Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Gerben Zaagsma

Assistant Professor and Head of Research Area Digital History & Historiography
Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH)

Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L - 4366 Esch-Belval

M: gerben.zaagsma@uni.lu
T: +352 466644 6208
W: www.c2dh.uni.lu
W: http://gerbenzaagsma.org

 
 
 
RESEARCH & TEACHING INTERESTS
Modern European history; Jewish history; the Holocaust; digital humanities; digital history; public history; comparative history; history of transfers; transnational history; migration studies; Yiddish Studies.
 
 
EDUCATION
  • 2008. Ph.D. in Modern History: Department of History and Civilisation, European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Dissertation: ’A fresh outburst of the old terror’? Jewish-born volunteers in the Spanish Civil War.
  • 2001. MA in Yiddish Studies: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Thesis: Jewish Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War. A Case Study of the Botwin Company.
  • 1996. MA in Modern History: Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Thesis: ‘Music to match the badchn songs’. The role of klezmer and klezmorim in Jewish culture in Europe and the United States.
 
 
EMPLOYMENT
  • 2017-present. Assistant Professor and Head of Research Area Digital History and Historiography at the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) at the University of Luxembourg.
  • 2013-2016. Research Fellow in project The diaries of Anne Frank. Research—Translations—Critical Edition, Lichtenberg Kolleg, The Göttingen Institute of Advanced Study, University of Göttingen. Responsible for annotating the new scholarly critical edition of the Anne Frank diaries.
  • 2011-2013. Editor/ web developer Huygens Institute for the History of The Netherlands,  Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • 2010-2011. Digital humanities consultant/ (web)editor for Huygens ING and European University Institute, Florence.
  • 2008-2010. Honorary Research Associate (postdoc), Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London. Project: Jewish migrants & politics in Western Europe before the Holocaust.
  • 1998-2000. Researcher, Public History Research and Consultancy Center, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (Geschiedeniswinkel RuG). 
  • 1998-2000. Manager/Administrator/tour guide: Folkingestraat Synagogue Foundation Groningen; organisation of exhibitions, public relations, guided tours.
  • 1996-1997. Editor and exhibition organiser Foundation for the History of the Jews in Groningen. 
 
 
TEACHING
  • 2019. Winter-semester: MA course Doing Digital History - The International Brigades and the Spanish Civil War, Master en histoire européenne contemporaine, University of Luxemburg.2018-2019. Winter-semester: MA course Digital Approaches to Modern Jewish History, Master en histoire européenne contemporaine, University of Luxemburg.
  • 2019, 22-27 September. One week intensive Geisteswissenschaftliches Kolleg  – Digital History, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (with Malte Rehbein).
  • 2019. Winter-semester: MA course Introduction to Digital History, Master en histoire européenne contemporaine, University of Luxemburg (as co-lecturer).
  • 2018. Summer Semester: (co-taught) BA course “Ons Jongen – 3000 Luxembourgeois ne sont pas rentrés. Aidez-nous à lesretrouver » Séminaire de recherche sur une exposition de 1946, Bachelor en cultures européennes, University of Luxemburg.
  • 2017-2018. Winter-semester: MA course Jewish responses to persecution and anti-Semitism in the 20th century (digital approaches), Master en histoire européenne contemporaine, University of Luxemburg.
  • 2015-2016. Winter-semester: Undergraduate course Jewish responses to persecution and anti-Semitism in the 20th century, Seminar für Neuere und Neueste Geschichte, Georg-August Universität Göttingen.
  • 2013. Course Digital Historical Research at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands and the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
  • 2008-present. Various (invited) lectures & skills seminars taught on modern Jewish history and digital humanities in the UK, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, for undergraduate/graduate/postgraduate students.
  • 1997. Course Jewish History in the Netherlands and the city of Groningen, Adult Education Academy, University of Groningen.
 
 
SKILLS
 
Administration
  • 2017-present. Head of the Research Area Digital History and Historiography & member of management team, Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) at the University of Luxembourg.
  • 2017-present. Member of the Ethics Review Panel, University of Luxembourg
  • 2013-2017. Editorial board Anne Frank Diaries critical edition.
  • 2011-2013: Editorial board Historici.nl, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands.
  • 2004-2005. Researcher representative, Department of History and Civilisation, European University Institute (Florence, Italy).
  • 1992-1994. Student member Department of History council, University of Groningen.
  • 1992-1993. Secretary Association of History Students, University of Groningen.
  • 1991-1992. Board member Association of History Students, University of Groningen.
 
Conference planning & organisation
 
 
Computing
  • Web development, content management systems and web editing (Drupal, Wordpress): development internet portal European History Primary Sources, the Department of History and Civilization/EUI (2008-present); development/main editor internet portal Yiddish Sources (2005-present); development Dutch History online community & portal Historici.nl  (2011-2013).
  •  Experience with network analysis tools such as Palladio and Nodegoat.
  • Experience with tekst analysis tools such as Voyant.
 
Languages
  • Dutch: Mother tongue.
  • English: Excellent reading, speaking and writing.
  • German: Good reading, speaking, writing.
  • French: Good reading, speaking.
  • Yiddish: Good reading, speaking.
  • Italian: Intermediate reading, basic speaking.
  • Spanish: Intermediate reading.
  • Turkish: Beginner.
 
 
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
 
 
Grants and awards
  • Alfried Krupp Junior-Fellowship 2012-2013 (declined in favor of job at Huygens Institute for the History of The Netherlands).
  • Postdoctoral grant of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah in Paris 2008-2010.
  • Posen Foundation Travel Grant to attend Association of Jewish Studies 2009 conference.