Dr. Karin Lurvink is a historian, specialized in the labor exploitation since the 18th century, with a passion for traveling. During her travels, she witnessed the impact of social inequality and accessive consumerism on society and the environment, and this continues to motivate her in her work. She is able to research various issues from a fresh and critical perspective and to translate large amounts of complicated knowledge into comprehensive to-the-point texts or speeches for various audiences. She wants to contribute to a fairer and more sustainable world, by enthusiastic, inspiring and positive storytelling.
Forms of labor coercion, such as slavery and the truck system, have captured her interest since her early studies. After completing the master Global History, she was selected to apply for the Van Winter PhD-funding and won the grant competition. She was the first to research the truck payment system in a transatlantic perspective: on plantations in Louisiana after the abolition of slavery and peateries in the Netherlands. It resulted in an article for TSEG/The Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History (2014) and the book ‘Beyond Racism and Poverty’ in the series Studies in Global Slavery (Brill 2018). She has investigated the history of resistance of enslaved women against slavery in the former Dutch colonies Suriname and Curacao as well, which resulted in the theatre play ‘Rebelse Vrouwen’ in 2013. Currently, she works on publications on the relation between slavery and capitalism in the Dutch Atlantic as a postdoc at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the project ‘Slaves, Commodities, and Logistics’ and advises the makers of a documentary on the European slave trade. Additionally, she is a volunteer ranker at Rank A Brand, editor at Tijdschrift Holland, and a travel blogger.