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Public Lecture on Press and Pillarization

KB Fellow Huub Wijfjes

Media Historian and NIAS' KB Fellow Huub Wijfjes will hold a public lecture on 12 January at the National Library of the Netherlands, presenting the results of his research on the relationship between the press and the processes of pillarization and depillarization in the Netherlands.

About the Lecture

Huub Wijfjes used historical media sources to analyse the relationship between politics and the press in twentieth-century Netherlands. At the National Library, he studied the digitalised collections of newspapers (Delpher), parliamentary documents (Staten-Generaal Digitaal) as well as publications by political parties. In his lecture, Wijfjes discusses the results of his research, and explores the advantages and disadvantages of digital humanities and its methodology.

More about the lecture (in Dutch)
Listen to the full lecture online
Media, zuilen en pacificatie: een dynamisch historische relatie (pdf, article presenting part of Wijfjes’ research results)
Digital Humanities and historical newspaper research (pdf, article presenting part of Wijfjes’ research results)


Huub Wijfjes

Huub Wijfjes is journalist and historian, specialized in Media History. He is Professor in History of Radio and Television at the University of Amsterdam and Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Groningen. Wijfjes published a number of books on the history of journalism and media in the Netherlands. He is a board member of the The Kossmann Institute for Political Culture, as well as a member of the Panel of Experts of the Dutch national broadcasting organisation (NOS).


KB Fellowship

The Fellowship is a cooperation between the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB) – National Library of the Netherlands – and NIAS. The fellowship is awarded to a renowned Dutch or non-Dutch scholar in the humanities and aims to promote the use of the KB’s special collections. Previous KB fellows include Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Robert Darnton, Jonathan Israel and Lisa Jardine. Huub Wijfjes is the twelfth KB Fellow.

More information about Huub Wijfjes and his research on his own website.
More about the KB Fellowship and previous fellows