Mr Boyd van Dijk

Mr Boyd van Dijk

Guest Teacher

Department of International History

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About me

Boyd van Dijk is a doctoral candidate at the European University Institute and a GTA at the International History Department of LSE. He is currently working on a new international history of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, the most important rules ever codified for armed conflict. In the past, he's contributed articles to Humanity, the Journal of the History of Ideas, and the popular press.



International history; legal history; humanitarianism; international organizations; empire; mass violence


Mr Boyd van Dijk teaches the following course at undergraduate level:

HY113 - From Empire to Independence: The Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century


Mr Boyd has authored a monograph on the bystanders of an SS concentration camp in the Low Countries - title: Konzentrationslager Vught and its Neighbours, 1942-1944.

The monograph, which presents a new social history of a community neighbouring a SS concentration camp in the Low Countries, has been widely discussed in national newspapers (NRC Handelsblad, De Volkskrant), online media (De Correspondent, Cutting Edge), news magazines (Elsevier, Vrij Nederland), and academic journals (BMGN). Unlike previous work, it explains on the basis of oral history and multi-archival research how those two social entities became intimately connected and how dynamics of mass violence and persecution had a profound impact on the relations between perpetrators, bystanders, and victims during this period of WWII.


Award and scholarships

  • 2013 Nuffic Ph.D. Scholarship
  • 2012 Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema Young Talent Award
  • 2012 Thesis Funding Grant from Columbia University
2011 Huygens Talent Program Fellowship
  • 2011 Shortlisted for IISG-Volkskrant Thesis Award, organised by the International Institute of Social History (IISH)
  • 2007 Erasmus Fellowship