Welcome to my website! I am a tenured assistant professor in the department of Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS) at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. In my research and teaching I focus on the long-term development of science and technology in society & digital heritage. In my work I take individuals, mostly naturalists and chemists, and everyday materials that traversed insular Southeast Asia and Europe in the long nineteenth century as starting point. In a connected line of research, I help developing a digital environment that facilitates such inquiries. Characteristic of my work is that I combine in-depth archival research with more conceptual thinking. I have presented my research in the form of academic publications, numerous talks and a museum exhibition at Rijksmuseum Boerhaave in Leiden and the Westfries Museum (2015-2017). I am also co-editor of the Brill book series Emergence of Natural History (ENH) and I am member of the editorial board of the international journal Itinerario. If you want to learn more about my current research projects click here. For a more detailed CV, click here.


  • New co-authored contribution to conference with the title “From Historical Handwritten Manuscripts to Linked Data” to be published in Springer LNCS (vol. 11057), Proceedings of International Conferenceon Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) in Porto, 10-13 September 2018.
  • New co-authored journal paper with the title “Semantic Annotation of Natural History Collections” in Journal of Web Semantics published. For a digital copy click here.
  • New co-authored book chapter with the title firstpage.pngTowards a Digital Infrastructure for Illustrated Handwritten Archives” published in Springer LNCS (vol. 10605) on Digital Cultural Heritage. For an authors approved digital copy click here.
  • On February 7, I gave a keynote lecture titled “Natural Historical Archives as Digital Challenge and Opportunity” at the conference Digital Past in Aberystwyth. The conference was organized by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.
  • New book chapter (open access) on the material history of coins, paper money and debt in the early nineteenth century Dut1813 java rupeech empire in Southeast Asia published.
  • Interdisciplinary symposiumManaging Alliances: Plant Science at Bogor Botanical Gardens, 1817-2017” to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of the Botanical Gardens in Bogor, Hortus Botanicus Leiden, 19 October 2017.
  • The collaborative digital cultural heritage research project: Eventscapes: Providing Spatio-Temporal Access to the Prize Papers has recieved funding from NWO. I helped realizing the project as co-applicant.
  • Since summer 2017, I am editor of the Brill book series Emergence of Natural History. If you are interested in volkskrantpublishing in the series please get in touch with me.
  • Article in de Volkskrant (Dutch national newspaper) on my research in the context of the collaborative Making Sense project published.
  • Come and join us for oursummer course on ‘Governance and Ethics of Technology‘ (13-22 August 2017) at Twente University!
  • Project website of Making Sense of Illustrated Handwritten Archives is online!
  • Hortus Botanicus Leiden: Public lecture on Reinwardt and early years of the hortus botanicus in Bogor on February, 26!Blume Lauters_Buitenzorg groot.jpg
  • Come and watch our presentation on ‘Natural Historical Archives as Digital Challenge and Opportunity‘ at UCL Centre for Digital Humanities on February, 8!
  • Panelon ‘Niches and Networks of Expertise: Negotiating Science, Citizenship and Economy in Southeast Asia and beyond‘ for the annual meeting of the European Association of Southeast Asian Studies (EASAS) in Oxford, 16-18 August 2017 accepted! If you are interested in contributing please drop me a line.
  • Presentation of project Making Sense of Illustrated Handwritten Archives at workshop ‘Googeling through archives’ at the National Archive in The Hague. For a report and visual impressions of the event see here and here.
  • Click here for the ‘Making Sense’ posterpresented at the 4th National eScience symposium in Amsterdam on 13 October 2016!
  • First conference paper of ‘Making Sense of Illustrated Handwritten Archives’ project presented at DH 2016 in Krakow. See for the abstract here!
  • The exhibitionWealth of Waste has received an ‘honorary mention’ in the 2016 competition for the Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits of the American Society for the History of Technology.