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prof. dr. E.A. (Elizabeth) Buettner

Moderne geschiedenis
  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis
  • Visiting address
    Oost-Indisch Huis
    Kloveniersburgwal 48  Room number: D 0.05
  • Postal address:
    Kloveniersburgwal  48
    1012 CX  Amsterdam
    T: 0205254488

Elizabeth Buettner, professor of Modern History

Elizabeth Buettner’s research centres on British imperial, social and cultural history since the late nineteenth century along with other European nations’ histories of late colonialism, decolonisation and their domestic ramifications. She is currently completing a book entitled Europe After Empire: Decolonization, Society and Culture that examines British, French, Dutch, Belgian and Portuguese histories of coming to terms with the end of empires after the Second World War, focusing on the domestic impact of decolonisation, postcolonial migration, the emergence of contemporary multicultural societies and selective memories of empire. In the coming years she looks forward to expanding upon previous research on postcolonial South Asian migration and cultures in diaspora, placing South Asians in Britain within wider transnational contexts. Buettner received her BA from Barnard College of Columbia University and her MA and PhD from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She has taught in England at the University of York since 2000 and in 2012-2013 held a senior research fellowship at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany in conjunction with a British Academy mid-career fellowship. Buettner’s publications include Empire Families: Britons and Late Imperial India (Oxford University Press, 2004) together with articles in the Journal of Modern History, History & Memory, Scottish Historical Review, Annales de Démographie Historique, Ab Imperio, Food and History, and a number of edited collections.


  • Buettner, E. A. (2018). Toxic Comfort Blanket: Imperial Delusion in Modern Britain. Times Literary Supplement, (6026), 13.


  • Buettner, E. A. (2017). Debt of honour: Why the European impact on India must be fully acknowledged. The Times Literary Supplement, (5967), 13-14.
  • Buettner, E. A. (2017). European Others and Others in Europe? Entangled Migration Histories in the Postwar Era. In A. Amin, & P. Lewis (Eds.), European Union and Disunion: Reflections on European Identity (pp. 35-40). London: British Academy.
  • Buettner, E. A. (2017). Extended Families or Bodily Decomposition?: Biological Metaphors in the Age of European Decolonization. In M. Thomas, & R. Toye (Eds.), Rhetorics of Empire: Languages of Colonial Conflict after 1900 (pp. 208-27). (Studies in Imperialism). Manchester: Manchester University Press.


  • Buettner, E. (2016). Europe after Empire: Decolonization, Society, and Culture. (New Approaches to European History). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details] 


  • Buettner, E. (2014). 'This is Staffordshire not Alabama': Racial Geographies of Commonwealth Immigration in Early 1960s Britain. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 42(4), 710-740. DOI: 10.1080/03086534.2014.962929  [details] 


  • Buettner, E. A. (2011). La famille britannique entre l’Inde et le Canada: Empire, classe sociale et voyage à la fin du xix e siècle. Annales de Démographie Historique, 122(2), 149-168.


  • Buettner, E. (2017). Senior Research Fellowship, Leibniz Institute for European History, Mainz, Germany, November-December 2017..

Scientific position

  • Buettner, E. (2017-2021). Member of the Wetenschappelijke Adviescommissie/Academic Advisory Commission for the ‘Decolonization, Violence, and War in Indonesia, 1945-1950’ Investigation. This research programme has been allocated c. €4 million by the Dutch government, and is coordinated by the Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (KITLV), the Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie (NIMH) and the NIOD Instituut voor Oorlogs-, Holocaust en Genocidestudies. (2017-2021).
  • Buettner, E. (2015). Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF), Member of History International Review Panel (2015), Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF).
  • Buettner, E. (2015-2019). Member of Advisory Council (2015-2019); Research Associate (since 2010), Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London.

Media appearance

  • Buettner, E. (05-11-2017). ‘Mesmo hoje, minorias nascidas na Europa são tidas como “imigrantes de segunda geração”’ [Print] Público. ‘Mesmo hoje, minorias nascidas na Europa são tidas como “imigrantes de segunda geração”’.
  • Buettner, E. (02-06-2016). ‘Toon migratiedebat was altijd al: ze zijn anders’: interview with Elizabeth Buettner by Ianthe Sahadat [Print] De Volkskrant. ‘Toon migratiedebat was altijd al: ze zijn anders’: interview with Elizabeth Buettner by Ianthe Sahadat, De Volkskrant (Amsterdam), 2 June 2016..
  • Buettner, E. (13-01-2016). 'Free Thinking' [Radio] BBC Radio 3. BBC Radio 3: ‘Free Thinking’: one of four interviewed guests for a live 45-minute panel discussion on ‘French Politics and Society’ broadcast on 13 January 2016..

Journal editor

  • Buettner, E. (member of editorial board) (2017-2027). Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (Journal).
  • Buettner, E. (member of editorial board) (2005-2027). Women's History Review (Journal).


  • Buettner, E. (participant) (2013 - 2018). Member of International Advisory Board (other).
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