prof.dr. (Kees) CR Ribbens


Kees Ribbens (1967) is endowed professor of Popular Historical Culture of Global Conflicts and Mass Violence at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Ribbens studied Modern History at the University of Nijmegen. He obtained his PhD at Utrecht University in 2001 after defending his dissertation on popular historical consciousness in the Netherlands, 1945-2000. Ribbens worked as a researcher and lecturer at Utrecht University, Radboud University Nijmegen and Erasmus University Rotterdam. He was also managing editor of the journal Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis. Since 2006 he has been at NIOD, where he works as a senior researcher.

Popular historical culture and public history in the broadest sense of the term are among his key interests. His interest includes both the history of the Second World War and the memories and representations of war and mass violence in the twentieth and twenty-first century. He has published widely, for example Exhibiting the war. The future of World War II Museums in the Netherlands (with Esther Captain, 2011); Oorlog op vijf continenten. Nieuwe Nederlanders & de geschiedenissen van de Tweede Wereldoorlog (War on five continents. New Dutchmen & the histories of World War II) (with Joep Schenk and Martijn Eickhoff, 2008); Nationale identiteit en meervoudig verleden (National identity and plural past) (with Maria Grever, 2007) and Bewogen jaren. Zwolle in de Tweede Wereldoorlog (Stirring years. Zwolle in World War II) (1995).

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

Endowed professor | Department of History
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam

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  • Kees Ribbens (22 December 2004) - De canon van de vaderlandse geschiedenis in de multiculturele samenleving
  • Kees Ribbens (13 September 2004) - Inflatie van herdenkingen?
  • Kees Ribbens (4 May 2004) - De voortlevende herinneringen aan de Tweede Wereldoorlog
  • Kees Ribbens (22 March 2004) - Oldenbarnevelt en de Dorpsstraat. Historische vereniging bloeit door zoektocht naar eigen identiteit
  • Kees Ribbens (6 March 2004) - De geschiedenis, dat ben je zelf
  • Kees Ribbens (12 February 2004) - Springtij
  • Kees Ribbens (5 February 2004) - Kanaalstraat 64

  • Kees Ribbens (2018) - Uiteenlopende verwachtingen? Het kennispeil van jongeren over de Tweede Wereldoorlog
  • Susan Hogervorst & Kees Ribbens (2017) - Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis gedigitaliseerd – een verkenning
  • Maria Grever & Kees Ribbens (2015) - Experiencing War! Sensitive heritage in popular culture
  • A Maaheen, M Lund & Kees Ribbens (2015) - European Comic Art (Journal)
  • Kees Ribbens & E Klijn (2012) - Het Verrijkt Koninkrijk. Het digitale voortbestaan van een standaardwerk over de Tweede Wereldoorlog
  • Kees Ribbens (2006) - Is jubileren a-historisch?
  • Kees Ribbens (2006) - Zwolle in het eerste oorlogsjaar
  • Kees Ribbens (2006) - Historische interesse bij jongeren van verschillende achtergrond
  • Kees Ribbens (2005) - Een vaderlandse canon
  • Kees Ribbens (2004) - Een eigentijdse tv-canon?

  • MCR (Maria) Grever & CR (Kees) Ribbens (2006) - National Identity in Context. A common past in the Netherlands?
  • MCR (Maria) Grever, S (Siep) Stuurman & CR (Kees) Ribbens (2005) - International Conference "Beyond the canon. History for the Twenty-First Century"

Radboud Universiteit

Start date approval
October 2023
End date approval
December 9999

Master Thesis

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History, Memory and National Identity

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Repr. War. in Pop. Hist. Cult.

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BA-2, BA-2
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News regarding prof.dr. (Kees) CR Ribbens

An open letter to the Ministry of Education: make history a final exam subject for all students

Prominent historians are calling on ministers Robbert Dijkgraaf and Dennis Wiersma to strengthen the subject of history in secondary education.
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Comics more and more able to address complex questions around perpetration and complicity

Kees Ribbens and Laurike in 't Veld contributed to a special issue of the Journal of Perpetrator Research on perpetrators in comics and graphic novels.
Cover journal of perpetrator research

Shaping the past: from comic books to Anne Frank as a marketing stunt

Kees Ribbens in the media. What are the consequences of divergent renditions of the past? Who controls collective memory?
Statue of Anne Frank on the Westermarkt

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