Lotte is a PhD-candidate in the NWO-VICI project ‘The Invention of the Refugee’, in which studies Christian exiles. She holds a BA in History and in Archaeology and a RMA in History. Her main academic interests include the material culture of early modern exiles, the construction of social identities, refugee protection and charity.
As part of the project ‘The Invention of the Refugee’, I will focus on Christian refugees in Early Modern Europe. When and why did the refugee emerge as a socially, culturally and legally distinctive category and concept, and especially what influence did refugees themselves have on the emergence of this concept? I will approach this question by studying how refugee protection developed and was organised in Amsterdam, London and Geneva. I will study how exile communities lobbied for asylum, charity and legal rights between the late sixteenth-century to the early eighteenth-century.