16 October 2013

Prof.dr. Kees Ribbens will deliver his inaugural address Strijdtonelen as endowed professor of Popular Historical Culture and War, at the Center for Historical Culture, Erasmus University Rotterdam, on October 25. Previous to his address the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies and the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication organize the symposium The appeal of tragedy. Popularizing war and dark issues, 25 years after Loe de Jong.

Loe de Jong presents the 26 parts of Het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden

Loe de Jong published the epilogue of his famous magnum opus Het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden in de Tweede Wereldoorlog (The Kingdom of the Netherlands in World War II) 25 years ago. He completed with this publication one of his two biggest projects as a public historian. Not long before he accepted his chair as a professor in Rotterdam in 1967, he presented his documentary series De bezetting (The occupation) between 1960 and 1965. These two different presentations had big influences on the collective memory of the Second World War in the Netherlands.

The symposium The appeal of tragedy examines how the popular approach of the Second World War and related 'dark issues' has developed from Loe de Jong to today.  The symposium will include a look at academic history writing, contemporary popular culture, film, tourism and other ways in which war and other dark pages play a role in society.

View the program here.

More information:

  • Place: Forumzaal in the M-building, Erasmus University
  • Time symposium: 13.00-15.30h.
  • Time inaugural address: 16.00h.
  • Language symposium: English
  • Language inaugural address: Dutch

Register here.