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Mr N.P.D.W. (Nathan) van Kleij MA

Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities
Photographer: Nathan van Kleij

Visiting address
  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
Postal address
  • Postbus 1610
    1000 BP Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Nathan van Kleij is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Historical Studies. He is affiliated with the Medieval History department and the Amsterdam Centre for Urban History (http://acuh.uva.nl/). As of 2020-2021 Nathan is employed as lecturer in (medieval) history at the UvA and Leiden University.

    The PhD-project "Beyond the Façade: Town Halls, Publicity, and Urban Society in the Fifteenth-Century Low Countries" concerns the study of the multifunctional use and multilayered meaning of late medieval town halls (and urban courtrooms spaces). It studies how members of urban society - dealing with matter, ideas and contest - co-created ideas and applications on publicity and seclusion inside these buildings, for instance with regard to political and legal events.

    Nathan works as well with public history related projects, such as being the advisor for (historical) content and vision of a teaching method in history for secondary education. He also is an editor at the Historisch Café Amsterdam.

    Research interests:

    • Town halls
    • Public buildings and spaces
    • Public sphere(s)
    • Crime, justice and punishment
    • Conflict and violence
    • Material culture
    • Architecture and art
    • Urban history
    • Urban culture
    • Social and cultural history of late medieval towns

    Teaching

    • Inleiding in de geschiedenis I en II (Introduction in History) (BA) 
    • Inleiding in de geschiedschrijving (Introduction in historiography) (BA)
    • Historische dilemma's (Historical dilemmas) (BA)
    • Middeleeuwse geschiedenis: bronnen en literatuur (Medieval History: source and literature criticism) (BA)
    • Guest lecture The History of Punishment (BA)
    Lower left corner of the "Last Judgment" of Maastricht, by Jan van Brussel (1477)
  • Lectures
    • "Town Halls and Urban Society in the Low Countries, c.1400-1500"
      Amsterdam Centre for Urban History, University of Amsterdam, 21 november 2019.
    • "De toegankelijkheid van het middeleeuws stadhuis: openbaarheid en geslotenheid in een voormodern publiek overheidsgebouw "
      Session (co-organised): S1 Onverwachte vormen van middeleeuwse communicatie: een nieuwe blik op inclusie en exclusie. 
      Historicidagen 2019, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. 
    • "Town Hall Thresholds and Civic Agency in the Late Medieval Low Countries", 
      session: Transforming Cities, Negotiating Spaces and Powers: Markets and Civic Buildings in Europe, the Middle-East and North-Africa (XIIIth c. / XIXth c. ).
      European Association of Urban History (EAUH) Conference 2018, Roma Tre University, Rome.
    • "Space, Paintings and Collective Memory in the Late Medieval Urban Courtroom"
      Collective Memory in and around the Courtroom (Organizer: Nathan van Kleij)
      ​International Medieval Congress Leeds 2018.
    • "De functie en symbolische betekenis van schilderijen in laatmiddeleeuwse rechtsruimten"
      lecture at the studiedag Kunst en Recht, organized by Museum Hof van Busleyden in Mechelen (BE) and Opera Vlaanderen,
      accomanying the exhibition "Roep om Rechtvaardigheid. Kunst en rechtspraak in de Bourgondische Nederlanden (1450-1650)"
       "Call for Justice. Art and Law in the Burgundian Low Countries (1450-1650)" (31-05-2018)
    • ''Backroom Politics': Openness and Secrecy Inside the Late Medieval Town Hall.' (Conference Paper 17. Symposium des Mediävistenverbandes, Gheimnis und Verborgenes im Mittelalter, 19.-22. März 2017. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)
    • "Town Halls, Courtrooms and Society in the Low Countries, c.1300-1500"
      (Conference Paper for the 22nd Dutch-Flemish Medieval Studies Day: "Readjusting the Middle Ages", Utrecht 11 November 2016)
    • "Adressing Accessibility of the Courtroom in the Late Medievel Town Hall"
      (Conference Paper for 'Voices of Law: Law and Ritual', Leeuwarden 22-23 September 2016)  
    • "Stadhuizen als fenomeen"
       (Guest lecture at the symposium 'Zwolle in de Middeleeuwen', Varias Vias / Buro Ruis / Stadkamer, 14-04-2016)
  • Publications

