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Dr. N.P.D.W. (Nathan) van Kleij

Lecturer in history
Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis

Visiting address
  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
  • Room number: C1.04
Postal address
  • Postbus 1610
    1000 BP Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Nathan van Kleij is lecturer in history and a researcher at the Amsterdam Centre for Urban History (ACUH). He works in the fields of social, cultural and urban history, with a main focus on the fifteenth century. Topics of interest are e.g. public space, built environment, violence, conflicts and contest, communication and civic governance. Between 2016 en 2020 he was employed as a PhD at the Amsterdam School for Historical Studies at the University of Amsterdam. In 2020-21 he worked as a lecturer in (medieval) history at Leiden University.

    In March 2021 Nathan defended his doctoral dissertation Beyond the Façade: Town Halls, Publicity, and Urban Society in the Fifteenth-Century Low Countries. In this research he analyses the multifunctional, public use and multilayered meaning of late medieval town halls (and urban courtroom spaces). It studies how members of urban society - dealing with e.g. the built environment and contest - co-created ideas and applications on publicity and seclusion inside these buildings.

  • Teaching

    Current
    De stad in het archief (MA Urban History)
    Historische dilemma's (BA)
    De wereld op straat (BA)
    Middeleeuwse geschiedenis (BA)
    Werkgroep Bachelorscriptie (BA)

    Former
    Stad en stedelijke samenleving, 1300-1650 (BA)
    Middeleeuws geweld (BA)
    Inleiding in de geschiedenis I en II (BA)
    The History of Punishment (guest lecture, BA)

  • Lectures and papers

    "A (re)visited Building: the Multifunctional Use and Accessibility of the Town Hall in the Late Medieval Low Countries" - keynote at Nájera- Encuentros Internacionales del Medievo 2021: 'The Social Use of Space in the Late Medieval European Town, 25-11-2021

    “Town Halls and Urban Society in the Low Coutnries, c.1400-1500” - Amsterdam Centre for Urban History, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 21-11-2019

    “De toegankelijkheid van het middeleeuwse stadhuis: openbaarheid en geslotenheid in een voormodern publiekoverheidsgebouw”  - co-organized session Historicidagen 2019, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

    “Town Hall Thresholds and Civic Agency in the Late Medieval Low Countries” - Sesson: Transforming Cities, Negotiating Spaces and Powers: Markets and Civic buildings in Europe, the Middle East and North-Africa (XIIIth c. / XIXth c.) European Association of Urban History (EAUH) Conference 2018, Roma Tre University, Rome

    “Spaces, Paintings and Collective Memory in the Late Medieval Urban Courtroom” - Organized session Collective Memory in and around the Courtroom, International Medieval Congress Leeds 2018.

    “De functie en symbolische betekenis van schilderijen in laatmiddeleeuwse rechtsruimten” - guest lecture at Studiedag Kunst en Recht, Museum Hof van Busleyden in Mechelen en Opera Vlaanderen during the opening of the exhibition “Roep om Rechtvaardigheid. Kunst en rechtspraak inde bourgondische Nederlanden (1450-1650).

    "Backroom Politics': Openness and Secrecy inside the Late Medieval Town Hall." - 17. Symposium des Mediävistenverbandes, Gheimnis und Verborgenes im Mittelalter, 19.-22. März 2017. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

    "Town Halls, Courtrooms and Society in the Low Countries, c.1300-1500" - 22nd Dutch-Flemish Medieval Studies Day: "Readjusting the Middle Ages", Utrecht 11 November 2016

    "Addressing Accessibility of the Courtroom in the Late Medieval Town Hall" Conference 'Voices of Law: Law and Ritual', Leeuwarden 22-23 September 2016

    "Stadhuizen als fenomeen", guest lecture at the symposium Zwolle in de Middeleeuwen, organized by Varias Vias / Buro Ruis / Stadkamer Stadhuis Zwolle 2016

  • Publications

    2016

    • van Kleij, N. (2016). 'Ende dat jonckwijff heeft geseit': De deelname van vrouwen aan criminele rechtspraak in Gouda, ca. 1450-1530. Historica, 39(1), 3-7. [details]

    2018

    • van Kleij, N. (2018). Middeleeuwse rijkdom met iets te veel goud gepresenteerd [Bespreking van: V. Lambert, P. Stabel (2016) Gouden tijden : rijkdom en status in de Middeleeuwen in de Zuidelijke Nederlanden]. Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, 131(1), 172-173. https://doi.org/10.5117/TVGESCH2018.1.BOEK [details]

    2017

    • Van Kleij, N. (2017). [Review of: A.-L. van Bruane, B. Blondé, M. Boone (2016) Gouden eeuwen: Stad en samenleving in de Lage Landen, 1100-1600]. The Medieval Low Countries. An Annual Review, 4, 331-335. https://doi.org/10.1484/J.MLC.5.114813 [details]

    2018

    • van Kleij, N. (2018). Een hardnekkig misverstand: De feodale piramide in het geschiedonderwijs. Madoc, 32(4), 268-269. [details]

    2017

    2016

    • van Kleij, N. (2016). De verhalen in en achter de genadebrief: misdaad, intriges en sociale portretten: [Bespreking van: W. Prevenier, P. Arnade (2015) Onze gratie en genade: misdaad en vergiffenis in de Bourgondische Nederlanden]. Madoc, 30(2), 116-118. [details]

    Media appearance

    Talk / presentation

    • van Kleij, N. (speaker) (25-11-2021). A (re)visited Building: the Multifunctional Use and Accessibility of the Town Hall in the Late Medieval Low Countries, Nájera- Encuentros Internacionales del Medievo , Nájera.
    • van Kleij, N. (speaker) (31-5-2018). De functie en symbolische betekenis van schilderijen in laatmiddeleeuwse rechtsruimten, Studiedag Kunst en Recht, organized by Museum Hof van Busleyden in Mechelen (BE) and Opera Vlaanderen, accompanying the exhibition “Roep om rechtvaardigheid. Kunst en rechtspraak in de Bourgondische Nederland (1450-1650). 31-05-2018, Museum Hof van Busleyden, Mechelen., Mechelen.

    Others

    • van Kleij, N. (participant) (23-8-2019). Historicidagen 2019, Groningen. Session organisation, moderation and paper contribution: "Onverwachte vormen van middeleeuwse communicatie: een nieuwe blik op inclusie en (…) (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • van Kleij, N. (participant) (22-2-2019). Nascholingsdag Middeleeuwen geschiedenismethode Saga, Nijmegen. Workshopleider: De keizerskroning van Karel de Grote (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • van Kleij, N. (participant) (15-2-2019). Nascholingsdag Middeleeuwen geschiedenismethode Saga, Zwolle. Workshopleider: De keizerskroning van Karel de Grote (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • van Kleij, N. (organiser) (28-9-2018). Workshop Theory and History of the Field, “The Truth Reconsidered”, The Netherlands Research School for Medieval studies, Utrecht. This workshop relates to various themes with regard to truth, especially the historiographical truth beyond Europe. During the discussions, we will (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • van Kleij, N. (organiser) (3-7-2018). International Medieval Congress Leeds 2018. Series of sessions Communication and Exploitation of Knowledge in the Middle Ages - session 1: Collective Memory in and Around the Courtroom (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • van Kleij, N. (organiser) (15-9-2017). Alternative Facts and the Middle Ages, Utrecht. Workshop on alternativities in and about the middle ages. (organising a conference, workshop, ...).

    2021

    • van Kleij, N. P. D. W. (2021). Beyond the façade: Town halls, publicity, and urban society in the fifteenth-century Low Countries. [details]
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