Sanne Ravensbergen

Sanne Ravensbergen, Researcher at Leiden University
Sanne Ravensbergen

Sanne Ravensbergen is a historian of colonial Indonesia. The local setting of colonial spaces is the focal point of her work that tries to understand the interactions between state and society in the Dutch imperial context. 

Her postdoctoral research project ‘Building cultures of legality: a long term analysis of colonial commissions’ takes up the task of understanding the process of law-making in a colonial society where legal pluralities were the norm. It analyses the development of ideas about ‘sovereignty’ and ‘just rule’ through the lens of colonial commissions of inquiry, and traces the encounters and underlying anxieties of the lawmaking process.