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Dr M.P. (Milou) van Hout

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Europese studies

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

    Milou van Hout (1989) is as researcher affiliated to the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES) at the University of Amsterdam. Her work focuses on knowledge issues around cohabitation in diversity, citizenship, identity politics, with a special interest in Europe's borderlands. 

    In her PhD project Rediscovering Cityness in the Adriatic Borderland. Imagining cultural citizenship in Rijeka and Trieste across the long twentieth century (defended spring 2020, financed by NWO), she analyses the ways in which citizens and local governments in the Adriatic borderland - the region that has historically experienced by the highest amount of conflicts, border changes and migration in Europe - shape their cultural diverse societies and develop alternative forms of citizenship. Milou is currently working on a bookpublication of this research.

    Milou received her BA and MA degree in European Studies, and an research MA degree in History at the University of Amsterdam, during which time she also studied at the Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy). For her MA thesis on Italian irredentism in Fiume/Rijeka she was awarded the 2015/16 thesis prize by the Netherlands Research Network for Italian Studies (WIS). During her studies she was granted scholarships from the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR) to conduct fieldwork in Italy. Prior to her position at the UvA, Milou worked as lecturer at the History of International Relations Department of Utrecht University, where she taught in modern European history at the study programs in History, Language and Cultural Studies and Liberal Arts and Sciences. For the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS), she designed the honours module Cities, Borders and Identities and was co-initiator of the winter school with the same name at the KNIR in Rome.

    She works as a policy officer at the Netherlands Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment for the Directorate Society & Integration.

  • Research

    European border issues and the rediscovery of cityness

    (funded by Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research NWO)

    Milou van Hout examined the rediscovery of the city and of urban citizenship in Europe’s border regions. Her study maps how citizens of border cities imagine a distinct sense of cityness. For inhabitants of border regions with a long history of political turmoil and shifting borders, those experiences of cityness provide them with alternatives for - often problematic - national forms of citizenship to which they have to adhere. The city provides them with strategic ways of navigating among the different political worlds and borders they inhabit.

    This research engages one of the most pressing challenges for Europe today, namely managing its multiethnic diversity. A globalizing world, an expanding Union and increasing flows of migrants at Europe’s borders, result in a highly complex identity politics for Europe’s society ‘united in diversity’. The question of how to create common ground within this diverse cultural and political union is therefore highly pressing.

    Van Hout focused her research on the dynamics of identity- and citizenship formation in the Adriatic region, historically the region with the highest number of border and political shifts in Europe and therefore providing a unique political-historical context to further explore these concerns. The study shows how politicians, policymakers, intellectuals and purveyors of culture in the cities of Trieste and Rijeka represented their urban societies as unique political worlds through which they invoked new forms of urban cultural citizenship. It unpacks the processes through which Trieste and Rijeka have been ‘cosmopolitanized’.


    PhD dissertation: “Rediscovering Cityness in the Adriatic Borderland. Imagining cultural citizenship in Rijeka and Trieste across the long twentieth century.”

    This dissertation will be defended on Wednesday 29 April 2020, 13:00h.

  • Publications


    • van Hout, M. P. (2019). In search of the nation in Fiume. Irredentism, cultural nationalism, borderlands. Nations and Nationalism.
    • van Hout, M. P., & Peverelli, T. (2019). "Leeuwarden moet meer Ljouwert worden". Een eeuw Friese stadsfestivals in Leeuwarden. De Vrije Fries, (99), 10-21.


    • van Hout, M. (2018). D’Annunzio, Gabriele. In J. Leerssen (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe (Vol. 1, pp. 277-278). Amsterdam University Press. [details]
    • van Hout, M. (2018). The beach as microcosm of a cosmopolitan city: Imagining and experiencing urban encounters at Trieste's Pedocin beach. Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, 5(2), 125-145. [details]
    • van Hout, M. (2018). [Italian:] History-writing. In J. Leerssen (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe (Vol. 2, pp. 1139-1141). Amsterdam University Press. [details]
    • van Hout, M., & Jongsma, J. (2018). Risorgimento: Italian political nationalism. In J. Leerssen (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe (Vol. 2, pp. 1129-1131). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]



    • van Hout, M. (2016). Thesis award Werkgroep Italië Studies (WIS) Research group for Italian Studies.


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