Symposium: Institutions, knowledge, global history. Afscheid van Karel Davids als hoogleraar Economische en Sociale Geschiedenis aan de Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam, 26 oktober 2018)

13 september 2018

On 26 October of this year, The VU University Amsterdam is organizing a symposium to commemorate the retirement of Karel Davids as professor of Economic and Social History in the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Economics. He has held this position since 1994. Previously, he was Assistant Professor in Social and Political History at the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam and Research Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences at the University of Leiden. 

Davids’ books in English include A Miracle Mirrored. The Dutch Republic in European Perspective (Cambridge UP, 1995, co-edited with Jan Lucassen), The Rise and Decline of Dutch Technological Leadership. Technology, Economy and Culture in the Netherlands, 1350-1800 (Brill 2008), and Religion, Technology and the Great and Little Divergences: China and Europe compared, c.700-1800 (Brill 2013).


VU University of Amsterdam, Main Building, 3rd Floor, Agora Room 1 (HG-03C01 Agora 1)


Registration to open late September; registration information will be posted here.


Chair: prof. dr Petra van Dam

  • 12.30 – Welcome with coffee and tea
  • 13.15-13.45 – Lecture by prof. Liliane Hilaire-Pérez, Paris: Jews, innovation and economic modernity in the 18th century. Some thoughts based upon the French context 
  • 13.45-14.15 – Lecture by dr. Bert de Munck, Antwerp: The commodification of artisanal knowledge in the early modern period: a pragmatic perspective 
  • 14.15-15.00 – Discussion
  • 15.00-15.30 – Tea and coffee, followed by:

Public Lecture by Karel Davids in the Hall of the VU University, Main Building

15.45 – Prof. dr Karel Davids: Wat is, blijft niet. Global history, kennis en herinnering 

Location: Aula of the Free University, Main Building

Open to all; Followed by a reception at 17.00 hrs.