Leonor Faber-Jonker

Portrait Leonor Faber-JonkerLeonor Faber-Jonker (1987) is a historian, independent author, and artist. In 2015, she graduated with honors from the research master Modern History at the University of Utrecht, with a thesis about the practices surrounding 20 skulls of Herero and Nama victims of the genocide in German South-West Africa (1904-1908). Using a material approach, she analyzed how these human remains acquired layers of meaning as trophies, anthropological specimens, and museal objects, collected during the genocide and studied in Berlin in the 1910s, symbols, icons, evidence and ancestral remains. She was the scientific curator of an exhibition on the Namibian genocide at the Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris (25 November 2016 – 12 March 2017) and was research assistant of the 'Connecting in Times of Duress' project at Leiden University. Her photo series 'Afrikanerland' was exhibited at the African Studies Centre Leiden in 2016.

Recent publications
More than just an object : a material analysis of the return and retention of Namibian skulls from Germany (African Studies Collection 70, 2018)

Le premier génocide du xxe siècle. Herero et Nama dans le Sud-Ouest africain allemand, 1904-1908 (Paris: Éditions du Mémorial de la Shoah, 2017)


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