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Welcome to Early Modern Memory online. This site was started by a team of scholars in Leiden, who are working on the project Tales of the Revolt. Memory, oblivion and identity in the Low Countries, 1566-1700. It seeks to bring together news, calls, bibliographies and other useful information for all students of early modern memory, and aims to become a hub for scholars who work on memory practices in the early modern period. If you want to add your name to the list of scholars active in this field, alert us to a conference, research project or a publication, please feel free to get in touch.



  • On 14 May 2014, Johannes Müller will defend his PhD dissertation at 15 PM at Leiden University's Academiegebouw.
  • On 24 June 2014, Jasper van der Steen will defend his PhD dissertation at 16.15 PM at Leiden University's Academiegebouw.
  • De Zeventiende Eeuw. Cultuur in de Nederlanden in interdisciplinair perspectief has just published its latest issue in open access at Judith Pollmann co-edited this special issue and contributed the article 'Met grootvaders bloed bezegeld. Over religie en herinneringscultuur in de zeventiende-eeuwse Nederlanden'. Jasper van der Steen also contributed an article to this special issue: 'The trap of history. The States Party and the Revolt of the Netherlands, 1650-1660​'.
  • Now available in open access: Erika Kuijpers, Judith Pollmann, Johannes Müller and Jasper van der Steen, eds, Memory before modernity. Practices of memory in early modern Europe (Leiden: Brill, 2013), with contributions by Andreas Bähr, Philip Benedict, Susan Broomhall, Sarah Covington, Brecht Deseure, Sean Dunwoody, Marianne Eekhout, Gabriella Erdélyi, Dagmar Freist, Katharine Hodgkin, Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin, Erika Kuijpers, Johannes Müller, Ulrich Niggemann, Alexandr Osipian, Judith Pollmann, Benjamin Schmidt, and Jasper van der Steen
  • ​Recently published: Andreas Bähr,​ Furcht und Furchtlosigkeit. Göttliche Gewalt und Selbstkonstitution im 17. Jahrhundert (Berliner Mittelalter- und Frühneuzeitforschung 14) (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013).
  • Medieval Memoria Online provides a database that is accessible free of charge, with inventories and descriptions of objects and texts that had a function in the medieval commemoration of the dead in the area that is currently the Netherlands until 1580.


Reviews of conference:

Alexandr Osipian published a report on the "Memory before modernity" conference (2012) in Russian in the journal of Russian Academy of sciences: Srednie Veka. Studies in Medieval and Early Modern History 75, no. 1-2 (2014): 460-9. The publication can be found here.

David de Boer (Utrecht University) published a review on H-Soz-u-Kult of the international conference Memory Before Modernity: Memory Cultures in Early Modern Europe, that was held at Leiden University (20-22 June 2012). The publication can be found here.

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