Frank van Vree will succeed Marjan Schwegman as the director of NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. NIOD is one of the research institutes of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Van Vree is currently the Dean of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. He will take up his post on 1 September 2016. Because Schwegman will step down on 1 February, Wichert ten Have, former Head of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at NIOD, will serve as interim director.
Frank van Vree (born in 1954) studied modern history and philosophy at the University of Groningen and obtained his PhD from Leiden University with his research on public opinion formation in the Netherlands between 1930 and 1939. He has worked at the University of Amsterdam since 1989, first as university lecturer/senior university lecturer in Cultural History and Media Studies, and since 2001 as professor of Media Studies specialising in Journalism. He has also been professor of Media History by special appointment at Erasmus University in Rotterdam (1998-2001) and a visiting scholar at New York University (2010-2011). Van Vree spent many years writing for Dutch national newspaper de Volkskrant and the independent Dutch weekly De Groene Amsterdammer. Since 2008, he has co-headed the research programme Dynamics of Memory. WWII Heritage & Memory in the Netherlands in an International Context. Among his publications are In the shadow of Auschwitz. The Netherlands and the Memory of World War II (1995) and Performing the Past. Memory, History, and Identity in Modern Europe (2010). Since 1 January 2012, Van Vree has been Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. His five-year term would have ended in December 2016. His research background and administrative experience make Frank van Vree an excellent candidate for this high-profile position.
About Marjan Schwegman
Marjan Schwegman (born in 1951) was appointed Director of NIOD in 2007. She has taken an innovative approach to studying heroism and the Dutch Resistance in the Second World War and encouraged the development of international, interdisciplinary lines of research such as Transitional Justice. During her time as director, NIOD merged with the Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and was made responsible for the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI), a programme set up in 2010 and extended in 2015 as a European Union Horizon 2020 project. In 2009 and 2010, Schwegman was the Deputy Chair of the Davids Committee, which conducted an enquiry into the Dutch involvement in the 2003 Iraq war. She is leaving NIOD because she has reached retirement age.
About NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies
NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies was founded on 8 May 1945. Its main task was to collect material about the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies during the Second World War. Today, NIOD’s field of enquiry covers the history of 20th and 21st-century world wars and genocides in their contemporary and historical context, including their long-term effects on society. Society is deeply interested in war-related issues, which require independent scholarly research. NIOD carries out and encourages such research and makes its collections available to anyone with an interest in them. The Institute cooperates with select research institutions and collections in the Netherlands and abroad. Its comparative, international research on war, persecution, and mass violence produces new insights for scholarship and society. NIOD also has a public role in supporting and organising debates and other activities focusing on war and its underlying processes.
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