Dr. Matthias van Rossum


Since 2015, I have worked as a Senior Researcher at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. My research interests are the global, colonial and maritime history, especially of work, coercion and social strategies. My current research projects focus mainly on the history slavery and slave trade in the Indian Ocean and Indonesian Archipelago worlds. I prefer to explore and combine both qualitative and quantitative methods, e.g. by mobilizing the potential of colonial court record material for local and global histories of slavery (see also the source publication Testimonies of Enslavement that is to be published with Bloomsbury this summer, and the research project on Resilient Diversity) or by the initiative for a collaborative database project to reconstruct the Indian Ocean, Indonesian Archipelago and wider Asian slave trade (Exploring Slave Trade in Asia).

During my time as a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Global History it is my aim to return to my earlier work on the history of social and intercultural relations between Asian and European sailors, and to work on a book manuscript.