Gerben Zaagsma

I am a historian with three main research and teaching interests:

modern European Jewish history (including Yiddish Studies)
digital humanities and digital history
public history
As an experienced researcher, lecturer and web developer I currently work as a research fellow at the Lichtenberg Kolleg, the Institute for Advanced Studies of the University of Göttingen, in the project The diaries of Anne Frank. Research—Translations—Critical Edition.

This project is a collaboration between the Lichtenberg Kolleg and the Fritz Bauer Institute in Frankfurt. It involves a new historical-critical edition of the diaries in Dutch, English and German as well as an accompanying multi-author research monograph which will focus on contextualisation, reception and representations of the diaries. My responsibilities include the preparation of the historical and linguistic annotations. At the same time I will contribute a chapter on networks of helpers of Jews in hiding in the Netherlands during World War II for the research monograph.

I hold a Ph.D. in modern history from the European University Institute in Florence. My forthcoming book Jewish volunteers, the International Brigades and the Spanish Civil War will be published with Bloomsbury Academic in 2017.

In addition to my work in Jewish social and political history, I am particularly interested in the methodological implications of using new technologies in historical research and writing. Within this context I guest-edited a special issue of BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review on digital history that was published in december 2013.





Lichtenberg-Kolleg - the Göttingen Institute of Advanced Study, University of Göttingen


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