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FORCE – Forensic Culture in Europe, 1930-2000


Dr. Willemijn Ruberg

Willemijn Ruberg is associate professor in Cultural History, specialized in the history of the body, knowledge and forensic science. She is the principal investigator and project leader of Forensic Culture. A Comparative Analysis of Forensic Practices in Europe, 1930-2000 (FORCE).

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Lara Bergers MSc

Lara Bergers is a PhD candidate in the FORCE project, focusing on forensic culture in the Netherlands. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Maastricht University and her master’s degree in the history and philosophy of science from Utrecht University. She has a long-standing interest in the forensic sciences and the processes by which…

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Pauline Dirven MA

Pauline Dirven is a PhD candidate in the FORCE project. She obtained both her bachelor’s degree in History and her research master’s degree in Modern History from Utrecht University. Her research interests are gender, the body, and travelling culture and knowledge. Her doctoral research focuses on forensic culture in England. More specifically, it looks at…

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Dr. Volha Parfenchyk

Volha Parfenchyk is a postdoctoral researcher in the FORCE project. She received her LL.M at the University of Amsterdam and defended her dissertation at Tilburg University. She worked on her PhD within the framework of the Joint Doctoral Program in Law, Science and Technology. In her thesis, drawing on the insights from science and technology…

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Sara Serrano Martínez MA

Sara Serrano Martínez is a PhD candidate in the FORCE project. She studied Philosophy at the Universitat de Barcelona (BA, 2016) and she obtained a MA in History of Science: History, Science and Society from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Universitat de Barcelona (2017), presenting a thesis on history of medical approaches to…

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Anne van Dam MA

Anne van Dam is the project assistant of the FORCE project and a PhD-candidate at Leiden University.  She finished her Research Master in World Art Studies in 2014 at Leiden University with a thesis about intercultural art history in nineteenth-century Germany. After graduating, she worked as a freelance researcher and project manager in the field…

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Iris Stofberg

Iris Stofberg is the student-assistant of the FORCE-project and an RMA History student at Utrecht University. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in History and her master’s degree in Cultural History of Modern Europe from Utrecht University. She is interested in gender, modernity and the interwar years and is currently writing her RMA-thesis on Dutch masculinity between…

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Irene Rodríguez Coello

Irene Rodríguez Coello is an intern in the FORCE project. She studies History at the University of Valladolid. She is currently in the last year of her degree during which she has specialized in women’s history. Her participation is thanks to an Erasmus + scholarship. Her research project consists of analyzing rape cases in Spanish newspapers during…

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