Prof. Dr. Cornelia Wilhelmina (Mineke) Bosch
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (University Groningen)
Main subject: Nieuwste geschiedenis (Modern History) Doctoraalscriptie/MsThesis (Kossmann): Blauwkousen en hobbezakken in een witte jas. De eerste vrouwelijke artsen in Nederland, 1872-1913 (to be consulted in the IIAV collection)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Date: 14/01/94 (cum laude)
Supervisor (‘Promotor’): Prof.dr. H. van Dijk, EUR; Prof. dr. S. Sevenhuijsen, UU.
Title of thesis: Het geslacht van de wetenschap. Vrouwen en hoger onderwijs in Nederland, 1878-1948. Amsterdam : SUA. (The gender of science: women and higher education in the Netherlands, 1878-1948)
2008-Professor of Modern History, dept. of History, Faculty of Arts, University Groningen
2007-2008 Professor at special chair Gender and Science, Centre for Gender and Diversity, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University Maastricht (1 Fte)
1998 - 2007 (Tenure, 1 fte) Associate professor at the Centre for Gender and Diversity. Managing Director Centre for Gender and Diversity (1998-1999; 2002-2003; 2005-2006; 2008-2009). Supervising responsibilities.
1996-1998 (Fixed term, 0,8 fte) Director of policies regarding equal opportunities and diversity management Maastricht University. Supervising responsibilities.
1994-1996 (Fixed term, 0,5 fte) Project-leader curriculum evaluation Women’s Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Culture, Maastricht University.
1988-1993 (AIO,1 fte) Junior researcher (PhD) Erasmus University Rotterdam.
1982-1988 (Fixed term, 0,5 fte) Project researcher at the International Documentation Centre and Archives for the Women’s Movement (IIAV) in Amsterdam. I initiated and was responsible for a project on the collection of ego-documents by women, as well as the study Lieve Dr. Jacobs (1985). I also participated actively in the development of a separate archives department.
1978-1980 Student-assistant at the Department of Modern History (prof. dr. E.H. Kossmann), University Groningen
I taught many different courses at several levels at University Groningen, Erasmus University Rotterdam, University Bielefeld and University Maastricht (see also teaching). I supervised numerous bachelor papers and doctoraalscripties/master theses.
I have been involved in many PhD projects. I was a member of PhD (reading) committees at the University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, The Technical University Eindhoven, Radboud University (Nijmegen) and University Maastricht. I am currently supervising six PhD projects (see Onderzoek). As an editor I supervised a large number of articles and books. I was responsible for (large) projects that had to produce deliverables in the form of reports.
Summary of research history (see also Current research)
For current research projects, see Projects
I was trained at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen as a historian and specialised in gender history and gender studies. Important objects of inquiry were from the beginning the historical study of science and gender, and the history of (international) feminism. Besides that I have always engaged myself with the theoretical reflection on the practice of (gender) history, especially with life writing: letters, diaries and (auto)biography. I have just finished a project to annotate and edit the diary of Frederike van Uildriks (1854-1919). She was a ‘new woman’ (from Groningen), who transformed from a dutiful daughter and teacher into a radical publicist and a populariser of science.
My current research interest focuses on two lines of inquiry: 1) the uses (or politics) of biography in the historical culture of the sciences, combining theoretical approaches to the ‘scientific persona’, mass media representations of scientists and narrative plots in popular and academic biography; 2) women as mediators and agents of change towards individualized society in the twentieth-century. Here concepts such as ‘informal power’, ‘cultural mediation’ and the relation between the personal and the public as mediated through a 'public persona', are used to study women’s lives and women’s organizations in relation to (male) politics, science and society.
I started my professional career with a project concerning the collection and analysis of ‘egodocuments’ (first person accounts and narratives) of women in the International Information Center and Archives for the Women’s Movement (IIAV), nowadays Aletta, Institute of Women’s History in Amsterdam. As a corollary of this project I published a study based on the correspondence of women in the International Woman Suffrage Alliance: Lieve Dr. Jacobs. Brieven van de Wereldbond voor Vrouwenkiesrecht. (Amsterdam: Sara) (with Annemarie Kloosterman). In 1990 I revised this book for an American publication: Politics and Friendship: Letters from the International Woman Suffrage Alliance, 1902-1943. (Columbus: Ohio State University Press).
