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Lisa Vanderheyden MA

PhD candidate


Area(s) of interest: History & Philosophy of Science and Technology, History of Medicine, Museums & Collections

Cohort/Start PhD: 2021-2022

The Provenance History of Fetuses of Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Amsterdam (1860-1930) (preliminary title)
Utrecht University/AMC
 Supervisor(s): Prof. dr. Bert Theunissen, dr. Hieke Huistra and dr. Laurens de Rooy

As a Phd candidate I will take part in provenance research about a medical collection of fetuses originating from the museum Vrolik in Amsterdam. There is little known about the origin of the collected fetuses (how they came to be in the collection and via which channels they were collected). These material sources, originating from the nineteenth and early twentieth century, are the starting point of my research, which aims to create a broad picture of the way these practices were perceived in the Dutch society and medical market of that time. This research came to be in cooperation with the AMC and the university of Utrecht.