Larissa Schulte Nordholt
Larissa Schulte Nordholt is currently working on a PhD-thesis concerning the historiography of UNESCO's General History of Africa/l'Histoire générale de l'Afrique (1964-1999). The project examines how African historians tried to decolonize African history. A key observation is that the GHA entailed the synthesis of new ideals and practices of what it meant to be a scholar. The project’s methodological starting point, therefore, is that it is through the prism of the ‘scholarly-self’ that the creation of a new African historiography can be best understood. The primary focus will therefore be on the authors and editors of the GHA.
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.