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dhr. dr. H.J. (Helmer) Helmers

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Capaciteitsgroep Nederlandse Letterkunde

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    1012 VB Amsterdam
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  • Profiel

    Helmer Helmers is lecturer in early modern Dutch literature and culture at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). He obtained his doctorate with the highest possible distinction at Leiden University in 2011. With Nadine Akkerman, he recently led the NWO research project on the Texel shipwreck BZN17, Maritime Archaeology Meets Cultural History (2017-2018). He is currently a fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), where he is working on his book The First Cold War. Dutch Print Culture and International Relations, 1560-1648.

    Helmers specializes in Dutch cultural history, focusing especially on the intersections between literary culture and politics in the sixteenth and seventeenth century. He is the author of The Royalist Republic. Literature, Politics and Religion in the Anglo-Dutch Public Sphere, 1639-1660 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, paperback edition 2016), which was runner-up for the SRS book prize in 2016. With Geert Janssen, he has edited the Cambridge Companion to the Dutch Golden Age (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018). He is also founding editor of the Open Access journal The Early Modern Low Countries.

    Helmers is board member of the Amsterdam School of History (ASH) and Chairman of the Huizinga Institute Programme Team. In 2018, he was elected member of the Dutch Young Academy (De Jonge Akademie) and the Amsterdam Young Academy (AYA).

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  • Teaching

    Helmers teaches courses in Dutch historical literature and early modern history. With Djoeke van Netten, he coordinates the master programme The Dutch Golden Age (Ma Gouden Eeuw).

     

    Ma Gouden Eeuw

    De reputatie van literatuur (BA)

    Cursus Cultuurhistorisch Onderzoek (Huizinga)

    Media en Macht in de Gouden Eeuw (MA)

    Practices of Literature (MA)

  • Research

    Helmers is the recipient of several fellowships, an NWO Rubicon, and an NWO Veni grant. In his research, Helmers focuses on early modern political culture in Europe and the Dutch republic. He is specifically interested in:

    • Anglo-Dutch cultural and political relationships
    • News and public opinion in the early modern period
    • Early modern English and Dutch drama, especially Shakespeare, Milton, Vos and Vondel
    • The history of public diplomacy.


    He is currently developing a new research project on public diplomacy in the early modern period.

     

  • Full list of publications

    Monographs

    1. The First Cold War. Dutch Print Culture and International Relations, 1568-1648. In preparation.

    2. The Royalist Republic: Literature, Politics, and Religion in the Anglo-Dutch Public Sphere, 1639-1660 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015). Paperback edition 2016.

      Runner-up for the SRS Book Prize (2016). Reviewed in BMGN, Dutch Crossing, English Historical Review, Historische Zeitschrift, H-NET, Journal of Dutch Literature, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Renaissance and Reformation, Renaissance Quarterly, Renaissance Studies, Seventeenth Century, Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis.

      “Absorbing […] Helmers’ beautifully crafted and deeply researched study reveals a true media phenomenon, engaging one of Europe’s most sophisticated publics”. Andrew Pettegree, University of St Andrews.

               "One of the most arresting and original works of early modern literary criticism in recent years”. Joad Raymond, Queen Mary University of London.
       

    Edited volumes

    1. Print and Power in Early Modern Europe (Leiden: Brill, 2020). With Nina Lamal and Jamie Cumby, forthcoming.
    2. Cambridge Companion to the Dutch Golden Age (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018). With Geert H. Janssen.
    3. The Newspaper in the Early Modern Low Countries. Special Issue of EMLC (Utrecht: UOpen, 2018). With Arthur der Weduwen.
    4. Managing the News in Early Modern Europe. Special issue of Media History (London: Taylor and Francis, 2016). With Michiel van Groesen.

