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Gerlov van Engelenhoven


Dr. G.N.T.J. van Engelenhoven MEd
+31 71 527 2727

Gerlov van Engelenhoven is a lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

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Fields of interest

  • Postcolonial theory
  • Collective memory
  • Intersectionality
  • Unlearning
  • Embodied research
  • Moluccans in the Netherlands Indonesian colonial history


He defended his PhD in 2020, at the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany. The dissertation is a study of legal, political and cultural “voices” and “silences” in the articulation of postcolonial migrant identities, with a focus on the Moluccan community in the Netherlands.

His first monograph, which is an expansion of his PhD topic, will be published by Amsterdam University Press in 2022: Postcolonial Memory in the Netherlands | Amsterdam University Press (aup.nl).

At International Studies, he is the lecturer for the course Cultural Interaction: Conflict and Cooperation, and offers a thesis seminar on Europe: Democracy and its Adverseries.

For the MA Cultural Analysis, he co-teaches the course Interculturality 2: The Global Imagination, together with Prof. Minna Valjakka.

Next to his work for Leiden University, he also teaches courses on embodied research, rhetoric and collective memory for the BA Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE), at Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam.

Aside from his PhD (2020), he also obtained a Master of Education at ICLON (2014).

To him, research and education are each other's beating hearts. We cannot do either of them well without the other.


Legal, political and cultural “voices” and “silences” in the articulation of postcolonial migrant identities, with a focus on the Moluccan community in the Netherlands.

Grants and awards

2016-2020: Doctoral scholarship at GCSC (Giessen, Germany), funded by the German Universities Excellence Initiative

2019: Subsidy awarded by the Justus Liebig University, Gießen, within the category “Lehraufträge mit Schwerpunkt Genderthematik” (“Lectureships with an emphasis on issues of Gender”), for self-designed seminar “Hashtag-feminists vs. mansplainers: the polarization of feminism in online discussion”

2016: BKO (Dutch Basis Qualification Certificate for University Education)

Curriculum Vitae

October 2016 - December 2020: PhD (Summa Cum Laude), Giessen

September 2013 - August 2014: ICLON Master of Education, Leiden

September 2010 - October 2012: MA Study of Art & Literature (Cum Laude), Leiden

September 2005 - March 2010: BA Literary Studies, Leiden

Key publications

Van Engelenhoven, Gerlov. Voice and Silence in the Articulation of Identities: The Moluccan Postcolonial Migrant Community in the Netherlands. Amsterdam University Press. Forthcoming.

Van Engelenhoven, Gerlov. “Spreken en zwijgen in de Molukse identiteitsconstructie.” Toma Terus: 70 jaar Molukkers in Nederland (eds. Wim Manuhutu, Glenda Pattipeilohy, Henry Timisela). Zutphen: Walburg Pers. Forthcoming.

Van Engelenhoven, Gerlov. “Perpetual lockdown as experienced from within temporary contract prison.” TXT Magazine 8. Forthcoming.

Van Engelenhoven, Gerlov. “From indigenous customary law to diasporic cultural heritage: reappropriations of adat throughout the history of Moluccan postcolonial migration.” International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 34/3, 2021: 695-721.

Van Engelenhoven, Gerlov. “The Case of Telefilm De Punt’s Online Discussion Forum: Participatory Space for Societal Debate or Echo Chamber for the Polemical Few?” Violence and Trolling on Social Media: History, Affect, and Effects of Online Vitriol (eds.: Sara Polak, Daniel Trottier). Amsterdam University Press, 2020: 131-50.

Van Engelenhoven, Gerlov and Hannes Kaufmann. “When silence speaks louder than words: Tracing moments of Verfremdung in contemporary political protests.” ECIBS: Communications of the International Brecht Society, 2019.

Van Engelenhoven, Gerlov. “Towards an agentive understanding of political silence [Review on: Dingli, Sophia and Thomas N. Cooke (eds.). Political Silence: Meanings, Functions and Ambiguity. Abingdon/New York: Routledge, 2018]”. KULT_online, 2019.

Van Engelenhoven, Gerlov. “A Controversial, But Welcome New Perspective on Structural Racism in Dutch Society [Review on: Wekker, Gloria. White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race. Durham/London: Duke University Press, 2016]”. KULT_online 56, 2018.

Van Engelenhoven, Gerlov and Looi van Kessel. “Organizing Cultuur?Barbaar! – Some problems of creating concepts through art.” Barbarism Revisited: New Perspectives on an Old Concept (eds.: Maria Boletsi and Christian Moser). Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi (series: Thamyris/Intersecting), 2015: 329-42.


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • International Studies

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden



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