A.J.M. (Lonneke) Geerlings, MA

Lonneke GeerlingsLonneke Geerlings was trained both in History and Cultural Studies, and combines these two fields in an interdisciplinary approach in her PhD research. She studied History (Research MA) at Leiden University, where she explored the transfer of ideas between Dutch and American feminist movements. Research for her thesis on ‘Dolle Mina and the United States. 1968-1970’ included a semester of study abroad in the United Kingdom, and a short period of research at Berkeley University (California). The thesis was nominated for the Johanna Naber-prize for Women’s History. This resulted in a peer-reviewed article in Historica, journal for gender history (2013). In 2012, she completed her master’s in Comparative Arts and Media Studies at VU University, which focused on intermedial theory and new approaches to Cultural Studies.

During and after her studies she has been involved in the graphic design, and the writing and editing of several (journalistic) books and magazines. Her latest publication is a book on 75 years of community gardens in the greater The Hague area (2013).

PhD research: Travelling translator. Rosey Pool (1905-1971) a Dutch cultural mobiliser in the ‘transatlantic century’

The research Travelling translator. Rosey Pool (1905-1971) a Dutch cultural mobiliser in the ‘transatlantic century’ focuses on Rosey Pool (1905-1971) – a writer, translator, and cultural anthropologist of Jewish descent born in Amsterdam. Already in the 1920s, she was involved in the négritude movement and corresponded with various Black Poets. During WWII she was a teacher of Anne Frank and managed to escape from Westerbork. After the war, she became involved in the Civil Rights Movement in the US.

Pool’s relevance in various national contexts will be explored in this project, which uses Stephen Greenblatt’s concept of ‘cultural mobiliser’. Rosey Pool both mobilized people, and she managed to be mobile between different cultures. This research uses theories derived from Cultural Studies, postcolonial theory, literary theory and will use Digital Humanities tools.

The research is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

Supervisors: Prof. dr. Susan Legêne. Second supervisor: Prof. dr. Diederik Oostdijk

E-mail: a.j.m.geerlings@vu.nl