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prof. dr. C.W. (Mineke) Bosch

Professor of Modern History
prof. dr. C.W. (Mineke) Bosch

PhD's at RUG

Kim Bootsma started her PhD in September 2017. Her PhD-research project focuses on the integration of women in the Dutch armed forces from a historical perspective (1968-1995). Departing from theories on civil-military relations and gender, this research will analyze how attitudes of political elites, military officials and the general public on women in combat have changed and how this has affected women's military participation during this period of time. See

Martine van Rooijen finished her studies on Dutch language and culture in 1996. She has since edited folk stories for children and wrote literary non-fiction. Her PhD researches the life and work of Eilina Johanna Huizenga-Onnekes (1883-1956) a folklorist who collected stories on Groninger culture and Groninger folk stories.

Antia Wiersma studied history at the University of Groningen (1986-1992) and currently works as director of the Royal Dutch Historical Society (KNHG). She works on her PhD part-time, which researches a biography on Dr. W.H. (Lilian) Posthumus- van der Groot (1897-1989); an economist, feminist and peace activitst who throughout her life advocated women’s rights and furthering peace.

Jet Spits studied history at the University of Groningen and since then worked as a public historian. Her PhD research focusses on TBC-Patients who stayed in the Friesch Volkssanatorium/Sanatorium Beatrixoord between 1910-1962. She specifically focusses on the patients themselves and their experiences within the institution, analyzing how they shaped their identity as ‘sanatorium patient’.

M.C.A. (Marga) Greuter, MA completed a master in Religious Studies (Mysticism and Western Esotericism) at the University of Amsterdam. Her PhD involves writing a new biography of Elise van Calcar-Schiotling (1822-1904), focussing specifically on the importance of religion in her personal and public life.

Rozemarijn van de Wal studied history at the University of Groningen and completed her MA in 2014. Her master thesis was a biography on Beatrix Potter (for which she was recently awarded a conferece fellowship by the Beatrix Potter Society). Currently, van de Wal is involvend in project SPICE 'scientific persona in cultural encounters'. This concept of 'scientific persona' is central to van de Wal's PhD project, namely writing a biography on the British Medieval Historian Eileen Power (1889-1940). See:

12 November 2015, Laura Fahnenbruck earned her PhD degree cum laude with a dissertation entitled: Ein(ver)nehmen. Sexualität und Alltag von Wehrmachtsoldaten in den besetzten Niederlanden 1940-1945. She is currently doing resarch at the Rijksmuseum on a fellowship.

23 January 2017 Monica Soeting defended her thesis on the life and work of Dutch writer Cissy van Marxveldt (pseudonym of Setske Beek-de Haan, 1889-1948), who has become famous of her popular books for girls. She is currently writing a biography of Queen Emma.

Femke Knoop, MA wrote a book Hirsch & Cie in Amsterdam (1882-1976) Haute Couture op het Leidseplein about the Dutch fashion house Hirsch & Cie (1882-1976), which introduced haute couture and fashion shows in the Netherlands. The book focuses on the question how the fashion house shaped ideas about gender, class, and religion by means of material culture.

Susanne Neugebauer (1965) is archivist and curator of Museum Wasserburg Anholt in Germany since 2016 and PhD member of the Graduate School for Humanities of the University of Groningen since 2014. Her dissertation is titled: The Legacy of Lizzy van Dorp: a personal Archive or Continuous Co-production of Social Memory? A Case Study on Archival Processes related to Individuals. She focuses on the constant change of information objects and their contexts, related to the Van Dorp archives over time and thus their meanings, too. She describes actors, places, and functions which have left traces behind in and outside the Van Dorp archives.

Dr. Margriet Fokken finished her thesis Beyond Being Kantraki. Constructing Hindustani indentities in Suriname in the Era of Indenture in 2018. She received her Research Master degree in Modern History and International Relations in 2011 cum laude and was awarded the Flemish-Dutch Thesis Award for Textual Scholarship for her MA-thesis. Fokken  published a book on traces of the history of slavery in Groningen together with Barbara Henkes. She is editor at the Dutch Journal for Gender Studies andcurrently works at the University of Utrecht. See:

Nadja Louwerse (1949) studied Slavic studies at the universities of Utrecht, Amsterdam and Moscou. Worked as a Russian teacher in the field of adult education in Amsterdam (until 2000) and subsequently in Zelzate (Belgium, until 2014). Was a co-author of the Russian language teaching method “Paspoort voor Rusland”. The last years she got interested in the history of Slavic studies in the Netherlands, particularly in Dr. Anna Croiset van der Kop, the first Dutch slavist, about whom she wrote several articles. Since 2015 she has worked on a biography of Croiset van der Kop; the research focuses on the question, how at the end of the 19th- beginning of the 20th century she, as a woman, managed to build a scientific career and at the same time succeed to play a prominent role in the Dutch-Russian (cultural, social, economic and diplomatic) relations.

Dr. Tanny Dobbelaar obtained her PhD in January 2020 with a dissertation on Family History. Relatives, Roots and Databases, a book about contemporary self-published family histories. She studied philosophy (UU) and Journalism (EUR) and publishes on essay writing and family stories: 

Esmeralda Tijhoff is wokring on her project called  ‘The Boissevain sisters: knowledge and power on the threshold of democracy’. This project concerns the role elite women played in the development of social movements and civil society at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth century. This approach offers a new perspective within the study of political culture, family culture, elite studies and women’s history. Its main question is how kinship ties and family networks function as vehicles of personal power and of social and political change by enabling especially their female members to participate in different ways, and sometimes even to take up leading position. See:

Dr. Anna Cabanel completed her BA in 2012 and obtained her MA in Modern History in 2014 from the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Cachan (France). Since December 2014, she is involved in the Project SPICE and obtained her PhD in 2019. Her research focused on the role of the International Federation of University Women in the promotion and recognition of women in science and academia, using the concept of scientific personae. See:

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