Helmer Helmers has been awarded a prestigious Vidi grant from the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for the project 'Inventing Public Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe'.
How do communication revolutions shape international relations? Helmer Helmers’ project adopts a historical approach to find new answers to this acute and topical question. Investigating diplomatic uses of the new medium of print between 1568 and 1713, it shows how new media in the past transformed European politics.
The Vidi gives researchers who have already spent several years doing postdoctoral research the opportunity to develop their own innovative lines of research and set up a dedicated research group.
This year a total of 443 researchers applied for a Vidi grant from NWO, of which 85 were successful. Each researcher will receive up to €800,000.