Margriet van der Waal

Margriet van der Waal (b. South Africa) holds the Endowed Chair for South African literature, culture and history at the University of Amsterdam and is Associated Professor in cultural studies at the University of Groningen, where she teaches in the Erasmus Mundus programme Euroculture. In her work, situated in the overlap between African and European Studies, she investigates processes of cultural and aesthetic representation and the functioning of translingual and transcultural cultural public sphere(s) in postcolonial contexts (South Africa and Europe in particular) — especially how the arts and culture deal with matters related to identity, identification and social relationality. In her inaugural lecture (2018) she investigated who has taken up the right to speak since 1994, and importantly, whose voice is actually being heard in South African media, novels, films and music.

Expertise: Literary and Cultural Studies/Cultural Analysis.

Recent publications:

Van der Waal, Margriet. "Having the Right to Speak: On Culture and the Public Sphere in South Africa." Narrative Values, the Value of Narrative. Edited by Barend van Heusden and Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar. De Gruyter (accepted, forthcoming 2022)
Van der Waal, Margriet. "Enticed by the Colonies?” Magic Visions. Portraying and Inventing South Africa with Lantern Slides. Edited by Jeltsje Stobbe, Rosa Deen and Margriet van der Waal. Stichting Zuid-Afrikahuis. (In press, 2021).
Stobbe, Jeltsje, Rosa Deen and Margriet van der Waal (eds.) Magic Visions. Portraying and Inventing South Africa with Lantern Slides. Stichting Zuid-Afrikahuis (in press, 2021). NOTA BENE: This publication won the annual Mervyn Head Award 2020 (of the Magic Lantern Society, UK)
Van der Waal, Margriet. "Rewarding an Imagined South Africa: Literary Prizes in South Africa before and after 1994." Literary Prizes and Cultural Transfer. Edited by Petra Broomans, Mathijs Sanders and Jeanette den Toonder. Studies in Cultural Transfer & Transmission, Volume 9. Barkhuis, 2021, pp. 131-158. ISBN 9789493194380
Van der Waal, Margriet and Rieke Böhling. "In Their Shoes: A Plurality of Voices in Refugee Reality TV: Categorizing Identities, Creating Citizens." European Journal of Cultural Studies, 24.1 (2021) (online first, e-pub ahead of publication. 14 October 2019). DOI: 10.1177/1367549419869355
Van der Waal, Margriet. "'Ons is meer Suid-Afrikaners as enigiemand anders in hierdie land': Hybriditeit en die Frontier in Zuid-Afrika." Edited by Michiel van Kempen. Het andere postkoloniale oog. Onbekende kanten van de Nederlandse (post)koloniale cultuur en literatuur.  Verloren, 2020, pp. 167-174. ISBN: 978 90 8704 865 5.
De Jong, Janny, Marek Neuman, Senka Neuman-Stanivuković and Margriet van der Waal (eds.) European Studies: Twenty years of Euroculture. Universitätsverlag Göttingen, 2020. ISBN: 978-3-86395-431-4 
Van der Waal, Margriet. "The Social Imaginary of Europe's 'Losers': Representing European Precarity." Politique Européenne. 2019/4 (number 66), pp. 170-193. DOI: 10.3917/poeu.066.0170
Van der Waal, Margriet. Stemgerechtigd: Over cultuur en de Zuid-Afrikaanse publieke sfeer. Vossiuspers, 2018.
Van der Waal, Margriet. "Making Precarious Lives Visible: Imagining Europe's Marginalized 'Others'.” Visions and Revisions of Europe. Edited by Marcin Galent et al. Universitätsverlag Göttingen, 2018, pp. 129-141, ISBN: 978-3-86395-382-9
Van der Waal, Margriet. "Long Distance Afrikaners. Afrikaans Literature and Dislocated Identity in a European Context." In Imaginary Europes: Literary and Filmic Representations of Europe from Afar. Edited by Elisabeth Bekers, Maggie Bowers and Sissy Helff. Routledge, 2017, pp. 70-81 ISBN: 978-1-138-22331-8
Van der Waal, Margriet. "13 Uur van Deon Meyer as leidraad vir sosiale identiteit in a stedelike konteks: om 'n burger in Kaapstad te wees en daar tuis te hoort.” Tydskrif vir Nederlands & Afrikaans. 24.1 (2017): 53-68.
Fellow member
University of Amsterdam/University of Groningen