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prof. dr. C.W. Bosch

Professor of Modern History
prof. dr. C.W. Bosch

PhD's at RUG

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 is currently writing a book 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:

Jet Spits is currently trying to get her research on tbc sanatorium life and identity funded. She writes: 'Tens of thousands of people have cured in sanatoriums. The testimonies of former patients of the Friesch Volkssanatorium / Beatrixoord indicate that the time spent in the sanatorium had a different meaning for each of them. They lived in the sanatorium in different discourses which all had their own ideas about the position, role and function of the patients while collectively framing the sick as 'patients'. My research focuses on how the men, women and children who were cured in the period 1910-1962 in the Friesch Volkssanatorium / Beatrixoord shaped or performed their identities as patient as ascribed to them as well as the meaning of their stay in the sanatorium both during their treatment and after their dismissal.' See:

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.

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.

Margriet Fokken is finishing her thesis Beyond Being Kantraki. Constructing Hindustani indentities in Suriname in the Era of Indenture. The defense of her innovative dissertation will take place in the beginning of 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 and a board member of the Gender Studies Centre at the University of Groningen. 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.

Tanny Dobbelaar studied Philosophy (UU) and Journalism (EUR). She has published on essay writing and family stories. She works part time on her dissertation about contemporary self-published family histories. See: 

Esmeralda Tijhoff is a PhD-student at the University of Groningen. Her project is 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:

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:

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 as a PhD student. Her research focuses 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:

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 (1951-2017). 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

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