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

Admission needs

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


This Research Seminar targets the archives associated with the VOC or Dutch East Asia business. It partly functions as a practical, more counterpart that is specific of Literature Seminar. It addresses a number of the basic archival dilemmas talked about here, but details them when you look at the context of the seventeenth- and 18th-century Dutch-Asian enterprise that is commercial. Even though the VOC records formally comprised company management, in training additionally they functioned as a huge repository of valuable and information that is secret a variety of activities in early-modern Asia.

The many staying VOC archives consist of several differing kinds or even «genres» of papers, including maps. Further, they partly overlap with materials that fall outside of the confines among these collections, but are closely linked to them, such as for example personal documents, missionary records, travel reports, as well as works of art. These diverse materials had been produced with various purposes, are comprised and organised in numerous methods, and current information with different perspecitives.

This seminar considers and compares all of these sources from both an archival and a point that is historiographical of. In addition actively seeks similarities and differences when considering, from the one hand, the VOC archives and, having said that, archives of contemporaneous Dutch organizations and of other European international trading organizations. Pupils who cannot(old that is read Dutch may assist such other European records, for instance those for the English East Asia business.

The pupil has obtained:

  • 1 The power to independently determine and choose literary works, utilizing conventional and contemporary methods;
  • 2 The power to individually determine and choose sources, making use of conventional and techniques that are modern
  • 3 The power to analyse and assess a corpus of sources by having a view to handling a certain historic issue;
  • 4 the capacity to analyse and assess literary works with a view to handling a certain problem that is historical
  • 5 the capacity to individually formulate an obvious and research that is well-argued, taking into consideration the concept and way of the industry also to reduce this concern to available and workable sub-questions;
  • 6 the capability to individually put up and execute a initial scientific study that could make a share to existing scholarly debates;
  • 7 the capability to offer a definite and well-founded oral and written report on research outcomes in correct English, whenever needed, or Dutch, fulfilling the requirements associated with the 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 in addition to power to measure the worth of such critique and feedback on one’s very very own work and mix it;
  • 10 (ResMA only): The power to be involved in a discussion of this theoretical foundations associated with control.

Learning goals, related to the specialisation

  • 11 Thorough knowledge and comprehension of 1 for the specialisations or subspecialisations in addition to regarding the historiography of this specialisation, focusing especially in the after; into the specialisation Archival Studies: archiving in a colonial context; understanding of the value of archiving procedures for the method by which a culture relates to its documents heritage generally speaking and its particular historic practice in specific; disclosure, including electronic disclosure, of archives within the wider history sector.
  • 12 Thorough knowledge and comprehension associated with theoretical, conceptual and methodological aspects of the specialisation or subspecialisation under consideration, having a specific give attention to the immediate following: within the specialisation Archival Studies: theoretical fundamentals of archivistics; assessment and collection of archives.

Learning goals, related to this extensive Research Seminar

  • 13 Thorough comprehension of the organization associated with the VOC archives and just how it comes even close to the organization of closely relevant materials (personal documents, missionary records, etc.), to archives of contemporaneous Dutch organizations and also to records of other European overseas trading organizations.
  • 14 Thorough knowledge of exactly exactly how these different organisational maxims are associated with the goals and audiences of these materials in addition to type and tone of data 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 questions, pioneers brand new apporaches and/or points to brand new guidelines for future research.