De la Court Prize 2020 for Myriam Everard

2 October 2020

This year, Myriam Everard will be receiving the Academy's De la Court Prize for her scholarly oeuvre. Her work focuses on the role of women in Dutch history. The prize, a sum of 7,500 euros and a medal, is intended for research carried out outside established academic institutions.

How does our view of history change when you take women's lives as your starting point? This question is central to Myriam Everard's wide range of historical publications. Her research into sexuality, gender, labour, citizenship and gender relations sheds new light on the history of the ‘modern’ Netherlands from the end of the eighteenth century.

About Myriam Everard

Following her doctoral study: Soul and senses. On love and lust between women in the second half of the eighteenth century (Leiden University), Everard devoted her life to research outside established academic institutions. She has published works on women in the patriottentijd era (a period of political instability in the Dutch Republic between approximately 1780 and 1787) and on the history of the Dutch women's movement, on politically committed soul mates Elizabeth Wolff and Agatha Deken and prominent feminists such as Wilhelmina Drucker and Rosa Manus. She has also written about the rough life of ‘lollepotten’ (old Dutch slang for ‘lesbians’) and the hard life of female migrant workers.

myriam everard foto-sake elzinga de la courtprijs 2020Photograph Sake Elzinga

Award ceremony

The De la Court Prize will be awarded during an online meeting on 16 November 2020 (in Dutch). Interested parties can attend the meeting. You can register here.

About the De la Court Prize

The De la Court Prize is awarded every other year for scholarly research in the arts and social sciences that has been conducted independently and without financial reward. The Academy awards the prize in recognition of individuals who have performed outstanding scholarly work in their own time and with their own funds.