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Research

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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Personal information

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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Research Output 2015 2018

Difference Between the Self and the Heathen. European Imperial Culture in Dutch Missionary Exhibitions, 1909–1957

Groten, M. P., 29 Oct 2018, In : The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. 2018, p. 1-24 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Missionaries
Imperialism
Mentality
Historiography
Religion
Carrier
Basel
Colonies
Switzerland
The Netherlands

Johan de Witt. De omstreden republikein,

Groten, M. P., Karimi, M. Y., ter Braake, S. & Fokkens, A. S., 2016, In : Leidschrift. 31, 2

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleProfessional

Veterans' narratives of the Dutch decolonisation war

Groten, M. P., 26 Feb 2016

Research output: Contribution to ConferenceAbstractOther research output

Decolonization
Veterans
Soldiers
Peace
Colonies

Activities 2016 2018

  • 6 Lecture / Presentation

De Zaanse rijstpellerijen als koloniale knooppunten, 1850-1950

Groten, M. P. (Speaker)
12 Dec 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

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

Groten, M. P. (Speaker)
8 Mar 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

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Minikeynote

Groten, M. P. (Speaker)
30 Jun 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

De Indische buurt van Almere

Groten, M. P. (Speaker)
27 Jul 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular