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Corinne Boter wins EHS Thirsk Feinstein Prize for best dissertation

Last week, it was announced during the annual meeting of the Economic History Society, that Corinne Boter has won the Thirsk Feinstein Prize for best dissertation 2018. Corinne defended her thesis on 16 July 2017 at Wageningen University and was supervised by Ewout Frankema and myself. It goes without saying...
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Save the date: inaugural lecture 21 December 2018

On Friday, 21 December, I will give my inaugural lecture at Radboud University Nijmegen, to celebrate my appointment as special chair for the "Comparative History of Households, Gender and Work", installed by the Unger-Van Brero Fund. An official invitation and a title of the lecture will follow this fall.

Lecture on women’s work in the Dutch Empire

On Tuesday, 6 February, 15:00 I will give a lecture at the International Institute of Social History (Cruquiusweg 31, Amsterdam), entitled: Industrious women in the Dutch Empire: the Cultivation System and its consequences   Abstract: The Cultivation System (1830-1870) in the Dutch East Indies constituted a "classic piece of colonial...
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Lecture on textile production in the Dutch Empire

On Thursday, 1 February 2018, at 15:30, I will give a seminar at KITLV in Leiden. The presentation is called "Threads of imperialism: Colonial institutions and women’s work in the textile industry in the Dutch empire". I will first give a brief outline of my Vidi-research as a whole, but consequently I...
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ERC CoG awarded

Today, it was announced that I received an ERC Consolidator Grant of 2 million euros for my research proposal Race to the Bottom? Family Labour, Household Livelihood and Consumption in the Relocation of Global Cotton Manufacturing, ca. 1750-1990. This means that I can form a team of 5 people to historically...
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Colonialism and Education in a Comparative Perspective: Workshop Report

Report of the Workshop Colonialism and Education in a Comparative Perspective. Analysing Gendered Civilizing Missions (ca. 1850-1970), 26 October 2017, EUI Florence, Italy   The great thing about small, focused workshops, compared to larger, general conferences, is that all participants usually take the time to read each other’s papers, and...
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Lecture at NIAS Thursday 2 November

Next Thursday, 2 November, 12AM, I will give a lecture about my book project at NIAS, Korte Spinhuissteeg 3 in Amsterdam. You are most welcome to attend. For more information, see NIAS-website

New publication in the Economic History Review, November Issue 2017

Challenging the de-industrialization thesis: gender and indigenous textile production in Java under  Dutch colonial rule, c. 1830–1920 Many historians contend that nineteenth-century imperial policies and economic globalization de-industrialized the global ‘periphery’. European metropoles extracted raw materials and tropical commodities from their overseas territories, and in turn indigenous consumers bought their industrial products, textiles in particular. This...
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New publication: Selling Sex in the City

This volume offers a worldwide analysis of prostitution, taking a long-term historical approach (ca. 1600-2000). The overviews in this volume examine sex work in more than twenty notorious 'sin cities' around the world, ranging from Sydney to Singapore and from Casablanca to Chicago. The book takes up themes such as...
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