I’m a historian and I work as assistant professor in Urban History and Digital Methods and as coordinator of the Amsterdam Time Machine in the program Creative Amsterdam: An E-Humanities Perspective (CREATE).
Above all, I'm interested in the relationship between culture, economy, and cities. Why do some places and times experience booms in creativity and innovation? How is urban cultural life organised, who profits from this, and how does this change over time ? And, how far back can we trace the local roots of contemporary artistic and cultural activities, mainly in the Netherlands but also beyond?
A second line of research concerns the role of digital methods in historical research. How can digitized sources and datasets be used in a meaningful way? How do we teach history students (and ourselves) digital skills?
My third interest is in the relationship between academic research, practice and policy. How can humanities researchers join forces with heritage institutions, developers and other non-academic parties in unlocking historical insights and data for wider use and societal applications?
My urban/digital/societal interests meet in the Amsterdam Time Machine (ATM) - a public-facing resource on the history of Amsterdam. The ATM brings together efforts in the fields of academia, culture heritage and computer science to digitally unlock Amsterdam’s past, by means of, for instance, regular meetings, joint projects, a historical GIS, and a data repository system. You can read more on our website.
Since 2007, I've explored the above topics in my research and teaching at the departments of History (Utrecht University), Cultural Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam), and Urban Studies as well as Media Studies (University of Amsterdam). As a result, my approach is multidisciplinary and informed by current societal debates. As one of the founding members of VIZIER: Think Tank Young Researchers Culture & Economics, and The Urban Commons of Culture, I promote cross-disciplinary research and organise public events. I'm a member of the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal Stedelijk Studies.
I'm coordinating, together with Julia Noordegraaf, the program Amsterdam Time Machine. The Amsterdam Time Machine (ATM) is a public research resource on the history of Amsterdam. ATM is committed to the creation and reuse of historical data for the benefit of – and together with – researchers, societal partners and local communities. With the Time Machine, users will ultimately be able to travel back in time and navigate the city on the levels of neighborhoods, streets, houses, rooms, ultimately zooming in on the pictures that adorned the walls. The systematic linkage of datasets from various sources allows users to retrieve historical information, support public interfaces, and ask new questions on, for instance, cultural events, everyday life, social relations, or the use of public space in the city of Amsterdam. ATM is built upon linked data infrastructures from key academic and cultural heritage institutions in the Netherlands, including CLARIAH and Adamnet. It benefits and contributes to funded research and heritage projects that digitise, explore and remodel historical data. ATM is powered by a consortium of people and institutions in academia, cultural heritage and industry. I'm also collaborating in the realisation of the large-scale research infrastructure program Time Machine Europe.
I'm co-applicant in the transdisciplinary research project (2020-2022) Commons: New Chances for the City and Public Space, funded by NWO-SIA in the Smart Culture program, and led by Dr Jeroen Boomgaard of the Research Institute for Art and Public Space at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. The research consortium further consists of the Waag: Institute for technology and society, the Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, and Nautilus, a collective housing project on Zeeburgereiland. This project focuses on the ways in which the notion of ‘the commons’ can contribute to new forms of (digital) public space and initiate different forms of urban development, while taking the potential contribution of design and art towards processes of 'commoning' as the main point of departure. The project zooms in on the Amsterdam neighbourhood Zeeburgereilandand will run for the duration of two years. Together with Robert Kloosterman (UvA, Urban Studies) and a postdoctoral researcher I will study existing and historical forms of commoning in urban public space in the project Common Spaces? A long-term study of the use of public spaces in Amsterdam, 1880 to the present
In my spare hours I'm setting up a new research project on the cultural economy of urban nightlife
Previous research focused on the painting and publishing industries in the early modern Dutch Republic (PhD project), the organization of the early modern international art trade (postdoctoral project 1), the history of Dutch Design as a cultural industry (postdoctoral project 2), and the study of early modern knowledge markets.
