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Dr. T.W.J. (Tim) van Gerven PhD

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Europese studies
Photographer: Feike Zantinge

Visiting address
  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
Postal address
  • Postbus 1619
    1000 BP Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Tim van Gerven (Amsterdam, 1989) successfully defended his PhD thesis at the University of Amsterdam in July 2020. His dissertation studied Scandinavism as a primarily cultural movement, which, notwithstanding its failure as a political mobilizer, strengthened and extended national consciousness-raising in the various Scandinavian nationalities by stressing common ethnolinguistic, mythological and historical roots. He currently works as a teacher in Modern European History at the departments for History and European Studies. 


    Main research interests:

    • Romantic Nationalism
    • Scandinavism
    • Nineteenth-century Scandinavian literature and art
    • Pan-Nationalism and Macro-Nationalism
    • Imagology
    • Transnational history



  • Publications


    • van Gerven, T. W. J. (2022). Scandinavism: Overlapping and Competing Identities in the Nordic World, 1770-1919. (National Cultivation of Culture; Vol. 29). Brill.



    • van Gerven, T. (2019). Is Nordic Mythology Nordic or National, or Both? Competing National Appropriations of Nordic Mythology in Early Nineteenth-Century Scandinavia. In S. Halink (Ed.), Northern Myths, Modern Identities : The Nationalisation of Northern Mythologies since 1800 (pp. 49-70). (National Cultivation of Culture; Vol. 19). Leiden: Brill. [details]


    • van Gerven, T. (2018). The Copenhagen Question of 1800: Tracing the Intellectual Roots of Cultural Scandinavism. In R. Hemstad, J. Fabricius Møller, & D. Thorkildsen (Eds.), Skandinavismen: Vision og virkning (pp. 45-72). (University of Southern Denmark Studies in History and Social Sciences; Vol. 556). Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag. [details]
    • van Gerven, T. (2018). Whose Tordenskjold? The Fluctuating Identities of an Eighteenth-Century Naval Hero in Nineteenth-Century Cultural Nationalisms. Romantik, 7, 17-46. [details]


    • van Gerven, T. W. J. (2017). 12 person-related articles: Asbjørnsen, Peter Christen; Baggesen, Jens; Bjørnson, Bjørnstjerne; Dybeck, Richard; Fryxell, Anders; Geijer, Erik Gustaf; Hazelius, Artur; Heiberg, Johan Ludvig; Moe, Jørgen Engebretsen; Munch, Peter Andreas; Oehlenschläger, Adam Gottlob; Wergeland, Henrik. In J. Leerssen (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe Amsterdam: Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms.
    • van Gerven, T. W. J. (2017). 16 thematic articles: Antiquarianism, archeology: Swedish; Christiania University and its national outreach; Cultural movements and cultural sociability: Denmark; Cultural nationalism and politics in Sweden; Cultural sociability: Norwegian; Cultural sociability: Sweden; Folk music: Danish; Folk music: Norwegian; History-writing: Sweden; Patriotic poetry and verse: Norwegian; Publishing ventures / periodicals: Norway; Publishing ventures / periodicals: Sweden; Sports in Denmark; Sports, pastimes: Norwegian; Text editions: Norwegian; Theatrical societies: Norwegian. In J. Leerssen (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms.


    • van Gerven, T., & van der Liet, H. (2021). Paradox van de Deense Gouden Eeuw. In T. De Raedt (Ed.), Paradox van de Deense Gouden Eeuw (pp. 11-58). Waanders Uitgeverij. [details]


    • van Gerven, T. W. J. (2021). 8. Pan-movements and nation-building: Comparative perspectives on Scandinavianism, pan-Germanism and Greater Netherlandism.. Abstract from Scandinavianism and Nordism in International Perspective, Helsinki, Finland.
    • van Gerven, T. W. J. (2021). «En af Skandinaviens bedste Sønner.» Tordenskjolds skiftende identiteter i 1800-tallets nasjonalisme og skandinavisme. Paper presented at Seminar for Roald Berg, Kari Hempel og Olav Tysdal, Stavanger, Norway.

    Talk / presentation

    • van Gerven, T. (speaker) (3-6-2019). Liquid History: Scandinavian Identities in 19th-century Historical Fiction, DET NORDISKE 1800-TALS FORSKNINGSNETVÆRK. Indenfor og udenfor
      grænsedragninger i 1800-tallets
      Norden, Oslo.
    • van Gerven, T. (speaker) (19-9-2018). The Age of Discord is over. The Trickle-down Effect of Scandinavism in the Arts, Cultural mobilization: Cultural consciousness-raising and national movements in Europe and the world, Amsterdam.
    • van Gerven, T. (speaker) (9-3-2018). Historicizing Scandinavia, Narrating the Nation: Scandinavism and the Pan-National Past in the Nineteenth Century, Borders and Bridges: Nordic Nationalisms and Transnationalisms, Berkeley.
    • van Gerven, T. (speaker) (4-12-2017). “Reconciling the Age of Discord. War in Popular Scandinavian Fiction in the Nineteenth Century”, PhD Masterclass: Nationaliteter i Norden - Identiteter, bevægelser og kulturer i 1800-tallet., Copenhagen.
    • van Gerven, T. (speaker) (3-11-2017). Whose Tordenskjold? Competing Perceptions of the Shared Dano-Norwegian Past, Denmark, Scandinavia and Europe 1814-1848. Monarchies, Emotions, and Nations, Copenhagen.
    • van Gerven, T. (speaker) (26-10-2017). Cultivating Scandinavian Culture. Scandinavism and the Creation of a Scandinavian Identity in the Nineteenth Century, Lunch Seminar: Cultivating Scandinavian Culture. Scandinavism and the Creation of a Scandinavian Identity in the Nineteenth Century, Oslo.
    • van Gerven, T. (speaker) (2-6-2017). Imagening Scandinavia – A long 19th-Century Perspective.
    • van Gerven, T. (speaker) (16-2-2017). Is Nordic mythology Nordic or national, or both? Competing national appropriations of Nordic mythology in early-nineteenth-century Scandinavia, Offentlighet, rett og demokrati i Norden i det lange 19. århundre, Copenhagen.…
    • van Gerven, T. (speaker) (30-8-2016). Is Nordic mythology Nordic or national, or both? Mythology under debate in Denmark and Sweden, 1800-1829., Konference 'Skandinavisme', Oslo.


    • Morina, C. (participant), Jürgens, H. J. (participant), Brolsma, M. (participant), Grabowicz , G. (participant), van Gerven, T. W. J. (participant), Hirschfeld, B. S. (participant), Miedema, C. (participant), Wintle, M. J. (participant), Proshak, V. V. (participant), Noack, C. U. (participant), Colin, N. (participant) & Mykhalchuk, T. (organiser) (2-6-2017). Transcultural Mediations, Amsterdam. Graduiertenkolleg and symposium "Transcultural Mediations. European Heritage and Identity Discourses in the long 20th Century" organised by Duitsland (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...). heritage-and-identity-discourses-in-the-long-20th-century.html
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