The sources at the EAC offer unique possibilities to study expatriate experiences from a wide range of perspectives on themes such as:
- Expatriate observations and representations of other cultures;
- Forms of communication, from letters to blogs;
- Multilingualism in expatriate life writings;
- Social life, identity formation and constructions of ‘home’;
- Expatriate dealings with emotions like loneliness and homesickness;
- Women’s roles in making a family life abroad;
- Expat children (e.g. third culture kids/TCKs, cross-culture kids).
Our collection may be of use to those who are doing research into social history, psychology, genealogy, the social and/or emotional impact of expatriate life, the cultural or political changes of specific places or countries over the years, and much more. Regardless of the topic, the conclusions of any research conducted at the EAC belong to the researcher alone.
Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment with our archivist.
Some examples of projects that have used our collection:
- Mirjam M. Burkhard, Erasmus University, Faculty Social Sciences. Master thesis: Expats and transnationalism.
- Kalle Kuikkaniemi, AKV/St. Joost, photography department. Photography project: Nico Let Op.
- Sabine Kouwenhoven, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Master thesis: Dual career expatriate couples with focus on the trailing spouse.
- Martin J. Loeve, University for Humanities Utrecht. PhD thesis: Ander-ing On-Stage Addressing Expatriate Loneliness.
- Mara Sfountouri, Erasmus University of Rotterdam. Master thesis: Writing home. National identity in expatriates’ letters, 1978-2009.
- Aniek Smit, University of Leiden. Article in Historisch Tijdschrift 47(3): ‘Life with the Dutch Touch’: internationale vrouwenclubs tussen cultuurbehoud en integratie in naoorlogs Den Haag, Holland.