Lecture room, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, Los Angeles

Some invited lectures

  • ‘The world we have lost’. In praise of a comprehensive ideal of science and scholarship’. Keynote Teyler’s Museum, Haarlem (April 2017)
  • ‘The Swan Song of the Dutch Enlightenment’, Closing Plenary, The 14th Conference of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam (31 July 2015)
  • ‘The early modern knowledge society in the Low Countries: demise and significance, 10th Van Tilburg Lecture, UCLA (February 26, 2014)
  • ‘The Idea of the University’, Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University, (September 19, 2013)
  • ‘The religious beliefs of Jean Frederic Bernard and Bernard Picart: an early case of respectful agnosticism’, Centre for Early Modern History, University of Minnesota,  Minneapolis (18 October, 2013)
  • ‘De heilrijke vruchten der volksverlichting’. Een nieuwe toekomst voor de geesteswetenschappen’, Keynote Early Dutch Books Online, Leiden (26-05-2011)
  • ‘Journals, the Entrepreneur and the Transformation of the Republic of Letters’. Stanford Humanities Center, USA (February 15, 2011)
  • ‘Tussen publiek en ivoren toren. Over wetenschapsbeelden en wetenschapsvoorlichting sinds de achttiende eeuw’, Dijksterhuislezing, Universiteit Utrecht (20-5-2010)
  • ‘The two Bernards and the Scientific Revolution’, Picart Seminar, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (June 4, 2007)
  • ‘The limits of present-day historiography of republicanism’, Early Modern European History Workshop, School of Historical Studies, Princeton, Institute for Advanced Study (March 15, 2005)
  • ‘Urbanization, Culture and the Enlightenment’, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton (February 28, 2005)
  • The languages of cosmopolitanism and nationalism in the 18th and early 19th centuries: Bernard Picart’s, Céremonies et Coutumes Religieuses de Tous les Peuples du Monde, NIAS Wassenaar, Symposium: At the Interface of Religion and Cosmopolitanism (December 18, 2004)
  • ‘De zinloosheid van een nationale canon’. Presentatie van: Arie Wilschut, Dick van Straaten en Marcel van Riessen, Handboek voor de vakdocent. Amsterdam, Instituut voor Geschiedenisdidactiek (December 10, 2004)
  • ‘Urban decline, the language of virtue and the reinvention of Dutch Republicanism (1750-1800)’, University of Zurich, Switzerland, Pestalozzianum Research Institute for the History of Education (November 19, 2004)
  • ‘The Myopia of Post-National Historiography and the Dutch Case of Modernization’, 2004 Annual Meeting NEASECS, University of Vermont, Burlington (November 6, 2004)
  • ‘Varieties of Republican Practice’, German Studies Association, 28th Annual Conference, Washington D.C (October 8, 2004)
  • ‘Franco Venturi’s Dutch Republic and the crisis of the historiography of republicanism’, Il Repubblicanesimo Moderno. L’ idea di repubblica nella riflessione storica di Franco Venturi, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, Naples (September 18, 2004)
  • ‘The Declaration of Independence and the Dutch Legacy, The 11th Conference of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of California at Los Angeles ( August 6, 2003)
  • ‘From Private to Public: bookseller records and the changing perspectives on the library 1770-1850’, Seminar Bibliothek als Archiv. Bibliotheken, Kultur- und Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Göttingen (March 16, 2003)
  • ‘Urbanization and Enlightenment: the Dutch case’. Cuny, New York, NEASECS conference Enlightenment and Modernity ( October 19, 2002)
  • ‘Dutch Perceptions of World War II: the struggle with an unredeemable past’, UCLA/Los Angeles, Dutch War Film Festival (September 28, 2002)
  • ‘Ideals in conflict: the 19th century History of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences’. UCLA/Los Angeles, History of Science Colloquium (February 11, 2002)
  • ‘The search for sacred art: a Dutch perspective’. New York University, Van Gogh en Gauguin Symposium (November 2, 2001)
