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A Kruid-boek from the Water-Indies, or writing nature and culture on the Moluccas

Arens, Esther Helena (18 sept. 2014)

A budding interest in the material culture of knowledge circulation between the Netherlands, Indonesia, and German brought me, first, to a case study on tobacco, and second, to the works of 17th century German-Dutch-Moluccan merchant and naturalist G.E. Rumphius. Third, it propelled my new research ...

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The Post/Colonial Quality of Spice

Arens, Esther Helena (20 mai 2016)

In the May issue of Allerhande, the customer magazine distributed by the Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn, I found this advertisement by Verstegen. It showcases white pepper from Bangka, mace from Ambon and the Banda Islands, and nutmeg from Ambon, with the headline translating roughly as " ...

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Sound, Touch, and Vision: The Translation of Ginseng from the Chinese to the Dutch

Arens, Esther Helena (19 sept. 2015)

In the "stream of translation" (Latour) flowing from the island of Ambon, where Rumphius' had collected the specimens for the Ambonese Herbal at the end of the seventeenth century, to the city of Amsterdam, where Johan Burman made one editorial decision after the other in the 1740s, the relation of ...

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“Delawan“ and “Hollandsch papier“: Materials for practising botany

Arens, Esther Helena (3 nov. 2014)

In the introductory texts to The Ambonese Herbal, Rumphius alluded to the practicalities of book production, writing of a “clean copy”, the manuscript “dressed up in new clothes”, and “the figures, which the first six books are still lacking, but which can easily be bound together at the ...

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Developing land: From the Dutch delta to the Moluccas

Arens, Esther Helena (4 avr. 2016)

Waterways and dams are omnipresent in Holland, and their role for the economy in general (from Rotterdam to the inland) and especially tourism (the canals of Amsterdam) is obvious. While travelling by bus to the town of Zierikzee on one of the islands in Zeeland, I was looking at more water and ...

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Going Dutch: On research, history, and memory in translation

Arens, Esther Helena (22 févr. 2017)

For my current research on a Dutch text from the late 17th century Moluccas, I identify as a historian in an interdisciplinary project at the Institute of Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Cologne. Yesterday I was working in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in Den Haag, with two volumes ...

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“The Blind Seer” and his Hands: The Relation of Image and Knowledge in Botany

Arens, Esther Helena (22 sept. 2015)

In one of the preliminary texts to the Amboinsche Kruidboek (Ambonese Herbal), its author Rumphius described his physical blindness as a consequence of prolonged exposure to the equatorial sun: “This walking in the heat of the Sun caused my sight to be struck to such an extent by a Suffusion or ...

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Leaves and Language

Arens, Esther Helena (3 mars 2015)

Working as a merchant-naturalist on the Moluccan islands in the late 17th century, and collecting information for the VOC in the Netherlands, G.E. Rumpf continually reflected upon the transportation of botanical knowledge from Asia to Europe and therefore about the transformation from plant to ...

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Trade, ecology, and plants: Words from the 18th century Dutch "Indian letters"

Arens, Esther Helena (17 juin 2015)

In the Nationaal Archief in The Hague there is a handwritten dictionary tucked away in the boxes with the private estate of a late 19th century history professor and archivist (1.13.04 - 1240 - Collectie Heeres). The "collection of words" from 1758 explains foreign terms used in the so-called Indian ...

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Botanical Letters

Arens, Esther Helena (8 sept. 2014)

Starting from G. Rumphius' Het Amboinsche Kruid-Boek, written on Ambon in the late 1600s and published in Amsterdam from 1741 onwards - how to research historical plants, analyze botanical material culture, and write about the coloniality of a botanical regime? Ausgehend von G. Rumphius' Het ...

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