaresu (Eds.), Food hawkers: Selling in the streets from antiquity to the present . (pp. 84). (The history of retailing and consumption). Routledge.
- van den Heuvel, D. W. A. G. (2016). 近世オランダ都市における女性の商業参加とギルド制度. In M. Mizui, Y. Matsui, A. Ota, M. Sugiura, & T. Fushimi (Eds.), 世界史の中の女性 . Bensei Publishing.
- van den Heuvel, D. W. A. G., & Calaresu, M. (2016). Food hawkers from representation to reality. In D. van den Heuvel, & M. Calaresu (Eds.), Food hawkers: Selling in the streets from antiquity to the present . (pp. 1). (The history of retailing and consumption). London: Routledge.
- Calaresu, M., & van den Heuvel, D. W. A. G. (Eds.) (2016). Food Hawkers. Selling in the Streets from Antiquity to the Present. (The History of Retailing and Consumption). London: Routledge.
- van den Heuvel, D. (2015). Policing peddlers: The prosecution of illegal street trade in eighteenth-century Dutch towns. Historical Journal, 58(2), 367-392. DOI: 10.1017/S0018246X14000478
- van den Heuvel, D. W. A. G. (2015). Depictions and perceptions of street vendors in the Northern Netherlands, 1600-1800. In G. Nigro (Ed.), Il commercio al minuto tra economia formale ed economia informale.: Secc. XIII-XVIII (pp. 433). Firenze: Firenze University Press.
- van den Heuvel, D. W. A. G. (2014). New products, new sellers? Changes in the Dutch textile trades c. 1670-1750. In J. Stobart, & B. Blondé (Eds.), Selling textiles in the long eighteenth century : Comparative perspectives from Western Europe (pp. 118). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Van den Heuvel, D., & Ogilvie, S. (2013). Retail development in the consumer revolution: The Netherlands, c. 1670-c. 1815. Explorations in Economic History, 50(1), 69-87. DOI: 10.1016/j.eeh.2012.08.003
- van den Heuvel, D. (2012). The multiple identities of early modern Dutch fishwives. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 37(3), 587-594. DOI: 10.1086/662705
- Van Den Heuvel, D. (2008). Partners in marriage and business? Guilds and the family economy in urban food markets in the Dutch Republic. Continuity and Change, 23(2), 217-236. DOI: 10.1017/S0268416008006760
- Van Den Heuvel, D., & Van Nederveen Meerkerk, E. (2008). Introduction: Partners in business? Spousal cooperation in trades in early modern England and the Dutch Republic. Continuity and Change, 23(2), 209-216. DOI: 10.1017/S0268416008006838
- van den Heuvel, D. W. A. G., & van Nederveen Meerkerk, E. (2008). Partners in business: Spousal cooperation in trades in early modern England and the Dutch Republic. Continuity and Change, 23(2), 209-216.
- van den Heuvel, D. W. A. G. (2007). Women and entrepreneurship. Female traders in the Northern Netherlands c. 1580-1815. Aksant Academic Publishers.
- van den Heuvel, D. W. A. G., & Van Aert, L. (2007). Sekse als de sleutel tot succes? Vrouwen en de verkoop van textiel in de Noordelijke en Zuidelijke Nederlanden ca. 1650-1800. Textielhistorische Bijdragen, 47, 7-32.
- van der Heijden, M., & van den Heuvel, D. (2007). Sailors' families and the urban institutional framework in early modern Holland. The History of the Family, 12(4), 296-309. DOI: 10.1016/j.hisfam.2007.12.005
- van den Heuvel, D. W. A. G. (2004). Getrouwd met Jan Compagnie: Oost-Indiëvaarders en hun echtgenotes in Enkhuizen en omgeving (1700-1750). Tijdschrift voor Zeegeschiedenis, 23, 30-42.
- van den Heuvel, D. W. A. G. (2005). De Openbaar Koopvrouw: De handelingsbekwaamheid van gehuwde koopvrouwen in de Republiek. Historica, 12-14.
- van den Heuvel, D. W. A. G. (2005). Bij uijtlandigheijt van haar man.: Echtgenotes van VOC-zeelieden aangemonsterd voor de kamer Enkhuizen (1700-1750). Aksant Academic Publishers.
- van den Heuvel, D. W. A. G. (2006). Een zwaar bestaan? Het wel en wee van Enkhuizer zeemansvrouwen in de eerste helft van de achttiende eeuw. Steevast : jaaruitgave van de Vereniging "Oud-Enkhuizen", 7-20.
- van den Heuvel, Danielle (2009): CHORD New Research Prize.
- van den Heuvel, Danielle (2009): IEHA Ph.D. Dissertation Prize.
- van den Heuvel, Danielle (2008): Thirsk-Feinstein Ph.D. Dissertation Prize.
- van den Heuvel, Danielle (2008): Dr A.L. van Schelvenprijs.
- van den Heuvel, Danielle (2003): J.R. Bruijnprijs.
European Research council
Lid Scientific Council