Marlous van den Akker-
Marlous van den Akker is a lecturer at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, where she teaches in the anthropology of environment. She studied at Leiden University and in the course of 2016 she will defend her doctoral thesis
Monument of Nature? An Ethnography of the World Heritage of Mt. Kenya, for which she a did PhD research project funded through the Leiden Global Interactions Research Profile. Currently she is working on a number of articles and project proposals.
During her PhD project Marlous van den Akker studied how UNESCO World Heritage shapes the relation between heritage, state and nationalism, and she examined the implications of the UNESCO World Heritage label in the contemporary Kenyan context. Among others she is interested in the history of African nature conservation, the politics of tribalism and ethnic identities, the current popularity of heritage, and post-colonial nation building. Of late she gained a particular interest in colour bar politics and the position of white citizens in present-day African societies.