2022 Grant & Award Winners

The New Netherland Institute is announcing the 2022 winners of three grants and awards.

Hendricks Award

Timo Wouter McGregor has won this year's Hendricks Manuscript award for his dissertation, Properties of Empire: Mobility and Vernacular Politics in the Dutch Atlantic World, 1648-1688. The committee agreed McGregor's work was a refreshingly original and important contribution to our understanding of the Dutch colonial experience in America. Ambitious and complex, it shows how the Dutch, and early modern colonial states at large, imagined and constructed their far-flung imperial interests, drawing upon case studies from seventeenth-century Anglo-Dutch settlements in the Guianas, West Africa, and Northeastern America. The committee found the manuscript to be very well written, impressively researched, and very astutely conceived and presented. It is deeply grounded in the theoretical literature on law and the political theory of colonialism, and also in Dutch language manuscript primary sources.

Charles W. Wendell Research Grant

NNI has awarded three Charles W. Wendell Research Grants for 2022. The recipients are:

Evan Haefeli, Associate Professor, Texas A&M - $1,000. Project Title: One Great Family: The Iroquois League and the Pacification of the Eastern Woodlands

BJ Lillis, Ph.D. candidate, Princeton University) - $3,000. Project Title: A Valley between Worlds: Slavery, Dispossession, and the Creation of a Settler-Colonial Society in the Hudson Valley, 1659-1766

Aagje Lybeer, Ph.D. Candidate, St. Andrews - $1,000. Project Title: The Power of Body Language: Posture in Dutch seventeenth-century portraiture

Van Slyke Article Prize

Erin Kramer has won the 2022 Van Slyke Article Prize for her article, "'That she shall be forever banished from this country': Alcohol, Sovereignty, and Social Segregation in New Netherland," which was published in Early American Studies. The committee agreed that the article is of the highest quality in terms of writing and research. Not only does Kramer grapple with several separate historiographies, the committee reported, she also skillfully brings them together in interesting and innovative ways. The article makes an important contribution to our understanding of Dutch and Indigenous relations in New Netherland. In particular, it shows the intercultural origins of social segregation and the role of alcohol in these attempts. In her analysis, Kramer considers how both the Dutch and Indigenous authorities advocated for such social segregation. As one committee members noted, the article is based on "high-quality, eye-opening research that convincingly shows how the regulation of alcohol was intended to create social segregation."

Student Scholar in Residence Grant

Jennifer Motter, PhD candidate, the College of William & Mary, has won the 2022 Student Scholar in Residence Grant. Project Title: Knowledge and Commodification in the Early Modern Dutch Atlantic


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