Dr. A.F. (Alicia) Schrikker

  • Lecturer
  • Colonial history
  • VOC
  • Disasters
  • Asia - Indonesia - Sri Lanka
  • Global history

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2769
E-Mail: a.f.schrikker@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, Algemene Geschiedenis
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.68a
Personal Homepage: www.hum.leiden.edu/​history/​organisation/​staff-history/​schrikker.html

Alicia Schrikker (1976) studied history in Leiden and obtained her PhD degree in 2006. Since then she has worked at the department as lecturer and coordinator for the Encompass project.

Teaching and research

Focuses mainly on cultures of governance in colonial Asia, with an emphasis on the nineteenth century. From the late eighteenth century onwards, colonial rule intensified and expanded in many Asian regions. But the ways in which colonialism manifested itself and colonial rulers claimed authority and legitimacy in various places differed greatly and was under constant evolution. This evolution of cultures of governance over the nineteenth century took place in constant negotiation between local power holders, colonial administrators and the metropolis. It was also influenced by developments that were taking place beyond the specific boundaries of the colonial empires, for instance in the fields of technology, communication, religion and political thought.            

In short, I am interested in the way in which government institutions, laws, modes of behavior and norms took shape and were practiced in colonial contexts. It is not so much the administrative history I am concerned with, but rather the personal interaction in the processes of shaping and exercising governance in colonial Asia. In the past years I have developed three specific areas of interest where these questions play a particular role: intersections of empires, colonial law and natural disasters in colonial Indonesia.

Key publications

Alicia Schrikker. Dutch and British colonial intervention 1780-1815: Expansion and reform. Leiden: Brill. 2007. http://www.brill.nl/dutch-and-british-colonial-intervention-sri-lanka-1780-1815

Thomas Lindblad and Alicia Schrikker (eds.). Het Verre gezicht: Politieke en culturele relaties tussen Nederland en Azië, Afrika en Amerika. Franeker: Uitgeverij van Wijnen. 2011.   http://www.uitgeverijvanwijnen.nl/index.htm

Last Modified: 10-12-2015