Other projects include:
Amsterdam Time Machine - CLARIAH/HisGIS. In this project, the geo-infrastructure HisGIS of the Fryske Akademy will be made available to ATM and the general CLARIAH-infrastructure
Global Knowledge Societies: Creating a knowledge society in a globalizing world, 1450-1800
Stedelijk Museum Textmining Project, with Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Maastricht University
Inleiding in de Geschiedenis I, II, III
Geschiedenislab II. Ruimte in de stad. Digital mapping voor historici
MA Stadsgeschiedenis: Themavak II. De naakte stad. Geschiedenis van het nachtleven in Amsterdam en andere metropolen
Previous courses at UvA
Onderzoeksseminar over commoning praktijken in heden en verleden
Tutorial Databases voor historici
I hold a PhD in History and a MA degree in Comparative History from Utrecht University and a BA degree in History from the University of Amsterdam.
CV (December 2017)
Peer reviewed publications
Rasterhoff, C., The Markets for Art, Books and Luxury Goods’, in Geert Janssen and Helmer Helmers (eds.), Cambridge Companion to the Dutch Golden Age (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, accepted for publication)
Nijboer, H., Rasterhoff, C., 'Linked Cultural Events: Digitizing Past Events and Analysing the Creative City’, in Sander Munster et al., Urban History in the Age of Digital Libraries / Digital Encounters in Cultural Heritage, (Springer Verlag, CCIS Series, accepted for publication)
Rasterhoff, C. (2017), 'Mirroring Two Golden Ages: Values and Visions in Seventeenth- and Nineteenth-Century Amsterdam’, Cities and Creativity from the Renaissance to the Present. Van Damme, I., De Munck, B. & Miles, A. (eds.). New York: Routledge, p. 105-126 (Routledge Advances in Urban History)
Rasterhoff, C. ( 2016). 'Economic aspects of Dutch art', in W. Franits (Ed.), Ashgate Research Companion to Dutch Art of the Seventeenth-Century. Burlington: Ashgate, pp. 355-371
Rasterhoff, C. (2017). Painting and Publishing as Cultural Industries. The Fabric of Creativity in the Dutch Republic, 1580-1800. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Rasterhoff, C. & Vermeylen, F. (2015). 'Mediators of trade and taste. Dealing with demand and quality uncertainty in the global art market of the seventeenth century', Zeventiende Eeuw 31:1, pp. 138-158.
Rasterhoff, C. (2014). 'The spatial side of innovation. The local organization of cultural production in the Dutch Republic', in K. Davids & B. De Munck (Eds.), Innovation and Creativity in Late Medieval and Early Modern European Cities. Burlington: Ashgate, pp. 161-188.
Rasterhoff, C. & Vermeylen, F. (2014). 'The Zeeland connection: the art trade between the southern and the northern Netherlands during the seventeenth century', in N. De Marchi & S. Raux (Eds.), Moving Pictures. Intra‐European Trade in Images, 16th‐18th Centuries. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 123-150.
Rasterhoff, C. (2012). 'Carrière en concurrentie in een culturele sector: de Amsterdamse boekhandel, 1580-1800' De Zeventiende Eeuw, 2, pp. 162-179.
Rasterhoff, C. (2009). 'Public spending and population growth in Leiden and Utrecht in the Golden Age', in M. van der Heijden, E. van Nederveen Meerkerk & G. Vermeesch (Eds.), Amsterdam: Serving the urban community. The rise of public facilities in the Low Countries. Amsterdam: Aksant, pp. 107-134.
Rasterhoff, C.. The Fabric of Creativity. Painting and Publishing as Cultural Industries in the Dutch Republic, 1580-1800. Utrecht University. Supervisor(s): prof.dr. M.R. Prak & prof.dr. R.C. Kloosterman.
