- Sebastiaan Derks MA
- Head of Department of Digital Data Management
- Specialties: early modern political culture, dynastic politics, symbolic practices, digital resources, data curation
Sebastiaan Derks is Head of the Department of Digital Data Management at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands. In this role, he directs a range of projects that focus on providing online resources and tools for humanities scholars.
He studied Early Modern History at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. His research interests lie in the political culture of sixteenth-century Europe, particularly the dynastic power structures in northern Italy. He has held fellowships at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome and at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently writing a dissertation on the sovereignty and dynasticism of the Farnese dukes of Parma and Piacenza in the sixteenth century.
- Member Project Board of Bibliography of British and Irish History at the Royal Historical Society/Institute of Historical Research
- Member Editorial Board of Virtus. Journal of Nobility Studies
- Dries Raeymaekers and Sebastiaan Derks, ed. The Key to Power? The Culture of Access in Princely Courts, 1400-1750. Leiden: Brill, 2016.
- “The Fruits of War: The Representation of Alessandro Farnese in Paolo Rinaldi’s Liber Relationum.” In Dynastic Identity in Early Modern Europe: Rulers, Aristocrats and the Formation of Identities. ed. Liesbeth Geevers and Mirella Marini, 153-178. Farnham UK; Burlington, VT USA : Ashgate, 2015.
- “Reconstrucciones de una reconquista. Léon Van der Essen y el ejército español en los Países Bajos.” In Léon van der Essen, El ejército español en Flandes 1567-1584, ed. Gustaaf Janssens, 27-44. Cuacos de Yuste: Fundación Academia Europea de Yuste, 2008.
Grants and Fellowships:
- Ahmanson Research Fellowship, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2014
- Conference grant, ESF Research Networking Programme Palatium, 2012
- Research Fellow, The Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, 1996, 2005, 2006 & 2008