Shortlist and Winner Dissertation in the Humanities

Nadine Chan, A Cinema Under the Palms: The Unruly Lives of Colonial Educational Films in British Malaya. [University of Southern California]

Nadine Chan's A Cinema Under the Palms discusses the production, distribution, and reception of colonial educational films as texts of multiple meanings in the period from the early 1920s until Malaysian independence in 1957. She demonstrates that while intended to serve as tools of colonial governance, films were unruly objects, often received in unintended ways.

Bart Luttikhuis, Negotiating Modernity: Europeanness in Late Colonial Indonesia, 1910-1942. [European University]

Bart Luttikhuis' Negotiating Modernity argues that the existing historiography dealing with differentiating practices in colonial Indonesia has tended to overstate the importance of racial delineations. He examines how various diverse groups, including the indigenous ranks of the colonial system, identified as ‘European’ through the construction of a discursive link between ‘Europeanness’ and ‘modernity’.

Winner of the IBP 2017 Dissertation in the Humanities

Lisa Hellman, Navigating the Foreign Quarters: Everyday Life of the Swedish East India Company Employees in Canton and Macao 1730–1830. [Stockholm University]

Lisa Hellman's Navigating the Foreign Quarters draws on a rich array of private sources in a micro-study of a hither-to neglected European enterprise. Using class, gender, and ethnicity as analytical categories, she demonstrates how local histories may inform the global through a study of the processes of every day practices in the East India trade. Hellman is the deserved winner of the IBP 2017 Dissertations Humanities prize.


Picture: Alex McKay (IBP Reading Committee) and Emilie Wellfelt (Stockholm University), who accepted the award on behalf of prize winner Lisa Hellman


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