Re-Anchoring Working Papers

On this page we will be posting, as they become available, the working papers of the workshop Re-Anchoring After the Crisis: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on War, Memory, and Innovation, which took place on December 4, 2015 at the University of Groningen.

The researchers of the After the Crisis-group are dedicated to open access publishing, and we are happy to share these documents here. Please note, however, that these papers and presentations are works in progress. We ask that you do not refer to, cite, copy from, excerpt, or disseminate these texts without the explicit consent from the author. Contact the organizers, Inger Kuin at n.i.kuin – at- or Jacqueline Klooster at j.j.h.klooster – at –, and they can put you in touch with the author.

The papers appear in the order in which they were presented. If the title is not hyperlinked, this means that the paper in question is not yet available. Please check back again later.



Jacqueline Klooster (RUG, Classics) & Inger Kuin (RUG, Ancient History): “Introduction” 

Session 1: Uncertainty, Anchoring, and Innovation in Politics

Inger Kuin (RUG, Ancient History): “Change and innovation in ancient politics”

Jacqueline Klooster (RUG, Classics): “Ancient Political Autobiography and Civil War: Anchoring Fortuna in the commentarii of Sulla, Cicero and Caesar”

Luis Lobo-Guerrero (RUG, IRIO): “Thinking about the politics of uncertainty”

Session 2: Trauma and Memory in History

Raf Praet (RUG, Ancient History): “Anchoring traumas of the present in the distant past. The use of prophesies in John of Lydia and John Malalas”

Alexandra Eckert (Oldenburg, Ancient History): “Trauma as a Social Experience: Remembering Sulla’s Atrocities”

Benjamin Herborth (RUG, IRIO): “Inventing Pasts that Shape Us: Notes on the Politics of Historical Memory”

Session 3: War, Justice, and Reconciliation

David van der Linden (RUG, Early Modern History): “Historicizing Transitional Justice: An Early Modern Perspective on Postwar Reconciliation”

Claartje Wesselink (UvA, Modern History): “ ‘Liberated’ art for a liberated country. The politicisation of realism and abstraction in the Netherlands after the Second World War”

Panel discussion

Jan Blaauw (RUG, Modern History): “Response”