Curriculum Vitae

 
Gerben Zaagsma, Ph.D.
 
Lichtenberg-Kolleg
Historische Sternwarte der Universität Göttingen
Geismar Landstraße 11
37083 Göttingen
Deutschland
 
 
 
 
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
  • 2013-present. 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 organiser Foundation for the History of the Jews in Groningen. 
 
 
TEACHING
  • 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
  • 2013-present. 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
  • 2014. THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp) The Hague, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands
  • 2012. Digital History conference, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands.
 
Project and Time Management 
  • Strong project management skills developed through involvement in various projects
  • Guest editor special Digital History issue BMGN – Low Countries Historical Review
 
Computing
  • Excellent general skills Windows and Apple.
  • Extensive experience with web development, content management systems and web editing: 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.
  • Polish: 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.
 
 
 
PUBLICATIONS
 
Books
 
 
 
Peer-reviewed articles
  • “On Digital History”, BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review 128/4 (2013) 3-29.
  • “Public history beyond the state: Presenting the Yiddish past in contemporary Europe”,  Memoria e Ricerca 37 (2011) 37,129-142.
  • “The Local and the International - Jewish Communists in Paris Between the Wars”, Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook 8 (2009) 345-363.
  • “'Red Devils': The Botwin company in the Spanish Civil War”, East European Jewish Affairs 33 (2003) 83-99.
 
Book chapters & other articles
  • “Using Digital Sources in Historical Research. Jewish History on the Internet” in: Frédéric Clavert and Serge Noiret eds., Contemporary history in the digital age (Oxford; Peter Lang, 2013) 201-213.
  • “Propaganda or fighting the myth of pakhdones? Naye Prese, the Popular Front, and the Spanish Civil War” in: Lara Rabinovitch, Shiri Goren and Hannah Pressman eds., Choosing Yiddish: New Frontiers of Language and Culture (Detroit; Wayne State University Press, 2012) 87-103.
  • “Transnational networks of Jewish migrant radicals - The case of Berlin” in: Verena Dohrn and Gertrud Pickhan eds., Transit und Transformation: Osteuropäisch-Jüdische Migranten in Berlin 1918-1939 (Göttingen; Wallstein Verlag, 2010) 218-233.
  • “Die Botwin Kompagnie” in: Dan Diner ed., Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur (Stuttgart; Metzler Verlag, 2011) 392-397.
  • “Yiddish in Historical Research: Some Reflections” European Judaism 42 (2009) 19-23.
  • “The klezmorim of Prague. About a Jewish musicians guild”, East European Meetings in Ethnomusicology 7 (2000) 41-48.
 
Edited volumes
  • Special issue on Digital History, BMGN – Low Countries Historical Review 128/4 (2013).
  • Life and Work of Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis (CD-ROM; University of Groningen, 1998).
  • The Folkinge Street. History of the Jewish community in Groningen  [in Dutch, with L. Ast-Boiten]  (Groningen; Egbert Forsten, 1996).
 
Book reviews & conference reports
  • Tagungsbericht jüdische Geschichte digital, 13.06.2013-14.06.2013, Hamburg, in: H-Soz-u-Kult 10.09.2013.
  • Review of Kobrin, Rebecca, Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora. H-Judaic, H-Net Reviews. May, 2011.
  • Review of Berg, Hetty, Wallet, Bart (eds.), Wie niet weg is, is gezien. Joods Nederland na 1945 (Zwolle: Waanders, Amsterdam: Joods Historisch Museum, 2010) in: BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review 126/3 (2011) 146-148.
  • Review of Thomas Rütten, Geschichten vom Hippokratischen Eid (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag 2007) [CD-ROM Herzog August Bibliothek Wolffenbüttel]in: Studium 1 (2008) 301-302.
 
 
Articles to be submitted/ in preparation
  • ‘Help, betrayal and the importance of networks – Jews in hiding in the Netherlands and the case of Anne Frank’ [to be submitted January 2017 to Cambridge University Press for inclusion in research monograph that will be published with new critical edition of the Anne Frank diaries].
  • ‘Jewish responses to anti-Semitism in Paris and London in the late 1930s as European Jewish political history’ [to be submitted Winter 2016-2017].
  • ‘Wartime Yiddish diaries and their postwar trajectories’ [to be submitted Spring 2017].
  • ‘The Yiddish press as a source in historical research’.
  • ‘The ‘Jewish Freedom Fighter’. The legacy of Naftali Botwin and the construction of a transnational cult of Jewish heroes’.
 
 
 
INVITED TALKS, LECTURES AND CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (SELECTION)
 
