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9 January, 2017

Science – Theses


IHLIA assists a lot of students with additional information for their doctoral or bachelor thesis.

When it is completed we find it important that your thesis will be included in our collection. Not only to know which subjects are being researched and the issues that are of interest with the students. But also to inspire the next generation of students so that it helps them with their own research.

Send your thesis after completion (PDF or Word) to and it will be included in our collection. This also applies to scientist whose research will be published.

A call for completing surveys for theses

If you are still working on a thesis and you need respondents, send an email to and we will place your call here.

Analysing the lived realities and experiences of gay Malaysian men who migrated to the Netherlands and the United Kingdom

Hello! My name is Wai Min and I am currently a student at the Institute of Social Studies in the Master of Arts in Development Studies. I am a gay Malaysian man. For my Master thesis, I aim to explore and analyse the lived realities and experiences of gay Malaysian men who have migrated and are currently living in the Netherlands or the United Kingdom. I am interested in understanding their motivations for migration, and especially the role that being gay might have had in decision to migrate. I also hope to learn about their expectations regarding the current country of residence, and actual experiences of living as a gay Asian migrant in the Netherlands and the UK.

I hope to have individual, face-to-face qualitative interviews with men who accept this invitation. You may choose to be anonymous. The following criteria are important for the participation in the research: –
You are or have been a Malaysian citizen;
– who identifies himself as a gay man and
– who has migrated and has been living in the Netherlands OR the United Kingdom for more than six months

Through this research, I hope to provide a more nuanced analysis of the lived realities and experiences of gay Malaysian men in the context of migration, to make sense of the migration dynamics, to contribute to academic research concerning gay Asian identities, as well as to produce knowledge that might be relatable and empowering for gender and sexual minorities.

Please share this invitation for interviews with persons who fulfil the criteria. If you or someone you know are interested to be interviewed, please message me on Facebook or email me at If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.

“There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” ― Arundhati Roy

Thank you very much.


Italy and LGBT tourism

I am an Italian student of the master degree course in Design of Sustainable Tourism Systems at the University of Florence. I have prepared this survey which is part of my thesis on the topic ‘LGBT tourism in Italy’. Your answers, which will be completely anonymous, represent a fundamental contribution for me to understand what the LGBT community thinks about Italy as a tourist destination.


Family links across borders

My name is Tanja Vuckovic Juros and I am a researcher at University of Louvain (UCL). I am leading a research project on different forms of families and on the family links people keep across borders and I would like to ask for your help in finding participants for my research. I am looking for people from certain CEE countries who are married to a same-sex partner or who are raising a child with a same-sex partner in Belgium or in the Netherlands. The countries in question are Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary.

Search engine

In our search engine you can search for theses in our archive. Typ a search term and find on the right side the possibility to filter the result under ‘appaearance’- in this case students’ papers.

In the four examples below we have already done this for you:


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22 September, 2014

Pink Cabinet


In the Pink Cabinet on the IHLIA plaza, you will find books and films that deal with lgbt topics. We began this project together with the Amsterdam Public Library (OBA), because ‘pink’ books and films – if they were already available – were often difficult to find and simply not visible. This collaboration also enables IHLIA to lend material! 

Ultimately, we would like to see this special cabinet in as many public libraries as possible in the Netherlands. That will open up more possibilities for lending – for example – Ype Driessen’s book.

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1. Monday

Ype, why are you hanging around the letterbox all day?
– I am waiting for a book from Amazon. It should have arrived already!

2. Tuesday

Still no package?
– No! Terribly irritating!

3. Wednesday

Still waiting?
Couldn’t you check the status of the order online?
– Oh yes, dammit.


To: Ype Driessen
Subject: Order 0116716
Dear Mr Driessen,

We regret to inform you that temporarily we will not be able to deliver one or more items of your order under number 0116716.
EAN number:                    Description:

9782707301482 EN ATTENDANT GODOT

The importance of the Pink Cabinet

On Wednesday, 25th of April, 2012, the first Pink Cabinet was officially presented. Hans van Velzen (former director of OBA) and Saskia Keuzenkamp (former chairperson of the IHLIA board) both stressed the importance of a Pink Cabinet in a public library. Although things are generally progressing well with the emancipation of homosexuality, we still can’t sit back and do nothing.

A report published by the Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP), called Niet te ver uit de kast (Not too far out of the closet) of which Keuzenkamp was co-author, examined the experiences of homosexuals, lesbians and bisexuals with regard to acceptance, the extent of openness about their sexual inclination, and to what degree they have to deal with negative reactions. From the report it emerged that negative reactions were not uncommon, especially in public places.

A Pink Cabinet in a public area, such as a library, can be just the right channel for a positive contribution: via a low threshold, anyone can become familiar with or come in contact with pink films and books. Above all, members of the lgbt community (also young ones) will have an easy way to borrow films and books that relate to them.

Ability to find pink books and films

Jack van der Wel (director of IHLIA Collection & Information Services) subsequently gave a specific lecture about the important function of the Pink Cabinet. This is especially relevant when it comes to assigning key words to the film and book collection. He gave a few examples of descriptions of books and films in which the term homosexuality is not even mentioned. So how are people supposed to find ‘pink’ films or books?

Role model

Finally, Ype Driessen* (author of the book Ype + Willem: twee onder één kap (Ype + Willem: two under one roof)) gave a witty presentation about his work as a creator of photo-novellas: how together with Willem he has become a type of role model for other young homosexuals. And that he would have really appreciated a Pink Cabinet had it existed when he was 15 or 16.

Additional Pink Cabinets

Now that we have a Pink Cabinet in IHLIA in Amsterdam, other cities are following suit. The public libraries in Deventer and Groningen now have their own versions. In Friesland, the IHLIA Pink Cabinet pays visits to various libraries.

The Rotterdam Public Library has a Pink Collection.

The Pink Cabinet project is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture & Science (OCW).

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