M.G.W. Reichgelt MA (Marleen)
Researcher - Department of History, Art History and Classics
Teacher - Department of History, Art History and Classics
Researcher - Radboud Institute for Culture and History
6500 HD NIJMEGEN
Marleen Reichgelt is a PhD candidate at the History Department of the Radboud University Nijmegen. Her research project (2017-2022) is centred around missionary photography, which she uses to study the position, agency, and lives of children engaged in the Catholic mission on Netherlands New Guinea between 1905 and 1940. Her core research interests are intercultural contact and exchange in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century, involving three overlapping fields: photography and visual culture, (Dutch) colonialism and postcolonialism, and the Catholic mission. In addition to her PhD project, she works as an archivist at the Heritage Centre for Dutch Monastery Life and as editor with the Yearbook of Women's History. She has published on missionary photography and colonial childhoods in BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review (2020) and Trajecta (2018).Research theme Research group
- Reichgelt, M.G.W. (2020). Children as Protagonists in Colonial History. Watching Missionary Photography. Bijdragen en Mededelingen Betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden, 135 (3/4), 80-105. doi: 10.18352/bmgn-lchr.10869 Full text
- Reichgelt, M.G.W. (2018). The Mission’s Children. Practices of Appropriation in the Photographs of Marind Children in the Annalen van O.L. Vrouw van het H. Hart, 1907-1935. Trajecta. Religie, Cultuur en Samenleving in de Nederlanden, 27 (1), 171-194.
Research grants and prizes
- 2019 - Grant for research stay at the University of Western Australia, Perth, awarded by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.
- 2021 - Co-recipient of a Raboud Science Award with prof. dr. Marit Monteiro and dr. Maaike Derksen. More information
- 2017 - 2022 Making the colonial child visible. Children moving between Indo-European and local cultures on Netherlands New Guinea (1905-1962) - The significance of children as instruments of socio-political change in colonial contexts is acknowledged internationally, but knowledge on actual practices used to ‘civilise’ children is limited. Preliminary research hints at various ‘civilising’ practices, and the intriguing fact that children employed foreign knowledge and networks for their own goals. This PhD project examines how the Catholic mission addressed and engaged local children in the ‘civilising’ project on Netherlands New Guinea and the kinds of agency children developed in response. Practices shaped by interaction and negotiation are analysed using both textual and visual sources. Building upon current worldwide interest in colonial childhoods, this research moves beyond a dominant focus on governmental educational policies and explores the complex entanglements of colonial communities.
- 22 February 2022 - On 17 February 2022, the NIOD, KITLV and NIMH presented the results of their research programme on the excessive use of violence by Dutch armed forces during the Indonesian War for Independence. In a current affairs lecture for Radboud Reflects in collaboration with VOX, I discussed the findings of this report, the background of the research, and the various responses to the conclusions (in Dutch). More information
- 01 July 2021 - This Keti Koti, I was a guest on Romana Vrede's talk show 'Tijd Zal Ons Leren' at Theater aan het Spui in The Hague, to talk about colonial 'civilising' missions aimed at children (in Dutch). More information
- 14 October 2020 - Watch me present my research project for the 25th anniversary of the Huizinga Institute, the Dutch National Research School for Cultural History (video in Dutch). More information
Archivist and librarian, Erfgoedcentrum Nederlands Kloosterleven (0,2 fte)
- Processing, organizing, preserving and disclosing monastic archives, photographs, films, sound recordings, books and museum objects;
- Writing introductions to the various archive inventories, detailing content, social biography and institutional history;
- Contributing to exhibitions and other public events.
(01 January 2017)
Heritage Cente for Dutch Monastery Life
Editor at the Yearbook of Women’s History, a peer-reviewed academic annual covering all aspects of gender connected with historical research throughout the world. The Yearbook has addressed topics such as women and crime, women and war, and gender, ethnicity and (post)colonialism. By focusing on specific themes, the Yearbook aspires that each issue crosses cultures and historical time periods, while offering readers the opportunity to compare perspectives within each volume.
(01 January 2018)
Yearbook of Women’s History
Member of the PhD/ReMa-council of the Huizinga Institute, research institute and graduate school of cultural history.
(01 January 2019)