An archival VOC mindset? Archival problems within an early-modern Dutch-Asian context

An archival VOC mindset? Archival problems within an early-modern Dutch-Asian context

Admission demands

This program is a component regarding the (Res)MA History Programme. It isn’t accessible for BA pupils.


This Research Seminar is targeted on the archives for the VOC or Dutch East India business. It partly functions as a practical, more counterpart that is specific of Literature Seminar. It handles a number of the general archival problems talked about here, but details them into the context of the seventeenth- and 18th-century Dutch-Asian commercial enterprise. As the VOC records formally comprised company management, in training in addition they functioned as a huge repository of valuable and information that is secret a number of occasions in early-modern Asia.

The different staying VOC archives are comprised of numerous numerous kinds and even “genres” of documents, including maps. Further, they partly overlap with materials that fall away from 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, consist and organised in various means, and information that is present various perspecitives.

This seminar considers and compares all of these sources from both an archival and a point that is historiographical of. Moreover it searches for similarities and differences when considering, from the one hand, the VOC archives and, having said that, archives of contemporaneous Dutch institutions as well as other European trading that is overseas. Pupils who cannot browse (old) Dutch may make use of such other European documents, for instance those associated with the English East Asia business.

The pupil has obtained:

  • 1 The capacity to individually determine and choose literary works, making use of conventional and techniques that are modern
  • 2 The power to individually determine and choose sources, utilizing conventional and modern strategies;
  • 3 The power to analyse and assess a corpus of sources by having a view to addressing a certain 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 separately formulate an obvious and research that is well-argued, taking into consideration the theory and way of the industry also to reduce this concern to accessible and workable sub-questions;
  • 6 the capability to separately put up and perform an initial research project that could make a share to existing scholarly debates;
  • 7 the capacity to provide a well-founded and clear dental and written report on research outcomes in proper English, whenever required, or Dutch, fulfilling the requirements associated with control;
  • 8 the capability to take part in present debates within the specialisation;
  • 9 the capacity to offer constructive feedback to and formulate criticism of this work of other people and also the capability to measure the value of such critique and feedback on one’s very own work and combine it;
  • 10 (ResMA just): The power to be involved in a conversation for the theoretical fundamentals for the control.

Learning goals, with respect to the specialisation

  • 11 Thorough knowledge and comprehension of just one for the specialisations or subspecialisations in addition to regarding the historiography regarding the specialisation, concentrating specially regarding the after; within the specialisation Archival Studies: archiving in a colonial context; understanding of the value of archiving procedures for the manner in which a culture addresses its documents heritage generally speaking and its particular historic practice in specific; disclosure, including electronic disclosure, of archives included in the wider heritage sector.
  • 12 Thorough knowledge and comprehension associated with the theoretical, conceptual and methodological facets of the specialisation or subspecialisation at issue, by having a focus that is particular the annotated following: within the specialisation Archival Studies: theoretical fundamentals of archivistics; evaluation and choice of archives.

Learning goals, with respect to this Research Seminar

  • 13 Thorough knowledge of the organization associated with the VOC archives and just how it even compares to the organization of closely associated materials (personal documents, missionary records, etc.), to archives of contemporaneous Dutch organizations and also to documents of other European trading that is overseas.
  • 14 Thorough knowledge of how these different principles that are organisational pertaining to the goals and audiences of the materials while the kind and tone of information they have.
  • 15 the capacity to analyse and compare archives produced in a early-modern context that is dutch-non-Western.
  • 16 (ResMA only): the capability to put up and execute research that is original raises brand brand new concerns, pioneers brand brand new apporaches and/or points to brand brand new guidelines for future research.