Which upcoming historians will we hear a lot from in the future? What are they working on right now? On Tuesday 26 April, Skript Historisch Tijdschrift – in collaboration with Athenaeum Bookshop – presented for the thirteenth time the award for Best History Bachelor Thesis in the Netherlands. Two students of the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) made it to the winner list. ESHCC student Bastiaan Flikweert came in first place. Pieter Zhao came in second place.
On the short-list of three students were two students from ESHCC. Pieter Zhao had written a thesis on the modernisation of Chinese maritime strategy and Bastiaan Flikweert wrote a thesis on South Korean motherhood and international adoptions.
After a lecture and a short presentation of their theses by the students, the jury reports came in. It was of course a highlight when it became known that Bastiaan Flikweert, who had been supervised by dr. Pieter van den Heede while writing his thesis, had won the prize. Pieter Zhao, supervised by prof. Hein Klemann, shared the second prize with Astrid de Bruin.
Since 2009, Skript Historisch Tijdschrift presents a yearly national prize for the best history bachelor thesis in the Netherlands, called the Skriptie prize. Skript is an independent magazine that aims to be a publication stage for talented history students throughout the Netherlands.