In 1994 I earned a doctorate (cum laude) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam with an investigation of the history of women in Dutch academia: Het geslacht van de wetenschap. Vrouwen en hoger onderwijs in Nederland, 1878-1948 / The gender of science: women and higher education in the Netherlands (Amsterdam: SUA). The focus in this research is on the continuous, but always contextually different and changing discourse on meanings of women, gender and science and the effect of this on women’s personal lives and their careers in science.
A nother major historical study came out in 2005: the biography of Aletta Jacobs (1854-1929), the first Dutch woman to become a medical doctor, and long-time (international) suffrage leader, under the title Een onwrikbaar geloof in rechtvaardigheid / A firm belief in justice (Amsterdam: Balans). In addition I elaborated several theoretical issues that are involved in gender and history, gender and (auto)biography, gender and genre, which were published nationally and internationally. Recently I finished a project that connects to the biography of Aletta Jacobs and the history of transnational feminism. This project aimed to examine the function and meaning of the use of folklore (in the form of regional dress, dialect language, the staging of clog dances and peasant related narration and pageantry) in Dutch and international suffrage propaganda between 1900 and 1919. It combines a biographical approach to cultural analysis and memory studies, and links up with the analysis of women’s suffrage movements in relation to the beginnings of modernity and mass culture.
Since 1996, when I accepted a position as a gender policy officer at the University Maastricht, I have simultaneously been engaged in (historical and contemporary) research and policy-related studies in the field of women, gender and science for organisations as diverse as the Advisory Council for Science and Technology Policy AWT), the Dutch Organisation for Research (NWO), and the National Forum of Equal Opportunities Officers (LOEKWO). I continued this focus after the foundation of the Centre for Gender and Diversity, where I started to work as associate professor in 1998. In 2000 I took part in the international expert group Women and Science of the European Technology Assessment Network (ETAN group) to write the European Commission’s report Science Policies in the European Union: Promoting Excellence through Mainstreaming gender Equality.
In collaboration with Dr. Ineke Klinge I did a Gender Impact Assessment of the life sciences programme of the Fifth Framework Programme, which involved the development of a theoretical and analytical model. This work was continued in the FP6 project Genderbasic, which has become one of 40 success stories of FP6. For a special issue of Science in Context edited by Londa Schiebinger, I reflected upon ‘the Dutch case’, referring to the fact that the under representation women in academia in the Netherlands seems to be more persistent than elsewhere. For the Technical University Eindhoven’s launch of a fellowship program for women I wrote a popular historical overview of women in the natural sciences in the Netherlands: Curious Careers. An Unexpected History of Women in Science and Technology , Stichting Historie der Techniek, Eindhoven 2006 .
In July 2007 I was appointed to hold the special chair Gender and Science at the Centre for Gender and Diversity, University Maastricht. The inaugural lecture The burden of tradition: gender and the culture of memory in science on October 4, 2007 also functioned as the keynote lecture for the international women and science festival WISER (Women in Science, Education and Research).
Since 2009 I am appointed professor in Modern History at Rijksuniversiteit Groningne. In Deceber 2012 I was appointed Chair of the Board of the department of history and in that capacity I was responsible for the visitation process. I chared and was rapporteurof the committee to write the self-evaluation study and have learned a lot about the educational principles underlying current teaching envorments in academia and their quality assessment. As the outcome was rather disappointing (to put it mildly), I have since then guided the reovery process, in which my main efforts were in creating a new culture of intervision and cooperation among the teaching staff. Since May this year I have also been involved in a major Program revisiton that was forced on us as a result of a change in the Faculty curriculum.
As a member of the Advisory Board of the research institute ICOG I have played a main role in reconstructing the institute so that research was conneted more closely again to the Department of History, instead of being divided among different theme groups that nobody knew he of she was a member of. The historians now participate mainly in one of the three themegroups within the Institute for Historical Studies. Since 2014 the Project Scientific Personae in Cultural Encounters is funded by the Swedish Wallenberg foundation. Other partners are Stockholm University and KU Leuven.
Currently I supervise twelve PhD students, three of whom will have their promotions within a year. I have also supervised Laura Fahnenbruck who has just obtained her PhD Cum Laude. For more information about these PhDs see 'Projects'.
I peer reviewed for NWO, FOM, DfG, Journal of Women's History, women's studies International Forum, L'Homme, Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies and several publishing houses.
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