The NIAS Seminar series is a sequence of lectures organised each academic year by the Rector of the Institute.
These seminars are meant to appeal to interested parties from a wide range of backgrounds. It is hoped that the series will encourage closer contact within the Dutch academic world. The lectures are followed by an open discussion.
On Thursday 4 November 2010 at 10.30 , the Theme Group Inventing Europe. A Transnational History of European Integration will hold a seminar in NIAS's Lecture Room. Valentijn Byvanck, Director of the National History Museum in Arnhem, will speak about the role that the museum plays in recreating a shared past of the Netherlands in order to help foster a sense of community that can address a series of social problems. This seminar will focus on connecting various publics, professional historians and the general academic community on the topic of national history. It will argue that the Museum needs to structure grand narratives in such a way that it enables personal perspectives and encourages inclusiveness.