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Mr M. (Mathijs) Boom MA

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis

Visiting address
  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
Postal address
  • Postbus 1610
    1000 BP Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profiel

    I am a PhD candidate at the Department of History at the University of Amsterdam. My PhD project investigates the history of historical thought in the early earth sciences, historiography, and antiquarianism. It focuses on the intersection of cultural and natural concepts of time and history in the Netherlands in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. My research is funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). You can find a short introduction to one of my case studies (in Dutch) on the history of science blog Shells and Pebbles.

  • Publications


    • Boom, M. (2014). Against Enlightened abstraction: The historical thought of Adriaan Kluit. De achttiende eeuw, 46(2), 128-154.


    • Boom, M. (2019). A Catastrophist’s View of Human Progress: François-Xavier de Burtin’s History of the Earth. Paper presented at International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 2019, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
    • Boom, M. (2019). Nature and Culture in the History of the Earth. Paper presented at History of Science Society Annual Meeting 2019, Utrecht, Netherlands.
    • Boom, M. (2019). Striking Humans from Earth’s History: Reshaping the Planet’s Past in the 1780’s. Paper presented at 8th Gewina Meeting of Historians of Science in the Low Countries, .


    • Boom, M. (2018). Striking Humans from Earth’s History: Teylers’ 1784 Prize Question in Natural History. Paper presented at The Making of the Humanities , Amsterdam , Netherlands.

    Media appearance

    • Boom, M. (01-07-2019). De tijden van mens en aarde [Print] Wijsgerig Perspectief. De tijden van mens en aarde.

    Talk / presentation

    • Boom, M. (speaker) (3-6-2019). Unearthing the deep past in the eighteenth-century Low Countries.


    • Boom, M. (organiser) (8-5-2019 - 9-5-2019). Deep History in the Long 18th Century, Amsterdam. Over the course of the eighteenth century, natural history became the history of nature. European naturalists, historians, biblical scholars, (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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  • Ancillary activities
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