Hieronder vindt u een overzicht van publicaties die (mede) tot stand zijn gekomen door medewerkers van het Meertens Instituut.

  • Ellert en Brammert: een reuzenclaim van een 'Drents' roversverhaal

    Image Ruben A. Koman , projectleider van het DOC Volksverhaal , tekende in 2006-2007 het volksverhaal van Ellert en Brammert op in Drenthe en Groningen, en plaatst de sage van het tweetal in zijn historische en hedendaagse context.


  • 101 Bedevaartplaatsen in Nederland

    Image101 bedevaartplaatsen in Nederland biedt een staalkaart van de oude en rijke bedevaartcultuur die ons land kent, met de 101 mooiste, belangrijkste en meest excentrieke pelgrimoorden van Nederland.


  • The Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Visual Evolution of a Devotion.

    From its origins in the mid-seventeenth century visions of the French nun Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647–90) to its continuing employment in worship today, the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has been controversial. Vigorously promoted by Jesuit spiritual directors, embroiled in the controversies of Jansenist writers, closely associated with Royalist political causes in France, and taken around the world by Sister Sophie Barat in the nineteenth century, the Devotion’s practices took on the shape of its evolving visual culture and iconography. This volume traces the unfolding visual biography of the sacred heart and shows how imagery documents the Devotion’s remarkable evolution.


  • The Emotional Life of Contemporary Public Memorials

    From the commemoration of September 11 to the Holocaust memorial in Berlin to the 2004 unveiling of the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C., recent decades have witnessed a substantial increase in the number of new public memorials built in both Europe and the United States. This volume considers the contemporary explosion of public commemoration in terms of changed cultural and social practices of mourning, memory, and public feeling. Positing memorials as the physical and visual embodiment of our affective responses to loss, Erika Doss focuses especially on the memorial ephemera of flowers, candles, balloons, and cards placed at sites of tragic death in order to better comprehend how grief is mediated in contemporary commemorative cultures.


  • The Flying Dutchman and other Folktales from the Netherlands

    Here is a broad sampling of traditional and contemporary Dutch tales that will entertain and inform readers and listeners of all ages. From animal tales and tales of magic to religious and realistic stories, and contemporary urban legends, you'll find in this collection scores of tales, riddles, puzzles, and jokes to savor and share. Many of the stories are rooted in the traditional rural society of the Netherlands, while others have sprung from the modern, urban, and multi-ethnic society that Holland is today. Background information on the country and the stories, and color photographs and illustrations, along with a detailed bibliography, makes this a well-rounded resource for educators, folklore scholars, and general readers. All levels.


  • Narratives, Roles and Beliefs in the New Age Era

    This issue of Fabula is filled with six papers presented at a Meertens Institute symposium in Amsterdam, on February 25, 2005. The subject of the conference and the title of this theme issue are alike: Narratives, Roles and Beliefs in the New Age Era: Homo narrans ­ Homo ludens ­ Homo religiosus. The focal point lays on contemporary narrative culture and modern folk narrative that ­ in one way or another ­ can be connected to `New Age' spirituality. 


  • Wonderbaarlijk Dordrecht

    ImageIn de reeks ‘Verhalen van Dordrecht’ neemt Ruben A. Koman u mee door de wereld van wonderbaarlijke, middeleeuwse mirakelverhalen van en over Dordtenaren uit plaatsen als Amersfoort, Delft, Den Bosch en Dordrecht zèlf. Aangevuld met moderne wonderverhalen, die de auteur optekende in de periode 2003-2007, laat het boekje zien dat wonderverhalen van alle tijd zijn en nog steeds verteld worden.


  • Reframing Dutch Culture

    In recent years, Dutch society has undergone radical transformations, due to complex political, social and ethnic developments. This book provides an interdisciplinary analysis of these changes at different levels, also relating them to wider European and global transformation processes. First of all, examining the formations of Dutch identity, it then discusses topical issues such as Turkish immigrants, ethnic tensions, and the transformations in religion, dress and national tradition. It also highlights the contribution of Dutch ethnology to the international debate. Overall, it provides a fascinating and insightful view on modern Dutch society.


    'This absorbing account of contemporary Dutch culture makes an important and original contribution to current debates over cultural heritage and national identity. It should appeal to readers in a variety of countries and disciplines.'

    About the Authors

    Dr Peter Jan Margry, Senior Research Fellow in religious Culture at the Department of Dutch Ethnology of the Meertens Institute, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Netherlands and Dr Herman Roodenburg, Head of Department of Dutch Ethnology at the Meertens Institute, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Netherlands and Professor of Cultural History at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium


  • Towards a Social History of Early Modern Dutch

    From the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, patterns of living and communication in the Netherlands transformed dramatically due to developments such as the rise of cities and the invention of the printing press. Now, cultural historian Peter Burke demonstrates the key role these changes played in the growth of early modern Dutch.

    Burke casts a wide net in order to reveal the factors that led to alterations in the Dutch language, exploring, for example, the ever-changing relationship between the vernacular and Latin, the incorporation of words from other languages, and the birth of a movement toward standardization. Placing these trends in a pan-European context, Burke’s analysis of the evolution of Dutch will prove to be illuminating reading for cultural historians in a variety of fields. 


  • Stinkend Juffertje en Duivelskruid. Volksnamen van planten

    Image Har Brok.

    Stinkend-juffertje en duivelskruid zijn volksnamen voor het afrikaantje en de lisdodde. niet alleen deze, maar vele duizenden van dergelijk namen maken deel uit van de volkstaal en de dialecten in Nederland en Nederlandstalig België. De regionale verschillen in benamingen zijn groot, zelfs waar het om dezelfde planten gaat.