    Refereed articles

    1. 'History as Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe. Emanuel van Meteren's Historia Belgica and Dutch International Relations, 1596-1640'. Submitted with Renaissance Studies. 
    2. 'Foreign News in Times of Domestic Crisis. The Truce Conflicts, the Thirty Years' War and the Rise of the Dutch Newspaper'. In: A. Wilkinson and D. Thomas (eds.) Conflict and Controversy in Early Modern Europe (Leiden: Brill, 2019). In press.
    3. 'A New Golden Age for Newspaper Research'. EMLC 2:1 (2018), 1-6.
    4. 'Public Debate and Civic Unrest'. In: Geert H. Janssen and Helmer J.Helmers (eds.) The Cambridge Companion to the Dutch Golden Age (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 124-146.
    5. 'Understanding the Dutch Golden Age'. In: The Cambridge Companion to the Dutch Golden Age (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 1-12. With G.H. Janssen.
    6. 'The Legacy of the Dutch Golden Age'. In: The Cambridge Companion to the Dutch Golden Age (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2018), 390-399. With G.H. Janssen.
    7. 'The Spanish Match and Anglo-Dutch Publicity'. In: V. Caldari and S. Wolfson (eds.) The Global Spanish Match. Anglo-Iberian Relations in the early seventeenth century
    8. ‘1685 and the Battle for Dutch Public Opinion: Succession Literature From a Transnational Perspective’. In: A. McRae and P. Kewes (eds.) Stuart Succession Literature. Moments and Transformations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), 95-113.
    9. 'Managing the News in Early Modern Europe'. Media History 22:3-4 (2016), 260-267. With Michiel van Groesen.
    10. 'Public Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe. Towards a New History of News'. Media History 22:3-4 (2016), 401-420.
    11. ‘The Politics of Mobility: Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, Jan Vos’ Aran and Titus and the Poetics of Empire’. In: N. Smith and J. Bloemendal (eds.) Politics and Aesthetics in European Baroque Tragedy (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 344-372.
    12. ‘Cartography, War Correspondence and News Publishing: The Early Career of Nicolaes van Geelkercken, 1610-1630’. In: J. Raymond and N. Moxham (eds.) News Networks in Early Modern Europe (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 350-374.
    13. ‘The Spanish Tragedy and the Tragedy of Revenge in the Low Countries’. In: N. Cinpoes (ed.) Doing Kyd: A Collection of Critical Articles on The Spanish Tragedy (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016), 144-167. With A.J. Hoenselaars.
    14. 'Illness as Metaphor: The Sick Body Politic and Its Cures'. In: J. Grave and B. Noak (eds.) Illness and Literature in the Early Modern Low Countries (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2015), 97-120.
    15. ''Onder schyn van trek tot vrede'. Politieke spanningen in de Nederlandse vredespubliciteit.' In: R. Kubben (ed.) Ginder 't Vreeverbond bezegelt. Essays over de betekenis van de Vrede van Breda (Breda: Gemeente Breda, 2015), 62-77.
    16. De Betoverde Weereld (1691) en de bekkeriaanse oorlog. Hoe een theologisch conflict tot een zeventiende-eeuwse mediarel leidde’. In: L. Jensen and R. Honigs (eds.) Schokkende boeken! (Hilversum: Verloren, 2014), 132-139.
    17. ‘’Een galery vol oorlogstafereelen’. Vondels Lucifer (1654) in debatten over vrede’. In: L. Jensen and N. Geerdink (eds.) Oorlogsliteratuur: verbeelding, herinnering en identiteit, ca. 1600-1850 (Hilversum: Verloren, 2013), 23-38.
    18. 'Religion and Politics. Lucifer (1654) and Milton’s Paradise Lost'. In: F.-W. Korsten and J. Bloemendal (eds.) Vondel. Dutch Playwright in the Golden Age (Leiden: Brill, 2012), 377-406. With Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen.
    19. ‘The Cry of the Royal Blood. Revenge Tragedy and the Stuart Cause in the Dutch Republic’. In: A. van Dixhoorn et. al. (eds.) Literary Cultures and Public Opinion in the Low Countries, 1450-1650 (Leiden: Brill, 2011), 219-250.
    20. ‘Unknown Shrews. Three Dutch Adaptations of The/A Shrew’. In: G. Holderness and D. Wootton (eds.) Gender and Power in Shrew-Taming Narratives, 1500–1700. With an afterword by Ann Thompson (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), 123-144.
    21. ‘”Het hart des offraers”: The Dutch Gift of 1660 as an Act of Self-Representation’. Dutch Crossing 32:2 (2007), 1-30. With Inge Broekman.
    22. 'Dees verwarde tijden. Koning David en koning Karel hersteld'. Neerlandistiek 07.06b (2007).
    23. ’Prins van loos bedrog’: The Taming of the Shrew en de Engelse revolutie op het zeventiende-eeuwse Nederlandse toneel’. De Zeventiende Eeuw 21:2 (2005), 292-311.

