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Netherlands Visiting Professorship

The Netherlands Visiting Professorship (NVP), at the University of Michigan was established  in 1950 on the 100th anniversary of the Dutch settlement in Michigan to further the development of scientific cooperation between U-M and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Over the years, the professorship has recruited 57 scholars from over twelve Dutch universities and institutions of higher learning. This international exchange officially ended in June 2011.

Past Netherlands Visiting Professors



Fall 2010

Madeleine Hosli is a professor of International Relations at the Department of Political Science, Leiden University. She studied political science at the University of Zürich, and received her Ph.D. in Staatswissenschaften (economics, political science, and international law) from University of St. Gallen, Switzerland in 1992. Professor Hosli joined the Department of Political Science at Leiden University in 2003, where she was involved in the establishment and design of the Master of Arts program in International Relations and Diplomacy. She is the author of The Euro: A Concise Introduction to European Monetary Integration (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2005) and editor (with Adrian van Deemen and Mika Widgrén) of Institutional Challenges in the European Union (London/New York: Routledge, 2002). Her articles are mainly in the area of institutions and European integration and have appeared in journals such as International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Common Market Studies and the European Journal of Public Policy.  While at the University of Michigan, Professor Hosli will be a visitor in the Department of Political Science. She will teach one course, POLSCI 489.001 Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science: European Governance and Democracy; and will give a lecture in the “Conversations on Europe” series titled “The Importance of Actor Cleavages in Negotiating a European Constitution,” on October 7th, 2010.





Winter 2010

Linda Senden received her undergraduate degree from the Université d’Aix-Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, France; and her LL.B., LL.M., and Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam. Since 2004 she has been professor and chair in European Union Law at the European and International Public Law Department, Tilburg University. From 1993 to 1997 she was an assistant coordinator of the network of national experts on the implementation of the European Commission's sex equality directives. She has been a visiting research fellow at the Europa Institute, University of Edinburgh, Scotland; National University of Singapore; University of Connecticut; Koç University, Turkey; University of Rijeka, Croatia; and University of Vilnius, Lithuania. She has participated in many international research projects, including the European Association of Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions, and has served as an expert for the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Committee for Securities Regulators. Currently, she supervises four Ph.D. projects and is a member of various editorial boards, including the Dutch Journal for European Law (Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Europees recht).

Professor Senden's research interest is European institutional law and issues of governance, focusing on: regulation and judicial construction in the EU; the role and characteristics of different actors, processes, and instruments involved; impact on (democratic) foundations of the European legal system; and effect on national legal orders. In the summer of 2009, with the European University Institute in Florence and the University College Dublin, she started a new international research project studying the constitutional foundations and governance design of private transnational regulation. She is also developing research interests in the development and functioning of regional cooperation and integration processes.

While in residence at U-M Law School, Professor Senden taught the course "European Legal Order," an introduction to the institutional and legal architecture of the European Union, and a seminar on EU governance. She delivered a lecture titled "Enhancing Democracy in the EU: Merits and Deficiencies of the Union's Multi-Track Approach," as part of the "Conversations on Europe" series.

Conversations on Europe. "Enhancing Democracy in the EU: Merits and Deficiencies of the Union's Multi Track Approach." Linda Senden, Netherlands Visiting Professor of Law, U-M; and professor of Law, Tilburg University. Thu, Feb 18, 2010. (video)

Fall 2009

Henco Bekkering is a professor and chair of Urban Compositions at the Delft University of Technology. He specializes in city form and morphology, the relation between architecture and urban design (in large urban projects), multiple use of space, exterior and interior public space, the integration of infrastructure in cities, pedestrian use of city centers,  and the meaning of tradition. He is especially interested in comparative research as to the different systems of urban public transportation in the metropolises of the world and their effects on the organization and development of cities with their newly developing (sub)centers; the striking differences between the urban history and the present (or recent) situation in Detroit and Chicago, as well as the renovation and revitalization of declining housing areas, with an emphasis on - the meaning of - public space. While in residence at the University of Michigan Professor Bekkering taught one course at the Taubman College for Architecture and Urban Planning, Urban Planning 519: Theories of Urban Design, with Assistant Professor Larissa Larsen. This class is critically evaluated the concepts, theories, and practices that underlie urban design. He gave a lecture in the "Conversations on Europe" series titled, “Urbanism around the Turn of the Twenty First Century: Paradigm Changes,” and participated on the panel discussion on the European urbanism with U-M's associate professors Scott Campbell and Lydia Soo.

CES-EUC End-of-Semester Luncheon. "Rethinking European Urbanism for the 21st Century." Henco Bekkering, professor, TU Delft and the Netherlands Visiting Professor; Scott Campbell, associate professor and Lydia Soo, associate professor, U-M's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. (video)


While in residence at the at U-M, Professor Jos de Mul taught one course, "Cyberspace Odyssey: The Arts  in the Age of Information Technology"  at the Department of History of Art, and gave three lectures: "Echoes of a last God. Beyond the End(s) of Art," at the Department of Art History; "Europe: The Tragic Continent," part of  the Conversations on Europe lecture series; and "The Rebirth of Tragedy out of the Spirit of Technology,"  at the Department of Philosophy, Marquette University, Milwaukee (WI).


Bernard Arps is professor of Javanese linguistics and literature at the University of Leiden, specializing in the fields of Javanese and Indonesian anthropological and linguistic discourse. In the field of religious studies, he studies the creation of contexts, recitation and exegesis, and the ironies of missionary activity (Islamic, Christian, and Javanese). While in residence at the University of Michigan Professor Arps taught two courses in the U-M's Department of Asian Languages and Cultures: Asian Studies 480: Stories across Faiths. Transreligious Translation, Adaptation, and Interpretation of Narrative , followed by Asian Studies 480: Missionary Media and Promotional Performance. The Propagation of Faiths in Contemporary Southeast Asia. He gave two lectures. One for the U-M's Center for Southeast Asian Studies; and one as part of the "Conversations on Europe" series.


Fall 2005

C.F.G. Lorenz is professor of history at the Free University in Amsterdam, specializing in the fields of historical theory, history of 19th and 20th century European historiography, comparative historiography and relationship of history and social sciences. During his residency at U-M, Lorenz continued his research in European historiography, especially on his project "Representations of the Past: Writing National History in Europe." While in residence at the University of Michigan Professor Lorenz taught HISTORY 416/417(GERMAN 401/402): Nineteenth Century German and European Intellectual History/ 19th Century German and European Intellectual Thought and gave a public lecture in the "Conversations on Europe" series.

Winter 2006

In February 2006, the U-M welcomed Louis Andriessen,the renowned Dutch composer of stage, orchestral, chamber, vocal, and piano works performed throughout the world. Andriessen lectured on his music, life as a composer, his film collaborations, and conducted U-M student ensembles in performances of his works. One public concert was held under the auspices of the University Musical Society. Viewed from this side of the Atlantic, Andriessen may very well be the most popular living European composer today. His lifelong embrace of American jazz, rock 'n' roll, and minimalism only served to deepen his relevancy to the U-M, where students and teachers shared his enthusiasm for engaging popular American and world music as a key source of inspiration for their art.