Jan Bloemendal (Huygens Institute, Amsterdam)
Jan Bloemendal is a senior researcher at the Huygens Institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and PrivatDozent at the Ruhr University Bochum. He is general secretary to the Erasmi Opera Omnia, for which he edited the Paraphrases on Luke and John. His other main topic of interest is Neo-Latin and vernacular drama of the early modern period and its transnationality. He is principal investigator of TransLatin: the Transnational Impact of Latin drama from the Early Modern Low Countries. Together with James A. Parente, Jr. and Nigel S. Smith he edited a special issue of Renaissance Studies on ‘Transnational Exchange in the Early Modern Low Countries’. He was also the co-editor of Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World (2014).
Frans Blom (University of Amsterdam)
Frans R.E. Blom (1968) is an expert of Dutch and Neolatin Literature of the Early Modern Period. Working at the University of Amsterdam, he studies Amsterdam as a creative city in its European context, with a focus on the city’s Grand Theatre, or Schouwburg. He is general editor of the ONSTAGE online datasystem for Theatre in Amsterdam of the Golden Age. His new study on the A’dam theatre as an international cultural entreprise will be out soon: Podium van Europa. Creativiteit en ondernemen in de Amsterdamse Schouwburg van de zeventiende eeuw (Amsterdam: Querido, 2021. In addition to his dissertation on Constantijn Huygens (2003), he has also devoted many of his works and days to this key figure in Dutch cultural history.
Wiep van Bunge (Erasmus University, Rotterdam)
Wiep van Bunge is Professor of the History of Philosophy at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Among his books are From Stevin to Spinoza (2001), Spinoza Past and Present (2012) and From Bayle to the Batavian Revolution (2019). He also (co-) edited several volumes, including The Dictionary of Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Dutch Philosophers (2003) and The Bloomsbury Companion to Spinoza (2014).
Lucas van der deijl (University of groningen)
Lucas van der Deijl is assistant professor in early modern Dutch literature at the University of Groningen since August 2021. He is currently finishing his PhD thesis at the University of Amsterdam, titled: A New Language for the Natural Light. Translating the New Philosophy in the Dutch Early Enlightenment (1640-1720). His research focuses on the intersection of intellectual history, translation studies, and Dutch literature, with a special interest in the application of computational text analysis for historical questions.
Michiel van Groesen (Leiden University)
Michiel van Groesen is Professor of Martime History and Director of Research at Leiden University. The chair in Maritime History is established at Leiden’s Institute for History since 1978. My interest in maritime history is embedded in the culture of the Dutch Golden Age and the Atlantic world. Broadly speaking my research is interdisciplinary in nature, focusing on the culture of imperial expansion and the politics of global interactions. My current book project, provisionally entitled An Ocean of Rumours: News and Information in the Atlantic World, explores the circulation of transoceanic news, focusing on the tension between distance and credibility in the early modern world. The book is under contract with Cambridge University Press. In prior research I examined early modern printed travel accounts, more specifically the monumental De Bry collection of voyages that disseminated very influential textual and visual images of the non-European world. I argued that the De Brys manipulated the original accounts for a confessionally divided readership. The German editions were aimed at a Protestant audience, the Latin translations were sold in Catholic Europe. Both versions – despite their differences – helped to legitimate European colonialism in the next two centuries. Since then, I have worked on the rise and fall of Dutch Brazil as seen through the eyes of the Amsterdam print media. In 2014 I edited a volume of essays entitled The Legacy of Dutch Brazil (Cambridge), which discusses the impact the short-lived colony had on the Atlantic world from the seventeenth century until today. My second book, Amsterdam’s Atlantic, came out with Penn Press in 2017. Using newspapers, prints, maps, paintings, pamphlets, and diaries, I demonstrate that Dutch Brazil transformed (and was transformed by) the early modern media landscape at home and marked the emergence of a ‘public’ Atlantic world.
