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

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PhD candidate History

General information

Office hours: Monday - Friday; or e-mail me for an appointment.

Research interests:

  • Dutch History
  • Transatlantic History
  • Cultural Mobility
  • Women's & Gender History 
  • Life Writing
  • Digital Humanities (e-Humanities)

Key words:
Cultural mobility | Cultural mobilizers | Biography | Life writing | Transatlantic History | Transnational History | Modern American History | History of racism | Persona | Poetry | Holocaust | Anne Frank | African American History | Black History | Culture & Politics | Social Movements | Media History | 20th century | Contemporary History | Digital Humanities | Social Network Analysis (SNA) | Blackjewishstudies | Auto/Biography | History after 1945 | Gender | Intersectionality | Graphic design | History of the Netherlands in an international perspective | Women's History | Feminist History


Curriculum vitae


Short CV

2014-present   : PhD candidate in Political History (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)  
2011-2012        : MA in Comparative Arts & Media Studies (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) 
2009-2011        : Research MA in Political History (Leiden University) 


About me

Ms. Lonneke Geerlings MA Mphil (1986) is an interdisciplinary historian, editor and organizer. She holds a Master’s degree in History (2011) from Leiden University and a Master’s degree in Comparative Arts and Media Studies (2012) from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Research for her Research MA thesis on ‘Dolle Mina and the United States. 1968-1970’ included a semester abroad in the United Kingdom, and a short period of research at University of California, Berkeley. The two disciplines come together in her NWO funded transnational PhD research (2014-2019), which included extensive archival research in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France and the Netherlands. She has presented her research at conferences in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Romania. In 2015 she was a Postgraduate Fellow at the Eccles Centre/British Library at the British Library in London. In 2016 she was a Fellow at EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure) at the Bundesarchiv in Berlin.  
Besides her PhD research, she gives (guest)lectures and organizes events and symposia. She is also editor for Historica, the Dutch journal for gender history. In her private (but also professional) time she is passionate about (rock) music, film, modern art, and the 'sixties' in general.



    PhD Research


    Rosey E. Pool, London, 1960s 
    Rosey E. Pool, London, 1960s

    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 multilingual writer, translator, and anthologist of African American poetry, of Jewish descent. Already in the 1920s, she was involved in the Négritude movement and wrote with a large number of Black Poets. During the Second World War she worked as a teacher (Anne Frank was amongst her pupils), was a member of a German-Jewish resistance group, and escaped from the Westerbork transit camp. After the war, Pool became involved in the American and British Black Arts Movements. 

    Pool’s relevance in various national contexts will be explored in this project, using the concept of ‘cultural mobiliser’ (Greenblatt 2010). Cultural mobilisers are subjects who move between different countries, cultures and contexts, while at the same time mobilising others in their politically informed practices of consciousness raising. This research combines theories from Cultural Studies, Literary Theory, in combination with Digital Humanities (e-Humanities) tools.

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

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

    Visit my Rosey E. Pool blog



    I give guest lectures at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the courses:

    • Europa en de Wereld II: De geschiedenis van de westerse samenleving sinds 1815
    • Humanities
    • Imagining the Dutch. Themes in Dutch History 

    I am also available as a second reader for BA theses.

    Memberships and affiliations

    • Member, Koninklijk Nederlands Historisch Genootschap
    • Member, Vereniging voor Vrouwengeschiedenis
    • Member, Netherlands American Studies Association
    • Member, European Association for American Studies
    • CLUE+ Research Institute for Culture, History and Heritage (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)
    • The Network Institute (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)


    Other activities

    Historica.Tijdschrift voor gendergeschiedenis
    Editor, since February 2015



    Key publications:

    • Lonneke Geerlings, 'De Sovjet-Unie, “the country without racism”. Een portret van de Afro-Russische historica Lily Golden (1934-2010)’, Historica. Tijdschrift voor gendergeschiedenis, vol. 39, no. 3 (October2016) 3, pp. 12-17. URL: http://dare.ubvu.vu.nl/handle/1871/54861
    • Babs Boter, Lonneke Geerlings, ‘Neerkijken en rondzien. Twee reizigers uit Nederland portretteren en presenteren Harlem’, Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis,vol. 129, no. 3 (August 2016), pp. 393-414.
    • Lonneke Geerlings, 'A Visual Analysis of Rosey E. Pool's Correspondence Archives. Biographical Data, Intersectionality, and Social Network Analysis', CEUR Workshop Proceedings, vol. 1399 [Proceedings van de First Conference on Biographical Data in a Digital World 2015. Amsterdam, 9 april 2015], pp. 61-67. URL: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1399/paper10.pdf
    • Lonneke Geerlings, '"Bra Burners". De korsetverbranding van Dolle Mina in trans-Atlantisch perspectief', Leidschrift, vol. 30, no. 2 (May2015), pp. 57-78. URL: http://dare.ubvu.vu.nl/handle/1871/54873 
    • Lonneke Geerlings, ‘”Crazy Mina” guerrillas hit Holland’. Transfer van Dolle Mina’s ‘ludieke acties’ van en naar de VS (1968-1970)’, Historica. Tijdschrift voor gendergeschiedenis, vol. 36, no. 3 (October 2013), pp. 7 – 11. URL: http://dare.ubvu.vu.nl/handle/1871/52212


    Book reviews:

    • Lonneke Geerlings, 'Uitgelezen [review Els Kloek (red.), 101 vrouwen en de oorlog], Archievenblad, vol. 120, no. 6 (July 2016), pp. 34-35. URL: http://dare.ubvu.vu.nl/handle/1871/54855
    • Lonneke Geerlings, ‘Rijk maar gefragmenteerd. Het 34e Jaarboek voor Vrouwengeschiedenis Under Fire. Women and World War II’ [recensie], Historica.Tijdschrift voor gendergeschiedenis, vol. 38, no. 3 (October 2015), pp. 35-36. URL: http://dare.ubvu.vu.nl/handle/1871/54090

    Non scientific:

    • Lonneke Geerlings, 75 jaar Haagse Bond van Amateurtuindersverenigingen 1938-2013 (private publisher, 2013)
    • Lonneke Geerlings, et al., Honda Vereniging Nederland. 25 jaar (1987-2012)(private publisher, 2011)



    Organized / co-organized events:

    • Symposium Black History & Gender, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 9 December 2016.
    • Expert Meeting: Studying A Transnational Poetics: Practices and Methods, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 12 June 2015.
    • Farewell symposium dr. Anneke Ribberink: Levend Europa. Europa vanuit biografisch perspectief, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 17 December 2014. 


    Lectures, conference papers, etc.:

    • 'The “American Invasion” at 23a High Point, London. Rosey E. Pool’s Home as a “Contact Zone” of the Black Atlantic During the 1950s and 1960s', ACLA 2017 Annual Meeting, Panel "African Americans Abroad", Utrecht, 6-9 July 2017 [accepted]
    • ‘Cultural “mobilizers” and “cultural mobilization”. Rosey E. Pool and Gordon Heath in the Dutch TV play Advocaat Pro Deo (1958)’, Doctoral workshop: Tracing mobilities and socio-political activism, 19th – 20th centuries, TIC-Belgium, Mundaneum, Mons, 30 June 2016. [invited]
    • 'African American Issues on Dutch Television: Rosey E. Pool and Gordon Heath in the TV Play Advocaat Pro Deo (1958)', Amerikanistendag 2016, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 10 June 2016.
    • 'The Construction of Archives and Personas. Rosey E. Pool’s Public and Hidden Identities During the Cold War', Identity Formation in the Biographical Archive, Centre for Gender Studies, University of Groningen, 18 May 2016. [invited]
    • w/ Babs Boter, 'Writing a (Wo)Man’s Life, Or the Autobiographical Self in Female Portraits of Men', European Association of American Studies (EAAS) Conference, Constanta, Romania, 23 April 2016.
    • 'Cultural mobility', Feedback Forum Migration & Diversity Centre, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 14 April 2016. [invited]
    • '"Anne Frank's Diary Genuine, Says Teacher": Rosey E. Pool's Fulbright tour through the American South, 1959-1960', Narratives of War, Huizinga Institute, Amsterdam, 26 February 2016. 
    • 'Performances in the Theatre of the Cold War. The American Society of African Culture (AMSAC) and the 1961 Lagos Festival.'  Conference Reconsidering Democracy and the Nation State in a Global Perspective, workshop ‘"Congomania" and Forms of the National State in Africa (1950s – 1960s)’. Leiden University, 14-16 January 2016.
    • 'Robert Hayden’s poem “Belsen, Day of Liberation (for Rosey)”. Transnationalism and poetry of mourning.' Expert Meeting: Studying A Transnational Poetics: Practices and Methods, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 12 June 2015.
    • w/ Babs Boter, 'Cultural Mobility, Transatlantic Networks, and Gender.’ Transatlantic Studies Association, 14th Annual Conference, Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, 8 July 2015. 
    • w/ Babs Boter, 'Making Friends in Harlem. Two Dutch Travelers Shaping Self and Other.’ The French Association of American Studies (AFEA) Conference 2015: Movement, Place, Fixity, La Rochelle (France), 29 May 2015.
    • w/ Babs Boter, 'Cultural Mobility, Belonging, and Gender. Mary Pos and Rosey E. Pool.’ Conference Biographies of Belonging, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 10 March 2015.
    • 'Rosey Pool. Een Europese cultural mobiliser in de VS.' Farewell symposium dr. Anneke Ribberink: Levend Europa. Europa vanuit biografisch perspectief, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 17 December 2014.