If you would like to know how long it took to get from Eindhoven to Deventer around 600 years ago, the updated version of Viabundus - which is like a variation of Google Maps for the 1350-1650 period - can be used to calculate just how much time was needed. One of the things that the project’s researchers managed to achieve this year was a more accurate map of Brabant’s road network.
They were the largest slave traders in Amsterdam: Jochem Matthijs Smitt and his son Coenraad Smitt. Yet their trading company was not known in history until historians Jessica den Oudsten (Radboud University) and Ramona Negrón (Leiden University) found a pile of notarial deeds about the difficult voyage of slave ship 't Gezegende Suikerriet in 2022. In their book De grootste slavenhandelaren van Amsterdam they describe the arduous circumstances on board.
The fact that everyone already knows the content of the Annual Budget seems to be the rule rather than the exception on Prince's Day. More surprising than the Budget, however, are the extravagant outfits, in particular the hats, sported by female politicians on this occasion. Professor Anneke Smelik: “The merry, lavish hat parade is a typical Dutch response to our aversion to rituals.”
The issues that arose in the 1970s share striking similarities with our current crises, from energy crises and inflation to concerns about the quality of life on earth. Researchers from Radboud University have written a book about how Dutch parliament dealt with these issues in the 1970s. On 1 September, Prime Minister Rutte was presented with the first copy of this book. Later that same day, the researchers discussed their research results with other dignitaries, including the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
After the attacks on 11 September 2001 in New York, nothing was left of the once iconic twin towers but a huge pile of debris. But debris, dust and steel acquired value because they mixed with the remains of unidentifiable victims. In his book project, researcher László Munteán explores the complex relationship between materiality and memory after the 9/11 attacks.
On 1 September, the Historical Database of Suriname and Curaçao (HDSC) received an Open Science Award during the National Open Science Festival. The HDSC contains data of the population of Suriname and Curaçao between approximately 1830 and 1950 and can be used by anyone, for example foreducation, cultural projects and family history.
As of 1 September, Lotte Jensen, professor of literary and cultural history at the Radboud Institute for Culture and History (RICH), will hold the ambassadorship Desiderius Erasmus Chair: Dutch Across Borders in Leuven.
The Union der Deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften has granted 10 million euros for the research project Limes und Legion. This will make it possible - over a period of eighteen years - to comprehensively study four Roman legionary fortresses in Bonn, Neuss, Xanten and Nijmegen. The project is a cooperation between Universität Bonn, Radboud University Nijmegen and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
Even though women have been playing an increasingly important and visible role in society since the 1960s, that isn't at all reflected in literature: the position of female characters in fiction is still lagging behind that of male characters. This was revealed in quantitative research carried out by Assistant Professor of Modern Literature and Digital Culture at Radboud University Roel Smeets, who unleashed algorithms on books from the 1960s and 2010s.