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Biography

I am a feminist historian of late-colonial Indonesia, with special interest in research on the crossroads of gender studies, the history of childhood, and comparative histories of Southeast Asia. Since September 2015, I have been working on my doctoral project ‘Indigenous Girlhoods and Education in the Netherlands Indies, ca. 1880-1940’ at the European University Institute.

My research is based on a variety of textual and visual sources, including a large selection of Indonesian-language materials. So far, I have spent two extended research periods in Indonesia, where I have conducted research in archives and libraries in Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi. In the summer of 2017, I will spend another three months in Indonesia.

I hold a BA in History from the University of Groningen (2013) and a ResMA in Global and Colonial History from Leiden University (2015). I minored in the ResMa Gender and Ethnicity at Utrecht University (2013-2015).  My ResMA research in Jakarta was supported by a scholarship of the Leiden University Fund (LUF). I was subsequently nominated for the Janneke Fruin-Helb Grant, the annual award for the most innovative research plan supported by LUF.

I am regularly involved in the  organization of academic events. Together with Ismay Milford, I am the initiator of the EUI Imperial History Working Group. I was also a member of the organisational committee for the 11th Graduate Conference in European History (GRACEH), a three-day conference that was held at EUI from 27 to 29 April 2017. On 26 October 2017, in collaboration with colleagues from Wageningen University, I  will co-host a workshop on gender, education and colonial civilizing missions at EUI. 

In 2018, I will spend four months as an affiliated fellow at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) in Leiden.