Networks of the Dutch Republic


Prof. dr. Lia van Gemert

Members of the research group

A.E. Anikin MA
dr. T.S. Biró
dr. F.R.E. Blom
dr. M.J. Bok
Lucas van der Deijl MA
G.W.H. Dijkstra MA
dr. P. Dijstelberge
H.A. Feenstra MA
prof.dr. E.M.P. van Gemert
prof.dr. F. Grijzenhout
drs. Simon Groot
prof.dr. C.M.J.M. van den Heuvel
R. Jagersma MA
prof.dr. J.P.B. Jonker
dr. E.E. Kok
dr. E.E.P. Kolfin
S.C.I. Muller MA
dr. H.T. Nijboer
dr. A. Nobel
dr. J. Noorman
prof.dr. K.H. van Dalen - Oskam
dr. G.M. v.d. Roemer
dr. M. Simons
prof.dr. C.J. Zandvliet

Description of the research programme of the research group

One of the reasons behind the immense success of the cultural industry in the Dutch Golden Age was the dense clustering of networks that constituted the Republic. Those networks varied from social, commercial, political, religious and artistic to scientific, and most times they combined several of those features.
The members of this research group explore, in a cross-disciplinary setting, the structures and activities of those networks in the ‘long’ Golden Age (1550-1750), their multiple relations to foreign networks, and the impact of their activities on Dutch society. Research is carried out in close cooperation with cultural heritage institutions (like the Amsterdam Stadsarchief, the Amsterdam Museum, the Rijksmuseum, the Jewish Historical Museum and the Amsterdam University Library’s Special Collections). With respect to methodology, the research group will combine classical scholarship with tools and strategies from the e-humanities. An important tool is the prosopographic information system Ecartico. This open access database on the cultural industry of the Low Countries was developed at the UvA during the last decade. In the next years new tools and resources will be developed and implemented.
The second aim of this research group is critical reflection both on the applicability of the Dutch societal model as a generic ‘recipe for success’ and on the fruitfulness of research methods that seek to discover and adequately analyse the activities and impact of networks.

Envisaged results

Monographs; articles; doctoral dissertations; interactive website; database; public lectures; seminars, conferences and workshops, applications for internal and external funding.

Work plan and time schedule

All members of the group already work on the research theme; a number of members already cooperate. Several members prepare monographs or articles at this moment. The group will convene several times a year, and will meet in the context of the regular seminar of the Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Golden Age. Important central elements will be the debate about results and methodology, the further development of the Ecartico information system, the preparation of applications for funding and the cooperation for publications.

Societal relevance

The research group aims at high visibility of results. The Ecartico database is already open to public access, as is the website of the Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Golden Age, which will be the regular channel for communication about the project’s news, activities and publications. The group aims at exhibitions and web presentations in cooperation with institutions of cultural heritage. Members of the group will give public lectures (for organisations like SPUI25 and the UvA Illustere School) and use popular media for news and publications.

Published by  Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

3 April 2018