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Masterclass with Dr. Arthur Weststeijn

The Institute for History of Leiden University, in collaboration with the N.W. Posthumus Institute, is organising a Masterclass by Dr. Arthur Weststeijn on Friday 13 November 2015.


Dr. Arthur Weststeijn is the Director of Studies in History at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR) with expertise in the intellectual and cultural history of the Dutch Republic and its international perspectives during the period of transition from the Renaissance to the early Enlightenment between 1500-1700. He has specialized in exploring the ideological origins of the Dutch Empire by drawing on examples from classical Roman Empire and the Roman Republic. With an extensive list of publications on ‘Dutch Brazil’, ‘The VOC as Company-State’ and on the ideas of Johan and Pieter de la Court and other early modern European thinkers, Weststeijn has shown how colonial ideologies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were shaped by intellectual influences.

This Masterclass offer (Research-) Masters students, PhD candidates and early post-docs the opportunity to present their research to Dr Weststeijn. In particular, we welcome papers in the following fields: Conceptions of Empire, Corruption in Commerce, Networks and Politics of Overseas Expansion in early modern European history.

Please send paper proposals of 250 words to posthuabs@gmail.com by 8 September 2015. Full papers should be submitted on 21 October 2015 to provide Dr. Weststeijn with sufficient time to read the papers before the November meeting. Papers will also be circulated to all the participants. 

Any questions regarding the masterclass can be sent to Byapti Sur or Kate Ekama.

Byapti Sur

Kate Ekama

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