Re-Anchoring After the Crisis: Updated Program

We are greatly looking forward to the first workshop organised by the After the Crisis Research Initiative, to take place tomorrow. An updated program of the workshop, titled ‘Re-Anchoring After the Crisis: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on War, Memory, and Innovation’ can be accessed here. You can still register for the workshop by leaving a comment on this post or by sending an email to n.i.kuin -at- or j.j.h.klooster -at- If you cannot make it tomorrow, please keep on eye on the Publications-page of this website, where working papers of the presentations will be posted soon.



Pitching After the Crisis

We are happy to announce that on Monday November 23 After the Crisis-researcher Jacqueline Klooster will present our project during a faculty research meeting of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. In a 7-minute pitch Jacqueline will explain both her own ‘After the Civil Wars’ research project and the ‘After the Wars’ research project. During the event a total of nine pitches will be given by researchers from different disciplines within the Faculty of Arts. The aim of the event is to promote interdisciplinary collaboration. We look forward to meeting colleagues from other disciplines, hearing about their research, and exploring opportunities for working together.

A full program, abstracts of the pitches, and registration information can be found here (the link will take you to a PDF).




Barbara Borg To Give Impact of Empire Lecture

We are very happy to announce that on April 1, 2016 Barbara Borg (Exeter) will be delivering the Impact of Empire lecture in Groningen. She has published widely on inter alia portraiture, funerary art, and epigraphy. In 2013 her book Crisis and Ambition: Tombs and Burial Customs in Third-Century CE Rome was published by Oxford University Press.


The Impact of Empire lecture takes place in the context of the annual Impact of Empire Work-in-Progress-Day, which is hosted by the Ancient History Department at Groningen University this year. More information about this event can be found here.

Digital Humanities Day 2015

Raf Praet will be speaking at the Digital Humanities Day on October 30th. He will give one of the pitches together with Johannes Bjerva, presenting the Cassiodigitalis project about Cassiodorus and computational linguistics.

The Digital Humanities Day 2015 will take place in the Heymanszaal in the Academy building. The pitches will be given from 12:00h-13:00h. More information and a full program can be found here.

Poster DHD 2015

After the Crisis Researchers in Ukrant, Trouw

Two of our researchers were featured in the media this week!

Raf Praet was interviewed by Ukrant about his exciting Cassiodigitalis project, which applies text mining to Cassiodorus. He even managed to mention our upcoming Digital Antiquities in Groningen meeting. You can read the full story here.

Inger Kuin wrote an op-ed about the value of teaching Ancient History and Classics in the university – even to students majoring in Medicine. The piece also mentions the Oikos’ Anchoring Innovation research group. Read it here through Blendle.

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Study Meeting Digital Antiquities in Groningen

Want to know more about digital humanities and what this burgeoning field means for the study of the ancient world? Please join us for the inaugural study meeting of Digital Antiquities in Groningen (DAG).

The meeting will be hosted by Raf Praet, who, together with Johannes Bjerva, will tell us something about their project Cassiodigitalis. Other researchers who want to do so will also be invited to succinctly present their research interests and their ideas for digital approaches. The session will close with a general discussion on the further organization of regular meetings.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday October 13, at 2pm. The location will be room 1312.0007 of the Faculty of Arts (Harmonie Building) in Groningen.

All welcome!


The Oath of Forgetfulness

We have just published our first publication on this website. This summer Onno van Nijf published an article in Geschiedenis Magazine about post-war forgiveness, memory, and forgetting in antiquity, drawing in particular on examples from ancient Athens. The (Dutch) article is titled “The oath of forgetfulness” (the link will take you to the PDF) or you can also read it here.



6th century BCE Attic vase showing two warriors in combat, in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum. Read more here

Re-Anchoring After the Crisis: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on War and Memory

We are happy to announce that we are organising a one day workshop titled “Re-Anchoring After the Crisis: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on War and Memory.” The workshop will take place on Friday, December 4 at Groningen University. Participants will include researchers from the departments of History, Classics, Religious Studies, and International Relations at Groningen University.

With this workshop we aim to facilitate an exchange of ideas and methodological best practices around the core theme war and memory. Gathering an interdisciplinary group of researchers will allow us to share our experiences with certain concepts and methodological tools in thinking about crises and their aftermath.

Watch this website for further details!


Aerial photograph of Maya Lin’s Memorial Wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.