Public activities

Presenting on maritime history and ‘the’ Dutch identity at the Leiden University open day

I enjoy sharing my research findings with people outside academia as well as with academic audiences, either in Dutch or in English. In my public talks I like to place original sources and stories of individuals within broader historical developments. Furthermore, I aim to show the relevance of my work by exploring connections between early modern colonial and maritime history and the way we deal with this history today.

To get an impression of the work that I can share, have a look at my Dutch pieces, the list of my academic publications, or consult the overview of my public activities below. Feel free to contact me to discuss possibilities.

Public lectures and conference presentations in Dutch (see below for English presentations)

Lecture on women at sea for International Women’s Day at Museum Vlaardingen, 8 March 2018, Vlaardingen.

Lecture on the history of enslaved women and resistance in the Americas, part of the history course “Over het Nederlandse Koloniale- en Slavernijverleden in de Oost en de West van ± 1500 tot heden”. Organized by Keti Koti Rotterdam, 5 February 2018, Rotterdam.

“‘Zeehelden’ of paupers? Het ruime sop kiezen als carrière in de Gouden Eeuw”, as part of the book presentation of the book with short stories on the Golden Age published by Historische Verhalen, 25 October at book store Van Stockum in Leiden.

“Vlaggenschepen en VOC-mentaliteit. Maritieme geschiedenis en ons beeld van ‘de’ Nederlandse identiteit,” presentation at Soul & Brains, part of the Open Dag of Leiden University, 14 October 2017, Leiden.

Lecture on the history of slavery in the Americas, part of the history course “Over het Nederlandse Koloniale- en Slavernijverleden in de Oost en de West van ± 1500 tot heden”. Organized by Keti Koti Rotterdam, 2 October 2017, Rotterdam.

Wie laten we de historische gildemeesters zijn?”, part of the Over de Muur panel “Op zoek naar de regels van het Nederlandse Historische gilde”, 25 August, Historicidagen 2017, Utrecht.

PhD defense, 2015

Public PhD Defense, University of Amsterdam, 10 June 2015, Amsterdam.

“Vrienden en vijanden: de contacten tussen de inheemse bevolking en kolonisten in Suriname tijdens de zeventiende eeuw,” Lokono Library Visit, 30 April 2014, Amsterdam.

“Amsterdam en de slavenhandel: onlosmakelijk verbonden?” Amstelodamum Novemberlezingen, 7 November 2013, Spui25 Amsterdam.

“Slavernij in Suriname in de zeventiende eeuw,” NU! 150 jaar afschaffing slavernij, in cooperation with the Illustere School, 27 June 2013, Spui25 Amsterdam.

“Suriname in de zeventiende eeuw,” Slavernijverleden op de kaart, 26 June 2013, City Archive of Amsterdam.

“Verzet en onderdrukking. De ontwikkeling van de positie van Afrikaanse slaven in zeventiende-eeuws Suriname,” Symposium of the Dutch Association for Maritime History, 25 May 2013, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

“Toenemende segregatie: Afrikaanse slaven en Europese kolonisten in zeventiende-eeuws Suriname,” Huizinga Graduate Symposium, 24 April 2013, Hilversum.

“Moeizame kolonisatie. De ervaringen van kolonisten in Zeeuws Suriname (1667-1682),” Muzeeum Vlissingen, 31 March 2012, Flushing, the Netherlands.

“Een fragmentarisch verleden. De zeventiende-eeuwse kolonisatie van Suriname in historiografisch perspectief,” Symposium Geschiedschrijving van Suriname, 15-17 October 2012, Paramaribo, Suriname.

“Carrière in de West,” Symposium Illustere School of the University of Amsterdam, 13 May 2011, Amsterdam.

“Niet langer het ondergeschoven kindje. Nederlandse geschiedschrijving over de West door de jaren heen,” Symposium on Dutch maritime historiography and databases of the National Maritime Museum and the Dutch National Archives, 9 December 2011, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

“Handel en hongersnood. De inspectiereis van gouverneur Stephanus Versluys naar de kust van Madura (31 januari – 27 februari 1731),” Symposium of the Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Golden Age, 3 June 2010, the Netherlands.

“Slaafse vrouwen in Suriname,” Presentation of the fellows of 2008-2009, National Maritime Museum, 9 December 2009, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Conference and seminar presentations in English

“Labor Shortages and Close Contact: Enslaved Africans and European laborers in Suriname and New Netherland”, Beyond the ‘Slave Community’ and ‘Resistance’ Paradigms: Alternative Approaches to the Social Lives of Bondpeople in the Atlantic World Conference, 16 March 2017, Leiden University.

“English Empire and Local Geographies: Mapping the Seventeenth-Century Americas”, Empire in the English-speaking world, 17th-18th centuries conference, 20-21 January 2017, Université de la Sorbonne, Paris, France.

“European Rivalry and Colonial Change: The Development of Suriname and Cayenne in the Seventeenth Century”, part of the panel “Global Modernity in a Small Place: The Guyanas and the World Across Four Centuries, American Historical Association Annual Conference, 5-8 January 2017, Denver, USA.

“Corresponding with the Colonies: How Ordinary People in the Dutch Republic Discovered the Americas through Personal Letters,” Omohundro Institute 22nd Annual Conference, 23-26 June 2016, Worcester, MA, USA.

“Colonial Profits and Expanding Metropolitan Control: Conflicts over Taxation and Representation in Anglo-Dutch Suriname, 1651-1682,” The Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction Biennial Conference, 5-6 February 2016, University of California, Irvine, USA.

“Anglo-Dutch Encounters: Exploring Contacts between English and Dutch Colonists in Suriname and New Netherland/New York,” The Dutch Atlantic in the Seventeenth Century Workshop, 13 January 2016, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., USA.

“Settling Suriname: the Anglo-Dutch Foundations of a Caribbean Plantation Colony, 1651-1682,” Early Modern Global History Seminar Series, 20 November 2015, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., USA.

“Identity, Language, and Resistance: African Diversity and the Development of Social Coherence in Seventeenth-Century Suriname’s Plantation Society,” New Scholarship on the Black Atlantic Symposium, 2-3 October 2015, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA.

“Accepted Illegality: Smuggling Practices of Dutch Slave Traders at the End of the Seventeenth Century,” The Cambridge Maritime and Oceanic History Workshop. Africa and the Atlantic World, 1450-1850, 22-23 June 2012, The Center for African Studies, University of Cambridge, UK.

“An English Heritage. The Significance of Suriname’s English Foundations for the Development of the Colony under Dutch Rule in the Seventeenth Century,” The Colonial/Postcolonial New Researchers’ Workshop, 18 June 2012, Institute of Historical Research, London, UK.

“The Attractions of a Life Overseas. Female Settlers in the Dutch Seventeenth-Century Colony of Suriname,” History of Women in the Americas Conference, 14 March 2012, Brunel University, London, UK.

“Competing for European Settlers: Government Strategy of the English and the Dutch in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean,” Research Seminar Inter-Imperial Encounters in the Dutch Caribbean, 18 November 2011, University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, Maritime Museum Amsterdam, the Netherlands.