Historical Magazine Ex Tempore

Ex Tempore is the official professional journal of the History Department in which both staff and students publish about history in general, with a special focus on developments within Nijmegen's History Department. For years, Ex Tempore has been committed to making readable, scholarly articles by Nijmegen historians accessible to students, lecturers, researchers, alumni and other historians interested in history. The editorial board, consisting of lecturers and students, publishes three editions a year, with various appealing history topics forming the core of each.


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Thematic seminar section

Every semester, Ex Tempore offers second- and third-year students the opportunity to publish their research from a thematic seminar for this online section. Below are the articles from last semester.

Jakob Jung 'From Polis to Municipium'

After Rome won the social war over its former allies in 90 BCE, the Italian peninsula faced many fundamental changes. In this period of increasing Roman control, a Roman type of local government was adopted by cities all over Italy. This paper explores how legislation from Rome influenced the socio-political organisation in the allied Greek city-state of Tarentum in the Southern Italian region of Apulia before and after the conflict. For this, the analysis is centred on epigraphy and two fragments of Roman legal texts – the Tarentum fragment (c.123-103) and the Lex Tarentina (c.89-62 BCE) – located in Tarentum. By applying the concept of ‘anchoring innovation’, this essay argues that the novel post-war order anchored itself in the preservation of older local elements of the previous administration to stabilise the new socio-political outlook. In this way, the paper explains how change became acceptable to the Tarentines while clearly illustrating the complexity and multifaceted nature of Roman influence on Italy. 

Louise Stevens, 'Medische kennis in Sri Lanka'

Historiography surrounding knowledge transfer in the Dutch colonies has long focused on the prominent and progressive knowledge that the Dutch brought with them. However, by involving other archives in colonial research, it is possible to look at the relationship between Western knowledge and colonial power from a different perspective. This paper uses various VOC judicial sources to examine how medical knowledge was deployed by Dutch rulers in Sri Lanka in the eighteenth century. From an analysis of various placards introduced by the VOC and a 1795 account of a court case on smallpox inoculation, it becomes clear that the Dutch rulers employed various devices to portray their Western medical knowledge as superior and relate it to everyday life in Sri Lanka. Medical knowledge can thereby be seen as a manifestation of power for the VOC, which is reflected in the legal system.

Please note that this paper is in Dutch.

Editorial board members

Ex Tempore has an editorial board consisting of both staff and students of the History Department of Radboud University Nijmegen. It is one of the few academic journals in the Netherlands with such a composition, which makes the journal a unique learning opportunity.

Student members:

  • Alicia Anthonise 
  • Chris Bekkenk
  • Jetze Boon (secretary)
  • Kees Buijs
  • Doortje van den Bulk
  • Bart van Duijvenbode
  • Rens Gilissen (treasurer)
  • Jasmijn Jansen 
  • Annelore Lam
  • Louis van den Langenberg (chief editor)
  • Imke Odinot
  • Anne Peters
  • Louise Stevens 
  • Bram Takken
  • Pepijn Trienekes
  • Iris van Vlimmeren
  • Jessica Vogels (head lay-out)
  • Emma Zijp
Groepsfoto Redactie Ex Tempore 2023


The editorial board of Ex Tempore


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