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I. Busschers, MA

PhD Candidate
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PhD Candidate "Dutch Reformed Missions and Christian Colonial Projects in the Netherlands, East Java and Northern New Guinea, circa 1900-1940"
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
September 2012-present


"Gendered Remembrance: Women in the Dutch Calvinist Mission and its Historiography, c. 1900-1942", Trajecta: religie, cultuur en samenleving in de Nederlanden 24 no. 2 (2015), 285-308

"Missionary Commemoration in a Colonial World: Dutch Calvinist Missionary Obituaries as Collective Memory (1930-1951)", Swedish Missiological Themes 100 no. 4 (2012), 437-463

Conference Panels and Presentations:

Paper: "Memorialisation on the brink of a changing world: remembrance and amnesia in the commemoration of missionary lives in Dutch Calvinist mission, 1942-1949"
Colonial Christian Missions and Their Legacies Conference
University of Copenhagen, 27-29 April 2015

Paper: "Gendered Remembrance: Women in Dutch Mission History, c. 1900-1940" 
Yale-Edinburgh Group Conference 2014: Gender and Family in the History of Missions and World Christianity 
Edinburgh, 26-28 June 2014

Panel: Transnationalism in Mission History 
Organised with Dr. Seija Jalagin (University of Oulu)
European Social Science History Conference
Vienna, 23-26 April 2014

Paper: "The Transnational and the Regional: Missionary Barend Schuurman and the East Java Mission" 
Transnationalism in Mission History, European Social Science History Conference
Vienna, 23-26 April 2014

Paper: "The question of women's missionary education in Dutch Calvinist mission circles" 
IFRWH/WHN Conference: Women's Histories: The Global and the Local
Sheffield, 29 Aug - 1 Sept 2013

Courses Taught:

BA1 Tutorial: Sexuality and Gender as Categories of Inclusion and Exclusion
Bachelor Minorities and Multilingualism, Faculty of Arts
Feb-June 2016

Seminar BA1: Cultuurgeschiedenis Christendom 1
February-June 2009

Other Activities:

Board member Gender Studies Centre, University of Groningen, 2015-present

Co-founder/member workgroup for organisation of workshops and lectures, Gender Studies Centre, University of Groningen, 2015-present

Secretary of the PhD Council Theology and Religious Studies, 2013-2016

PhD Member Education Committee (Post)Graduates, 2013-2016

Co-founder/organiser Humanities Colloquium Cultural Diversity and Intersectionality, 2013-2015

International Research Traineeship Postcolonialism and Mission Studies, Uppsala University, Sept-Dec 2010

Student Member Education Committee Research Master, 2009-2011

Student/Teaching Assistant Cultural History of Christianity, 2009


Research Master Religion and Culture (cum laude) 
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen

Bachelor in History 
Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen

Partial Bachelor in Religious Studies 
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen

Further Training:

PhD Seminar Historical Research in Theology and Religious Studies (NOSTER)
Taught by Prof. Dr. P.J.A. Nissen, 2012-2015; Prof. Dr. James Kennedy and Prof. Dr. Henk van den Belt 2015-present

Diverse Master Classes, 2012-present
Prof. Dr. Charles H. Parker (St. Louis University): "No Man Is an Island": Dutch Calvinisms and Catholicisms in a Global Context, 13 November 2015, NOSTER/Utrecht University
Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Buettner (University of Amsterdam): Postcolonial Europe: Legacies and Memories of Empire in Everyday Life and the Imagination, 10 November 2015, Huizinga Institute/University of Amsterdam
Prof. Dr. José Casanova (Georgetown University): Reformulations of the Theory of Secularization, June 2014, at University of Groningen
Dr. Alison Twells (Sheffield Hallam University): Separate Spheres? Gender history in writing and records, April 2013, Posthumus/NOG
Dr. Heidi Campbell (Texas A&M): Considering Trends Towards Networked Religion in Online and Offline Cultures, March 2013, at University of Groningen
Dr. Tim Harper (Cambridge University): Transnational history and its limits: sites, networks, sources, February 2013, at Leiden University
Prof. Dr. Albert Baumgarten (Bar-Ilan University): Eclecticism as a Method, June 2013, at University of Groningen
Prof. Dr. Lori Beaman (University of Ottawa): Methodological Challenges in Studying Religious Diversity, October 2012, at University of Groningen

Tutorial Colonial History and Historiography
Under supervision of Dr. Alicia Schrikker
Leiden University

Research Traineeship Postcolonialism and Mission Studies
Under supervision of Prof. Dr. Kajsa Ahlstrand
Faculty of Theology, Uppsala University, Sweden
Sept-Dec 2010

Last modified:12 December 2019 4.18 p.m.

Contact information

Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands