Colonial Girl Power: women and their strategies for upward social mobility in Dutch settlements in Asia and the Atlantic world

09 November 2023 - 13:45

In this PhD project, Hanna te Velde studies the socio-economic position of women in the early modern Dutch empire. By using court cases from the newly digitized archives of the VOC and WIC, she will study the many, various ways in which women tried to improve their position – unfree as well as free women, with European and non-European backgrounds. The project focusses on four case studies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: Batavia, Cochin, Paramaribo and Willemstad.

The research is conducted by Hanna te Velde (PhD candidate). Supervisors are Ulbe Bosma and Matthias van Rossum 

Funded by the Professor van Winter Fonds

Estimated duration of this project : October 2021 - December 2025

Picture: Tea visit in a European house in Batavia, Jan Brandes 1779-1785, Collection Rijksmuseum.

Theevisite in een Europees huis in Batavia, Jan Brandes, 1779 - 1785