Josephine van den Bent is lecturer in the department of Arabic and Middle-Eastern studies. She received her PhD in history from the UvA (2020), with a dissertation entitled 'The Mongols in Mamluk Eyes: Representing Ethnic Others in the Medieval Middle East'.
Van den Bent is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher on a project on water management in the medieval Middle East, where she focuses on the cities of Baghdad, Basra and Mosul. She also continues to work on the topics discussed in her dissertation, looking at the representation of the Mongols in the Mamluk sultanate of Egypt and Syria, and the ways in which contemporary scholars were involved in processes of ethnic identification, categorisation and othering and the ways in which such representations of the Mongols were used for various purposes in response to, and in interaction with, the sultanate’s complex ethnic and political contexts.
Josephine van den Bent is editor-in-chief of ZemZem, a Dutch language magazine on the Middle East, North Africa, and Islam. Its goal is to publish information, views, and opinions on these topics that are not found in regular media. Additionally, ZemZem offers a platform for Dutch-speaking scholars to present their current research. In this way, ZemZem strives to contribute to both public and scholarly debates in the Netherlands and Flanders. For more information on the magazine, see the website or the Facebook page.
Scholarship on the Middle East at the University of Amsterdam is brought together in the Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies. ACMES is an umbrella organization that acts as a podium for the University’s extensive expertise in this field and promotes collaboration between scholars beyond disciplinary boundaries. ACMES organizes lectures, master classes, conferences and seminars. Its mission is to strengthen and internationalize the Middle Eastern Studies profile of the University of Amsterdam. Josephine van den Bent is a member of the Steering Committee. For more information about ACMES, see the website. To stay informed of future ACMES events, keep track of the website, request to be added to the mailing list at firstname.lastname@example.org, or like the Facebook page Amsterdam Midden-Oosten Studies.
The Zenobia Foundation promotes the study of east-west relations in the most dynamic meeting point of peoples and cultures in human history: the eastern Mediterranean basin. The foundation attempts to promote the study this area by organising conferences and symposia, by publishing books and catalogues, by supporting exhibitions and study trips, and - most importantly - by encouraging scholarly research. From 2015-2017, Josephine van den Bent was president of the board of the Zenobia Foundation. For more information, see Zenobia Foundation's website (in Dutch).