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Department History
Specialization Overseas and colonial history
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Gerrit Knaap is senior researcher at Huygens ING and Professor of Overseas and Colonial History at Utrecht University. He studied history and obtained his Ph.D at Utrecht University. Previously, he held several positions in research and education, amongst others at Utrecht University, Free University Amsterdam, Leiden University and the Royal Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies. He was co-founder/secretary of the Foundation for the Oral History in Indonesia and initiator/creator of VOC-Kenniscentrum ( On behalf of Huygens ING Gerrit Knaap is nominated endowed professor at the Humanities Faculty of Utrecht University to teach ‘Overseas and colonial history’. His research interest concerns the history of the Netherlands in Asia and the South Atlantic, in particular during the colonial period. In this broad field he focuses on the interaction between Western and non-Western persons, groups and institutions.

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