As of September this year, 3 new researchers have joined the Center for Historical Culture: Jan Jüngen, Sandra Manickam and Annemiek van der Veen.
Drs. Jan Jüngen has worked as a project manager and policy advisor at the National Library of the Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek), and as a liaison between the University Library and the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Here, he was also manager of the 'History Didactics Collection', a comprehensive collection of books, documents and audio-visual materials on history didactics donated to the Center for Historical Culture. His research project will focus on the historical representation and imagination of marxist ideologies - inspired by the German Democratic Republic (DDR) - in Dutch history textbooks after 1945 until the 1990s, against the backdrop of intensified political and academic relationships between the Netherlands and the German Democratic Republic during the 1970s and 1980s (Supervisors: Maria Grever, Maarten van Dijck. Advisor: Franciska de Haan).
Dr. Sandra Khor Manickam (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) is Lecturer in History at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication. She is also Managing Editor of the Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society (JMBRAS) under editor Paul Kratoska. Prior to coming to the Erasmus University Rotterdam, she worked as Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian History at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and Junior Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany. She obtained her PhD in History from the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra and her MA in History from the National University of Singapore (NUS). Her areas of research focus on the history of colonialism in Malaya and Southeast Asia generally, the changing ideas of race in history and anthropology, and the history of the Japanese occupation of Southeast Asia.
Drs. Annemiek van der Veen studied history at Leiden University and has worked as a cultural entrepreneur for many years. Together with Maria Grever, she wrote the book "Bij ons Moeder en ons Jet", which focuses on various aspects of the lives of women in the Dutch province of Brabant during the 19th and 20th century. In her current project, she will study the heritage of women's labour in Curaçao in the first decades of the 20th century, which nowadays has completely been forgotten. When and why did this process began? Or is it still a hidden part of the collective memory in Curaçao? (Supervisors: Maria Grever, Hester Dibbits and Alex van Stipriaan).