Maaike Derksen

Maaike Derksen

The Vincentius orphanages are cultural heritage sites that occupy a central place in the urban geography of metropolitan Jakarta. Maaike Derksen will utilise The Niels Stensen Fellowship to approach the legacy of (post)colonial missionary education and care entangled with these orphanages. In her project, Derksen will trace the histories of diverse groups of children who lived in these orphanages during the tectonic shifts in colonial and postcolonial governance witnessed across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The project will focus on the experiences of those children who ended up in orphanages due to colonial laws which ignored single Javanese mothers' custody over their Eurasian children (1860-1942); the wartime influences upon colonial childhood as shaped by Japanese occupation and the Indonesian War of Independence (1942-1950); and finally the children who became part of transnational adoption and child development programs in Indonesia (1950-1990). The project will be hosted by the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University and the Atma Jaya University in Jakarta, starting September 2021.

Trude Dijkstra

Trude Dijkstra

The project 'Between Merchants and Materia Medica' examines the ways in which Dutch printers and publishers shaped the introduction, dissemination, and representation of Chinese medicine between 1595 and 1721. It also pioneers an examination of the earliest European reception of Chinese medicine through an analysis of early-modern handwritten medical recipe-books. By integrating concepts from global (art)history, book history, economic history and medical history with a corpus of understudied materials, this research thereby exposes the mechanisms behind early-modern global knowledge transfer. The Niels Stensen Fellowship generously allows me to conduct postdoctoral research on the role of print and manuscript in the shaping of intercultural encounters at the Warburg Insitute in London, UK.

John Huisman

John Huisman

Language is a central part of what it is to be human. One of the fundamental aspects of language is meaning, which captures the way we categorise and organise our experiences of the world around us. The diversity of human experience across cultures has led to a wide variety of conceptualisations, and studying this diversity helps uncover systematicity in the variation, increasing our understanding of the nature of language itself. As a Niels Stensen fellow, John will work at Uppsala University to study cross-linguistic variation and change in meaning using data from the Indo-European language family. His research will investigate the factors that explain patterns of variation (with special reference to phylogeny, geography, and individual speaker variation) and the trajectories of semantic change over time.

Rascha Nuijten

Rascha Nuijten

Biodiversity is declining at an alarming rate. One of the major threats is illegal wildlife trade in animal parts. Poaching of endangered species such as pangolins and jaguars are an everyday concern for wildlife rangers and park managers. In Africa, rhino horn is one of the most valuable wildlife products on the black market. Based on the 'wave of disturbance' that is expected to be seen in ungulate herds when an unknown intruder (for example a poacher) is in an area, Rascha aims to develop an early warning system for poachers. By using GPS and accelerometer sensors on abundant, group-living animals such as zebra and wildebeest, a disturbance in the area can be detected and ranger patrols can be directed effectively.

Anna Luna Post

Anna Luna Post

While we expect scholars to be interested in their topics of research, we often distrust those who are too invested in the outcome of their work – especially when their interest can be measured in monetary gains. This, it is often thought, makes scholars vulnerable to corruption. In this research project, Anna-Luna Post will examine the historical roots of this attitude by focusing on a key period for the development of new ideas about both scholarship and trade: the seventeenth century Dutch Republic. The project investigates how scholarly and commercial communities understood the concepts of corruption and fraud, and how each community looked to the other in forming their ideas. The project will be conducted at the University of Southern California's Department of History at Dornsife College.

Maaike Schilperoort

Maaike Schilperoort

Cardiovascular disease, generally known as 'heart disease', is the leading cause of death worldwide, responsible for over 17 million deaths per year. The main cause of cardiovascular disease is an inflammatory disease process called atherosclerosis. Anti- inflammatory therapy reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, but is associated with significant adverse events related to impaired host defense, notably infection and sepsis. Therefore, novel therapeutic strategies that target inflammation while minimizing loss of essential host defense mechanisms are highly warranted. With support of the Niels Stensen Fellowship, Maaike will carry out research at Columbia University in New York aimed at promoting the function of macrophages with a resolving-repair phenotype. These immune cells prevent chronic inflammation as occurs in atherosclerosis, and can therefore be targeted to reduce cardiovascular risk.

Sohail Wahedi

Sohail Wahedi

Over the past decades, law and religion scholarship has exclusively paid attention to the specialness of religion in law, focusing extensively on specialness qua religion as well as specialness because of the protection- worthiness of the liberal substitutes of religion. This focus has both a doctrinal as well as a normative political dimension that explains why the doctrine has had ample attention for the specialness-question, while barely engaging with academic and societal concerns about singling out religion for disfavored treatment. This project addresses what the conceptual, methodological and political normative implications of restrictions that target religion, mean for the law and religion scholarship.