    Non-refereed articles

    1. 'Een Nederlandse geschiedenis van fake news'. Vaktaal, 2017.
    2. ‘Hooft hertaald’. Spiegel der Letteren 49:3 (2007), 335-342.
    3. ‘Christopher Sly in de Republiek: The taming of the shrew, The taming of a shrew en een Nederlandse klucht uit de zeventiende eeuw’. Folio: Tijdschrift van het Shakespeare-genootschap Nederland en Vlaanderen 11:1 (2004), 5-23.

    Reviews

    20+ reviews in a wide variety of international journals (e.g. Publication History, Renaissance Quarterly, Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, Quaerendo, Early Modern Low Countries).

  • Publicaties

    2018

    • Helmers, H. J. (2018). Popular participation and public debate. In H. J. Helmers, & G. H. Janssen (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to the Dutch Golden Age (pp. 124-146). (Cambridge Companions to Culture). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316771549.011
    • Helmers, H. J., & Janssen, G. H. (2018). Epilogue: The Legacy of the Dutch Golden Age. In H. J. Helmers, & G. H. Janssen (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to the Dutch Golden Age (pp. 390-399). (Cambridge Companions to Culture). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316771549.024 [details]
    • Helmers, H. J., & Janssen, G. H. (2018). Introduction: Understanding the Dutch Golden Age. In H. J. Helmers, & G. H. Janssen (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to the Dutch Golden Age (pp. 1-12). (Cambridge Companions to Culture). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316771549.004 [details]
    • Helmers, H. J., & Janssen, G. H. (Eds.) (2018). The Cambridge Companion to the Dutch Golden Age. (Cambridge Companions to Culture). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316771549 [details]

    2016

    • Helmers, H. J. (2016). Public Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe. Towards a New History of News. Media History, 22(3-4), 401-420.
    • Helmers, H. (2016). Cartography, War Correspondence and News Publishing: The Early Career of Nicolaes van Geelkercken, 1610–1630. In J. Raymond, & N. Moxham (Eds.), News Networks in Early Modern Europe (pp. 350-374). (Library of the written word; Vol. 47). Leiden: Brill. [details]
    • Helmers, H. (2016). Illness as Metaphor: The Sick Body Politic and Its Cures. In J. Grave, R. Honigs, & B. Noak (Eds.), Illness and Literature in the Low Countries: From the Middle Ages until the 21th Century (pp. 97-120). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. [details]
    • Helmers, H. (2016). The Politics of Mobility: Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, Jan Vos's Aran en Titus and the Poetics of Empire. In J. Bloemendal, & N. Smith (Eds.), Politics and Aesthetics in European Baroque and Classicist Tragedy (pp. 344-372). Leiden: Brill. DOI: 10.1163/9789004323421_014 [details]
    • Hoenselaars, T., & Helmers, H. (2016). The Spanish Tragedy and revenge tragedy in seventeenth century Britain and the Low Countries. In N. Cinpoeş (Ed.), Doing Kyd: Essays on The Spanish Tragedy (pp. 144-170). Manchester: Manchester University Press. [details]
    • van Groesen, M., & Helmers, H. (2016). Managing the News in Early Modern Europe, 1550–1800. Media History, 22(3-4), 261-266. DOI: 10.1080/13688804.2016.1234683 [details]

    2015

    • Helmers, H. J. (2015). The royalist republic: literature, politics, and religion in the Anglo-Dutch public sphere, 1639-1660. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    • Helmers, H. J. (2015). ‘De Betoverde Weereld (1691) en de bekkeriaanse oorlog. Hoe een theologisch conflict tot een zeventiende-eeuwse mediarel leidde’. In L. Jensen, & R. Honigs (Eds.), Schokkende boeken (pp. 132-139). Hilversum: Verloren.

