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Chiel van den Akker is assistant professor of Historical Theory at the department of Art and Culture, History and Antiquities. He is interested in philosophy of history and science, contemporary historiography, digital humanities, and art. He received his Ph.D in philosophy from Radboud University Nijmegen in 2009 with a thesis on the nature of historical representation. 

Teaching

  • Key Works in Contemporary Historical Thought (MA)

This course provides an overview of the many forms of historical thought in the West. We examine theories, methods, practices, and concepts that historians and social scientists use to explain and write about the past. We focus on contemporary historical thought whilst acknowledging its origin in earlier thought. In class we will read excerpts from key works by authors such as Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Carlo Ginzburg, Michel de Certeau, Joan Scott, and Dipesh Chakrabarty.

  • History and Theory (MA)

This course aims to provide an overview of current issues in historical theory. We will discuss themes such as the nature of historical representation, historical time, the presence of the past, historical experience, the politics of history, and the actuality of historicism. Students will write an essay on one of these themes and present their views in class.

  • Theorie van de Geschiedenis (BA,2)

Dit is een inleiding op de theoretische problemen van de geschiedbeoefening. Er wordt een overzicht geboden van de verschillende visies die historici en filosofen ontwikkeld hebben op geschiedenis als wetenschappelijke discipline en op de argumenten, die zij daarbij gebruikten. Daarbij wordt onder andere ingegaan op onderscheidingen als feit en interpretatie, beschrijving en verklaring, waarheid en objectiviteit, verhaal en beeld, oorzaak en toeval, continuïteit en discontinuïteit, individu en structuur, en geschiedenis en identiteit. De vraag naar de maatschappelijke functies van de geschiedenis komt eveneens aan de orde.

  • Bijdragen aan Wetenschapsgeschiedenis (BA,2) en Theorie Oude Geschiedenis en Archeologie (BA,2) 
  • Contributing to Environmental Humanities and Digital Humanities (RMA)

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Research Output 2001 2018

What are patterns in the humanities?

van den Akker, C. 2018 In : Interdisciplinary Science Reviews. 43, 1, p. 74-86 13 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

Antiquarianism and Historical Consciousness in the New Media Age

van den Akker, C. M. 2016 Sensitive Pasts. Questioning Heritage in Education. van Boxtel, C., Grever, . M. & Klein, S. (eds.). Berghahn, p. 59-72

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

Benjamin, the Image and the End of History

van den Akker, C. M. 2016 In : Journal of Aeshetics and Phenomenology. 3, 1, p. 43-54

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access