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Regions, Networks, Mobility

Research in this theme group is based on the idea that money, goods, news, knowledge and beliefs function and become meaningful in networks of exchange within or crossing borders. The complexity of the historical processes involved is addressed interdisciplinary, thereby challenging economic, social, cultural and political historians as well as other researchers in the arts and humanities and beyond to cooperate and develop new and exciting insights and interpretations. The theme is embedded in Groningen’s research strength in the history of regions and in the evolving new research area of the circulation of knowledge.

Members: 27, PhD Students: 8


Dr. Jan Willem Veluwenkamp: Soundtoll Registers Online

The study of early modern Frisian shipmaster communities in their regional and national economic contexts: The Ascent of the Frisians. The Dutch Commercial System and the market for maritime transport, 1550-1800 (2PhDs & 1 Postdoc, funded by NWO since 2009: €600.000) This project is linked to the Soundtoll Registers Online (STRO). In close co-operation with Tresoar, the Frisian Historical and Literary Centre, Leeuwarden, we realize an electronic database for the complete Sound Toll Registers (funding since 2008: €1.7m, of which by NWO: €1.2m).

Digitisation project providing a publicly accessible research tool for researchers within and outside academia. The project has a strength in public engagement and knowledge transfer involving crowd sourcing via volunteers. It also has a research-based strand for fundamental research.

Key publication

Raingard Esser, The Politics of Memory: the Writing of Partition in the Seventeenth-Century Low Countries. 2012 Leiden - Boston: Brill. 376 p. (Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History; vol. 208).

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