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Inger Leemans is Professor of Cultural History & director of the VU Graduate School of Humanities.

Her research focusses on earlymodern cultural history (1500-1850), with special attention for the history of emotions and the body, cultural economy, history of knowledge and digital humanities. She has published about the history of pornography, (radical) Enlightenment, cultural infrastructure and translation machinery. Her most recent book Worm en donder. Geschiedenis van de Nederlandse literatuur 1700-1800 (co-author Gert-Jan Johannes) was hailed in the press as ‘a masterpiece’. Often, her research triggers media attention, see e.g. the Financiële Dagblad about her inaugural lecture in 2011, journal Elsevier about her research on embodied emotions, and NRC about Digital Humanities.

At this moment Inger Leemans is researching the history of stock trade & the cultural imagination of financial crises. She coördinates various Digital Humanities projects en is active in the Digital Humanities educational program of VU and UvA ( As coördinator of ACCESS - The Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotion and Sensory Studies she regularly organizes seminars and lectures on the history and workings of emotions and senses. In 2015 Inger Leemans was keynote lecturer at ISECS2015 - see the interview. In the field of the HIstory of Knowlede Inger Leemans coördinates the master's specialisation Cultures of Knowledge, and is principal investigator of the working group Affective Economies - Knowledge and the Market, in the international research project Global Knowledge Society

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Visualization Embodied Emotions 1600-1800



Early modern cultural history
History of Knowledge
Cultural Economics
History of the body, emotions, senses, sexuality
Digital Humanities


* Coordinator Embodied Emotions - Mapping Bodily Expression of Emotions from a Historical Perspective

* Principal investigator research project Global Knowledge Economy, by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, the Descartes Center Utrecht

* Member of supervision team INVENiT

* Visualising Uncertainty, with CLTL (Piek Vossen Computational Linguistics group -VU) & the Netherlands eScience Center

* QuPiD2: Quality & perspectives in deep data - an AAA Data Science project

* ITEMP-Violence: project on Theatrical representation of violence

* In Search of Scents Lost - Reconstructing the Volatile Heritage of the Avant-garde

* Emotional Economies - A cultural history of Stock Trade. See Inaugural Lecture &. 3D-reconstruction of the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, withTimothy De Paepe.

Amsterdam Stock Exchange 3D MOdel by Timothy de Paepe (

Amsterdam Stock Exchange 3D MOdel by Timothy de Paepe (


Bachelor: Early modern history, Introduction to Culture and Power, BA-thesis advisory
Minors: course History of Emotions in minor European History and Culture, course Digital Hermeneutics and Visualizations in minor Digital Humanities
Master: Introduction "From Source to Public", Tutorials (e.g. about history of banks, stock trade and financial crises)

MAster track   "Cultures of Knowledge". course: "Globalizing Knowledge"
Research master: Core course, e.g. on environmental humanites & emotion studies

See for detailed list of courses the study guide

Ancillary activities

Director Graduate School of Humanities (direcrot of Research masters and PHD programma's, VU FGW)

Director ACCESS (Amsterdam Center for Cross-disciplinary Emotion and Sensory Studies) (

Member National Research Council for Cultural Heritage

Member Board of Huizinga Institute - Research Instiute and Graduate School for Cultural History

Member Academic Committee Huygens ING

Member Board dr. C.L. Thijssen-Schoute-Stichting

NWO Board member commission 'Veni' (2011), ‘Promoties in de Geesteswetenschappen’ (2014), 'Museumbeurzen (2015 & 2016)

Member board Amsterdam Centre for Digital Humanities

Member editorial board Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis

President Werkgroep Achttiende Eeuw - Society for Dutch-Belgian 18th-Century Studies (2009-2015)

Ancillary activities

  • Dr. C.L. Thijssen-Schoute Stichting | Den Haag | Bestuurder | 2010-10-01
  • DBNL (Digital Library for Dutch Literature) | Den Haag | Adviseur | 2016-01-01
  • Nationale Onderzoeksraad Erfgoed | Amersfoort | Adviseur | 2016-01-01
  • Science Committee Huygens ING - KNAW | Amsterdam | Adviseur | 2016-01-01
  • ACCES: Center for Emotion & Sensory Studies | Amsterdam | Bestuurder | 2017-07-01
  • BMGN Low Countries Historical Review - KNHG | Amsterdam | Medewerker | 2017-07-01
  • Huizinga Instituut - National Research School for Cultural H | Amsterdam | Bestuurder | 2017-07-01
  • Raad voor de Nederlandse Taal en Cultuur - Taalunie | Den Haag | Bestuurder | 2017-07-01

Last mutation Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2017-07-14)

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2004 2016

Comment: Embodied Emotions from a Dutch Historical Perspective

Leemans, I. 1 Jul 2016 In : Emotion Review. 8, 3, p. 278-280 3 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewReview article

Storyteller: Visualizing Perspectives in Digital Humanities Projects

van der Zwaan, J. M., van Meersbergen, M. A. J., Fokkens, A. S., ter Braake, S., Leemans, I. B., Kuijpers, H. M. E. P., Vossen, P. T. J. M. & Maks, E. 2016 Computational History and Data-driven Humanities. Dublin

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewConference contribution

Van den handel zou hij zingen': Nederlandse koophandelsgedichten 1770-1830

Johannes, G. J. & Leemans, I. 2016 In : De Negentiende Eeuw. 40, 1, p. 1-33 33 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

HEEM, a Complex Model for Mining Emotions in Historical Text

van der Zwaan, J. M., Leemans, I. B., Kuijpers, H. M. E. P. & Maks, E. 2015 2015 IEEE 11th International Conference on e-Science (e-Science). Munich, p. 22-30

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewConference contribution

Rape in the Republic, 1609-1725: Formulating Dutch Identity

Leemans, I. Jan 2015 In : Renaissance Quarterly. 68, 4, p. 1411-U627

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle