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I specialize in historical culture and memory in Morocco, Algeria and among North African communities in Europe, with emphasis on the history and representation of Berber culture, literature and arts. I have done research on Berber cultural activism and collective memory in Morocco and Europe, oral history and the history of emigration from the Moroccan Rif, Moroccan history textbooks and museums, French colonial ethnology in North Africa, and the reception of antiquity in (colonial) Algeria and Morocco.
I've been involved as a digital humanities scholar in CLARIAH, where I work on the integration of oral history and community archives in large-scale research infrastructures, and cross-collection manual annotation.


At Vrije Universiteit, I teach courses within the field of global history: International relations from below (BA2) and Global and Political History: 1500 - present (BA3).

I developed and organized the Huizinga summer school in Digital Humanities 'Doing digital history. Critical approaches to your data’ at Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam in 2020 and 2021.

I was nominated for the Faculty of Humanities Teaching Award in 2018, 2019 and 2020.


I currently participate in CLARIAH-PLUS and am responsible for the integration of oral history collections in the Media Suite. Previous and ongoing research into the integration of community archives and data reuse in large scale research infrastructures has been funded by CLARIAH-CORE and NWO. My work has recently been featured as a CLARIN Impact Story.

My research on Berber museums in Morocco in 2014 and 2015 was funded by a Catharine van Tussenbroek Fellowship, a travel grant from the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation, and an employability grant from the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam). 

I was a visiting researcher at Max Planck Institue for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany, in 2013 and at the French CNRS-institute Centre Jacques Berque in Rabat, Morocco, in 2014. 


2020 Research grant, Stories in Motion. Oral history as sustainable data in urban settings, NWA Route Living History, with dr. Arno van der Hoeven (EUR)

2017 Employability grant, co-applicant, CrossEWT CLARIAH-CORE Research Pilot Project, PI: dr. Susan Hogervorst (OU/EUR)

2016 Travel grant (ESHCC, the Netherlands), ‘The Berber Express’, Museum Studies at Leicester 50th Anniversary Conference

2015 Employability grant (ESHCC, the Netherlands), ‘The Berber Express’

2014 Travel scholarship (Lutfia Rabbani Foundation), ‘The Berber Express’ and Research grant (Catharine van Tussenbroek Fonds), ‘The Berber Express’

2013 Travel grants (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany), ‘Memories from the Rif'


Prizes and Awards

2010 Biannual Emile Zola Award (Gerrit Kreveld Foundation, Ghent, Belgium - national award) for best essay on a cultural, political or social issue 

Ancillary activities

I wrote a biweekly op-ed column for Belgian newspaper De Morgen during 2013 and 2014, and wrote feature columns for Uitagenda Rotterdam in 2018 and 2019.


History of Society, PhD, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (2013)

Classics and Ancient Civilizations, MA, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2008)

Oude geschiedenis, Licentiaat/MA, KU Leuven (2006)


Ancillary activities

  • Qilada Foundation | Leiden | Bestuurder | 2022-09-01 - present

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