  • ‘Some notions on Dutch Modernity’. Petersburg, European Intellectual History Conference, Russian Academy of Science (June 6, 2001)
  • ‘The Early Dutch Enlightenment in Historiography’. Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, International Conference the Early Dutch Enlightenment 1650-1750 in its European Context (March 22, 2001)
  • ‘The modernity of the Dutch Republic’. UCLA, First Utrecht-UCLA Lecture, (February 20, 2001)
  • ‘Dutch civic culture and the Dutch Enlightenment, Tenth International Congress on the Enlightenment, University College Dublin (July, 28 1999)
  • ‘The construction of silence. Religious and Political Radicali­sm in Dutch History’, Conference Materialist Philosophy, Religious Heresy and Political Radicalism 1650-1800, Clark Library (April 20,1999)
  • ‘Cultural Elites and the invention of modern conceptions of citizenship’, Conference Eliten um 1800, Mainz, Institut für Europaïsche Geschichte (March 8, 1999)
  • ‘The disappearance of the Enlightenment concept from Dutch historical consciousness’, Concepts and Symbols in the 18th century, University of Turin (November 14, 1998)
  • ‘The Batavian citizen’, ECSSS conference Scotland, the Netherlands and the Atlantic World, University of Utrecht (July 6, 1998)
  • ‘Batavian Citizens’, Colloque les Citoyens d’Europe, Montpellier (January 30, 1998)
  • ‘Was there a Dutch Enlightenment?’, First Swedish-Dutch Seminar on the Enlightenment, Leufsta, Sweden (September 17, 1997)
  • ‘The Short Title Catalogue Netherlands as an Instrumentum Studi­orum’, Colloque Instrumenta Studiorum, ISECS, Athens, Greece (October 4, 1996)
  • ‘The moral revolution of the Batavian reformers, Colloque de Ma­trafüred Education in the Eighteenth Century, Budapest, Hungarian Academy of Science (September 22, 1996)
  • ‘The Dutch Enlightenment’, Colloquium ‘Il Mondo dell’Illuminis­mo’, Università da’Foscari di Venezia, Venice (May 24, 1996)
  • ‘Reading in the Dutch Republic, 1770-1850’, 9th International Congress on the Enlightenment, University of Münster (July 28, 1995)
  • ‘The Invention of a Dutch national identity’, The Third Annual ABN-AMRO BANK Lecture on Dutch Histo­ry, Patricks’s College, Maynooth, Ireland (April 28, 1995)
  • ‘Les sciences en tant qu’affaires d’état’, Colloque Échanges et contacts franco-bataves á l’époque révolutionnaire, Institut Néerlan­dais, Paris (February 22, 1995)
  • ‘The present position of Dutch Eighteenth Century Studies, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici’, Naples (October, 7, 1994)
  • ‘The Dutch Enlightenment: a social historian’s perspective’, European Science Foundation, Conference Concepts and Symbols of the Enlightenment, Strasburg, (September 13, 1994)
  • ‘Politics and pornography in the 17th- and 18th-century Dutch Repu­blic’, Conference The Invention of Pornography: From Aretino to the French Revolution, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelp­hia (October 5, 1991)
  • ‘Die Etablierung eines gebildeten Publikums und sein Bündnis mit dem kulturellen und politischen Bewegungen in den Nieder­landen zur zeit der Französischen Revolution’, Internatio­naler Congress Europäischer Sozietätsbewegung und demokratische Tradition, Pa­ris (November 16, 1989)
  • ‘Dutch Culture in the Age of William and Mary: international or provincial’, Conference the World of William and Mary, the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg (February 10, 1989)
  • ‘Les formes de la sociabilité culturelle institutionalisée aux Pays-Bas, 1750-1800’, Colloque `les patriotes français et bata­ves: la sociabilité politique en France et aux Pays Bas, Institut Neérlandais, Paris (October 16, 1987)
  • ‘Two Cultures: The Problem of Dutch Decline and the International Culture of the Enlighten­ment’, Boston University, Boston (March 18, 1987)
  • ‘The Dutch Enlightenment: Humanism, Nationalism, and Decline’, Symposium Decline, Enlightenment, and Revolution: the Dutch Repu­blic in the Eighteenth Century, Folger Shakespeare Library,Was­hington (March 14, 1987)’
  • ‘Sociability in Walcheren l750-l8l5’, Colloquium European Freemasonry, Free University Brussels (November 12, 1983)