Vossius Center for the History of Humanities and Sciences

Mr S.L. (Sjang) ten Hagen MSc


  • Faculty of Science
    ITF
  • Visiting address
    Science Park A
    Science Park 904  Room number: C4273B
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  94485
    1090 GL  Amsterdam
  • S.L.tenHagen@uva.nl

I am a PhD candidate in the history of the sciences and humanities.

Research

I specialize in the history of physics, the history of historiography, and the history of the phenomenon of interdisciplinarity. Combining these interests in my PhD research, I study examples of knowledge transfer between physics and other disciplines, particularly from the humanities, in nineteenth-century Germany. 

Currently, I am studying the changing roles and interpretations of the concept of ‘fact’ in the context of discipline formation around 1800. I focus especially on physics and historiography.

Teaching

I am a teaching assistant in the third-year bachelor's course History and Philosophy of Science (6 ECTS) at the UvA Faculty of Science. I also assist in the supervision of bachelor's theses on the history and philosophy of physics.

 

Articles

  • Bod, R., van Dongen, J., ten Hagen, S. L., Karstens, B. & Mojet, G.E.N., "The Flow of Cognitive Goods: A Historiographical Framework for the Systematic Study of Epistemic Transfer Between Disciplines", in review.
  • van Heteren, A. H., van Dierendonk, R. C., van Egmond, M. A., ten Hagen, S. L., & Kreuning, J. (2017). Neither slim nor fat: estimating the mass of the dodo (Raphus cucullatus, Aves, Columbiformes) based on the largest sample of dodo bones to date. PeerJ, 5:e4110, (based on Bachelor's thesis), link.

Reviews

  • Ten Hagen, S.L. (2017), "Lorraine Daston, ed., Science in the Archives: Pasts, Presents, Futures," History of Humanities, 2(2), 538-540, link.

Popular

  • VICE Motherboard, 19 July 2017, "Deze jonge wetenschapper liet me twijfelen aan de ontastbaarheid van feiten", (interview by Menno van den Bos), link.
  • Shells and Pebbles, 10 October 2016, "The Belgian Reception of Relativity", (blogpost based on Master's thesis), link.

Conferences

  • Science and the First World War: The Aftermath, Royal Society London, September 2018, individual paper, upcoming.
  • 100 Years of Applying and Interpreting General Relativity, Universität Bern, September 2017, paper with Jeroen van Dongen.
  • Making of the Humanities VI, University of Oxford, September 2017, paper in panel session.
  • 7th Gewina Conference for the History of Science in the Netherlands, Woudschoten, June 2017, paper in panel session.
  • First Teylers Meeting on History of Astronomy and Physics, Teylers Museum, Haarlem, April 2017, individual paper.

Public lectures

  • Happychaos: De Wankele Waarheid, Lab111, Amsterdam, June 2017, column.
  • 2016-2020: PhD Candidate in NWO project The Flow of Cognitive Goods, University of Amsterdam
  • 2014-2016: M.Sc. History and Philosophy of Science (cum laude), Utrecht University 
  • 2010-2014: B.Sc. Natural and Social Sciences (Bèta-gamma), major in physics, University of Amsterdam
  • No ancillary activities

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