Review of Women, Work and Colonialism

The latest issue of the Low Countries Historical Review has published a very positive review of my monograph Women, Work and Colonialism. Author, Henk Schulte Nordholt, an expert on the history of Southeast Asia, calls the book “An instant classic in the field of comparative economic history”. Click here to read...
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Now open access online: Selling Sex the City

Our volume Selling Sex in the City: A Global History of Prostitution, 1600s-2000s has recently been published open access online by Brill Publishers. For free download of the book see:  

Report of the workshop “Dutch Textiles in Global History”

On Thursday 11 March and Friday 12 March, the online workshop "Dutch Textiles in Global History: Interconnections of Trade, Design, and Labour, 1600-2000" took place. Both days had an attendance of about 50 people and presentations and discussions were very stimulating. For a short report of the workshop, drafted by Corinne...
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Launch of the TextileLab website

Happy to inform you that the website for my ERC Consolidator project "Race to the Bottom" (acronym "TextileLab") was launched in a small, Covid-safe setting yesterday afternoon. We celebrated the event with alcohol free champagne! For more information, see: 

Working from home

Today, an article appeared in the Dutch newspaper Trouw in which among others, they interviewed me to talk about the history of working from home. For the full article (in Dutch), see: 

Review of: Selling Sex in World Cities

Recently, the Low Countries Review of Social and Economic History (TSEG) published a favourable review of our edited volume containing a global history of sex workers, by Nina Kushner, historian of sexuality and Associate Professor at Clark University. To read the review, click here: Review_TSEG_SexWorkers.

New book: Women, Work and Colonialism in the Dutch Empire

This week, the online version of my book "Women, Work and Colonialism in the Netherlands and Java. Comparisons, Contrasts and Connections" has appeared with Palgrave MacMillan. In July, the hardcover of the book will be published. See: 

Happy International Women’s Day!

For the occasion, Kate Frederick, Sarah Carmichael and I wrote a blog post about women's fight for better working conditions in the textile industry historically and today. Check it out!

Inaugural lecture

On Friday 21 December 2018 3:45 PM, I will give my inaugural lecture, entitled Women Workers of the World United. A Comparative History of Households, Gender and Work. This public event takes place in the Aula of the Radboud University Nijmegen. See for location and directions:  If you want...
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Kate Frederick defended her PhD thesis

Last week, Katharine Frederick defended her PhD thesis Deindustrialization in East Africa: textile production in an era of globalization and colonization, c. 1830-1940 at Wageningen University, supervised by Ewout Frankema and myself. I wish to congratulate Kate on this excellent thesis and the professional way in which she defended it.