Current Researchers

cutmypicvincentVincent Baptist completed a BA in Applied Economics (KU Leuven), and a BA in Media Studies (UvA) with a minor in Journalism and Criticism. He currently pursues his film research interests as a Research Master student at the UvA. At CREATE, he works one day a week as a student assistant on History of Performing Arts.

Project 1: Mapping European Performing Arts Data (MEPAD)
Project 2: Dutch Overview Digital Humanities (DODH)

Lucas van der Deijl  (1991) completed a double BA in History and Dutch and graduated in Dutch literature (RMA). He obtained a postgraduate certificate in Digital Humanities at University College London and developed Personagebank, a crowdsourced database for characters in Dutch novels. At CREATE, he will pursue his interest in quantitative methods and digital hermeneutics. He will evaluate different methods for topic modeling in order to trace the tracks of new philosophies (primarily Spinoza) in early modern Dutch texts.

Project: TOPIC: Tracing tracks of philosophical innovation in digital text corpora

cutmypicjolandaJolanda Visser graduated from Vrije Universiteit in 2012, where she studied Comparative Arts and Media Studies. Her curiosity towards cinema history was piqued by the course The Art of Comparison: Cinematic City by of dr. I. L. Blom, in which insights were gained into theories, histories, and applications of intermediality, in particular regarding connections between cinema and architecture. After graduation, she specified the research towards the cinema The Movies in Amsterdam, which resulted in the book Samen naar de Movies – 100 jaar bioscoop op de Haarlemmerdijk.  After completing her master degree, Jolanda was offered a position at the VU, where she has gained experience as a junior lecturer.

Project: CINEMAPS: A data-driven investigation of cinema markets in the Netherlands and Belgium, 1950-1975

cutmypicjanJan Vos (1995) is currently master’s student in the Dutch track of Dramaturgy at the UvA. As a student assistant he works one day for CREATE on the topic of Theatre History. Jan studied Arts and Culture Studies in Nijmegen, with minors in Arts Policy (Nijmegen) and Theatre Studies (Amsterdam).

Project: ACT: The Amsterdam City Theatre Database (1774-2016)

Erik van Zummeren graduated in History (BA) at the University of Amsterdam in 2016. During my bachelor, I focussed on doing quantitative and computational history. For my bachelor thesis I worked on a quantitative analysis of the Dutch-Persian trade in the 18th century. In 2014 I was a student-assistant at the Coding the Humanities platform. Quite recently I did an internship as a ‘creative coder’ at the VPRO Backlight series. I am currently enrolled in the master programme Journalism and Media. For CREATE I will work one day in the week on CREATE TOPIC.

Project: TOPIC: Tracing tracks of philosophical innovation in digital text corpora

Anne-Rieke van Schaik (1995) is currently finishing her BA Art History (UvA), with a special interest in interdisciplinary Golden Age studies. At CREATE, she works one day a week as a student assistant on adding the records of the Antwerp guild of Saint Luke to the ECARTICO database.

Project: ECARTICO: Linking cultural industries in the early modern Low Countries, ca. 1475 – ca. 1725

Elise van Schaik is currently a research master’s student in Arts and Culture at UvA. She is specialized in the era of the Dutch Golden Age and has a specific interest in literature from this period. During her BA Dutch Language and Culture at UvA, she co-founded De Alphaman a medium that popularizes historical literature. At CREATE, she will pursue her interest in early modern Dutch text culture as a student assistant.

Project: TOPIC: Tracing tracks of philosophical innovation in digital text corpora

Former Researchers

Leonor Álvarez Francés

Did the Research Master in History at the University of Amsterdam, during which she specialized in the Dutch Golden Age and became acquainted with the Digital Humanities. Between February and October 2014 she worked as an embedded researcher for the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands within the project ‘Mapping Notes and Nodes in Networks. Exploring potential relationships in biographical data and cultural networks in the creative industry in Amsterdam and Rome in the Early Modern Period’. At the moment she works both for CREATE and as a PhD candidate for Leiden University within Raymond Fagel’s project ‘Facing the Enemy’.

Project: ONSTAGE: The Great Schouwburg Database (1638-1772)

Norbert Bakker

Currently Res. MA media studies student and previously completed MA Presentation & Preservation of the Moving Image. Interested in the influence of digital media platforms, digital tools and other technologies have on film culture, film heritage and film studies in general. I work one day a week as student-assistant for the CREATE project.

Project: Cinema in Context

Thomas Delpeut

Thomas Delpeut (1988) graduated in History (Research Master) at the University of Amsterdam. During his studies he specialised in Dutch and European nineteenth-century music and concert history, publishing several articles on the topic. He wrote his thesis on Amsterdam’s nineteenth-century summer concerts and recently published an article in the BMGN-Low Countries Historical Review, evaluating the current state of the art and presenting new research perspectives for nineteenth-century music and concert history. Thomas is currently working on the project Musical Criticism and Cultural Capitals. Shaping, disseminating and appropriating nineteenth-century musical discourse in Dutch creative cities.

