DANS Colloquium on Research and Data: Women readers finding their literary foremothers

Building on the long-standing work of the Women Writers in History research network, Dutch members of the related DARIAH Working Group at Huygens ING were engaged last year in the DANS “Klein Data Project” (KDP) entitled ‘Dutch Woman Authors and their Dutch Readers (until 1900)’. This KDP project combined data curation from the researcher’s side with data curation from the archival side. As one result, data and structure of the Working Group’s collaborative research tool (VRE) are now safely kept in a version at DANS. This creates a solid basis for ongoing research in the fields of female authorship and reception of women’s writing – and for other reuse by scholars, students and any interested people (so-called citizen scientists) also in the long-term.

On this occasion, DANS organizes a colloquium on the theme of ‘Women readers finding their literary foremothers’. This can be said to roughly announce the Dutch “Boekenweek” which has as its theme “De Moeder de Vrouw” (Woman and mother).

There will also be the presentation of the second volume in the Brill series Women Writers in History, edited by Nina Geerdink (UU) and Carme Font Paz (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona).

Date, time and location: Thursday 21 March, 15.00-17.00, DANS (The Hague)


15:00 – 15:10 – Welcome  – Suzan van Dijk: “Moeder de vrouw was meestal geen schrijfster (en v.v.)” (10 min)

15:10 – 16:00 – Infrastructural aspects – Standards, networking, practices

  • Sally Wyatt (Maastricht University): Gender Standards in Computer and Library Science: Implications for research in the humanities and the social sciences  (20 min)
  • Henk van den Berg, Jerry de Vries, and Andrea Scharnhorst (DANS, KNAW): Data curation and data archiving at different stages of the research process. The case of archiving different instantiations of the NEWW VRE  (20 min)
  • Short discussion

16:00 – 16:50 – Research aspects – Opportunities for presenting and studying women writers

  • Lia van Gemert (UvA) and Nina Jongen (UvA, trainee at Huygens ING): Engaging students in research and dissemination projects: investigating Dutch 18th-century female authorship and paving the way for an Amsterdam Time Machine  (20 min)
  • Janouk de Groot (assistant at Huygens ING in the KDP Dutch women authors project): Demonstrating the tool, in particular the way of taking into account factors as motherhood or economic imperatives in research about early women authors? (15 min)
  • Discussion
  • Presentation the second volume of the Women Writers in History series: Carme Font Paz and Nina Geerdink (eds.), Economic imperatives for women’s writing in early modern Europe (Leiden, Brill, 2018)

16:50 Closing and reception

More information

If you want to attend, please register online. If you have any questions, please ask Andrea Scharnhorst.

The DANS R&D colloquium is a meeting place for researchers, archivists and ICT specialists. Organized by DANS, its focus is on research data and what you can do with it. You are invited to participate in discussing the challenge to keep data fixed and to invent tools that can evolve fast in a landscape that is on the move. If you have done projects in preserving and reusing data we find a slot for you to share your experiences.

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