Ineke Huysman (Huygens Institute/National Archive, The Hague)
Education: PhD Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam
Academic appointments: Researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands/NL-Lab, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Project collaborator at Oxford University’s EMLO (Early Modern Letters Online)
Selected digital editions: edition of the correspondence of Constantijn Huygens (1596-1687); edition of the correspondences of the Dutch and Frisian stadtholders-wives; edition of the correspondence of Johan de Witt (1625-1672); autograph collection Royal Collections The Hague.
Recently published: Johan de Witt en het Rampjaar. To be published 5 april (together with an exhibition): Constantijn Huygens, Een leven in brieven.
Jeroen Jansen (University of Amsterdam)
Jeroen Jansen is a senior lecturer in the Department of Dutch Language and Literature (Universiteit van Amsterdam). His specializations include the impact of humanism and the revival of learning in Renaissance Netherlands, rhetoric, textual and literary criticism, argumentation and style. His major publications include Brevitas (1995), Decorum (2001) and Imitatio (2008). His current research interests seek all kinds of strategies, as seen from historical pragmatics, speech act theory, rhetoric and framing theory.
Inger Leemans (Free University, Amsterdam/Huygens Institute)
Inger Leemans is Professor of Cultural History at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Director of NL-Lab, a new research group on Dutch Culture and Identity at the Royal Netherlands Academy Humanities Cluster. Her research focuses on early modern cultural history (1500-1850), the history of emotions and the body, history of knowledge and digital humanities. She has published about the history of pornography, (radical) Enlightenment, cultural infrastructure, stock markets and financial crises. She is the author of Worm en donder. Geschiedenis van de Nederlandse literatuur 1700-1800 (with Gert-Jan Johannes); Het woord is aan de onderkant (Prometheus, 2002), and editor (with Anne Goldgar) of Early Modern Societies as Affective Economies (Routledge, 2021).
Henk van Nierop (University of Amsterdam)
Henk van Nierop is professor emeritus of Early Modern History at the University of Amsterdam. Among his books are From Knights to Regents: the Nobility of Holland, 1500-1650 (1993); Treason in the Northern Quarter: War, Treason, and the Rule of Law in the Dutch Revolt; and The Life of Romeyn de Hooghe: Prints, Pamphlets, and Politics in the Dutch Golden Age (2018).
marrigje paijmans (University of Amsterdam)
Marrigje Paijmans is an assistant-professor in Dutch literature at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on voices of dissent in Dutch early colonial literature, on which she has published in JEMCS, and with articles forthcoming in Cultural History and Nederlandse letterkunde. Currently, she is exploring literary responses to environmental colonialism.
James A. Parente Jr. (University of Minnesota)
James A. Parente, Jr. is a Professor of German, Scandinavian and Dutch literature at the University of Minnesota and Director of the Minnesota Center for German and European Studies. He has published widely on early modern German, Dutch and Neo-Latin literature, and is currently working on transnational literary relations between the German Empire, the Netherlands, and Nordic Europe.
Freya Sierhuis (York University, UK)
Freya Sierhuis is senior lecturer at the Department of English of the University of York. She is the author of The Literature of the Arminian Controversy. Religion, politics and the stage in the Dutch Republic, and the co-editor of Passions and Subjectivity in Early Modern Culture, and Fulke Greville and the Literary Culture of the English Renaissance.
Ronny Spaans (Nord University, Norway)
Ronny Spaans is associate professor in Nordic literatures at Nord University. He is also lecturer in Dutch at the University of Oslo. Spaans has a PhD from the University of Oslo from 2015 on the Dutch poet Joannes Six van Chandelier (1620–1695). The dissertation was published at Amsterdam University Press in 2020. He has also written articles on Norwegian poets, and is for the moment working on a monography on the Norwegian Renaissance poet Petter Dass (1647-1707).(Renaissance Quarterly, 2021).
Arthur Weststeijn (University OF Padua)
Arthur Weststeijn is a research fellow at the University of Padua and a visiting fellow at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he works on the intellectual history of early-modern empire. Recent publications include “Empire in Fragments: Transatlantic News and Print Media in the Iberian World, ca. 1600–40” (Renaissance Quarterly, 2021).