Het verschil tussen wettelijke en sociaal-culturele gelijkheid

During the 1950s, Corry Tendeloo made some great changes in the law for women to create more equality in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, these laws did not result in true equality for women in society, as will be argued in this essay. Ellen Linderhof argues that women in the Netherlands are still in an oppressed position in society and this is illustrated with several examples. It turns out that legal equality does not imply improvement of the conduct towards women in society and culture. Lees verder Het verschil tussen wettelijke en sociaal-culturele gelijkheid

De passie van… Rolf Strootman

De wereld gaat langzaam weer open en interacties tussen mensen en culturen nemen weer toe. Dat globalisering echter geen typisch modern fenomeen is bespreken Wieger Lagerveld en Dasja Zonneveldt met dr. Rolf Strootman, die ons vertelt over zijn passie voor wereldgeschiedenis. Hierbinnen interesseert hij zich sterk voor het centrale gedeelte binnen Eurazië en doet hij onderzoek naar wat er gebeurt wanneer verschillende culturen in contact komen. Strootman gaat in op het proces van ‘glokalisering’, maar vertelt ook over de uitdagingen binnen zijn expertise, de oudheid. Ten slotte geeft Strootman ons een omschrijving van ‘historische sensatie’ waar het hart van menig historicus sneller van gaat kloppen. Lees verder De passie van… Rolf Strootman

Historici, stop met wenen en kom uw loopgraven uit!

Martijn van der Meer describes the insecurity felt by history students and within Humanities in general. Being part of the beta faculty he noticed that pressure to publish and the replication crisis caused disappointment under beta students too. Martijn then points to the Open Science-movement, which focuses on researching actual social issues in society. To play a role in this Martijn argues history students should take themselves and their discipline very serieus. Because when the beta’s enter Open Science, they will be frightened by the complexity of society, which humanities scholars and students already embraced a long time ago. Lees verder Historici, stop met wenen en kom uw loopgraven uit!

Pragmatiek, geen dogmatiek bij de roofkunstkwestie

In last times Voorzet, Wiebe Reints argued that the restitution of cultural objects can be improved by a better relationship between Western museums and the rightful owners. In this Tegenzet Gijs Markwat reacts by defending the museums by pointing to their initial purpose and aims. Besides doubting the infrastructure of some museums, Gijs states that governors asking for restitution do not always share these aims and intentions. He therefore argues we should not risk ‘unconditional restitution’, but instead trust the fact that our museums act with the right intentions. Lees verder Pragmatiek, geen dogmatiek bij de roofkunstkwestie

Restitutie van culturele objecten is veel meer dan alleen teruggeven

Western museums have started to show a greater desire to see objects repatriated to former colonies. But restitution is much more than simply giving back stolen objects. Wiebe Reints describes the problems and points of discussion the process brings about. He argues that the emphasis should be much less on the actual restitution of the object, but more on the creation of a good relationship between museums and the rightful owner. Lees verder Restitutie van culturele objecten is veel meer dan alleen teruggeven

Participatie en ‘aanwezigheidsplicht’ in tijden van corona

In reaction to the Voorzet written by Gijs Toussaint, Frans Willem Lantink writes about the attendance requirement in academic education. He describes the development of the phenomenon and argues that an attendance list can be useful as a middle way. Moreover, Lantink discusses the effect covid-19 has on attendance requirement and academic education in general. Doing so, he pleads for a more creative approach in order to maximise what is possible within the current limitations, all for the sake of ‘live’ education. Lees verder Participatie en ‘aanwezigheidsplicht’ in tijden van corona

De passie van… Paschalis Pechlivanis

With all the thirty-year anniversaries around the end of the Cold War, the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the transformation of the Soviet-Union into the Russian Federation, the topic of the Cold War has again returned to the headlines. Meanwhile, heightened tensions between the transatlantic powers and Russia has led to an increased use of the concept of a “New Cold War” in Western media. But to what extent is this actually the case? Historisch Tijdschrift Aanzet interviewed dr. Paschalis Pechlivanis on his passion for Cold War research, spy thrillers and sports (history). Lees verder De passie van… Paschalis Pechlivanis

A world history course of one’s own?

In this Aanzet-issue, which is our first bilingual publication, research on a variety of historical topics all over the globe is presented. The importance of research into the global processes that connect with local events is elaborated on by Rachel Gillett and Karlijn Olijslager, coordinators of the first-year course World History. With this column, they hope to inspire students to think about and contribute to issues of decolonization, selectivity and inclusivity within both the course itself and the curriculum of the history programme at Utrecht University. Lees verder A world history course of one’s own?