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Seminar - Was there a Dutch Atlantic? A Roundtable Discussion

How to assess the impact of overseas enterprises on the Dutch Republic, and vice-versa? This is one of the issues discussed in a seminar on 13 June, held by the Theme Group “Dutch Atlantic Connections”. 


About the Seminar

The members of the NIAS Theme Group “Dutch Atlantic Connections” have worked on various dimensions and aspects of Dutch Atlantic history between 1600 and 1815. Although the Dutch West India Company was unique among early modern European consortiums in its involvement on all four continents of the Atlantic basin, historians continue to struggle with the question of whether a coherent and connected Atlantic existed. In this roundtable discussion, the theme group members will exchange their views on two key issues: first, how best to connect the Dutch Atlantic to the larger field of Atlantic studies; and, second, how to assess the impact (cultural, economic, political, or otherwise) of overseas enterprises on the Dutch Republic, and vice-versa.


The Theme Group consists of:

Aviva Ben-Ur, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Karel Davids, VU University Amsterdam
Allison Games, Georgetwon University, Washington D.C.
Henk den Heijer, Leiden University
Wim Klooster, Clark University, Worcester, MA
Gert Oostindie, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, Leiden (Theme Group coordinator)
Benjamin Schmidt, University of Washington, Seattle


About NIAS Seminars

NIAS Seminars are organised by the Rector of the Institute. They are meant to appeal to interested parties from a wide range of backgrounds and are aimed to encourage closer contact within the Dutch academic world.

NIAS Seminars take place in the Lecture Room (NIAS, Meijboomlaan 1, Wassenaar, telephone 070-512 27 00). This Seminar starts at 11.00 hours and ends at 12.30. Everyone is welcome to attend the seminar and join the discussion. However, since changes in the programme may occur, please let us know if you wish to attend. For further information, contact Communication.