Gepubliceerd op 25-04-2018

Student assistant CREATE – Theatre History

The Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity and the Department of Media Studies of the Faculty of Humanities are looking for a student assistant in the area of theatre history as part of Creative Amsterdam: An E-Humanities Perspective (CREATE), supervised by prof. Julia Noordegraaf.

CREATE is a research program that uses large-scale digital data and techniques to investigate how cultural industries have shaped Amsterdam’s unique position as a Creative City in a European and global context, from the 17th century until the present day.

Project description

You will contribute to the development of the online database ONSTAGE. ONSTAGE currently contains information on the repertoire and organisation of the Amsterdam public theatre between 1638 and 1925. You will process and curate information from preselected historical sources on repertoire for the period 1925-1940. This data can be used for novel analysis of changes in repertoire in relation to the organisational structure of the theatre, urban government and policy, and the broader local theatrical landscape, using digital tools and methods.

This data project is embedded in the research program European Performing Arts Dataverse (EPAD), one of CREATE’s main themes. EPAD aims to develop an international framework and data model that would allow for harmonisation of various European datasets on performing arts, in order to facilitate research on transnational and cross-sectoral connections and comparisons.

The project is developed and will be supervised by dr Frans Blom (Dutch Language and Literature) and dr Rob van der Zalm (Theatre Studies), in collaboration with programmers and historical database experts.


If you are the Student assistant we are looking for, you have:

  • a BA degree completed before 31 August 2018;
  • demonstrable interest in theatre history;
  • excellent understanding of the Dutch language;
  • proven interest and preferably skills in digital methods and techniques with regard to humanities research;
  • research experience, or a track record of project based work, and the ability to function in a multidisciplinary team.

Further information

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This is a temporary appointment for 3 months (1 September 2018 until 30 November 2018) at the Department of Media Studies of the Faculty of Humanities. The gross monthly salary (on a full-time basis) will range from €1,958 to €2,283 depending on your academic year of study. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

Your application should include:

1. an up-to-date CV;

2. other requested documents in one PDF file (not zipped), consisting of:

  •  a letter of motivation;
  • up to three letters of recommendations;
  • a copy of your diploma.

You may send your application no later than 21 May 2018 using the link on the UVA-webpage.
We will interview shortlisted candidates mid-June, 2018.

Het KNHG is de grootste organisatie van professionele historici in Nederland. Het biedt een platform aan de ruim 1100 leden en aan de historische gemeenschap als geheel. Word lid van het KNHG.
Het Huygens Instituut beoogt de Nederlandse geschiedenis en cultuur inclusiever maken. Het ontsluit historische bronnen en literaire teksten en ontwikkelt innovatieve methoden, tools en duurzame digitale infrastructuur.