Research School for Economic and Social History


1 - 5 July 2024
Utrecht University (exact location tba)

Summer Course ‘Crises and History’ (Utrecht, 1-5 July 2024)

This summer, the N.W. Posthumus Institute offers a 5-day Summer School on the topic of ‘Crises and History’. Crises are not a new phenomenon: past societies also faced them. How these societies coped with crises, or why they failed to do so, is a topic that increasingly draws attention from historians. During this one-week summer school students acquire the knowledge and skills to develop their own research ideas on this theme and select and use the methods and sources to carry out the research. The Summer School approaches crises as multi-faceted processes that important social and economic aspects (such as the unequal impact on employment or wealth or the phenomenon of scapegoating specific social groups), but also political elements (consider the relation between crises and political stability or regime type) and cultural aspects (for example the role of religion in the handling of crises or the way in which they are remembered).

The Summer School familiarises students with recent research into some important historical crisis types with present-day parallels, such as epidemics and economic crises. They gain insight in the central academic debates related to the social, economic, political and cultural causes and consequences of these crises and in the factors determining the vulnerability and resilience of the societies that were confronted with them. Students discover the main methods and source types employed for an analysis of crises and acquire the skills to use them in their research.

Participation is free of charge; successful participation is valued at 2-3 EC. For full details, check out the course info on our website via the button below. Deadline for registration passed on 1 June 2024.