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Kirsten Kamphuis
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My name is Kirsten Kamphuis, and I am affiliated to the Cluster of Excellence ‘Religion and Politics’ at Münster University as a postdoctoral researcher. I am a feminist historian of colonial and decolonizing Indonesia and the surrounding Southeast Asian region. In 2019 I obtained my PhD from the European University Institute in Florence with a thesis on indigenous girls’ education in the Dutch East Indies. I am currently reworking my dissertation into a book manuscript, which is under contract with Leiden University Press. My postdoctoral project is concerned with religious women’s print cultures in Indonesia between the 1920s and the 1960s. In my work, I trace the connections between different regions of Indonesia and other colonized spaces such as British Malaya, Singapore, and the Middle East to arrive at a better understanding of the transimperial and transnational nature of educational and activist networks.

- ‘A Mirror for the Modern Girl: Work and Marriage in an Indonesian Magazine for Young Women, c. 1937-1941’, Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 15 (2022) 1 [in press].
- ‘An Alternative Family: An Elite Christian Girls' School on Java in a Context of Social Change, c.1907-1939’, BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review 135 (2020) 3-4: 133-157. DOI:
- With Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk, ‘Education, Labour and Discipline: New Perspectives on Indigenous Children in Colonial Asia’, International Review of Social History 65 (2020) 1: 1-14. DOI:
- ‘Giving for Girls: Reconsidering Colonial Civilizing Missions in the Dutch East Indies through Charitable Girls’ Education.’ New Global Studies 12 (2018) 2: 217-234. DOI:
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