Rasterhoff, C. (2015). 'De creatieve stad: visioenen en zinnebeelden. Van stedenmaagd tot 3D Print Canal House'. In A. van Wageningen & V. Mamadouh (Eds.), EU @ Amsterdam: Een stedelijke raad (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press), pp. 173-180
Rasterhoff, C. (2016 forthcoming), 'The making of a creative industry: Dutch Design', UNCTAD Creative Economy Report 2016
Expert at Forum UNCTAD Creative Economy Report 2016 (10 March 2016, Amsterdam)
Lunch lecture Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, ‘De creatieve stad: visioenen en zinnebeelden’ (5 November 2016, The Hague)
Lecture Boekmanstichting, ‘De Nederlandse creatieve industrie in historisch perspectief’ (21 September 2016, Amsterdam)
Rasterhoff, C., Foulidis, A. & Raedt, T. de (2015). Infographics Design Derby Nederland-België: 1815-2015
International workshop Arts and Cultural Entrepreneurship, with Frans Blom, Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Golden Age in collaboration with Anthos Amsterdam (6-9 July 2015)
VIZIER & ic47films (2014). VIZIER over CREATIVITEIT, http://www.denktankvizier.org/vizier-over-creativiteit-korte-film/
Organizer and presenter symposium ‘Het Creatieve Gebod’, Launch VIZIER, De Brakke Grond (4 November 2014, Amsterdam)
Advisor to European project CREAPOL. Civic Museums and Urban Creativity. Cultural industries in past and present
Member of Advisory Committee for exhibition on Dutch genre painting by National Gallery of Ireland (Dublin), Louvre (Paris), National Gallery of Art (Washington), scheduled for 2016-2017
Participant De Jonge Akademie on Wheels 2011 (part of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences)
2017- Vroegmoderne Geschiedenis BA1, Universiteit van Amterdam
2014- present, Supervision Pre-PhD fellows and student assistants in research program Creative Amsterdam: An E-Humanities Perspective (1600-present), University of Amsterdam
2012-2014, BA and MA courses, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Art Markets in Context (Arts and Culture Studies BA2-3)
Money and the Arts (Arts and Culture Studies BA2-3)
Bachelor’s Thesis Class (Arts and Culture Studies BA3)
Art Markets: Theory and Practice (Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship MA)
Supervision bachelor’s theses (BA Arts and Culture Studies BA)
Supervision master’s theses (MA Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship)
2012-present, Guest lectures Utrecht University, Radboud University Nijmegen, University of Amsterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht
2009-2010, Tutorial, Utrecht University, Introductie in de geschiedenis van de vroegmoderne tijd (History BA-1)
Rasterhoff, C. (2014). PUG Prize Best Dissertation in the Humanities 2010-2014
Sandra Van Ginhoven, Connecting Art Markets. Guilliam Forchondt’s Dealership in Antwerp (c.1632–78) and the Overseas Paintings Trade, Studies in the History of Collecting & Art Markets I, Christian Huemer ed., Boston (Brill) 2017, in Renaissance Quarterly (forthcoming 2018)
Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann en Michael North (red.), Mediating Netherlandish Art and Material Culture in Asia (Amsterdam Studies in the Dutch Golden Age) Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, 2014, in De Zeventiende Eeuw, De Zeventiende Eeuw 31(2) 2015, p.357
Marion Boers, De Noord-Nederlandse kunsthandel in de eerste helft van de zeventiende eeuw (Hilversum 2012), in De Zeventiende Eeuw 29 (2) 2013;
Marion Boers, De Noord-Nederlandse kunsthandel in de eerste helft van de zeventiende eeuw (Hilversum 2012), in Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis 10(2) 2013;
Veerle De Laet, Brussel Binnenskamers. Kunst- en luxebezit in het spanningsveld tussen hof en stad, 1600-1735 (Amsterdam 2011), in De Zeventiende Eeuw 29 (1) 2013;
Anna Tummers and Koenraad Jonckheere (eds.), Art market and connoisseurship. A closer look at paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and their contemporaries (Amsterdam 2008) in Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis 7 (1) 2010.
Journal and series editing (peer-reviewed)
Member of editorial board journal Stedelijk Studies (2016-present)
Member of editorial board book series Amsterdam Studies in the Dutch Golden Age, Amsterdam University Press (2016-present)
Member of editorial board Jaarboek Vrouwengeschiedenis (Yearbook of Women’s History) (2009-2011; 2012-2014)
Rasterhoff, C., Lyna, D., Borowiecki, K-J., Mapping Networks in Historical Cultural Markets: Methods and Tools’, Annual Conference European Association of Urban History (24-27 August 2016, Helsinki)
Rasterhoff, C., Nijboer, H.T., Álvarez Francés, L. & Merino Claros, R. (2015), 'Amsterdam's Creative Landscape, 1600-present', DHBenelux (8-9 June 2015, Antwerp).
