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ASH in society

ASH is firmly rooted in contemporary society. Current political debate, societal challenges and cultural developments inform, or contribute to, our research agenda. Set in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, ASH maintains strong ties with museums, heritage institutions, libraries and modern media.

ASH is a regular contributor to the Amsterdam debate centre SPUI 25 and the educational programme of the Illustere School


One of ASH’s priorities in the coming years is to increase the exposure of ASH research results to the wider public, private and cultural sectors, as well as the general public. Some examples of successful partnerships between ASH researchers and external parties are presented here:

The introduction of the ASH Valorisation Award (see below) in 2014 has further helped to highlight and honour outreach initiatives.

  • Funded partnerships

    The following projects involve public and/or private partnerships with ASH researchers.

    Storypix: Verhalen achter Bloemen
    NWO KIEM, awarded 2017
    Dr Jonneke Bekkenkamp, professor Karina van Dalen-Oskam
    Partners: Let it Grow, Flora Holland, StoryPix, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Hortus Amsterdam, Huygens Instituut, Meertens Instituut

    Digital Disability Archive
    NWO KIEM, awarded 2017
    Dr Manon Parry
    Partners: Disability Studies in the Netherlands (DSiN), Geestelijke Gezondheidszorg en Maatschappelijke Dienstverlening voor Doven en slechthorenden (GGMD), Research Center Material Culture / Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen, Het Dolhuys/Museum of the Mind

    The morality of brick architecture
    NWO Added Value through Humanitiesawarded 2015
    Dr Petra Brouwer
    Partners: WINHOV, Vereniging Koninklijke Nederlandse Bouwkeramiek

    Innovating Science Communication at Medical Museums
    NWO KIEM, awarded 2014
    Dr Manon Parry
    Partners: Waag Society, Museum Boerhaave, Dolhuys Museum, Universiteitsmuseum Groningen, Medical Museion Copenhagen

    Selling the Golden Age
    NWO Added Value through Humanitiesawarded 2014
    Professor Frans Grijzenhout
    Partners: Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, Christie's