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Why Historians’ Days?
Historians operate in the hub of society. How well do historians from different social domains know each other? To promote cooperation between all types of historians, KNHG, the professional organization of Dutch historians, decided to initiate the Historians’ Days.
What are the Historians’ Days?
The Historians’ Days are an encounter that takes place once every two years in the broadest possible context: a marketplace, trade fair, arena or congress. These events feature a representative sample of historical practice and operation and are opportunities to share input about the front lines and challenges in current historical debate.
Who do the Historians’ Days serve?
The Historians’ Days are open to all those professionally active in studying the past: teachers, students, staff at archives, museums and other heritage institutions, independent entrepreneurs, researchers and other history professionals.
From the 25th until the 27th of August 2022, KNHG and the History Department of the Erasmus University Rotterdam organize the Historicidagen 2022: History Beyond Borders!
In the sixteenth century Erasmus wrote: ‘The whole world is my homeland’. Since then, Erasmus’ place of birth, Rotterdam, has grown into an especially diverse port city in which international connections, external influences, and innovative solutions play an important role. For these reasons history beyond borders is a fitting theme for Dutch Historians’ Days 2022 (Historicidagen 2022) which will be jointly organised by the Royal Netherlands Historical Society (KNHG) and the Erasmus University Rotterdam from 25 through 27 August 2022 at this university. This theme also reflects how history is taught and studied in Rotterdam: in an interdisciplinary, transnational and unconventional manner in terms of periodisation and other traditional characterisations of the past.
In this edition of Dutch Historians’ Days, we want to ask whether borders and boundaries are necessary to the study and understanding of history. Can we understand our world through canons of national history without heeding global developments? Is it possible to construct a historical narrative without acknowledging national boundaries? What borders and boundaries are so widely acknowledged as to remain unquestioned? Do representations of history lead necessarily to well-defined and possibly binary juxtapositions in terms of, for instance culture, gender and nationality? How could perspectives from other disciplines inform the historical debate? Are some borders and boundaries useful or perhaps even necessary to communicate and engage with audiences in our times? Or is there no place for borders or boundaries in a world where everyone is connected?
In times when borders and boundaries such as those of the nation-state are being defined and redefined, any debate on borders and boundaries evokes strong emotions that could lead to heated discussions. We invite all parties involved to make their voices heard at the upcoming Historians’ Days so that together we may take the debate on ‘history beyond borders’ yet one step further.
Aftermovie 2019 edition in Groningen