An archival VOC mentality? Archival dilemmas within an early-modern context that is dutch-Asian

Admission demands

This program is component associated with the (Res)MA History Programme. It’s not available for BA students.


This Research Seminar is targeted on the archives of this VOC or Dutch East Asia business. It partly functions as a practical, more counterpart that is specific of Literature Seminar. It handles a few of the general archival dilemmas talked about there, but details them when you look at the context of the seventeenth- and 18th-century Dutch-Asian enterprise that is commercial. Although the VOC records formally comprised company management, in training additionally they functioned as a huge repository of valuable and key informative data on a variety of occasions in early-modern Asia.

The many staying VOC archives are comprised of several various sorts or even “genres” of papers, including maps. Further, they partly overlap with materials that fall beyond your confines among these collections, but they are closely associated with them, such as for instance personal papers, missionary records, travel records, as well as pieces content of art. These diverse materials had been produced with various purposes, consist and organised in various means, and current information with various perspecitives.

This seminar considers and compares all of these sources from both an archival and a point that is historiographical of. In addition searches for similarities and differences when considering, in the one hand, the VOC archives and, having said that, archives of contemporaneous Dutch institutions as well as other European trading that is overseas. Pupils who cannot browse (old) Dutch may make use of such other European documents, for instance those of this English East Asia business.

The student has obtained:

  • 1 The power to individually determine and choose literature, making use of conventional and techniques that are modern
  • 2 The capacity to separately recognize and choose sources, utilizing old-fashioned and modern methods;
  • 3 The power to analyse and assess a corpus of sources with a view to handling a specific problem that is historical
  • 4 the capability to analyse and assess literary works with a view to handling a specific historic issue;
  • 5 the capability to separately formulate an obvious and research that is well-argued, taking into account the concept and way of the industry and also to reduce this concern to available and workable sub-questions;
  • 6 the capacity to individually put up and perform an initial research study that will make a share to existing scholarly debates;
  • 7 the capacity to offer an obvious and well-founded dental and written report on research outcomes in proper English, whenever needed, or Dutch, fulfilling the requirements associated with the control;
  • 8 the capability to be involved in present debates within the specialisation;
  • 9 the capacity to offer constructive feedback to and formulate criticism of this work of others together with power to assess the value of these critique and feedback on one’s very own work and mix it;
  • 10 (ResMA just): The capability to take part in a conversation regarding the theoretical fundamentals associated with control.

Learning goals, regarding the specialisation

  • 11 Thorough knowledge and comprehension of 1 of this specialisations or subspecialisations along with regarding the historiography associated with specialisation, concentrating specially in the after; within the specialisation Archival Studies: archiving in a context that is colonial understanding of the importance of archiving procedures when it comes to method by which a culture handles its documentation heritage as a whole and its particular historic practice in specific; disclosure, including digital disclosure, of archives included in the wider history sector.
  • 12 Thorough knowledge and comprehension associated with theoretical, conceptual and methodological areas of the specialisation or subspecialisation under consideration, with a focus that is particular the immediate following: when you look at the specialisation Archival Studies: theoretical fundamentals of archivistics; evaluation and collection of archives.

Learning goals, related to this Research Seminar

  • 13 Thorough knowledge of the organization for the VOC archives and exactly how it comes even close to the organization of closely relevant materials (personal documents, missionary records, etc.), to archives of contemporaneous Dutch organizations and also to documents of other European international trading businesses.
  • 14 Thorough knowledge of just just just how these different organisational concepts are pertaining to the objectives and audiences of the materials in addition to type and tone of data they have.
  • 15 the capacity to analyse and compare archives produced within an early-modern Dutch-non-Western context.
  • 16 (ResMA only): the capacity to put up and execute initial research that raises brand brand brand new concerns, pioneers brand brand new apporaches and/or points to brand new guidelines for future research.