- with Harm Nijboer, Linked cultural events: Digitizing past events and analyzing the ‘creative city’, DHBenelux 3-5 July 2017, Utrecht; and Conference Urban History in the Age of Digital Libraries / Digital Encounters in Cultural Heritage, March 2017, Dresden
-, Coding and classification in the seventeenth-century Dutch book market, Knowledge- market-affect workshop, Global Knowledge Societies, 23-24 March 2017, Amsterdam
- with Harm Nijboer, Digital research tools for the exploration of urban creativity. The case of early modern and modern Amsterdam, Annual Conference European Association of Urban History (24-27 August 2016, Helsinki)
- with Jeroen Smeets, Johannes C. Scholtes, and Margriet Schavemaker, SMTP: Stedelijk Museum Text Mining Project, Luxemburg, DHBenelux 9-10 June 2015
- with Bert De Munck, A historical perspective on the valuation of artisanal skills and craft knowledge, form the Renaissance until the present day. Oxford, Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography 20 August 2015, University of Oxford.
- with Robert Kloosterman, 'The new normal. Critical junctures in the curation of Dutch furniture design, 1880-2000', Conference of Culture and Creativity (Tainan 2014) and European Network CCE Meeting (Amsterdam 2014);
- ‘Critical Junctures in the Curation of Dutch Furniture Design, 1880-2000’, Session: Where Culture Meets Economy: Co-producing conceptual understandings, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual Conference (London 2014);
- ‘Pipelines in early modern cultural industries: cross border art trade in the Low Countries’, International Conference Art on the Move. Artistic exchange and innovation in the Low Countries, 1572-1700 (Rotterdam 2014);
- with Filip Vermeylen, ‘Mediators of trade and taste. Mediating quality and demand uncertainty in a globalizing art world’, Burlington Conference: The Art Market, Past and Present, Sotheby’s Institute of Art (London 2014);
- with Filip Vermeylen, ‘Mediators of trade and taste. Netherlandish art dealers in a globalizing art world’, Session Netherlandish Art in the Global Context, Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference (New York 2014);
- Expert in panel discussion “Digitizing the Cultural Industries of the Dutch Golden Age: data collection, analysis and presentation”, Symposium The Cultural Industries of Amsterdam in the Golden Age (Amsterdam, 2013);
- ‘A transnational art community? Cross-border trade in cultural goods between the Southern and Northern Netherlands’, International conference Ding, ding, ting: Objects as cultural mediators. German, Dutch and Nordic language areas (Paris 2013);
- ‘The Rembrandt Economy. Cultural industries in the Dutch Republic’, Annual N.W. Posthumus Conference (Amsterdam 2012);
- ‘Buzz and pipelines in Dutch Golden Age painting’, Advisory committee meeting exhibition Vermeer and his Rivals: Dutch Genre Painting 1650-1675 (Dublin 2012);
- ‘The life cycles of cultural industries in the early modern Dutch Republic’, International conference Artistic and Economic Competition in the Amsterdam Art Market, c. 1630- 1690: History Painting in Rembrandt’s Time (Amsterdam 2011);
- ‘Creative clusters. The evolution of Dutch cultural industries’, International Symposium Cities as centers of technological innovation in late medieval and early modern Europe: Northern Italy and the Low Countries compared (Rome 2011) ;
- ‘Competition and openness in the early modern Amsterdam book trade’, Session International Urban History Conference Cities as centers of technological innovation in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Ghent 2010);
- ‘Concurrentie en diversiteit in de Amsterdamse boekhandel’, Annual Conference De Zeventiende Eeuw: Loopbaan en carrière in de Gouden Eeuw (Amsterdam 2010);
- ‘Book production in the Dutch Republic: Success through buzz and pipelines’, Annual N.W. Posthumus Conference (Leiden 2010);
- ‘Local roots of success in the early modern book trade in London and Amsterdam’, Print Networks Conference: The Book Trade in Early Modern Britain, (Stratford-Upon-Avon 2010);
- ‘Clusters and cultural industries: bridging the gap between the individual genius and the economy?’, International conference City limits: urban identity, specialization and autonomy in 17th-century Dutch art (Dublin 2009);
- ‘The rise and persistence of book production in the Dutch Republic’, International Conference on Urbanization & Urban Culture in the Netherlands: Why do people want to live in cities? (The Hague 2009);
- International workshop: ‘Arts and Books on the Market’, organized by Inter-University Attraction Pole (IAP) project City and society in the Low Countries, 1200-1800: space, knowledge, social capital (Antwerp 2008).