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How did empire influence the daily lives of Europeans in the 19th and 20th centuries? Where should the phenomenon of imperialism be located?

My NWO-funded PhD project Imperial places. Built manifestations of imperial culture in Europe, 1815-1945 is concerned with specific places in Europe that were the nodes of imperial networks with overseas colonies, and that because of this contributed to the formation of an imperial culture in the societies around them. I am interested in the ways such buildings, 'imperial places', functioned in these networks and in what imperial meanings they were invested with. By focussing on architecture, the local and spatial workings of empire are underlined.

A number of concrete case studies from several domains in several European states are used, both in states with and states without colonies of their own. This European perspective serves to investigate the European and transnational dimensions of imperial culture and to complement the hitherto dominant national perspective.

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I am a historian and architectural historian specialised in imperial/colonial history of the modern era, from a cultural and a deliberately European perspective. Other research experience involves digital humanities (computational linguistics) and military history (the Indonesian decolonisation war of 1945-1949).

Ancillary activities

Since October 2017, I work as editor for Uitgeverij Jonge Historici, the digital publishing branch of Stichting Jonge Historici ('Young Historians' Foundation'). Specifically, I work in our cooperation with Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, where we help young historians to publish peer-reviewed articles. From October 2015 to 2017, I was editor in chief and functioned as board member. See our web page.

Since February 2016, I am researcher and writer for the project Onze Indische Buurten, a project to analyse and describe all 'Indies Neighbourhoods' in the Netherlands. Output for this project can be found here.

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Colonies Arts & Humanities
Industry Arts & Humanities
Commodities Arts & Humanities
Missionaries Arts & Humanities
Decolonization Arts & Humanities
Carrier Arts & Humanities
Veterans Arts & Humanities
Basel Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2015 2019

Een koloniale cultuur langs de Zaan: Rijstpellerijen en de verbeelding van een imperiale ruimte, ca. 1870-1914

Groten, M., 2019, In : Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis. 132, 3, p. 375-397 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Colonial Rule
Trade Network
Division of Labor

Glasgow’s New Town Hall: Imperialism and Civic Pride, 1877-1889

Groten, M., 6 Jun 2019, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaperAcademic

Recensie: Ivo van de Wijdeven – De nieuwe rafelrand van Europa

Groten, M., 8 Apr 2019

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsitePopular

Recensie: Roelof van Gelder – Dichter in de jungle

Groten, M., 14 Oct 2019

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsitePopular

The rise of rice in a waterside industry: The Zaan region rice mills as nodes in transnational commodity networks, ca. 1850-1950

Groten, M., 5 Sep 2019, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaperAcademic


Activities 2016 2019

  • 7 Lecture / Presentation

Rijstpellerijen aan de Zaan - putten uit het cultureel archief

Miel Groten (Speaker)
23 Aug 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

De Zaanse rijstpellerijen als koloniale knooppunten, 1850-1950

Miel Groten (Speaker)
12 Dec 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Imperial places: built manifestations of imperial culture in Europe, 1850-1950

Miel Groten (Speaker)
8 Mar 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


De Indische buurt van Almere

Miel Groten (Speaker)
27 Jul 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular