On 1 September 2008 Kees Mandemakers, senior researcher at the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam, will be appointed professor of Large Historical Databases at the Faculty of History and Arts of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The appointment is for a four-year period.
The endowed chair for Large Historical Databases is unique in the Netherlands and covers two related fields. On the one hand, it addresses the methodological and information technology aspects of processing individual historical data. On the other hand, it is dedicated to research on changes in the relationship between individuals and society from the life-cycle perspective. The large historical databases developed at the the International Institute of Social History (IISH) are a gravitational centre for research at the institute and fundamentally enhance opportunities for quantitative historical research.
Kees Mandemakers read history at Utrecht University and philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. From 1989 until October 2000 he taught historical information science and statistics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and at the Free University in Amsterdam. In 1996 he took his PhD in Rotterdam. In 1991 he started the Historical Sample of the population of the Netherlands (HSN) at the IISH, where he has been employed full time since 2000.
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