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Larissa Schulte Nordholt


L.R.C. Schulte Nordholt MPhil
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Larissa Schulte Nordholt is a lecturer at the institute for History. She is interested in questions of activism in historical scholarship, activism as a decolonizing practice and historiographical decolonization and emancipation in the broadest sense. She recently finished her PhD-thesis Africanising African History about the historiography of UNESCO's General History of Africa/l'Histoire générale de l'Afrique (1964-1999). Her thesis researches how and why the UNESCO sponsored General History of Africa (1964-1998) sought to Africanise and decolonise the writing of African history in the wake of the political independence of many West African and East African countries in the early 1960s. As such, it provides a case-study on the practice of African historiography in the second half of the twentieth century.

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Curriculum vitae

Larissa Schulte Nordholt completed a BA in History at Leiden University in 2015 (cum laude). As part of the BA she studied abroad for a semester at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She went on to take an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge. In 2016 she won the 'Prix de Paris', which allowed her to spent a year in the UNESCO archives and at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in preparation for her PhD research. On December 1st 2021 she successfully defended her PhD-thesis Africanising African History at Leiden University. Her PhD research was supervised by Herman Paul and Jan-Bart Gewald. Her PhD was funded by NWO as part of the promoties in de geesteswetenschappen programme.


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Algemene Geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.72b


PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Algemene Geschiedenis


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