Welcome to the website of the historical conference of GHD Ubbo Emmius!

On the 14th of June 2024, the Conference Committee of GHD Ubbo Emmius will be hosting a conference titled "Threads of Identity: Exploring the Intimate Bond between Clothing and Counterculture."

This year, the conference will be dedicated to the connection between clothing and counterculture. It will explore both the evolution of the discipline as well as its social, cultural and political implications. Clothing and counterculture have played a key role in shaping perceptions and understandings of the world throughout history, both within and between cultures.

Clothing is an important part of our identity, after all. Throughout history, clothing has been used as a way to protest against the norm and as a way to form an identity. From flappers in the 1920s to hippies in the 1960s... During this conference, these expressions of identity throughout history will be explored and celebrated. 

About the Conference

The historical conference will take place on Friday 14th of June in the Van Swinderen Huys in Groningen. Walk-in with coffee/tea will be between 09:00-9:30 AM, the program will start at 9:30 AM until 17:00 PM.

The day-program is filled with three plenary lectures (60 min. each), with room for questions after each lecture. There will also be possibility for further questions at the end of the day. Furthermore, there will be two workshop rounds (45 min. each) where you can choose from three workshop options. 

In-between lectures and workshops will be coffee/tea breaks, and a delicious lunch, provided by Van Swinderen Huys, is also included. We would also like to invite everyone to a drink and further discussion afterwards!

Tickets cost €12,50 for Ubbo members and €15,40- for non-Ubbo members, this is including lunch. You can order your ticket via www.ubbo-emmius.com or use the link above


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Ticket prices are €12,50 for Ubbo members and €15,40- for non-Ubbo members.

Day Program

Yet to be announced! 


Benjamin B. Roberts

Counterculture in Rembrandt’s Youth 

With his bushy, long hair and gold earring, Rembrandt was no stranger to pushing gender boundaries. Today, if someone would look at the
self-portrait of the 22-year-old painter, they might even identify him as ‘queer’.

Rembrandt’s generation of young men came of age in the 1620s
and 1630s and rebelled against the older generation. One of the
principle means of defying themselves from the previous generations was through rebellious acts of sporting different clothing, daunting another hairstyle style, and facial hair. Often, their new choice in clothing challenged existing notions of masculinity and blurred conventional gender boundaries, which older men condemned as effeminate.

This lecture will address the new fashion of young people in the early seventeenth
century and examine how it unleashed a counterculture that changed men’s
fashion and behavior.

Benjamin B. Roberts is a freelance journalist and historian specialized
in early modern Dutch education, youth culture, and life stages. He received a master’s in early modern history at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, and a Ph.D. in the history of education at the
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Currently he teaches Media, Journalism, and
Society at the University of Amsterdam in the summer. His forthcoming new edition Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll in Rembrandt’s Time (June
2024) reevaluates sexuality and LGBT+ culture in the early seventeenth
century, together with blurring gender boundaries.

This speaker will be revealed later on!

This speaker will be revealed later on!


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Redesign your own clothing

Turn your clothing into a protest sign! The way we dress has always been a way to express ourselves. Whether it concerns how you dress in everyday life or if you are part of a certain movement within society. It affects the way you feel and the way you are perceived.

During Blousem's workshop you'll transform your clothing into a protest sign to express, in quite a literal way, what you stand for or where you want to see change. You'll be using different upcycle techniques like patchwork and embroidery to do so. Make sure to sign up for one of the two workshop rounds and let your voice be heard via your clothes!

Important: bring your own piece of clothing you'd like to use for the workshop. Make sure it is made of sturdy fabric like jeans or (non stretchy) cotton. If you prefer you could also use a canvas bag.

Make sure to follow Blousem on Instagram @blousem_nl or visit their website!

This workshop will be revealed later on!

This workshop will be revealed later on!

Chair of the Day

Details will be revealed later on.


The conference will take place at the Van Swinderen Huys, Groningen  


Ticket prices are €12,50 for Ubbo members and €15,40- for non-Ubbo members.

Past Conferences

June 14th, 2024: Threads of Identity: The Close Relationship between Clothes and Counterculture

June 16th, 2023: Terra (In)Cognita: Mapping the Past, Present and Future

June 10th, 2022: A Culinary Exchange: Food History through Time and Space

October 8th, 2021: The Long Century of Transformation: From Nation-State to a Federative Europe? (1848-Present)

June 19th, 2020: The Arab Spring: A Narrative of Fighting and Framing (cancelled due to Covid-19)

2019: Continuity and Discontinuity in Chinese History

2018: Capturing Calvinism: Calvin’s Conquest of the Dutch Community