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Ab (Abraham) Flipse is University Historian of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is based in the Cultural History research group within the Faculty of Humanities, where he conducts and coordinates research on the history of universities (especially the history of the Vrije Universiteit), of science, of medicine, of science and religion, as well as teaches on a variety of subjects. Having a university-wide position, he also performs functions such as public outreach and advising administrators, faculty, and students on matters dealing with the history of the Vrije Universiteit.

 See also (in Dutch): 'Ab Flipse vaste universiteitshistoricus van de VU'

Contac Information

Dr. A.C. Flipse | Universiteitshistoricus VU
T (020) 59 87977 / 06-51210291 | a.c.flipse@vu.nl
BEZOEKADRES: Hoofdgebouw kamer 14A84 of W&N-gebouw kamer U260
POSTADRES: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam
www.few.vu.nl/~flipse | www.geheugenvandevu.nl | Twitter: @FlipseAb en @VUhistoricus



  • History of modern universities in general and of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in particular
  • History of science and religion
  • History of Dutch neo-Calvinists
  • Public history
  • History of physics
  • History of life sciences

Selected Publications (articles)

Selected Publications (books)


During the academic years 2014-2015 -- 2019-2020, I have contributed to the courses:


  • University Teaching Qualification (BKO)
  • English Language Proficiency Assessment C1

Ancillary activities

  • ForumC | Amersfoort | Adviseur | 2011-03-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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Calvinism Social Sciences
twentieth century Social Sciences
Netherlands Social Sciences
natural disaster Social Sciences
church history Social Sciences
The Netherlands Arts & Humanities
Calvinist Arts & Humanities
theologian Social Sciences

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Research Output 2003 2019

Brains, Buildings, Business: De Vrije Universiteit en Zuidas

Burgers, G. L. M. (ed.), Flipse, A. C. (ed.) & Van Maaren, L. (ed.), 2019, Amsterdam: CLUE+ Research Institute, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 36 p.

Research output: Book / ReportBook editingProfessional

Open Access

De campus van de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: van cité universitaire naar stadscampus

Flipse, A. C., 2019, Brains, Buildings, Business. De Vrije Universiteit en Zuidas. Burgers, G. L. M., Flipse, A. C. & van Maaren, L. (eds.). CLUE+ Research Institute, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, p. 8-11 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Open Access

Hoe heeft het debat over schepping en evolutie zich de afgelopen anderhalve eeuw ontwikkeld?

Flipse, A. C., 2019, En God zag dat het goed was. Christelijk geloof en evolutie in 25 cruciale vragen. den Boer, W., Fransen, R. & Peels, R. (eds.). Kampen: Brevier, p. 19-30 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic


Lichaamsbeelden in de gezondheidszorg

Slatman, J. & Flipse, A. C., 2019, Basisboek filosofie & geschiedenis van de gezondheidszorg. Pieters, T. & Widdershoven, G. (eds.). Amsterdam: BOOM, p. 199-218 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Universitair decorum: een overzicht van symbolen en rituelen

Flipse, A. C., 19 Jun 2019

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsitePopular

Activities 2002 2019

Werkgroep Instellingsplan ‘branding, communicatie en profilering’ (Event)

A.C. Flipse (Member)
7 Mar 201923 Apr 2019

Activity: MembershipAcademic

Van wetenschapsgeschiedenis naar kennisgeschiedenis

A.C. Flipse (Organiser)
15 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshopAcademic

‘De toestand van het verleden: visies op de historicus van morgen’.

A.C. Flipse (Organiser)
15 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

CRASSH: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge

A.C. Flipse (Visiting researcher)
2 Jul 201813 Jul 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

100 Jaar Geschiedenis aan de Vrije Universiteit

A.C. Flipse (Organiser)
16 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceSocietal