Dr D.B.G.W. Lyna (Dries)
Assistant professor - Department of History, Art History and Classics
Assistant professor - Radboud Institute for Culture and History
Dries Lyna is a social and cultural historian of the 17th and 18th centuries, interested in VOC settlements across the Indian Ocean World. He defended his PhD at the Centre for Urban Histroy (University of Antwerp), and went to Duke University and the Getty Research Institute as Fulbright Visiting Scholar. He has been a guest lecturer at the Free University of Brussels and the Institut d'Etudes Supérieures des Arts in Paris, and Visiting Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
His current research interest lies in writing social histories of colonial cities, with a focus on eighteenth-century Sri Lanka and South Africa. In his new project 'Displaced Forgetting' he studies family histories of formerly enslaved under Dutch and British rule in Sri Lanka and South Africa, together with Nira Wickramasinghe (Leiden University). In the past he published on the urban Low Countries, with a focus on creative economies, art markets and material culture (late 17th -19th centuries).
He is the coordinator of the Ba-programma 'Comparative European History' and coordinates the RICH research group 'Colonial Relations & Structures'. Wihtin the N.W. Posthumus Research School he is the research director of the network 'Routes & Roots in Colonial and Global History'.
He is the supervisor of PhD students Nicholas Michael Chow Sy (social mobility former slaves in 17th-century Manilla), Paul Van der Linde (land ownership former slaves 17th-century New Netherland, Cape Colony & Sri Lanka), Joël Edouard (information networks of the Dutch slave trade around the Indian Ocean World, 17th-18th centuries), Marie Keulen (formerly enslaved and religion 19th-century Surinam) and Pouwel van Schooten (social mobility manumitted slaves 17th-century Sri Lanka).
- Lyna, D.B.G.W. & Bulten, L.J. (2023). Material pluralism and symbolic violence. Palm leaf deeds and paper land grants in colonial Sri Lanka, 1680–1795. Law and History Review, 41 (3), 453-477. doi: 10.1017/S0738248022000426 Full text
- Lyna, D.B.G.W. (2022). Customs from the other shore. Dutch civil courts and cross (cultural) examinations in 18th-century Sri Lanka. Crime, Histoire & Sociétés, 26 (1), 49-76. Full text
- Lyna, D.B.G.W. (2022). On Empires and Global Cities. A Conversation with Anne-Isabelle Richard, Catia Antunes, and Cyrus Schayegh. (article). Toynbee Prize Foundation. (available: 5 Oct 2022). Full text
- Lyna, D.B.G.W. (2022). Restrained freedom? Widows, blended families and inheritance in eighteenth-century urban Sri Lanka. The History of the Family, 22 (3), 596-617. doi: 10.1080/1081602X.2022.2067209 Full text
- Bulten, L.J. & Lyna, D.B.G.W. (2021). Classifications at work. Social categories and Dutch bureaucracy in colonial Sri Lanka. Itinerario, 45 (2). doi: 10.1017/S0165115321000152 Full text
- Lyna, D.B.G.W. (2020). Leven na slavernij en voor abolitionisme. Op zoek naar vrijgelaten slaven in achttiende-eeuws Sri Lanka. Nieuw Letterkundig Magazijn, 38, 12-17. Full text
- Bulten, L.J., Kok, J., Lyna, D.B.G.W. & Rupesinghe, N. (2018). Contested conjugality? Sinhalese marriage practices in eighteenth-century Dutch colonial Sri Lanka. Annales de Demographie Historique, 135 (1), 51-80. doi: 10.3917/adh.135.0051 Full text
- Lyna, D.B.G.W. & Schrikker, A.F. (2018). Threads of the legal web. Dutch law and everyday colonialism in eighteenth-century Asia. In G. Vermeersch, M. Van den Heijden & J. Zuijderduijn (Eds.), The Uses of Justice in Global Perspective 1600-1900 (pp. 42-56). London: Routledge
- 2023 - 2023 The Promise of Freedom. Exploring Manumission Patterns across the Dutch Empire
- 2023 - 2027 Forgotten Lineages. Afterlives of Dutch Slavery in the Indian Ocean World More information
- 2022 - 2022 Many hands make light births. Fostering new research collaborations on baptism registers from the Spanish Philippines’
- 2020 - 2023 Towards a Virtual Slave Island. Contested Space and Everyday Life in Colombo, ca. 1700 - present More information
- 2019 - 2022 Life after Slavery: Setting the Research Agenda of Slave Histories in the Global Era, 1750-1900 More information
- Bachelorwerkstuk Geschiedenis
- Environmental History
- Family Life under Imperial Rule. Everyday Histories of Colonialism, 1650-1950
- Leeslijst Geschiedenis en Actualiteit
- Masterscriptie Geschiedenis en Actualiteit
- Mentoraat en studievaardigheden Geschiedenis
- Nieuwe Tijd II
- Stageminor 15 EC
- Thematic Seminar Everyday Colonialism? Life stories from 18th-century Sri Lanka
- Thesis Colloquium Research Master
- Tutorage and Study Skills Comparative European History
- Writing History