The Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme, 2020-21
Applications due by 19 January 2020
The Rijksmuseum welcomes international, independent research proposals which open new perspectives on the museum’s collection, its history and activities. The purpose of the Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme is to encourage and support scholarly investigation, and to contribute to academic discourses while strengthening bonds between the museum and universities. The programme enables highly talented candidates to base part of their research at the Rijksmuseum, and offers access to the museum’s expertise, collections, library and laboratories. Furthermore, the programme facilitates opportunities for Fellows to engage in workshops and excursions to encourage exchange of knowledge – both amongst themselves and the broader museum audience.
Application and procedure
Please review the eligibility, funding and application requirements by visiting the Rijksmuseum website. For the 2020-2021 academic year, candidates can apply for:
- Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for research in art and cultural history – Apply here
- Terra Foundation Fellowship for research in American Photography – Apply Here
- Johan Huizinga Fellowship for historical research – Apply here
- Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship for conservation and scientific research – Apply here
- Anton C.R. Dreesmann Fellowship for art historical research – Apply here
The closing date for all applications is 19 January 2020, at 6:00 p.m. (Amsterdam time/CET). No applications will be accepted after this deadline. All applications must be submitted online and in English. Applications or related materials delivered via email, postal mail, or in person will not be accepted.
Selection will be made by an international committee in February 2020. The committee consists of eminent scholars in the relevant fields of study from European universities and institutions, and members of the curatorial and conservation staff of the Rijksmuseum. Applicants will be notified by 15 March 2020. All Fellowships will start in September 2020.
For questions concerning the application procedure, contact the Coordinator of the Fellowship Programme (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Dutch Method Unfolded, masterclass on wax-resin linings
The Department of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is pleased to announce a masterclass on wax-resin linings to be held at the UvA from 29 June to 10 July 2020. The two-week program is supported by the Getty Foundation as part of its Conserving Canvas initiative.
The goal of the masterclass is to disseminate knowledge on the history of wax-resin linings, a remedial conservation method invented in the Netherlands in the first half of the 19th century and extensively used by paintings conservators in Europe and abroad until the 1970’s. The masterclass will also inform on the impact of wax-resin linings on the physical and material characteristics of paintings. Furthermore, it will provide a platform to share expertise and reflect on the consequences of the method for today’s conservation of lined paintings.
The masterclass is a joint initiative of the University of Amsterdam with the following Dutch museums: Frans Hals Museum, Amsterdam Museum, Mauritshuis, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Van Gogh Museum, in collaboration with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) and the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL).
The masterclass is offered to a group of maximum 14 mid-career professionals in conservation including conservators of cultural heritage, art historians, curators, collection manager, and conservation scientists. The participants of the masterclass will receive funding for travel and accommodation.
The participants of the masterclass will be selected via an open call which closing date is 14 December 2019.
For further information including registration, agenda, and program, please see https://www.uva.nl/the-dutch-method-unfolded.
For inquiries please contact the program organization at email@example.com.
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Free speech, religion and political culture in northern Europe, 1400-1750
Edinburgh, 16-17 April 2020
Organization: Alasdair Raffe (University of Edinburgh), Martine Veldhuizen (Utrecht University)
This workshop explores aspects of ‘freedom of speech’ in late medieval and early modern northern Europe. Freedom of speech was by no means a fundamental right in the late middle ages and early modern period, and yet expressions of critical opinions towards power were always possible and often widespread. They could be uttered verbally, through the spoken or written word, but also through other sign systems and media, ranging from the sound of musical instruments to heraldic languages.
The Edinburgh workshop will analyse the practice of free speech, paying particular attention to the expression of controversial religious and political ideas. Much recent scholarship has examined the circulation of news and information, the mobilisation and manipulation of political opinions and the media of public debate. Other works have broadened our understanding of religious debates and dissent, especially in the two centuries after the Reformation. Building on this research, speakers at the workshop will examine claims to freedom of religious and political speech. Some contributors will discuss theoretical arguments in defence of free speech, others the media and linguistic character of ‘free’ utterances. Papers will assess instances of free speech in historical and literary contexts, and trace the consequences of speaking up for an opinion. We invite case studies that can help us to address large, pan-European questions regarding free speech.
The workshop will consider the following questions:
- How did late-medieval and early modern Europeans think about and defend free speech?
- Which media and forms of language were used to express religious and political ideas? What determined the choice of particular media and forms of language?
- What kind of messages were spread? Were they subversive or did they legitimise power?
- How was free speech received? What were the effects of free speech in the development of religious communities, political attitudes and subversive movements?
- Can ‘European’ patterns be distinguished, or were the practices of free speech determined more by national, provincial and local institutions and norms?
We invite proposals from historians, literary and linguistic scholars. We would particularly welcome contributions from advanced PhD students and postdoctoral scholars. Papers should be twenty-five minutes in length and given in English.
Abstracts of 300 words, together with a one-page CV, should be sent to Alasdair Raffe (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday 6 December 2019.