KNHG Youth is dedicated to building bridges between incipient historians and fellow professionals. In keeping with this mission, KNHG Youth is dedicated to increasing cohesion and alliances within the professional group. “We aim to offer a platform, where historians at different stages in their career form alliances,” explains chairwoman Marieke Oprel, presently a PhD candidate at the Free University Amsterdam.
Oprel believes that a close bond between different generations and disciplines benefits self-awareness of the professional group. “Our activities will help young historians manifest greater self-awareness in public.” As KNHG director Antia Wiersma puts it: “With their energizing activities and broad network of ambitious students and young professionals, KNHG Youth inspires young historians to realize their plans for the future.”
KNHG Youth pursues its mission in practice by organizing a debate series, workshops and master classes. “We reach out to the young historians in the Netherlands and Flanders! We also welcome the first step on their part,” explains Marieke Oprel. To this end, they may consult www.knhg.nl and www.facebook.com/jongknhg and send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.