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Anne van der Wal-Remy

University Lecturer

Dr. A.M. van der Wal-Remy
+31 71 527 8930

Anne Marieke van der Wal Rémy is Assistant Professor African History & International Studies at Leiden University with a main interest in the history of South Africa, Indian Ocean Slavery & Slave Trade, and Memory & Subaltern history. She has worked mainly on memory & slavery studies, postcolonial critique and modernity/counter-modernity.

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Fields of interest

  • African History
  • South African History
  • Indian Ocean Slavery & Slave Trade
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Memory Studies
  • Intangible Heritage, Modernity/Counter-Modernity


Anne Marieke van der Wal (Amersfoort, 1982) studied History at the University of Amsterdam and African Studies at Leiden University's African Studies Centre. Specializing in African History and Cultural Heritage, she graduated in 2009 on a thesis about the Cape Town Minstrel carnival and the protests songs of the Cape Coloured community composed and performed during the apartheid period in South Africa. In 2006 she spent a semester at the Stellenbosch University in South Africa and another six months in Cape Town during her Research Master in 2008 conducting archival research and fieldwork. From December 2009 until December 2014 she worked as a junior teacher and PhD candidate at Utrecht University's Cultural History Department. Her thesis ‘Singing of Slavery, Performing the Past. Folk songs of the Cape Coloured Community as Cultural Memory of the South African Slave Past, 1652-present’, based on e xtensive archival research and fieldwork in South Africa and the Netherlands, explores the value of songs for historical research as well as the role of intangible heritage in constructing a social identity. She has published several articles on the commemorative folk songs of the Cape Coloured community including, ‘Slave Orchestras and Rainbow Balls, Colonial Culture and Creolisation at the Cape of Good Hope, 1750-1850’, in Dieuwke Van der Poel, Louis Peter Grijp and Wim van Anrooij (eds.), Identity, Intertextuality, and Performance in Early Modern Song Culture (Leiden: Brill, 2016). In 2015 she worked seven months at Stellenbosch University as a visiting research fellow at the Department of History, writing an article titled ‘Decolonising South Africa’s Heritage Landscape? A Dialogical Approach to Heritage Conservation and Intangible Cultural Heritage in Stellenbosch, South Africa’, published in Volkskunde (2015). Since august 2015 she has worked as a lecturer in the BA Interna tional Studies at Leiden University, Faculty of Humanities.

University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Afrika studies

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.25B



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