Project: Musical Criticism and Cultural Capitals. Shaping, disseminating and appropriating nineteenth-century musical discourse in Dutch creative cities

Wouter van Elburg

Currently MA Heritage and Memory Studies at the University of Amsterdam. I work one day a week as a student assistant for project COLEM on software for re-spelling seventeenth century Dutch texts. Studied Art History with a minor in architecture and urban planning and a specialisation in Amsterdam and city planning. Formerly involved in the CREATE project at the 4D Resarch Lab on housing in sixteenth century Amsterdam, for which I researched and reconstructed Warmoesstraat 138.

Project: COLEM: Creating an Orthographic Layer for Early Modern Texts

Dieuwke Hupkes

Has a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Astrophysics and a master’s degree in Logic. She works for CREATE 3 days a week, the other 2 days she works on neural models of parsing with Jelle Zuidema at the ILLC.

Project: Part-of-speech tagging of historical Dutch texts

Anna Foulidis

Currently MA public history student with a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in art history and a minor in heritage and museum studies. I work for CREATE two days a week on the Design Derby Data project. On the other days I’m writing my thesis on the presentation of the Dutch Golden Age in historical museums. I’m interested in how changes in society affect cultural identity and the position of national history and heritage.

Project: Design Derby Data: Belgium and the Netherlands, 1815-2015

Rosa Merino Claros

Studied Philosophy, Linguistics and Mathematics. She wrote her Philosophy Master Thesis on Cantor´s Set Theory and its philosophical influences, while her Mathematics Thesis dealt with the Tensor-Train-Format and its algorithms, whose aim is to reduce the complexity of multidimensional functions. Afterwards she worked for two years as mobile applications developer. She is particularly interested in logic, computation and information retrieval related topics.

Project: Extraction and Exploration of Spatial Information in Documents

Mascha van Nieuwkerk

Studies at the Research Master in History. She was trained in history (BA, UvA) as well as music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam (BA, Quirine Viersen). As an award winning cellist (Princes Christina Competition, first price 2003; SJMN Competition, second price 2005) she is active in several succesfull chambermusic ensembles such as the Cello8ctet Amsterdam, Fuse and the Fourier piano trio. During her bachelor in History she specialized in nineteenth-century music culture. Her bachelor thesis about the music culture at the Felix Meritis Society resulted in publications in Skript (2012) and Ons Amsterdam (2013) and was selected for the VSNU Student Research Conference 2012. http://www.maschavannieuwkerk.com

Project: Felix Meritis Concert Programmes Database 1777-1888

Thijs de Raedt

Graduated in the fields of Cultural Sciences (BA) and History of Art (MA) at the University of Amsterdam, and currently completing his MA thesis in Museum Studies. He is particularly interested in mechanisms of collecting and exhibiting art of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Besides writing his thesis, Thijs now works two days per week on the CREATE Design Derby Data project.

Project: Design Derby Data: Belgium and the Netherlands, 1815-2015

Joanna Rozendaal

RMA Art Studies, track Dutch Golden Age Studies. Her research interests concern early modern book historical subjects in general and in particular the changing meaning and impact of images during the course of the seventeenth century.

Project: Material Evidence for Networks: the Case of Early Modern Printing

Tim Veldt

Is a master’s student in history at the UvA. He specializes in past visions of the future. For his master thesis he is currently researching the technological future visions during the interwar period (1919-1939). For his internship at CREATE, he studies the practical use of textmining tools for historical research and makes tutorials on how these tools can be used, for instance for analysis of newspapers, provided by the Dutch Royal Library (Delpher).

Project: Past visions of the future in digitized newspapers.

Ingeborg van Vugt

Graduated in Italian Linguistics and Culture at the University of Leiden in 2013. In 2014, I completed the master programme Book and Digital Media Studies in Leiden, which focuses on the history of the book and discusses the use of recent digital technologies. For my Master thesis I analyzed many correspondences concerning the history of Dutch-Tuscan relations during Grand Duke Cosimo’s III reign. During my studies and research I have become particularly interested in gaining insight in how digital humanities can effectively contribute to the analysis of correspondences and networks.

Project: Mapping Historical Networks of the Creative Industry: Connecting Creative Agency in Early Modern Amsterdam, Venice, Florence, and Rome.

Tessa Wijckmans MA

Tessa Wijckmans (1989) graduated in Dutch literature (RMA). During her research master she specialized in computational stylistic research of early modern Dutch prose texts. She found that the unstable orthographies of the early modern texts cause problems for computational research of these texts. In her master thesis she explored the possibilities of automatic lemmatization of early modern Dutch prose in order to improve the quality of stylometric research of historic texts. Currently she’s focusing on automatic respelling of early modern texts to Modern spelled variants.

Project: COLEM: Creating an Orthographic Layer for Early Modern Texts

Dr. Harm Nijboer

Harm Nijboer is a historian and specialist in data management and visual and quantitative analysis of historical data.

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