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Mr S.C.J.R. (Sebastiaan) Broere MA

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis
Photographer: Milagro Elstak

Visiting address
  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
Postal address
  • Postbus 1610
    1000 BP Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Sebastiaan Broere (1989) holds bachelor degrees in history and philosophy from Utrecht University and master degrees from Utrecht University (History and Philosophy of Science) and University of California, Los Angeles (History). His research interests include the history of the social sciences, asylum care, and colonial science. Under the heading of Decolonizing Knowledge: Postcoloniality and The Making of Modern Indonesia’s Knowledge Culture, 1945-1970, he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Amsterdam.


    Broere's master thesis (HPS) entitled In and Out of Magelang Asylum: A Social History of Colonial Psychiatry in the Netherlands Indies, 1923-1942, has been awarded the 2017 Pieter van Foreestprijs and got the second award of the 2015 Volkskrant-IISG Thesis Award. This thesis was also shortlisted for the 2015 Huygens-Descartes Thesis Award.


    Broere is an editor at history of science blog Shells and PebblesIn case you are interested in posting a blog, please do not hesitate to contact him. 

  • Ancillary activities

    Treasurer at Gewina, the Belgium-Dutch association for the history of science and universities. 

    Editor at history of science blog Shells and Pebbles. In case you are interested in posting a blog, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

  • Publications


    • Broere, S. C. J. R. (Accepted/In press). Trajectories of the insane in the Netherlands Indies: State institutions, agricultural colonies, and the imaginary foundations of colonial psychiatric care, 1920-1940. In S. Nasir, J. Nourse, & H. Pols (Eds.), History of Medicine in the Dutch East Indies and Indonesia: Current Trends and New Directions Singapore: NUS Press.


    • Broere, S. C. J. R. (Accepted/In press). A Noble Anachronism: Elephants and Veterinary Medicine in the British Raj, ca. 1840-1900. In V. Lal (Ed.), Colonialism and Official Forms of Knowledge: The British in India Primus Books.



    • Broere, S. C. J. R. (2016). Synthesis and Race: Barge, Buytendijk, and the "Rassenvraagstuk" of the 1930s. Studium, 9(4), 185-201.


    • Broere, S. C. J. R. (2013). Interpretaties van het verleden: De experimenten van Galileo Galilei. Skript: historisch tijdschrift, 35(3), 161-173.


    • Broere, S. (2020). [Review of: L. van Bergen (2019) The Dutch East Indies Red Cross, 1870-1950 : on humanitarianism and colonialism]. Social History of Medicine.



    Talk / presentation

    • Broere, S. (speaker) (6-2-2020). The Right Kind of Peasant: Agricultural Extension and the Politics of Knowledge in Indonesia during the 1950s, The Construction of Indonesian Knowledge Cultures since Independence, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
    • Broere, S. (speaker) (25-11-2019). Raising the Standard? Nutritional Science and Ideologies of Independence in Postcolonial Indonesia (1930-1960), Vossius Seminar, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Broere, S. (speaker) (15-11-2019). "Freedom means Rice": Food, Agriculture, and Independence in Sukarno-era Indonesia, Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food: (Post)colonial foodways, Amsterdam , Netherlands.
    • Broere, S. (speaker) (12-7-2019). Four Times "A Matter of Life or Death": Contested Agricultural Development during Indonesia's First Decade of Independence, 1945-1955, Euroseas conference, Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
    • Broere, S. (speaker) (21-6-2019). Knowledge in Times of Decolonization: Agriculture and the Making of Sukarno-Era Indonesia, 1945-1967, 8th Gewina Meeting of Historians of Science in the Low Countries.
    • Broere, S. (speaker) (14-6-2019). Peasants, Extension, Independence: Lessons from the Early History of Agricultural Development in Indonesia, Institut Pertanian Bogor.
    • Broere, S. (speaker) (28-6-2018). Individuals? Asylum Care in the Netherlands Indies, 1910-1940, First Joint Meeting of the Asian Society of the History of Medicine and History of Medicine in Southeast Asia, Jakarta, Indonesia.
    • Broere, S. (speaker) (12-5-2018). Reading Psychiatric Case Files in East and Southeast Asia: New Methodological Approaches, American Association for the History of Medicine, Los Angeles, United States.
    • Broere, S. (speaker) (27-2-2017). A Noble Anachronism: The Production of Veterinarian Expertise on Elephants in Colonial India, 1840-1900, History of Science Graduate Student Meeting 2017, Los Angeles, United States.
    • Broere, S. (speaker) (28-6-2016). Engelhard’s Ethno-Psychology: Measuring Minds in Central-Java, 1916-1925, ESHHS-CHEIRON Joint Meeting, Barcelona, Spain.
    • Broere, S. (speaker) (28-8-2015). A Mental Health System in the Colonies? The Case of the Dutch East Indies, Euroseas Conference, Vienna.
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  • Ancillary activities
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