    2012

    • van Dijkhuizen, J. F., & Helmers, H. (2012). Religion and politics: Lucifer (1654) and Milton's Paradise Lost (1674). In J. Bloemendal, & F. W. Korsten (Eds.), Joost van den Vondel (1587-1679): Dutch playwright in the Golden Age (pp. 377-405). (Drama and theatre in early modern Europe; No. 1). Leiden: Brill. [details]

    2011

    • Helmers, H. (2011). 'The cry of the royal blood': revenge tragedy and the Stuart cause in the Dutch Republic. In J. Bloemendal, A. van Dixhoorn, & E. Strietman (Eds.), Literary cultures and public opinion in the Low Countries, 1450-1650 (pp. 219-250). (Brill's studies in intellectual history; No. 197). Leiden: Brill. DOI: 10.1163/ej.9789004206168.i-324.66 [details]

    2016

    • Helmers, H. (2016). [Review of: W.J. op 't Hof and F.W. Huisman (2013) Nederlandse Liefde voor Christopher Love (1618-1651)]. English Historical Review, 131(551), 912-913. [details]

    2013

    • Helmers, H. (2013). ’Een galery vol oorlogstafereelen’. Vondels Lucifer (1654) oorlogsstuk in debatten over vrede. In L. Jensen, & N. Geerdink (Eds.), Oorlogsliteratuur in de vroeg-moderne tijd: vorm, identiteit en herinnering (pp. 23-38). Hilversum: Verloren. [details]

    2017

    • Helmers, H. J. (2017). Een Nederlandse geschiedenis van fake news. VakTaal, 2017(2), 20-21.

    2015

    • Helmers, H. J. (2015). '"Onder schyn van trek tot vrede". Politieke spanningen in de Nederlandse vredespubliciteit'. In Ginder 't Vreeverbond bezegelt. Essays over de betekenis van de Vrede van Breda (pp. 62-77). Breda: Van Kemenade.

    2013

    • Helmers, H. J. (2013). [Review of: O.P. Grell. Brethren in Christ. A Calvinist Network in Reformation Europe]. Zeventiende Eeuw, 29.
    • Helmers, H. (2013). [Bespreking van: D. Haks (2013) Vaderland en vrede, 1672-1713: publiciteit over de Nederlandse Republiek in oorlog]. Tijdschrift voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde, 129(3), online. [details]
    • Helmers, H. (2013). [Bespreking van: M. Stensland (2012) Habsburg communication in the Dutch Revolt]. Zeventiende Eeuw, 29(1), 115-117. [details]
    • Helmers, H. (2013). [Review of: R. Dekker (2013) Family, Culture and Society in the Diary of Constantijn Huygens Jr, Secretary to Stadholder-King William of Orange]. Reviews in history, 2013, 1508. [details]

    2011

    • Helmers, H. (2011). Dichter noch boer? De tragiek van Hubert Korneliszoon Poot [Bespreking van: R. Schenkeveld-van der Dussen (2009) Dichter en boer: Hubert Korneliszoon Poot, zijn leven, zijn gedichten]. Spiegel der Letteren, 53(2), 254-257. DOI: 10.2143/SDL.53.2.2119625 [details]

    Prijs

    • Helmers, H. & Akkerman, N. (2016). NWO Archeologische vondsten van Internationaal belang.

    Tijdschriftredactie

    • Helmers, H. (editor) (2017-2021). Early Modern Low Countries (Journal).
    • Helmers, H. (member of editorial board) (2016-2021). Journal of Dutch Literature (Journal).
    • Helmers, H. (member of editorial board) (2016). Zeventiende Eeuw (Journal).
    • Helmers, H. (editor) (2015-2020). Journal of Dutch Literature (Journal).

    Spreker

    • Helmers, H. (invited speaker) (10-2-2017). Public Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe: Dutch Print Culture and International Relations, 1568-1648, UCL Low Countries Seminar, London, United Kingdom.
    • Helmers, H. (speaker) (2-12-2016). The Civil Wars and the Dutch Republic, Folger History of British Political Thought , Washington, United States.
    • Helmers, H. (speaker) (11-10-2016). Dutch Public Diplomacy, 1568-1648, Golden Age Seminar, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Helmers, H. (speaker) (16-6-2016). ‘Le bastiments des affections’. Dutch Publicity and the Coming of the Thirty Years War, 9th St Andrews Book Conference, St Andrews, United Kingdom.
    • Helmers, H. (speaker) (1-4-2016). Dutch Media in the Thirty Years War, Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Boston, United States.
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