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Lectures at TamKang University

Yesterday I had the pleasure to give some lectures on child mortality in the Netherlands and Taiwan (1860-1940) for students who took courses at the Department of History, TamKang University.

Presentation at Program for Historical Demography

On Friday 30 November I talked about my PhD-project and the future goal of organizing a seminar to discuss the future of comparative historical population studies at the Program for Historical Demography, Academia Sinica. The title was ‘Comparing Populations and Societies: A reflection on the series ‘Life at the Extremes: the demography of Europe and …

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Visiting scholar Program for Historical Demography, Academia Sinica

From today until 19 December I will be a visiting scholar at the Program for Historical Demography. During this period I will present the latest results of my PhD-project and continue my research on the impact of sibship size and composition on infant and child mortality in Taiwan, 1906-1945. 


Today the first article of my PhD-thesis is published in the international dubbel blind peer-reviewed journal The History of the Family: An International Quarterly. Below you can find the full reference and download link.  T. Riswick, ‘Testing the Conditional Resource Dilution Hypothesis: The Impact of Sibship Size and Composition on Infant and Child Mortality in the Netherlands, 1863-1910‘. The …

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Edited Volume Building Bridges

Today Prof. dr. Theo Engelen – my supervisor – had his farewell lecture ‘Beeld en Werkelijkheid. Over het katholiek huwelijksleven in de periode 1800-1970’.  Also a edited volume – of which I was one of the editors and contributors – has been compiled to thank and honor Theo Engelen on the occasion of his retirement …

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Last day as a junior policy officer at NWO

Today was my last day as a junior policy officer at the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) – as part of my participation in the Professional PhD Program. It was a wonderful experience, I learned a lot and I am grateful that I was part of the open minded, humorous, well organized and hard working SSH Veni …

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