dr. (Tina) JC van der Vlies


Tina van der Vlies is Assistant Professor History, Heritage & Education at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication. Her current research 'Why school history matters: public discourses on the purposes of history education, 1920-2020' is funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO Rubicon). For this project she is affiliated with the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge (UK). 

With the help of history, we can see societal challenges from new angles and in a new light. That is why Van der Vlies started to study history at the Erasmus University Rotterdam after her gymnasium graduation. She finished the master History of Society cum laude and with an extra honors trajectory. Afterwards, she went to ICLON at Leiden University and did a master’s in education (also cum laude). During her studies, she taught history in high school and gave tours in the Dutch National Museum of Education. 

For her PhD trajectory Van der Vlies went back to Rotterdam. The Dutch Organization for Scientific Research funded her PhD research on the perpetuation of national narratives in English and Dutch history textbooks, 1920 – 2010. She wrote about the less visible ways of national narratives’ perpetuation by pointing out how narrated histories in textbooks overlapped and interfused. Her dissertation *Echoing Events* shows how textbook authors narrated different histories as ‘echoing events’ by interpreting them in the same way and by using the same combinations of historical analogies. They gave meaning to history with these recurring connections. Her research revealed widespread schemata and frames of references in the narration of national history.

In this way she shed new light on debates about the canonization of national narratives and complemented James Wertsch' theory on narrative templates. Since the research provided a better understanding of the potential mobilizing power of national narratives in societies, it has been awarded with several prizes along the way. 

Van der Vlies presented her research at various international conferences and summer schools. For a longer research stay, she went to the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig, the University of Cambridge (Faculty of Education), the Institute of Education in London and the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories in Brighton. She also aims to integrate her research findings in her lectures and tutorials. 

Email: vandervlies@eshcc.eur.nl / tv302@cam.ac.uk

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

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


  • Tina van der Vlies (2023) - The perpetuation of cultural memories in the widespread genre of history textbooks
  • Tina van der Vlies (2023) - Knowledge, Power, Politics, and Public Discourses on the Purposes of School History
  • Tina van der Vlies (2023) - Book Launch 'Echoing Events'
  • Tina van der Vlies (2022) - First reaction to PhD candidate from Norway on his 10% seminar: ‘National history in school textbooks in the post-war era’.
  • Tina van der Vlies, Tim Huijgen, Bertjaap van der Ploeg, Koos Sikkema & Laurin Thole (2022) - History beyond borders: how to deal with multiple perspectives in the classroom?
  • Tina van der Vlies, Pieter de Bruijn, Michiel Bugter, Marijke Huisman & Hanneke Tuithof (2022) - Schoolboekenstrijd: gewenste geschiedenis tussen politiek en praktijk
  • Tina van der Vlies (2022) - Dutch History Textbooks and the Indonesian Revolution
  • Tina van der Vlies (2022) - New trends in historical research and education
  • Tina van der Vlies (2021) - 'Timeless memories' in English and Dutch history education
  • Tina van der Vlies (2021) - Uitdagingen voor de hedendaagse historische cultuur

  • Tina van der Vlies (2022) - Georg Eckert Research Award (€5.000,-)
  • Tina van der Vlies (2021) - EUR Research Prize
  • Tina van der Vlies (2021) - NWO Rubicon 'Why school history matters: public discourses on the purposes of history education, 1920 – 2020'
  • Tina van der Vlies (2019) - Maurits de Vroede-Prijs
  • Tina van der Vlies (2016) - KNHG Award
  • Tina van der Vlies (2014) - ISCHE Early Career Conference Paper Award

Nationaal Onderwijsmuseum

Start date approval
november 2022
End date approval
november 2025
Lid van de Wetenschappelijke Adviesraad

History, Memory and National Identity

Year Level
Course Code

NWO Rubicon Research Fellow

Start date approval
februari 2022

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Tina van der Vlies wint de Georg Eckert Research Award

Tina van der Vlies’ eerste boek Echoing Events is op 2 december 2022 bekroond met de Georg Eckert Research Award.
Tina van der Vlies Georg Eckert Research Award

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