If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Personal information

Wouter de Vries (1993) is a PhD candidate at the VU University Amsterdam. His research focuses on the interaction of imagination, visuality and knowledge in the early modern period. Previous projects include a study of the genre of coastal profiles between 1500-1800 and a study into the visual epistemologies of early modern colonial maps at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin). He is currently working on the project Imagining Earth - Prints as Evidence in Natural Philosophy, 1650-1750.


  • History of knowledge (1500-1800)
  • Cultural history (1500-1800)
  • Imagination and the senses
  • Visual cultures and epistemologies
  • History of the (representation of the) Earth
  • Cartographic history



  • Introduction to Medieval History (BA1)
  • Introduction to Early Modern History (BA1)
  • Knowing by Sensing (BA3)


  • University Teaching Qualification (BKO)


Ancillary activities

  • Werkgroep Achttiende Eeuw | Amsterdam | Bestuurder | 2019-02-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Wouter de Vries is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Auteur Arts & Humanities
Manuscripts Arts & Humanities
Bible Arts & Humanities
History Arts & Humanities
Names Arts & Humanities
Epistemology Arts & Humanities
Cultural History Arts & Humanities
History of Knowledge Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2015 2019

  • 4 Article
  • 2 Online publication or Website
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

‘One can't imagine they have ever read the Bible!’: On accuracy and knowledge in the prints of Willem Goeree

de Vries, W. J., Jul 2019, Jaarboek voor Nederlandse boekgeschiedenis = Yearbook for Dutch book history. Nijmegen: Van Tilt, p. 79-100 22 p. (Jaarboek voor Nederlandse boekgeschiedenis; vol. 26).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review


Het Natuurlijk Tover-Boek: pseudo-Goeree?

de Vries, W. J., 2018, In : Volkskunde. 119, 2, p. 176-183 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademic

Jan Goeree: Graveur en amateurpoëet

de Vries, W. J., 13 Mar 2018

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsitePopular

Willem Goeree: Boekverkoper, Bijbelkenner en beeldkunstenaar

de Vries, W. J., 13 Mar 2018

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsitePopular

Activities 2015 2019

  • 5 Lecture / Presentation
  • 3 Visiting an external academic institution
  • 1 Expert meeting
  • 1 Hosting an academic visitor

The Royal Society

Wouter de Vries (Visiting researcher)
1 Oct 201930 Oct 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Imagineering the Heavens

Wouter de Vries (Invited speaker)
17 Jan 201919 Jan 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Workshop on Deep History in the long 18th century, with Martin Rudwick

Wouter de Vries (Participant)
9 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventExpert meetingAcademic

Presentation and discussion with Finn Arne and Dolly Jørgensen

Wouter de Vries (Speaker)
17 May 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Imagineering Earth

Wouter de Vries (Speaker)
14 Feb 201915 Feb 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


VU Master Thesis Award 2016

Wouter de Vries (Recipient), 2016