S.J. Ploeg MPhil (Solange)
PhD candidate - Department of History, Art History and Classics
PhD candidate - Radboud Institute for Culture and History
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Solange Ploeg is a PhD candidate at the Political History department of Radboud University. She is part of the international research project ‘The Voice of the People. Popular Expectations of Democracy in Postwar Europe’, led by Dr. Harm Kaal and funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung. Solange is writing her PhD thesis on the Dutch subproject of the Voice of the People. She investigates the role of mass media and opinion polling in Dutch electoral culture between 1945 and the 1980s, specifically focusing on how these developments influenced expectations and perceptions of democracy.
Solange was trained at Leiden University, the Netherlands, where she received her BA and MPhil in History (Program: Politics, Culture and National Identities, 1789-present), and at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. During her studies, she worked as a research trainee in the interdisciplinary project ‘An Anthology and History of Dutch Political Eloquence' and interned at the Research Department of the Dutch House of Representatives. For her MA thesis, she researched how Dutch parliamentarians used scientific authority as a rhetorical strategy in the 1980s environmental debate. Current further research interests are British and Dutch 20th century political culture, political rhetoric and the relationship between science and politics. In September 2022, Solange was a guest researcher at the Media History department at Lund University, Sweden.
- Fons Meijer en Solange Ploeg, '1945: De Nederlander gepeild', in: Huygens Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis, Nog meer wereldgeschiedenis van Nederland (Amsterdam 2022), pp. 551-557
- Malte Fischer, Solange Ploeg and Harm Kaal, ''Now it is our turn to talk': Interaction between citizens and politicians on television in West-Germany and the Netherlands, 1950s-1970s'. Blogpost L.I.S.A. Wissenschaftsportal Gerda Henkel Stiftung (15 January 2022) Full text
- Solange Ploeg, 'De stem van het volk. Percepties en verwachtingen van de democratie in naoorlogs Nederland', Ex Tempore 40:2 (2021)
- Solange Ploeg, 'Kennis is macht? De rol van wetenschappelijk gezag in het kernenergiedebat (1982-1989)' in: Carla van Baalen e.a. (red.), Wetenschap en politiek. Jaarboek Parlementaire Geschiedenis 2021 (Amsterdam 2021)
- Evi Dalmaijer, Solange Ploeg en Jaap de Jong, ''Maranatha': Kuyper komt eraan! Van preek tot partijtoespraak: de welsprekendheid van Abraham Kuyper', Tijdschrift voor Taalbeheersing 42.2 (juli 2020), pp. 147-168 Full text
- 2020 - 2024 The Voice of the People investigates and compares the articulation and mediatisation of popular perceptions and expectations of democracy in three Western-European countries – (West) Germany, Britain and the Netherlands – roughly between the end of the Second World War and the 1980s. The project combines an interest in both the actual perceptions and expectations of politics voiced by citizens and the various practices through which their voices were rendered legible and brought in the public sphere. This means that we explore the role played by, among others, journalists, pollsters, and broadcasters in mediating and co-constructing the ‘voice of the people’. More information
Jurymember Nescioprijs 2023
Radboud Pre-University College of Society