dr. H.G. Knoeff
In my teaching I devise courses based on my research whenever possible. I find it rewarding and important for students to be able to engage with current research. They often offer unexpected and thought-provoking questions and ideas. I also ensure I take students into the museum as often as I can. I find that teaching with objects draws students out off their comfort zone and gives them surprising and tangible glimpses of past ideas and practices.
University of Groningen
Sources and Methods in Cultural History (BA2). This course introduces the students in the reading of primary sources.
Making Modern Science in the Netherlands (BA2). An introduction into history of early modern science in the Netherlands with special reference to the historiography of the Scientific Revolution.
Beautiful Bodies. Health, Exercise and Aesthetics (Antiquity to 1800) (BA1). An introduction into cultural history of the pre-modern body.
A healthy appetite for food and diet. Masterclass with Elizabeth Williams (Oklahoma State University) on the history of eating (June 2017).
Babes in Bottles: Anatomical Collections in Context (MA, Art History). This research-driven course involved a cross-over of academia and various academic collections.
2008-2012: Aesthesis in Anatomy. Materiality and Elegance in the 18th Century Leiden Anatomical Collections (Marieke Hendriksen). Thesis published with Brill in 2015
2009-2013: Preparations on the Move. The Leiden Anatomical Collections in the 19th Century (Hieke Huistra). Thesis was awarded a silver medal of the Teyler's Scientific Society Haarlem in 2016.
2013-present: Blood, Sweat and Tears (Ruben Verwaal). Thesis is part of the 'Vital Matters' project and is on the Enlightenment physiology of the bodily fluids.
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