 
  • Opening lecture ‘In Search of the Jewish Freedom Fighter - Jewish Volunteers in the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War and its Aftermath’, Conference Jews and the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), Warsaw University, 17 November 2016.
  • 'Help, betrayal and the importance of networks – Jews in hiding in the Netherlands and the case of Anne Frank', Final WorkshopReappraising the Anne Frank Diaries: Contexts and Receptions, Basel, 8-10 September 2016.
  • 'Jewish responses to anti-Semitism in Paris and London in the late 1930s as European Jewish political history', Conference Right-Wing Politics and the Rise of Antisemitism in Europe 1935-1941, Center for Holocaust Studies, Institut für Zeitgeschichte Munich, 18-20 February 2016.
  • “Wartime Yiddish Diaries and their postwar trajectories”, paper at workshop Reappraising the Anne Frank Diaries: Contexts and Receptions, European University Institute, Florence, 15-16 April 2015.
  • Participation in EUI HEC Alumni Public History and Job Market RoundtablePublic History and the Media Workshop, Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence, 11-13 February 2015.
  • “Analysing and annotating the Anne Frank Diaries”, lecture Fellow Kolloquium Lichtenberg Kolleg, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, 4 February 2015.
  • Search and Data Mining“, day long skills seminar Master of European History, University of Luxembourg (11 December 2014).
  • Presentation of the projects The diaries of Anne Frank. Research—Translations—Critical Edition/ Wartime Yiddish Diaries7th Contact Day Jewish Studies on the Low Countries (Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Antwerp, 26 May 2014).
  • Introductory workshop “Digital Tools for Historical Research” (with Ilja Nieuwland), THATCamp The Hague 2014 (The Hague, 14-15 January 2014).
  • “In search of the Jewish freedom fighter: Polish-Jewish volunteers in the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath”, lecture at Colloquium of East (-Central) European HistoryForschungsstelle Osteuropa an der Universität Bremen (3 December 2013).
  • Introductory lecture on the history of digital humanities/ history, workshop Digital History, the future for Business History?, Stichting Bedrijfsgeschiedenis (Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht, 21 November 2013).
  • “Jewish volunteers in the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War”, paper at Symposium in honor of Rena Fuks-Mansfeld (Amsterdam, 7 June 2013).
  • “Digital tools to complex archival sources: Introduction”, lecture at Researchmaster Posthumus Institute Leiden: Keys to the Treasure Trove: Sources and Methods for Social and Economic Historians, 17 May 2013.
  • Presentation of the Yiddish Sources portal for the 15th conference of the International Association of Yiddish Clubs (Pittsburgh), 26 April 2013.
  •  “Historical sources and data in the digital age”, lecture at University of Utrecht Digital Humanities Bootcamp, 14 March 2013.
  • Introductory lecture “Digital History”, Digital History Workshop (Huygens ING, 7 January 2013).
  • “Building an online community for historians in The Netherlands”, participation in Working group Public History Online: Using the Web to Collaborate and Share, National Council on Public History Annual Meeting (Milwaukee, 18-22 April 2012).
  • “Digital sources and historical research: European Jewish history as an example”, lecture Utrechts Cultuurhistorisch Seminar (Utrecht University, 12 December 2012).
  • “The “Jewish freedom fighter”: Constructing a Transnational Cult of Jewish Heroes  during the Spanish Civil War”, paper at Cult of Heroes in Central Europe from the 1880s to the Second World War – Transnational and Transdisciplinary Aspects (University of Paris-Sorbonne – Paris, 25-26 November 2011).
  • “Internet resources for historical research: Jewish content in a broader context”, lecture at Judaica Europeana Digital Humanities Workshop (British Library, 31 October 2011).
  • “Yiddish in contemporary Europe”, paper Jewishness in Contemporary Culture: American and European Perspectives (Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, 17-18 May, 2011).
  • Workshop “Finding and filtering digital primary sources”, THATCamp Florence 2011 (European University Institute, Florence, 23-25 March 2011).
  • “Naftali Botwin - a Jewish communist hero in interwar Poland”, paper Cult of Heroes in Central Europe 1880-1939 - Practices and representations (Central European University, Budapest, 12-13 November 2010).
  • “Jewish migrants and anti-Semitism in Paris and London before WWII”, paper IX Congress of the European Association for Jewish Studies (Ravenna, Italy - 25-29 July 2010).
  • Workshop “Organising knowledge and resources online”, THATCamp London 2010 (King”s College London, 6-7 July 2010).
  • “The politics of digitisation? Exploring online digital sources in Jewish history”, paper Exploring the archive in the digital age (King”s College London, 6-8 May 2010).
  • “Transnational dimensions of Jewish political practices in Western Europe before WWII”, paper 8th European Social Science History Conference (Ghent, Belgium, 13-16 April 2010).
  • “Jewish Immigrants and Politics in Paris and London in the Interbellum”, paper Graduate Seminar Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies (University College London, 27 January 2010).
  • “The Yiddish press as a source in historical research”, paper Association for Jewish Studies 41st Annual Conference (Los Angeles, December 20-22, 2009).
  • Introductory lecture to a screening of Eran Torbiner”s “Madrid Before Hanita, Palestinian-Jewish volunteers in the International Brigades in Spain”,  Seminar Film Series on Jewish Resistance (Sussex University, 23 November 2009).
  • “The place of Berlin in the transnational networks of Jewish migrant radicals”, paper Transforming Berlin”s Urban Space. East European Jewish Migrants in Charlottengrad and the Scheunenviertel, 1918-1939 (Berlin, Jüdisches Museum, October 17th-19th 2009).
  • “Contemporary European Jewish history on the internet”, paper Contemporary history in the digital age (Luxemburg - 15/16 October 2009).
  • “Migration and the transformation of Jewish political behaviour - East European Jewish communists in Western Europe in the interbellum”, paper GRACEH 2009: “Migration and Movement in European History” (European University Institute, Florence, 28-30 April 2009).
  •  “Heroes for whose cause? Jewish volunteers and the Spanish Civil War in the Parisian Yiddish Press 1936-1939”, lecture Research Seminar L”Histoire Comparée et les Migrations Contemporaines (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, 28 April 2009).
  •  “Jews in the communist movement: Understanding a controversial encounter”, lecture Modern History Seminar (University of Edinburgh, 11 March 2009)
  • “Jewish Participation in the Spanish Civil War”, lecture Yiddish Graduate Seminar (University College London, 11 February 2009).
  •  “Between propaganda and emancipation: Jewish volunteers in the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War”, paper UCLA-Utrecht Symposium on Jewish Politics and Political Behavior (Utrecht University, 1 December 2008).