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Erika Kuijpers teaches medieval and early modern history of the Netherlands. She coordinates the Digital Humanities track in the BA History at VU as well as 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.


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

Per september 2018 Erika Kuijpers will collaborate with Judith Pollmann (Leiden University) on an interdisciplinary project (NWO Vrije Competitie) focussing on the circulation and reception of new knowledge, ideas and technologies among middle class writers of local chronicles.

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 2011 she is a board member of the Amsterdam Centre for Cross Disciplinary Emotion and Sensory Studies (ACCESS).


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 Archivistiek en Paleografie
  • 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

Education/Academic qualification

Social History, PhD, Universiteit Utrecht


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

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Research Output 1993 2018

De wonden van een burgeroorlog: Ooggetuigen van het bloedbad van Naarden in 1572

Kuijpers, H. M. E. P., 2018, Geschiedenis aan de Zuidas: Essays van VU-historici. van Lieburg, F. (ed.). Amsterdam: Prometheus, p. 55-63 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional


Kuijpers, H. M. E. P., 2018, Dictionnaire des Pays-Bas au siècle d'or: De l'Union d'Utrecht à la Paix d'Utrecht (1579-1713). Secretan, C. & Frijhoff, W. (eds.). Paris: CNRS Éditions, p. 373-377 5 p. (CNRS Dictionnaires).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionaryAcademicpeer-review

Histories, Chronicles, Memoires

Kuijpers, H. M. E. P., 2017, Early Modern Emotions: An Introduction. Broomhall, S. (ed.). London; New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, p. 102-104 3 p. III.5

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Migrantenkerk. Luthers in de Lage Landen

Kuijpers, H. M. E. P., 2017, In : Geschiedenis Magazine. 52, 5, p. 14 17 p.

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Activities 2018 2019

Huizinga Instituut voor Cultuurgeschiedenis (External organisation)

Erika Kuijpers (Member)
1 Feb 2018 → …

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80 Jaar Oorlog - afl. Burgeroorlog

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Radio Focus - Hoe een non de Beeldenstorm ervoer

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