KNHG Annual Conference in partnership with Environmental Humanities Center (VU Amsterdam)

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19 november 2020

On November 19th 2020, KNHG will organize its Annual Conference in close partnership with Environmental Humanities Center at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, the conference will be held digitally. Its (working) title is ‘Eco-history in the Netherlands’ (Eco-geschiedenis in Nederland’).

In the morning there will be two key note lectures in English by Prof. Dr. Tim Soens (University of Antwerp) and Dr. Katie Ritson (Rachel Carson Center, Munich), after which there will be room for discussion. In the afternoon, the conference language will switch to Dutch and the programme will consist of two parts. In the first part, participants can choose one of three simultaneously held sessions. For the second part, there’s an option between participating in a discussion on the applicability of environmental humanities either in education or in historicial science. 

Morning programme (English)

10.00 | Word of welcome by Henk te Velde, chair KNHG

10.10 | Word of welcome by Petra van Dam, co-founder Environmental Humanities Center, VU Amsterdam

10.15 | Key note 1: Tim Soens, University of Antwerp

10.40 | Key note 2: Katie Ritson, Rachel Carson Center, Munich

11.00 | 5 minute break

11.05 | Reactions and debate

For more information on the afternoon programme, please visit our Dutch website or contact us through

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