Maartje van Gelder (ASH) has been awarded fellowships from both the IAS and NIAS.
During the first semester of 2018-2019, she will be working at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW) in Amsterdam. The second semester will be spent at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, United States.
The fellowships will enable Maartje to carry out her research project Unrest in Venice.
The reputation of Venice as "La Serenissima", “the most serene one”, is among the most enduring myths in European history. A key element of this myth is the absence of popular protest: while other cities went through cycles of violent revolts, early modern Venice alone seemed to lack iconic rebellions. Scholars consider popular contestation crucial in shaping early modern urban politics, yet the inhabitants of one of Europe’s most densely populated and diverse cities have been excluded from this narrative. This project challenges Venice’s reputation for exceptional political serenity, arguing that ordinary Venetians did shape politics. However, their impact has been systematically “forgotten”, thus effectively removing them from the political stage.