dr. C.A. (Caroline) Drieënhuizen

Caroline DrieënhuizenDr. Caroline Drieënhuizen (1983) is a cultural historian. She obtained her PhD at the University of Amsterdam (UVA) in 2012. She works as a teacher in cultural science at the UVA and as an assistent-professor at the Open University.

The European colonial elite of the Dutch East Indies between 1811 and 1957

Drieënhuizen studied the formation and development of the European colonial elite of the Dutch East Indies between 1811 and 1957. She looked at the material collections of these people. By looking at the collections of four families she paints an image of a group that is closely connected to the Netherlands and its national, political, cultural and economical elite. The collections not only show how the elite functioned in Dutch and colonial society, but also how objects played a role in the achievement of status and prestige. Drieënhuizen concludes that cultural capital was very important to these families: with this, and the closely related social and economical capital, these families could be part of both Dutch and colonial elite at the same time. Cultural capital was of more importance in defining someone’s social position in the colony and in the Netherlands than race, skin color or religion.

Supervisors: Prof.dr. S. Legêne and prof. dr. W. den Boer