Essay: War tourism and commemoration – from selfies to Schindler’s List

Lately, in the context of Remembrance Day here in the Netherlands, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the different ways in which World War II is being remembered today. For us, being occupied by Nazi Germany during the war has become a foundation myth of our identity, and most Dutch novels,  films, and... Continue Reading →

Shutterspeed: Ghent

Having spent this last New Year's Eve peering at dull flashes and occasional showers of sparks desperately trying to penetrate the thick fog in my hometown, Utrecht, I reminisced about spending the same night in the Belgian city of Ghent two years ago. On New Year's Eve, I whiled away the hours before midnight by sitting... Continue Reading →

Histourism: Two days in Antwerp

Last week's visit to the Plantin-Moretus museum in Antwerp was the grand finale to this year's pilgrimage of the history of the book. In the British Museum I saw two of the earliest known forms of writing: hieroglyphics, on the Rosetta Stone, and the cuneiform script, used to write the Gilgamesh epic on a clay cylinder.... Continue Reading →

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