An archival VOC mindset? Archival dilemmas in a early-modern Dutch-Asian context
This program is a component regarding the (Res)MA History Programme. It’s not available for BA pupils.
This Research Seminar targets the archives associated with VOC or Dutch East Asia business. It partly functions as a practical, more certain counterpart of this Literature Seminar. It relates to a few of the basic archival problems talked about here, but details them into the context of a seventeenth- and 18th-century Dutch-Asian commercial enterprise. Although the VOC records formally comprised company management, in training they even functioned as a huge repository of valuable and key informative data on a variety of activities in early-modern Asia.
The different remaining VOC archives are comprised of numerous many types if not «genres» of papers, including maps. Further, they partly overlap with materials that fall beyond your confines of those collections, but they are closely regarding them, such as for example personal documents, missionary records, travel reports, as well as pieces of art. These diverse materials had been produced with various purposes, are comprised and organised in various methods, and information that is present various perspecitives.
This seminar considers and compares all of these sources from both an archival and a historiographical perspective. In addition actively seeks similarities and differences when considering, in the one hand, the VOC archives and, having said that, archives of contemporaneous Dutch organizations as well as other European trading that is overseas. Pupils who cannot browse (old) Dutch may make use of such other European documents, as an example those regarding the English East Asia Company.
The pupil has obtained:
- 1 The capability to individually determine and choose literary works, making use of conventional and techniques that are modern
- 2 The capability to individually recognize and choose sources, making use of conventional and contemporary practices;
- 3 The power to analyse and evaluate a corpus of sources with a view to handling a specific problem that is historical
- 4 the capacity to analyse and assess literary works by having a view to handling a specific historic issue;
- 5 the capability to individually formulate a definite and well-argued research concern, taking into consideration the concept and way of the industry also to reduce this concern to available and workable sub-questions;
- 6 the capability to separately put up and execute a initial scientific study that will make a share to existing scholarly debates;
- 7 the capability to offer a well-founded and clear dental and written report on research outcomes in proper English, whenever needed, or Dutch, fulfilling the requirements associated with control;
- 8 the capacity to be involved in present debates within the specialisation;
- 9 the capability to offer constructive feedback to and formulate criticism of this work of other people plus the capacity to measure the value of such critique and feedback on one’s very own work and mix it;
- 10 (ResMA just): The capacity to take part in a conversation for the theoretical fundamentals associated with the control.
Learning goals, regarding the specialisation
- 11 Thorough knowledge and comprehension of just one regarding the specialisations or subspecialisations in addition to associated with the historiography of this specialisation, concentrating specially in the after; in the specialisation Archival Studies: archiving in a colonial context; insight into the value of archiving procedures when it comes to manner in which a culture relates to its paperwork heritage generally speaking and its own historic practice in particular; disclosure, including electronic disclosure, of archives included in the wider history sector.
- 12 Thorough knowledge and comprehension associated with theoretical, conceptual and methodological areas of the specialisation or subspecialisation under consideration, with a focus that is particular the immediate following: when you look at the specialisation Archival Studies: theoretical fundamentals of archivistics; evaluation and choice of archives.
Learning goals, related to this extensive Research Seminar
- 13 Thorough comprehension of the organization for the VOC archives and exactly how it comes even close to the organization of closely relevant materials (personal papers, missionary records, etc.), to archives of contemporaneous Dutch organizations and also to documents of other European international trading organizations.
- 14 Thorough comprehension of exactly exactly exactly how these different principles that are organisational linked to the goals and audiences of these materials while the type and tone of data they have.
- 15 the capacity to analyse and compare archives produced within an early-modern context that is dutch-non-Western.
- 16 (ResMA only): the capacity to put up and execute research that is original raises new questions, pioneers brand brand new apporaches and/or points to brand brand new directions for future research.