Dr. Kirsten Maria Johanna Kamphuis

Cluster of Excellence "Religion and Politics"
Dr. Kirsten Maria Johanna Kamphuis

Johannisstr. 1, Room Domplatz 6 raum 142
48143 Münster

  • Research Areas

    • Colonial History of Indonesia and Southeast Asia
    • Women's movements and anticolonialism, with a focus on Indonesia in the 20th century
    • Gender- and women's history, feminist theory and intersectional approaches to history writing
    • Girls' education in a transnational context, 19th-20th centuries
  • CV


    PhD History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence
    ResMA Global and Colonial History, Leiden University
    BA History, University of Groningen

    External functions

    Editorial Board Member Jaarboek voor Vrouwengeschiedenis / Dutch Yearbook for Women's History
    Affiliated Fellow, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV)
  • Publications


    Research articles (journals)
    • Kamphuis, Kirsten. . ‘A Mirror for the Modern Girl: Work and Marriage in an Indonesian Magazine for Young Women, c. 1937-1941.’ Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 15, No. 1: 93-111. doi: 10.1353/hcy.2022.0005.
    • Kamphuis, Kirsten. . ‘Giving for Girls: Reconsidering Colonial Civilizing Missions in the Dutch East Indies through Charitable Girls’ Education.’ New Global Studies 12, No. 2: 217-234. doi: 10.1515/ngs-2018-0030.
    • Kamphuis, Kirsten. . ‘'The Javanese is Soft and Docile’: Deconstructing Masculinities in Ethnography about the Netherlands Indies.’ Leidschrift 30, No. 2: 163-178.
    Research articles (Book Contributions)
    • Kamphuis, Kirsten. . ‘Schoolmeisjes of huwbare vrouwen? Hoe een kritisch perspectief op leeftijd de historische praktijk verrijkt.’ In Yearbook for Women's History 40: Living Concepts. Forty Years of Engaging Gender and History, edited by Eveline Buchheim et.al., 119-124. Hilversum: Verloren.
    Non-scientific Contributions (Journals)

    Reviews (Journals)

    • Kamphuis, Kirsten. . ‘Exploring entanglements of empire through women's labour. Review of 'Women, Work and Colonialism in the Netherlands and Java. Comparisons, Contrasts, and Connections', by Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk.’ Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies 24, No. 1: 75-78. doi: 10.5117/TVGN2021.1.007.KAMP.
    • Kamphuis, Kirsten. . ‘Review of 'Youth and Empire: Trans-colonial Childhoods in British and French Asia', by David M. Pomfret.’ Itinerario 41, No. 1: 183-185. doi: 10.1017/S0165115317000195.
    • Kamphuis, Kirsten. . ‘Review of 'Wives, Slaves and Concubines: A History of the Female Underclass in Dutch Asia', by Eric Jones.’ Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies 18, No. 3: 349-352. doi: 10.5117/TVGN2015.3.RECE.

    Theses (Doctoral or Post-Doctoral)

    • Kamphuis, Kirsten. . Indigenous Girls and Education in a Changing Colonial Society. The Dutch East Indies, c. 1880-1942 Dissertation thesis, European University Institute.
  • Talks

    • Kamphuis, Kirsten (): ‘The Modern Woman on the Page. Questions of Religion and Gender in Indonesian Women’s Magazines (c.1930-1960)’. EuroSEAS, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, .
    • Kamphuis, Kirsten (): ‘Beyond ‘Pahlawan Perempuan’: Indonesian Colonial History from a gender perspective’. Online guest lecture, Universitas Nasional Yogyakarta, .
    • Kamphuis, Kirsten (): ‘Beyond ‘Pahlawan Perempuan’: Indonesian Colonial History from a Gender Perspective’. Guest lecture, Universitas Nasional Yogyakarta, .
    • Kamphuis, Kirsten (): ‘Contesting and Legitimizing Dutch Colonialism in the Indonesian Women’s Movement: Muslim and Christian Views’. Gender, Empire, Expansion – Imperial Legitimacy and Gendered Conduct since the Eighteenth Century (online workshop), Freie Universität Berlin, .
    • Kamphuis, Kirsten (): ‘From dukun bayi to the first medical doctor: healthcare training for women in colonial Indonesia, c. 1900-1942’. AREISSH - Annual Conference on Educational Implementation, Social Studies and History, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Indonesia, .
    • Kamphuis, Kirsten (): ‘Of modern girls and pious mothers: looking at visual material in Indonesian women's magazines, 1930s-1950s’. AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies: Paradigms and New Frontiers (Online Conference), Michigan State University, .
    • Kamphuis, Kirsten (): ‘'The spirit of the young: Muslim students' activism in colonial Indonesia, 1920s-1930s'’. Children’s History Society Biennial Conference: Children and Young People Speaking Up and Speaking Out (Online Conference), Manchester Metropolitan University, .
    • Kamphuis, Kirsten (): ‘'Where is a woman's place?' Gendering the archives of (post)colonial Indonesian organisations, c.1920-1965’. Archiving, Recording and Representing Feminism: The Global History of Women's Emancipation in the 20th Century (Online Conference) , German Historical Institute London, .
    • Kamphuis, Kirsten (): ‘Indigenous girls’ bodies as a site of moral reform: the Roman Catholic boarding schools on Flores in the Dutch East Indies, c.1880s-1940s’. Exclude to Include: Global Perspectives on Boarding Schools, their Participants and Processes during the 19th and 20th Centuries (Online Conference), Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany, .
    • Kamphuis, Kirsten (): ‘An alternative family: domesticity and Protestantism at an elite Javanese girls’ school in the Dutch East Indies, c. 1907-1937’. Children in (post)colonial missions (Children as Objects and Actors of (Post)Colonial Change (COAC)), Universiteit van Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, .
    • Kamphuis, Kirsten (): ‘'The older girls are very sweet to the little ones': affective relations in girls’ schools in the Netherlands Indies, c. 1900-1940’. Leiden Southeast Asia Seminar, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), Leiden, the Netherlands, .
    • Kamphuis, Kirsten (): ‘Indisch: un mondo in una parola. Storia e letterature dell’Indonesia (post)coloniale’. Invited talk, Università degli studi di Napoli L’Orientale, Napels, Italy, .
    • Kamphuis, Kirsten (): ‘Gadis-gadis kita. Taman Siswa as an example of gendered education in the Netherlands Indies, 1922-1942’. Invited talk, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, .
    • Kamphuis, Kirsten (): ‘Intimate strategies. Elite Javanese girlhood and Christian domesticity in three boarding schools in the Netherlands Indies, ca. 1907-1940’. Seen but not Heard? The Spatial, Emotional and Material Sites of Childhood and Youth from Antiquity to Modernity, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, .