Dr F.P.G.B.M. Meens (Floris)
Assistant professor - Department of History, Art History and Classics
Assistant professor - Radboud Institute for Culture and History
Since 2010, I have been working as a cultural historian at Radboud University. I am particularly interested in the modern history of music, social relations, emotions, travel, tradition and innovation, and cultural criticism.
I studied in Nijmegen and Rome. In 2006, my research on the oeuvre of the Italian poet, journalist and cineaste Pier Paolo Pasolini was awarded the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome's prize for young academic talent. In 2008, I graduated with a thesis on the Roman salon of Ersilia Caetani-Lovatelli (1840-1925). Later that year I was appointed at ArtEZ Institute for the Arts as senior lecturer and head of the department of Cultural History. Later, I became senior lecturer at HAN University of Applied Sciences, and for some years worked at the CITO National Institute for Educational Measurement.
At Radboud University, I mainly lecture on modern cultural and music history. Currently, I am chair of the History department's programme committee.
My PhD-thesis on Rome's fin the siècle cultural life (2015) was part of Stanford University’s Salons Project. Acquiring various fellowships and grants, I funded research stays in Rome (KNIR), Berlin and Vienna (Prince Bernhard Fellowship). Funded by a VENI-grant by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), during the winter semester of 2022, I worked as a guest professor at the Institut für Musikwissenschaft of the Universität Wien. During the winter of 2022-2023, I will be a visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York.
I am the managing editor of The International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity. I am also editor of De Moderne Tijd, as well as Ex Tempore, and represent my research institute RICH in the editorial board of Radboud University Press.
In my spare time, I am artistic director of the Nijmegen Chamber Music Foundation.
- Meens, F.P.G.B.M. (2022). Sounds of Decline. Cultural Criticism in the Dutch Debate on the Future of Classical Music. Journal of Music Criticism, 6, 1-38. Full text
- Meens, F.P.G.B.M. (2021). Een rijkdom aan stemmen en vormen, plaatsen en tijden. Nieuwe perspectieven op de cultuurkritiek. In F.P.G.B.M. Meens (Ed.), Ten strijde tegen het verval. Cultuurkritiek in diachroon en internationaal perspectief (pp. 7-52). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press
- Meens, F.P.G.B.M. (2021). Kinderen, sociale relaties en muziek. Een emotiehistorische analyse van de jeugd van Alphons Diepenbrock. Tijdschrift van de Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis, LXX, 175-204.
- Meens, F.P.G.B.M. (2021). Klanken van verval. Cultuurkritiek in het Nederlandstalige debat over de toekomst van de klassieke muziek, ca. 1890-1930. In F.P.G.B.M. Meens (Ed.), Ten strijde tegen het verval. Cultuurkritiek in diachroon en internationaal perspectief (pp. 131-166). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press
- Meens, F.P.G.B.M. (Ed.). (2021). Ten strijde tegen het verval. Cultuurkritiek in diachroon en internationaal perspectief. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press
- Meens, F.P.G.B.M. (2020). Eine heillose Geschichte! The Discourse on Publishers in Dutch Music Journals (ca. 1839-1860). In M. Massimilano Sala (Ed.), Music Publishers and Composers (1750-1850) (Speculum Musicae, 37) (pp. 145-166). Turnhout: Brepols
- Meens, F.P.G.B.M. (2019). Connecting the peninsula and beyond: Italian intellectual networks of the early modern and modern period. An introduction. Incontri : Rivista Europea di Studi Italiani, 34 (1), 5-18. doi: 10.18352/incontri.10282 Full text
- Meens, F.P.G.B.M. (2019). ‘Un’aiuola fioritissima, i cui mirabili e svariati fiori si alternano e si succedono senza interruzione’ Ersilia Caetani-Lovatelli’s fin de siècle (intellectual) networking and (its) politics. Incontri : Rivista Europea di Studi Italiani, 34 (1), 68-82. doi: 10.18352/incontri.10286 Full text
- Meens, F.P.G.B.M. & Sintobin, T.M.J. (Ed.). (2018). Gender, Companionship, and Travel. Discourses in Pre-modern and Modern Travel Literature (Routledge International Studies of Women and Place). London: Routledge doi: 10.4324/9780429507632
- Meens, F.P.G.B.M. (2018). How to Approach Salons? A Fin-de-siècle Italian Case Study. Cultural & Social History, 15, 1-84. doi: 10.1080/14780038.2018.1427356 Full text
Research grants and prizes
- 2018 - Dutch Research Council, Innovational Research Incentive Scheme: VENI
- 2017 - Dutch Foundation for Literature, Biography grant
- Prince Bernhard Fellowship, for research visits to Vienna and Paris
- Various scholarships of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR)
- 2006 - Young Talent Award of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR)
- 2019 - In 2018 I was awarded a VENI-grant (€ 250.000) by the NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) for my research project Connected through Music: Domestic Music, Emotions and Social Relations in The Netherlands and Germany, ca. 1815-1914. The project questions the meaning of music (making) to people in the pivotal age of the rise of the modern public and private concert. It argues that to fully understand the historical significance of music, it is essential to study its relation to emotions and social interactions. My project examines how domestic music and related emotions enabled individuals to connect with each other, focussing on actors and settings that have not been sufficiently studied yet, including prisons and mental hospitals. It also examines how private social life influenced the reception of certain compositions, music genres and styles. With this project I intend to contribute to the current debate about the future of classical music culture.
- 2016 - My Veni-project relates to the comprehensive and systematic history of salons that I am preparing together with an international group of colleagues, coordinated by Stanford University and Memphis University. More information
- 2017 - 2023 Funded with a grant of the Dutch Foundation of Literature I am working on a biography of the Dutch travel author and journalist Maurits Wagenvoort (1859-1944)
- A Historiographical Perspective on Europe
- An Introduction into Cultural History. Cities, Developments, Changes
- Bachelor's Thesis
- Contemporary History I
- Contemporary History II
- Historiographical Debates in European History 1
- Internship minor 15 EC
- Master's Thesis Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean Worlds
- Master's Thesis Modern and Contemporary History
- Master's Thesis Politics and Parliament
- Political Culture
- Project Seminar: From Elektrum to E-Currency: modern means of payment in a historical perspective
- Public History
- Searching for the true Dutchmen. The representation of nation and character, 1750 to the present
- Thematic Seminar Music, Emotions and Social Relations in the 19th and 20th century
- Thesis Colloquium Research Master
- 04 September 2021 - Universiteit van Nederland, live in Paradiso & web lecture More information
- 21 October 2022 - Interview + research for a Zembla documentary on music education in The Netherlands More information
- 21 April 2020 - Interview on NPO Radio 1 about my Veni-project on music, social relationships and emotions in the 19th century. More information
- 20 July 2020 - Interview on Omroep Gelderland about the historical and societal meaning of festivals More information