Frans R.E. Blom (1968) is an expert of Historical Literature and Dutch Literary Heritage. At the University of Amsterdam, his teaching and research centers on Amsterdam as a creative city in its European context, with a special focus on the city's Grand Theatre, or Schouwburg. He is general editor of the ONSTAGE online datasystem for Theatre in Amsterdam from Golden Age to the present. His most recent study on the A'dam theatre as an international cultural entreprise is Podium van Europa. Creativiteit en ondernemen in de Amsterdamse Schouwburg van de zeventiende eeuw (Amsterdam: Querido, 2021). A new study on Historical Literature and Migration will be out soon: Het land achter de zee. Migranten na de Holocaust in detentiekampen op Cyprus - de reis van Emil Pimentel (Querido, April 2024). In line with his cum laude dissertation and subsequent publications on Constantijn Huygens, Blom also devotes many of his works and days to multidisciplinary studies of Dutch Cultural History.
The Land behind the Sea. Migrants after the Holocaust in Detention Camps on Cyprus - the Journey of Emil Pimentel (Querido, April 2024).
Based on the literary archives of the Amsterdam-Jewish writer Emil Pimentel, this multidisciplinary study about the postwar migration of holocaust survivors from Europe focuses on the experiences of 50.000 Jews in British detention camps on Cyprus (1946-1949)
Innovative studies on Amsterdam's Grand Theatre, or Schouwburg, as a cultural enterprise catering large local audiences with an attractive mix of homemade productions and popular hits from Europe's various theatre traditions (Querido, 2021).
Comprehensive interdisciplinary study of life and works of a most intriguing cultural key player in the Dutch 17th Century
Coming soon, granted by the Dutch Language Association (Nederlandse Taalunie): Historical Dutch. Grammar guide and Reading Strategies (exp. 2023). International self study method for reading skills in Dutch historical texts. Training in Dutch Historical Sources, Historical Dutch Grammar, Vocabulary, Skills for Close Reading and Analytical Reading. Digital courses for international academic research.
Textual and Visual Images in Early Modern Travel Documents, Guides and Descriptions. Constantijn Huygens' Journaal van de reis naar Venetie 1620 . Articles on scholarly and touristic representations of the Ottoman Empire. And a fine book, Op reis voor vrede with on site documentary, on diplomacy and the very first international peace mediations of the Netherlands, in the war between Sweden and Russia in the Baltic region (1615-1616).