Kim Beerden nieuwe UD Oude Geschiedenis
In Augustus 2012 Kim Beerden will join the staff of the Institute for History as lecturer in Ancient History.
After reading Classical Studies at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK), Kim completed her MPhil History at the University of Leiden with distinction (cum laude). Her MA thesis was singled out as the best history thesis submitted at Leiden University in the academic year 2006-2007 and awarded the 'Fruin-prijs'. From September 2007 onwards she has been working on a PhD-thesis which uses a comparative approach to lay bare the distinguishing features of Greek divination. The manuscript, which carries the title ‘Worlds full of signs: ancient Greek divination in context’, will be finalized before the summer. During the past couple of years Kim has taught various ancient history courses, not only in Leiden but also at the University of Amsterdam. At present her main research interests are ‘crisis and uncertainty’, of which divination is one aspect, and the history of food. Since both of these themes lend themselves to explorations that cross temporal and disciplinary boundaries, Kim is looking forward to cooperation with many colleagues, in research and in teaching.