Meet our Fellows

Our Fellows are involved in a variety of research projects, which are all related to the Rijksmuseum’s collection, its history and activities. The focus of their research may encompass any of the museum’s varied holdings, including Netherlandish paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings, photography and historical artefacts.

Laura Fahnenbruck – Johan Huizinga Fellowship

laura As a Fellow, Dr. Laura Fahnenbruck conducts research into the Rijksmuseum’s collection of photo albums created by Wehrmacht soldiers who were based in the Netherlands during the Second World War. She is interested in how the ‘private’ gaze of the soldiers became an actor in the ‘public’ sphere during and after the war. She investigates the performative power of photographs as acts and actors in the making of history.

Laura Fahnenbruck received a PhD from the University of Groningen in 2015 for her study of Wehrmacht soldiers’ sexual relationships during the German occupation of the Netherlands. The dissertation was awarded cum laude and was judged the best dissertation in the Arts faculty. Afterwards, she worked as an assistant professor in Groningen, where she developed and implemented a new curriculum integrating history and historical culture into the teacher training programme for school teachers in the Netherlands.

Her research expertise lies in New Military History, the history of sexuality, gender studies and Alltagsgeschichte. She is actively involved in the democratization of the practice of history, including through the international public humanities blog project Trug und Schein: ein Briefwechsel.

K. Katelyn Hobbs—Dr. Anton C.R. Dreesmann Fellowship

katelyn Katelyn Hobbs is a PhD candidate in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies early modern Northern European painting. At the Rijksmuseum she is conducting research for her dissertation, which focuses on the sixteenth-century artist Jan Jansz Mostaert, who worked in Haarlem and at the court of Margaret of Austria, the Habsburg regent of the Netherlands.

In 2016, Katelyn held a University of Pennsylvania Mellon Summer Fellowship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she conducted research on the John G. Johnson Collection. Her catalogue entries on four of the PMA’s works by Hieronymus Bosch and his followers will be published in an upcoming online catalogue. In the summer of 2015, Katelyn worked with Dr. Maryan Ainsworth as the Roswell L. Gilpatrick Graduate Intern in European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Prior to her graduate training, Katelyn served as the curatorial assistant at the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, where she co-curated the exhibition Postwar British Prints. Katelyn received her BA in Art History from the University of Virginia (2009).

Cat Lachowskyj – Manfred & Hanna Heiting Fellowship

cat Cat Lachowskyj is a photography historian and archivist specialising in colonial expeditionary imagery and studio portraiture made in Tibet during the early twentieth century. As a Fellow at the Rijksmuseum, she conducts material research on an album compiled during the 1904 Young husband Mission. The project focuses on photography’s importance in the production of the Western perception of Tibet, articulating the photographers’ adherence to tropes and calculated representations of Tibetan subordination.

Cat received her BA in Buddhist Studies from the University of Toronto (2014), and completed her MA in Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management at Ryerson University (Toronto) in 2016. She has held positions and residencies at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) and the Harry Ransom Centre (Austin), and was the 2016 Howard Tanenbaum Research Fellow at the Ryerson Image Centre. Most recently, Cat was the Assistant Editor of Unseen Magazine and is currently the CMO of [unknown] ARCHIVING, a professional archiving service for private and small photography-based collections.

Rozemarijn Landsman – Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship

rozemarijn Rozemarijn Landsman is a PhD candidate in the department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University in the City of New York, specialising in early modern Northern European art under the guidance of Professor David Freedberg. She is particularly interested in the reciprocal nature of the relationship between art and science, which she is currently studying for her dissertation ‘Art, Technology, and the City: the Work of Jan van der Heyden (1637-1712).’ Among her research objectives as Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Rijksmuseum is the study of the material characteristics of Van der Heyden’s painted oeuvre.

Rozemarijn has MA degrees in art history from the University of Amsterdam and the Courtauld Institute of Art. She was previously awarded a Theodore Rousseau Fellowship for her PhD research from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2016-2017). Her interest in museum work has led her to acquire curatorial experience as an intern at a number of institutions, including the Amsterdam Museum, the Wallace Collection and the J. Paul Getty Museum, and as a Joseph F. McCrindle Curatorial Intern at the National Gallery of Art.

Joyce Zelen – Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship

jo In 2013, Joyce Zelen completed her Research Master’s in Art and Visual Culture in Historical Perspective at the Radboud University Nijmegen. During her degree, she did internships at the Rijksprentenkabinet in Amsterdam, the British Museum in London and the Kupferstich-Kabinett in Dresden. After graduation she worked as a cataloguer of prints at the Rijksmuseum. In addition to her work, she is a board member of Ars Graphica, the international network for research in the graphic arts, where she runs the Dutch & Flemish satellite for members in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Joyce is a PhD student at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, where she started her PhD research in August 2014 on the special print albums of the Dutch classical scholar and notorious erotomaniac Hadriaan Beverland (1650-1716), best known for his banishment from the Dutch Republic because of his scandalous treatises. His manuscripts, filled with cut out prints and remarkable (erotically charged) print collages, show a highly exceptional approach to the graphic arts. By combining a biographical study on Beverland with an in-depth analysis of his albums (content, organization, condition, historical context, etc.), Joyce will reconstruct the life of this remarkable collector and his radical approach to the visual arts.

Former Fellows