Erika Kuijpers

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Erika Kuijpers teaches early modern history of the Netherlands. She is director of the Master Programme History and coordinates the Minor Digital Humanities and Social Analytics.

Her research focusses on the cultural and social history of memory, emotions, religion, orality and the practice of chronicling in Early Modern Europe 1500-1800.

Erika is a member of the editorial board of popular historical magazine Geschiedenis Magazine and regularly speaks for a variety of audiences.

Besides teaching and research:

  • Co-director of ACCESS, the Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotions and Sensory Studies
  • Member of the Programme Team of the Huizinga Institute, the Dutch National Research School for Cultural History
  • Board member of the Flemish-Dutch Society for Early Modern History (VNVNG)


Chronicling novelty. New knowledge in the Netherlands, 1500-1850

Erika Kuijpers collaborates with Judith Pollmann (Leiden University) on a research project focussing on the circulation and reception of new knowledge, ideas and technologies among middle class writers of local chronicles between 1500 and 1850.

This interdisciplinary project has been awarded a NWO Vrije Competitie grant for the period 2018-2023. The research proposal can be found here.

Previous work:

Erika Kuijpers started her career as a social historian of migration. In 2005 she defended her doctoral thesis on migrants and social relations in 17th century Amsterdam (Utrecht University, 2005). Between 2005 and 2008 she has been working on the history of labourmarkets and labour relations.

From 2008-2013 she worked at Leiden University on personal memories and traumatic experiences of the Dutch Revolt in the context of the research project ‘Tales of the revolt: memory, oblivion and identity in the Low Countries, 1566 – 1700’.

At VU she participates in projects that explore computational methods for the semantic mining of early modern texts: e.g. ‘Embodied Emotions: Mapping Bodily Expression of Emotions from a Historical Perspective’.


Since 2015 at VU:

  • Ba1 History academic skills
  • Ba1 History Euroe and the World: Middle Ages - Early Modern
  • Ba3 Debating the Middle Ages (Minor European History and Culture 1200-1800)
  • Ba3 Urban History (Minor European History and Culture 1200-1800)
  • Ba3 History of Emotions 1500-1800 (Minor European History and Culture 1200-1800)
  • Ba2 History What’s e-humanities?
  • Ba2 History Vluchtelingen 1200-1800
  • Ba3 Visualizing the Humanities (Minor Digital Humanities and Social Analytics)
  • Ba2 History Archivistiek en Paleografie
  • Ba3 History Research seminar Cultuur, Religie, Kennisgeschiedenis
  • Ma History From Source to Public
  • Ma Thesis Colloquium
  • Thesis supervison (Ba & Ma)
  • Coordinator minor Digital Humanities and Social Analytics 


  • Pre-university Masterclasses on emotion history: 'De tranen met tuiten van Karel de Grote' en 'IJsselijk geschreeuw'


Prizes and Awards

2007: Keetje Hodshonprijs, Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen

Ancillary activities

Editorial board popular historical magazine Geschiedenis Magazine

Academic qualification

Social History, PhD, Migrantenstad. Immigratie en sociale verhoudingen in zeventiende-eeuws Amsterdam, Universiteit Utrecht

Award Date: 22 Apr 2005


  • DH Netherlands (The Low Countries)
  • history of emotions
  • migration history
  • history of Amsterdam
  • memory studies
  • history of literacy and orality
  • social history
  • war memory
  • computational humanities
  • history of knowledge


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