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Edwina Hagen is an Assistant Professor of Cultural History and Undergraduate Coordinator of the VU History Department. She also teaches at the Amsterdam University College. At the VU, she teaches courses at BA and MA level on Early Modern European History, Revolutions, State- and Nation Building, Refugees in History, Public History, Egodocuments and Historical Classics (important texts in Western tradition).

Office hours: as a rule from Monday till Wednesday, or contact her via email.



Hagen's research focuses on the connection between culture and politics during the revolutionary period in the Netherlands (1780-1815). Her qualitative and biographical approach reflects a particular historical interest in human agency and the individual, as evidenced by people’s changing practices, emotions and attitudes toward power and political authority. Her work highlights revolutionary efforts to reshape cultural norms about femininity, masculinity, gender and power relations, as well as religious and civic virtues and national identity. Hagen is inspired by a wide range of sources, from democratic print culture, parliamentary papers to clothing and portraits and political expressions in ‘egodocuments’ (writings such as personal letters, autobiographies, diaries), theater plays and novels. Hagen’s PhD on Dutch Enlightened and Protestant Anti-Papism around 1800 received national coverage by the Dutch press and was praised by historians as ‘an exemplary dissertation’ (Professor Emeritus G.J. Schutte) and ‘Darntonian’ (Professor Emeritus A.W.F.M. van de Sande). Articles by Hagen on the image-creation and emotional self-fashioning of Dutch revolutionaries have been published in peer reviewed journals as well as in popular historical magazines. In 2012 she attracted nation-wide media and public attention for her well-received and Libris History Prize nominated https://www.libris.nl/non-fictie/libris-geschiedenis-prijs/archief/2013/ political biography on the statesman Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck (1761-1825) and his wife Catharina Nahuys (1770-1844). The Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, received the first copy (see for his speech:https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/regering/bewindspersonen/mark-rutte/documenten/toespraken/2012/09/13/spreekpunten-rutte-bij-presentatie-biografie-schimmelpenninck)

Hagen is currently working on tactics for reputation management by presenting a case study on Adam Gerard Mappa (1754-1828), a Dutch revolutionary who, after he fled the Netherlands in search for political freedom, grew into an important political figure within the settlement of Barneveld (Trenton, New York), where he became one of the founders of a highly liberal religious society (predecessor of the Barneveld Unitarian Church), basing membership on ‘good moral character’ rather than on doctrinal statements: https://communication.gmu.edu/research-and-centers/carp/about-us

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Since 2013: Board Member of the Stichting (Foundation) Daendels (website: stichtingdaendels.nl)

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Education/Academic qualification

Cultural and Religious History, PhD, University of Amsterdam

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Netherlands Social Sciences
university teacher Social Sciences
church membership Social Sciences
communication Social Sciences
earning a doctorate Social Sciences
femininity Social Sciences
clothing Social Sciences
research focus Social Sciences

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Research Output 2013 2015

  • 4 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution

Self-fashioning in the Eighteenth Century.: A Brief Historiographical Introduction

Hagen, E. & Oddens, J. 1 Jan 2015 In : Achttiende Eeuw. 47, 1, p. 4-8 4 p., 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Historians
Literary Historians
Political Culture
Open Access

Dutch Civic Virtues: Protestant and Enlightened. Anti-Catholicism and Early Cultural Nationalism in the Netherlands around 1800

Hagen, E. 2013 European anti-Catholicism in a Comparative and Transnational Perspective. Amsterdam/New York 2013. Yvonne Maria Werner & Jonas Harvard (eds.). Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, p. 101-114

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Een zaal van staatsmannen, niet van godgeleerden. Godsdienstige sentimenten in de Nationale Vergadering

Hagen, E. 2013 Het Bataafse Experiment. Politiek en cultuur rond 1800. Grijzenhout, F., van Sas, N. & Velema, W. (eds.). Nijmegen: Vantilt, p. 323-332 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter