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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 Science and History of Universities; 19th / 20th centuries

- History of 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)

  • 2017: ‘Jan Lever: Challenging the Role of Typological Thinking in Reformational Views of Biology’, with Harry Cook, Philosophia Reformata 82:1, 3-25.
  • 2014: ‘The Low Countries’, with Stefaan Blancke & Johan Braeckman, in S. Blancke, H.H. Hjermitslev and P.C. Kjærgaard (eds.), The History of Creationism in Europe, (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press), 65-84.
  • 2012: ‘The Origins of Creationism in the Netherlands: The Evolution Debate among Twentieth-Century Dutch Neo-Calvinists’, Church History 81:1, 104-147.
  • 2009: ‘Between Neo-Thomist Natural Philosophy and Secular Science: Roman Catholic Scientists in the Netherlands, 1900-1950’, in H. Hunger et al. (eds.), Styles of Thinking in Science and Technology. Proceedings of the Third International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science 2008 (Vienna: ESHS), 1146-1151.
  • 2008: ‘Against the Science-Religion Conflict: the Genesis of a Calvinist Science Faculty in the Netherlands in the Early Twentieth Century’, Annals of Science 65:3, 363-391.

Selected Publications (books)

  • 2016: Edited: Verder kijken. Honderdvijfendertig jaar Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in de samenleving - zesentwintig portretten (Amsterdam: VU University Press 2016).
  • 2014: Christelijke wetenschap. Nederlandse rooms-katholieken en gereformeerden over de natuurwetenschap, 1880-1940 (Hilversum: Verloren, 2014).
  • 2005: 'Hier leert de natuur ons zelf den weg'. Een geschiedenis van Natuurkunde en Sterrenkunde aan de VU, (Meinema Zoetermeer 2005).


During the academic years 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2018-19 I have contributed to the courses:

- Wetenschapsgeschiedenis voor geesteswetenschappers (Ba) [History of Knowledge]
- Science and Religion: Views from History (VU Honours Programme - Coordinator of the course)
- Science and Society in Historal Perspective (Ma)
- Honours program Humanities (Ba)
- Guest lecture Historisch Seminar (Ba)
- Guest lecture Civil Society (Ba; minor History of Religion)
- Medische geschiedenis voor Geneeskundestudenten, cursus Arts en Patient (Ba) [Medical History]
- Pre-University Course Science and Religion (VWO)

Ancillary activities

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

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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Calvinism Social Sciences
twentieth century Social Sciences
Netherlands Social Sciences
natural disaster Social Sciences
The Netherlands Arts & Humanities
Calvinist Arts & Humanities
theologian Social Sciences
evolutionary theory Social Sciences

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Research Output 2003 2018

[Book review of:] Lyvia Diser. Wetenschap op de proef: Laboratoria in het Belgisch overheidsbeleid, 1870–1940. 300 pp., illus., bibl., index. Leuven: Universitaire Pers Leuven, 2016

Flipse, A. C., Mar 2018, In : Isis. 109, 1, p. 196-197 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalBook/Film/Article reviewAcademicpeer-review

Four Books for the Price of One: A Second Look at Reijer Hooykaas, Natural Law and Divine Miracle

Flipse, A. A. C., Mar 2018, In : Isis. 109, 1, p. 126-129 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Review: Gijsbert van den Brink, En de aarde bracht voort: Christelijk geloof en evolutie (2017)

Flipse, A. C., 2018, In : NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion . 72, 2, p. 205-207 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalBook/Film/Article reviewAcademicpeer-review

De ChristenUnie en de evolutietheorie

Flipse, A. C., 21 Oct 2017, In : Jalta.nl.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleProfessional

De Monkey Trial en verder: de evolutietheorie voor de rechter

Flipse, A. C., 13 Jul 2017, In : Jalta.nl.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleProfessional

Activities 2005 2018

  • 10 Conference
  • 1 Editorial work
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

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

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

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Symposium Digitalisering en de praktijk van het academisch erfgoed, 1 juni 2017

Flipse, A. C. (Organiser)
1 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Studium: tijdschrift voor wetenschaps- en universiteitsgeschiedenis / revue d'histoire des sciences et des universités (Journal)

Flipse, A. C. (Member of editorial board)
2016 → …

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic