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Erik Odegard


Dr. E.L.L. Odegard
+31 71 527 2772

Erik Odegard is a postdoc at the Institute for History.

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Fields of interest

  • The interaction of formal empires and informal networks
  • Chartered trading companies
  • Urban planning and military architecture 1450-1800

PhD Research

How did free agents protect their interests by supporting or undermining career paths of employees of the VOC and WIC? The case of Johan Maurits van Nassau (Governor of New Holland-Brazil, 1636-1644) and Rijckloff van Goens (Governor-General in Batavia, 1678-1681), part of the VIDI-project 'Challenging monopolies'.

Curriculum vitae

2005-2009 Bachelor in Maritime History at Leiden University
2009-2012 Mphil History of European Expansion and Globalization at Leiden University
2018 PhD Dissertation: Colonial careers : Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen, Rijckloff Volckertsz. van Goens and career-making in the Sventeenth-Century Dutch empire.


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Algemene Geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2,61



  • Odegard E.L.L. (2016), The structure of the Dutch East India Company Archive and different ways of looking for individuals [National Archives, Den Haag]. [lecture]. Uitvoering / lezing
  • Odegard E.L.L. (2016), The challenges and opportunities for automatic transcription of digitized archive pieces [National Archives, The Hague]. [lecture]. Uitvoering / lezing
  • Internationaal Insituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis Onderzoeker
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