    2016

    • van Kleij, N. (2016). 'Ende dat jonckwijff heeft geseit': De deelname van vrouwen aan criminele rechtspraak in Gouda, ca. 1450-1530. Historica, 39(1), 3-7. [details]

    2018

    • van Kleij, N. (2018). Middeleeuwse rijkdom met iets te veel goud gepresenteerd [Bespreking van: V. Lambert, P. Stabel (2016) Gouden tijden : rijkdom en status in de Middeleeuwen in de Zuidelijke Nederlanden]. Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, 131(1), 172-173. https://doi.org/10.5117/TVGESCH2018.1.BOEK [details]

    2017

    • Van Kleij, N. (2017). [Review of: A.-L. van Bruane, B. Blondé, M. Boone (2016) Gouden eeuwen: Stad en samenleving in de Lage Landen, 1100-1600]. The Medieval Low Countries. An Annual Review, 4, 331-335. https://doi.org/10.1484/J.MLC.5.114813 [details]

    2018

    • van Kleij, N. (2018). Een hardnekkig misverstand: De feodale piramide in het geschiedonderwijs. Madoc, 32(4), 268-269. [details]

    2017

    2016

    • van Kleij, N. (2016). De verhalen in en achter de genadebrief: misdaad, intriges en sociale portretten [Bespreking van: W. Prevenier, P. Arnade (2015) Onze gratie en genade: misdaad en vergiffenis in de Bourgondische Nederlanden]. Madoc, 30(2), 116-118. [details]

    Media appearance

    • van Kleij, N. (20-07-2018). https://www.trouw.nl/opinie/blok-deed-zijn-omstreden-uitspraken-niet-op-een-besloten-bijeenkomst~a3fc7441/ [Print] Trouw. Blok deed zijn omstreden uitspraken níet op een besloten bijeenkomst.
    • van Kleij, N. (25-03-2016). Rechtszaak Wilders moet volledig in beeld [Print] Trouw. Rechtszaak Wilders moet volledig in beeld.

    Talk / presentation

    • van Kleij, N. (speaker) (31-5-2018). De functie en symbolische betekenis van schilderijen in laatmiddeleeuwse rechtsruimten, Studiedag Kunst en Recht, organized by Museum Hof van Busleyden in Mechelen (BE) and Opera Vlaanderen, accompanying the exhibition “Roep om rechtvaardigheid. Kunst en rechtspraak in de Bourgondische Nederland (1450-1650). 31-05-2018, Museum Hof van Busleyden, Mechelen., Mechelen, Belgium.

    Others

    • van Kleij, N. (participant) (23-8-2019). Historicidagen 2019, Groningen, Netherlands. Session organisation, moderation and paper contribution: "Onverwachte vormen van middeleeuwse communicatie: een nieuwe blik op inclusie en (…) (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • van Kleij, N. (participant) (22-2-2019). Nascholingsdag Middeleeuwen geschiedenismethode Saga, Nijmegen. Workshopleider: De keizerskroning van Karel de Grote (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • van Kleij, N. (participant) (15-2-2019). Nascholingsdag Middeleeuwen geschiedenismethode Saga, Zwolle. Workshopleider: De keizerskroning van Karel de Grote (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • van Kleij, N. (organiser) (28-9-2018). Workshop Theory and History of the Field, “The Truth Reconsidered”, The Netherlands Research School for Medieval studies, Utrecht, Netherlands. This workshop relates to various themes with regard to truth, especially the historiographical truth beyond Europe. During the discussions, we will (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • van Kleij, N. (organiser) (3-7-2018). International Medieval Congress Leeds 2018. Series of sessions Communication and Exploitation of Knowledge in the Middle Ages - session 1: Collective Memory in and Around the Courtroom (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • van Kleij, N. (organiser) (15-9-2017). Alternative Facts and the Middle Ages, Utrecht, Netherlands. Workshop on alternativities in and about the middle ages. (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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