T. van Gaalen (Thomas) MA
PhD candidate - Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
PhD candidate - Radboud Institute for Culture and History
6525 HT NIJMEGEN
6500 HD NIJMEGEN
Thomas van Gaalen's research interests include cultural and political history from below, postcolonial scholarship, and social movement studies. As a PhD candidate at Radboud University (from 15 January 2023 - 15 January 2027), the Netherlands, he analyzes how early 20th century radicals who traversed the Caribbean region engaged with the framework of international solidarity to forge political alliances. How did the differences and inequalities between actors involved in such alliances shape and define practices of solidarity? Combining digital and non-digital methods, Thomas analyzes how international solidarity helped bridge social divisions between marginalized collectives, while also explicating and heightening these divisions. Tackling these dynamics may open up new avenues towards exploring and formulating new approaches to international cooperation in relation to contemporary challenges of environmental destruction, decolonization, and economic inequality. The project is supervised by prof. dr. Frank Mehring, dr. Harm Kaal and prof. dr. Jaap Verheul.
Thomas holds an MA in history. After his studies, he worked as a research assistant in the NWO Open Science Fund project "Once More, With Feeling. Replications in History," and as a researcher for the Boekmanstichting. He is also active as an illustrator and designer.