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Liesbeth Rosen Jacobson

PhD candidate

E.W. Rosen Jacobson MA
+31 71 527 1636

Fields of interest

  • Late colonial history, decolonization and postcolonialism, specifically from the perspective of Eurasians
  • Migration and social history in general
  • Literary and discourse analysis as a method for historical research


My PhD-project is about the position of Eurasians, people of mixed ancestry, after decolonization. When colonization came to an end, they had to make a choice between staying in the former colony or leaving for the mothercountry. This choice was influenced by both individual (age and gender for instance) and structural factors (such as the economic situation in the former colony as well as the motherland). I compare the position and choices of Eurasian groups of three former colonies: the British Indies, the Dutch Indies and Indochina. The focus is on the people who stayed in the former colonies.

Curriculum vitae

Bachelor in social history at Leiden University

Research Master History: Migration and Global Interdependence at Leiden University (cum laude)

PhD candidate

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Institute for History
  • Economische en Sociale geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga Building
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.24a



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