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 Prof. Dr. Arjan van Dixhoorn

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Arjan van Dixhoorn is Professor of History at Utrecht University's University College Roosevelt. He was appointed at the endowed chair 'History of Zeeland in the World' by the Familiefonds Hurgronje in 2013. His work for the Familiefonds Hurgronje can be tracked in Dutch at www.zeelandindewereld.nl. He specializes in the history of early modern knowledge and information society, civil society, public opinion and the public sp​here with a focus on the early modern Low Countries, and a particular interest in the Scheldt estuary region.

Van Dixhoorn received an M.A. (1997) in Economic and Social History from Utrecht University and a Ph.D. (2004, cum laude) in Medieval History from the Free University of Amsterdam. His monograph Lustige geesten, a socio-cultural study of Dutch literary, rhetorician culture in the northern Low Countries (focusing on the counties of Holland and Zeeland and the cities of Haarlem and Middelburg in particular), was published with Amsterdam University Press in 2009. He has been a research fellow and visiting lecturer at institutions and universities in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and the USA.

His current book projects include a monograph on the making of an early modern Dutch culture of vernacular arts and sciences. The study will link the history of knowledge with the world of rhetoricians, printers, artists and artisans, focusing on the city of Antwerp and the county of Zeeland. His research in Zeeland will focus on the role of knowledge cultures and knowledge communities in shaping this region´s relationship to the world and its rise as an early modern empire.​

At UCR Van Dixhoorn teaches a 100-level World History and a 300-level History of Zeeland in the World. The 300-level course is a research seminar in the comparitive and global history of knowledge and information (for which archives, libraries and art collections from Zeeland provide unique source material).

Prof. Van Dixhoorn also supervises Individual Research Projects, Honor's Theses and, at Utrecht University, Master Theses in History. He especially favors interdisciplinary work (using techniques or source material relevant in the social sciences, political sciences, history, literary and art history). He also supervises PhD's in History and invites students or extramural researchers to contact him in case they are interested to develop a project.

Awards, Grants & Fellowships

  • Bendikson Fellowship. The Huntington Library, 2012. 
  • Honorary Scholarship. University of Groningen, 2012. 
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), 2011-2014.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), 2008-2011.
  • Fulbright Junior Scholarship, 2007/2008.
  • Laureate Study Prize Praemium Erasmianum, 2006.
 

Professional Memberships

 
  • Belgian Jonge Academie (alumnus)
  • American Historical Association
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • Medieval English Theatre
  • Koninklijk Zeeuws Genootschap der Wetenschappen
  • Koninklijke Zuid-Nederlandse Maatschappij voor Taal- en Letterkunde en Geschiedenis
  • Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde
  • Koninklijk Nederlands Historisch Genootschap
  • Werkgroep Middeleeuwse Artes-Literatuur
  • Koninklijke Soevereine Hoofdkamer De Fonteine
  • Werkgroep Boekgeschiedenis Vlaanderen
 

Publications

 

Books

Lustige geesten. Rederijkers in de Noordelijke Nederlanden (1480-1650). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2009. See also the database at www.lustigegeesten.nl 

De stem des volks. Publieke opinie, opinieonderzoek en democratie. Den Haag: SCP, 2006. Available at: scp.nl.

 
Book editor

Literary Cultures and Public Opinion in the Early Modern Low Countries. Leiden: Brill, 2011 (Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 197), co-edited with Jan Bloemendal and Elsa Strietman. 

The Reach of the Republic of Letters. Literary and Learned Societies in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Leiden: Brill, 2008 (Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 168), co-edited with Susie Speakman Sutch.

 

Articles and book chapters

  • “Theatre Society in the Low Countries: Performative Culture and the Public Sphere in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries”, in: Jan Bloemendal (ed.), Drama, Performance and Debate. The Role of Theatre and Theatricality in Public Opinion in the Early Modern Period. Leiden: Brill, 2013 (Drama and Theatre in Early Modern Europe, volume 2), 81-114.
  • The Making of a Public Issue in Early Modern Europe: The Spanish Inquisition and Public Opinion in the Netherlands”, in: Massimo Rospocher (ed.), Beyond the Public Sphere: Opinions, Publics, Spaces in Early Modern Europe. Bologna: Il Mulino; Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2012 (Annali dell’Istituto storico italo-germanico in Trento. Contributi; 27 = Jahrbuch des italienischdeutschen historischen Instituts in Trient. Beiträge 27), 249-269.
  • Literary cultures and public opinion in the early modern Netherlands”, in: Bloemendal, Van Dixhoorn, Strietman (eds.), Literary Cultures and Public Opinion. Leiden: Brill, 2011, 1-35, co-authored with Jan Bloemendal.
  • “Early Modern Literary Cultures and Public Opinion: An Epilogue in the Form of a Discussion”, in: Bloemendal, Van Dixhoorn, Strietman (eds.), Literary Cultures and Public Opinion. Leiden: Brill, 2011, 267-291, co-authored with Jan Bloemendal.
  •  “The Grain Issue of 1565-1566. Policy Making, Public Opinion, and the Common Good in the Habsburg Netherlands”, in: Elodie Lecuppre-Desjardin and Anne-Laure Van Bruaene (eds.), De Bono Communi. The Discourse and Practice of the Common Good in the European City (13th-16th c.). Turnhout: Brepols, 2010 (Studies in Urban History (1100-1800) 22), 171-204.
  • “De scharpheit van een gladde tong. Literaire teksten en publieke-opinievorming in de vroegmoderne Nederlanden”, Bijdragen en Mededelingen voor de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden, 125 (2010) 1, 3-28, co-authored with Jan Bloemendal.
  • “Soorten rederijkers. Rederijkers en hun plaats in het intellectuele veld: 1550-1650”, in: D. Coigneau and S. Mareel (eds.), Met eigen ogen. De rederijker als dichtend individu (1450-1600) (=Jaarboek De Fonteine) (2009), 87-119.
  • “De opgeworpen rechtbank der publieke opinie. Het tijdschrift en de geschiedenis van de publieke opinie”, Tijdschrift voor tijdschriftstudies, 26 (2009), 54-75.
  • “Introduction”, in: Van Dixhoorn and Speakman Sutch (eds.), The Reach of the Republic of Letters, 1-16, co-authored with Susie Speakman Sutch.
  •  “Chambers of Rhetoric: Performative Culture and Literary Sociability in the Early Modern Northern Netherlands”, in: The Reach of the Republic of Letters, 119-158.
  •  “Epilogue”, in: The Reach of the Republic of Letters, 423-461.
  •  “Liefhebbers van de redekunst. Het Vlaardingse festival van 1616 en de principes van het Hollandse rederijkersleven”, in: Bart Ramakers (ed.), Op de Hollandse Parnas. De Vlaardingse rederijkerswedstrijd van 1616. Zwolle: Waanders, 2006, 11-29.
  • “Engagement en ambitie. De Haagse rederijkerskamer ‘Met Ghenuchten’ en de ontwikkelingen van een burgerlijke samenleving in Holland rond 1500”, in: Jaarboek voor Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis, 9 (2006), 150-190, co-authored with Serge ter Braake.

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