dr. R. (René) Koekkoek

  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Europese studies
  • Visiting address
    Kloveniersburgwal 48  Amsterdam
    Room number: C1.08
  • Postal address:
    Kloveniersburgwal  48
    1012 CX  Amsterdam
  • R.Koekkoek@uva.nl
    T: 0205255965

René Koekkoek is a lecturer in Modern European History in the European Studies programme. His research interests lie at the interface between history, political thought, and philosophy from the early modern period to the twentieth century. In particular, he focuses on the history of citizenship, revolution, equality, historical injustice, and empire. In the fall of 2016, he defended his dissertation at Utrecht University, entitled The Citizenship Experiment. Contesting the Limits of Civic Equality and Participation in the Age of Revolutions.


Currently, he is engaged in several projects:

  • A monograph (in English) based on his disseration (manuscript in preparation)
  • A Dutch public history book about late eighteenth-century revolutions (American, French, Haitian, Dutch) and why this history still matters (under contract with Ambo/Anthos)
  • A collaborative research project on Visions of Dutch Empire, including an international conference Visions of Empire in Dutch History from the Early Modern Period to the 21st Century, an agenda-setting article in BMGN/Low Countries Historical Review (forthcoming June 2017), and an edited volume (in preparation) 
  • A new research project on the conceptual and intellectual history of historical injustice and reparations in global and comparative perspective (China & Western Europe). A first foray into the field appeared in De Groene Amsterdammer, April 20, 2017.


René Koekkoek holds an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge (distinction: honours) and a Research Master in History from Utrecht University (cum laude). He was a visiting researcher at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg, and Princeton University.

Over the last years, he taught courses on the philosophy of science and historical theory, the public sphere in the Age of Enlightenment, world history, early modern history, urban history, national thought, and turning points in modern European history. He organized several symposia and seminars within the field of intellectual history and the history of political thought.



‘The Hebrew Republic in Dutch Political Thought, c. 1650-1675’, in: W.R.E. Velema and A. Weststeijn (eds.), Ancient Models in the Early Modern Republican Imagination (Leiden: Brill; forthcoming).



[book review] Darrin M. McMahon en Samuel Moyn (eds.), Rethinking Modern European Intellectual History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), in: Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis 129/2 (2016).

[book review] Oddens, Joris, Rutjes, Mart, Jacobs, Erik, (eds.), The Political Culture of the Sister Republics, 1794-1806. France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Italy (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2015) in: BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review (forthcoming)



‘“The True Business of the Historian”, C.L.R. James, The Black Jacobins en revolutie’, in: L. Dorsman et al. (eds.) Het nut van geschiedschrijving. Historici in het publieke domein. Opstellen voor Ed Jonker (Amstelveen: Eon Pers, 2015), 137-144.



‘Carl Schmitt and the Challenge of Spinoza’s Pantheism between the World Wars’, Modern Intellectual History 11 (2014), 333-357 [peer reviewed].

[book review] F. Grijzenhout, N. van Sas, W. Velema (eds.), Het Bataafse Experiment. politiek en cultuur rond 1800 (Nijmegen, 2013), in: BMGN – Low Countries Historical Review 129 (2014) [review 49].



‘“Eene waare en vrije Republiek.” Jan Konijnenburg, De republikein en de uitvinding van de moderne republiek’ [‘“A True and Free Republic.” Jan Konijnenburg, De republikein, and the Invention of the Modern Republic’], in: De Achttiende Eeuw 42, (2010), 236-60 [peer reviewed].



‘De herontdekking van het republikanisme. Denkers van Machiavelli tot Spinoza verhelderen politieke kwesties van nu’ [‘The Rediscovery of Republicanism. Thinkers from Machiavelli to Spinoza elucidate Contemporary Political Affairs’], in: Academische Boekengids 78, (2009), 33-7.


  • Lok, Matthijs (participant), Koekkoek, R. (participant), de Dijn, A.M.R. (participant) & Creyghton, C.M.H.G. (participant) (2017 - 2018): UvA Global Intellectual history lecture and seminar series 2015, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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