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Michel Doortmont

Associate Professor African Studies

Dr. M.R. Doortmont
+31 71 527 3372

For an overview of Michel Doortmont's research and publications, visit his profile on the ASCL website.

Michel Doortmont, a historian, is seconded (part-time) to the African Studies Centre Leiden from his position as Reader in International Relations and African Studies at the University of Groningen for the period 2015-2019.

At the ASCL he manages the research programme Society and Change in Northern Ghana: Dagomba, Gonja, and the Regional Perspective on Ghanaian History. In this programme the ASCL collaborates with the University of Ghana at Legon and the University for Development Studies in Tamale and Wa, Ghana, as well as the University of Groningen, in the development of new research and capacity building in the field of regional history. The programme also includes a photographic documentation project, developed in cooperation with Noorderlicht Photography (www.noorderlicht.com)

Michel Doortmont is a scholar of West African history and politics, with a focus on the Anglophone areas, and of Dutch-Ghanaian historical and cultural relations, African historiography, the Atlantic slave trade, and the Diaspora of the Black Atlantic. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He is co-editor of History in Africa: A Journal of Method, and of the book series African Sources for African History and Sources for African History, published by Brill. He manages the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 programme EU-SATURN, promoting and facilitating mobility of students and scholars from South Africa to the European Union (www. eu-saturn.eu), and is a member of the NWO Rubicon Scholarships selection committee. Formerly he held – inter alia – positions as member of the Policy Advisory Board of NWO-WOTRO, chair of the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Afrika Studies, chair of the NUFFIC Huygens PhD Scholarship Committee, and member of the NWO Mosaic Scholarship Committee.

He is the (co-) author and/or editor of The pen-pictures of modern Africans and African celebrities by Charles Francis Hutchison. A collective biography of elite society in the Gold Coast Colony (Brill, 2004); The castles of Ghana: Axim, Butre, Anomabu. Historical and architectural research on three Ghana forts (Ricerca e Cooperazione etc., 2006), with Benedetta Savoldi; Sources for the mutual history of Ghana and the Netherlands. An annotated guide to the Dutch archives relating to Ghana and West Africa in the Nationaal Archief, 1593-1960s (Brill, 2007), with Jinna Smit; Trans-Atlantic slave trade: Landmarks, legacies, expectations (Sub-Saharan Publishers, 2007), with J.R. Anquandah and N.J. Opoku-Agyemang; The Ankobra Gold Route Project: Studies in the Historical Relationship between Western Ghana and the Dutch (Sub-Saharan Publishers, 2013).

Associate Professor African Studies

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Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3B55



  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Universitair Hoofddocent Internationale Betrekkingen & Afrika Studies
  • African Studies Association Redacteur History in Africa: a journal of debates, methods and source analysis
  • Brill Publishers Redacteur "African Sources for African History" en "Sources for African History"
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