dr. M. (Matthias) van Rossum

Matthias van RossumMatthias van Rossum works as a researcher at the International Institute of Social History and as a lecturer in Economic and Social history at the History Department of Leiden University. His research is concerned with the social and intercultural relations of working people in moments of globalization. He obtained his PhD at the VU University Amsterdam in 2014. His PhD research focused on the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and the relations between European and Asian sailors working on the intra-Asiatic shipping of the VOC.

PhD Research: Social and intercultural relations between European and Asian sailors working for the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in the 17th and 18th century (2008–2013)

European global expansion in the early modern period did not only mean intercontinental exchange of commodities, but also lead to intercultural encounters. For most of the 17th and 18th century, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) was one of the largest actors in intra-Asiatic and intercontinental European-Asian shipping. In intra-Asiatic shipping, the VOC manned its ships from early on with both European and Asian sailors. This meant that Asian sailors from Bengal, Ceylon, Java and China were employed alongside European workers. As a consequence these ships operated by the VOC in the intra -Asiatic trade functioned not only as important agents for mobility, but also were important locations for intercultural interaction. This PhD-project investigates the social and intercultural relations between European and Asian sailors working for the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in the 17th and 18th century.

Supervisors: Prof. dr. Karel Davids and prof. dr. Jan Lucassen

E-mail: m.van.rossum@vu.nl

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