Opening of the Academic Year Research School Political History

Amsterdam, 20 September 2018 16.00 – 18.00 hrs.

Debate on cooperation between political historians and political scientists
With Liesbeth van de Grift, Ido de Haan, Maartje Janse and Wim van Meurs 

You are very welcome to participate in the opening meeting of the national Research School Political History (OPG). In this meeting, we will address the relationship between political history and the social sciences. Point of departure for the debate is the inaugural lecture of professor of European political history Wim van Meurs (Radboud University Nijmegen), in which he argued that political historians and political scientist might both benefit from a closer interaction. Political scientist could profit from the historian’s craft of contextualization and historiography as ways to position their own work in time. Historians should become more aware of the public relevance and comparative perspective in the study of politics which political scientist have to offer. (full text lecture:

Before we open the floor to all present, there will be two interventions Dr. Maartje Janse (Leyden University) has substantially broadened our understanding of political organization in the 19th century beyond the reduction of these phenomena in political science as precursor of political parties. Dr Liesbeth van de Grift (Utrecht University) has contributed to the comparative study of the security services, internal colonization and consumer representation from a historical perspective. The debate will be chaired by OPG academic director prof. dr. Ido de Haan (Utrecht University).

After the debate all are invited to join the board of the OPG for drinks.


Date: 20 September 2018, 16.00 – 18.00 hrs.
Location: Spinhuis, room 2.18 , Oudezijds Achterburgwal 185, Amsterdam
Registration: please send an email before 17 September to
Participation is free of charge.