Marin Kuijt is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Historical Studies.
His project 'Colonial Carbon: How Oil and Gas Extraction Shaped the Netherlands and its Empire' focuses on the colonial and postcolonial history of oil in the Netherlands and its empire. Specifically, he is interested in how oil and gas extraction propelled the Dutch East Indies, New Guinea, and the Netherlands into the Anthropocene.
In 2022-2023 he edited with Peter van Dam the weekly newsletter on gas extraction and energy Tot op de bodem: totopdebodem.substack.com. Kuijt and Van Dam are currently working on an edited volume based on the newsletter.
In this podcast episode Marin Kuijt tells more about his dissertation project.
A related research interest of Kuijt is the role large fossil-fuel corporations play in the world of museums and heritage. The first case study on how oil companies curate their imago through donations to museums came out in 2022 (see publications). More publications on coal companies in the German Ruhrgebiet and their role in shaping the energy transition will follow.
Prior to coming to the University of Amsterdam, Marin Kuijt studied in the RMA Colonial and Global History program at Leiden University (cum laude). Before that he studied History (cum laude) and Philosophy (cum laude) at Utrecht University.