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Merve Tosun (1993) is Junior Researcher at the International Institute of Social History. She studied colonial history at Leiden University where she graduated on a study of legal pluralism in eighteenth century Batavia drawing on archival sources in Jakarta and the Hague (cum laude).
She has contributed to projects at the intersection of enslavement, slave trade, diversity, colonial (legal) administration and subaltern social strategies in early modern South- and Southeast Asia.
Between 2016 and 2019, she worked on data collection, refining, and analysis as part of the projects Between local debts and global markets: Explaining slavery in South and Southeast Asia 1600-1800 ; Resilient Diversity: the Governance of Racial and Religious Plurality in the Dutch Empire 1600-1800; and Exploring Slave Trade in Asia. She co-organized the international workshop Towards an Indian Ocean and Maritime Asia Slave Trade Database held at the IISH on 27 and 28 September 2018.
Currently, she is involved in two projects: Exploring Slave Trade in Asia and Digital forensics for historical documents. Cracking cold cases with new technology.