S. (Sanne) Ravensbergen MA

  • PhD student

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2771
E-Mail: s.ravensbergen@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, Geschiedenis diversen
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.70
Personal Homepage: hum.leiden.edu/​history/​organisation/​staff-history/​ravensbergens.html

Fields of interest

Indonesian history, violence and crime, colonial criminal law, class and ethnicity.


Sanne Ravensbergen is currently working on a NWO-funded PhD-research project entitled Crime and punishment in the Dutch East Indies 1816-1918. By studying colonial legal archives in Indonesia and the Netherlands, this project analyzes the complexities of criminal law practice in a colonial multi-ethnic society. Colonial legal correspondence and criminal cases serve as historical sources to unravel political and social processes in the colony. This interdisciplinary project is supervised by Prof. dr. H.W. van den Doel, dr. Alicia Schrikker (Institute for History, Faculty for Humanities) and mr. dr. Adriaan Bedner (Van Vollenhoven Institute, Law Faculty).


Sanne obtained a BA and MA-degree in History at Leiden University. During her studies she worked as a freelance editor and journalist writing - among other topics - about Southeast Asia and the history of Indonesia. She also worked as a communications and press officer for the Tong Tong Festival (Pasar Malam Besar) in The Hague. In 2010 she graduated with distinction on her MA-thesis Saved from the colonial gallows. Considerations behind pardoning Indonesians and Chinese sentenced to death in the Dutch East Indies 1819-1848. For this thesis she conducted research in the Indonesian national archives (ANRI) in Jakarta.

Last Modified: 10-12-2015