Dr. Matthijs Lok is a senior lecturer (UD1) in Modern European History at the European Studies Department of the University of Amsterdam. He studied European history at the Universities of Liverpool, Leiden and Yale. In 2009 he took his PhD at the History Department of the University of Amsterdam. Lok specialises in the comparative political, cultural and intellectual history of modern Europe in a global context since the 18th century. He is particularly interested in topics on the intersection of history, philosophy, politics and memory.
Currently, my main research projects & topics are:
In the academic year 2019-2020 (Spring semester), I have been appointed a senior fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS https://nias.knaw.nl/ ) to complete a monograph on the 'conservative imagining of Europe in history writing, ca. 1780-1850' and an edited volume: 'Cosmopolitan Conservatisms. Countering Revolution in transnational networks, ideas and movements (ca. 1700-1930)' (to be published by Brill), with Juliette Reboul & Friedemann Pestel.
Lok is a founding director of the Amsterdam Seminar for Global Intellectual History (see: www.globalintellectualhistory.org/ ). He was a member of the board of the De Moderne Tijd (Belgian - Dutch Society for Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Studies: demodernetijd.nl), and of the board of the ARTES Research School (theme leader 'European Identities and ideas': http://artes.uva.nl). Lok is also a member of the European Studies management board (DB) and of faculty & departemental committees. Furthermore, he regularly organises and moderates public & academic debates and conferences.
Matthijs Lok enjoys teaching BA and MA courses (in English and Dutch) on subjects such as Political Memories, Legacies of the Enlightenment (nominated for the 2019 Faculty Education Award), Modern Intellectual History (inter-departmental course), European Conservatism & Anti-Liberalism (MA course 'Europe & its discontents'), Liberalism, the History of the Ordering of Europe, and 'Turning points in Modern European History'. Lok also supervises BA, MA and PhD theses in the field of political and intellectual history. He was a finalist in the 2018 Faculty of Humanities Lecturer of the Year award.
Matthijs Lok, Windvanen. Napoleontische bestuurders in de Nederlandse en de Franse Restauratie, 1813-1820 (Amsterdam: Bert Bakker, 2009), 420 p.
Contents: my first book Windvanen ('[Political] Weathervanes') is a comparative study of the political transition of 1813-1815 (from the Napoleonic Empire to the Restoration) in France and the Low Countries from the understudied perspective of the Napoleonic administrative elites that survived the regime change. It argues that the so-called Restoration monarchies were to a large extent constructed by Napoleonic officials who adapted very well to the new political situation. As well as (quantitatively) studying the institutional and personal continuity after 1814, the contemporary critical discourses and attitudes towards these political survivors (nicknamed 'girouette' in French or 'windvaan' in Dutch) as well their apologies are analysed. According to NRC Handelsblad, Windvanen was one of the best historical books published in the Netherlands in 2009.
Edited volume: Ido de Haan & Matthijs Lok (eds.), The Politics of Moderation in Modern European History (Palgrave Studies in Political History: 2019) (ca. 250p.)
“This wide-ranging, intellectually-bracing volume reconstructs a neglected site of thought and action, which it identifies as a tradition of political moderation ever since the start of the age of democratic revolutions. In so doing, it offers a bounty of sustained historical and analytical imagination, reshaping inquiry and understanding.” (Ira Katznelson, Columbia University, USA)
Edited volume: M. Brolsma, R. de Bruin & Matthijs Lok (editors), Eurocentrism in European History and Memory (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2019).
Chapter: M.M. Lok, 'The fragmented continent. The Invention of European Pluralism in History Writing from the Eighteenth- to Twenty-first Century '.
Themed issue (Special collection) of the International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity, vol. 6 issue 1 (2019), co-edited with Joris van Eijnatten (Utrecht University), on the global history of Enlightenment criticism (ca. 1750-1960) in Latin-America, Russia, Spain, Egypt and Continental Europe, with an forum article by Darrin McMahon.
Book: Nationalisme, naties en staten (Vantilt 2012/2015): Matthijs Lok, deel IV: 'IJzer en bloed. Staatsvorming en nationalisme, 1848-1914' (p. 282-411). ["Iron and Blood": Stateformation and Nationalism, 1848-1914 (p. 282-411]
Member of the editorial board (kernredactie) (2007-2015) of the Belgian-Dutch scholarly Journal/ Wetenschappelijk tijdschrift 'De Achttiende eeuw' ("The Eighteenth century") (in 2017 continued as The Early Modern Low Countries & Jaarboek De Achttiende Eeuw).
Special editor (with Alicia C. Montoya) for issue 2012.2 ('Centre and Periphery in the Enlightenment') and 2014.2 ('The Enlightenment and the Past') (see: www.dbnl.org/auteurs/auteur.php?id=_doc003)