Marlous van den Akker

Currently Marlous van den Akker is a lecturer at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology where among others she teaches in the anthropology of environment.

During her PhD project on the World Heritage designation of Mt. Kenya Marlous 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. She is interested in the history of African nature conservation, the politics of tribalism and ethnic identities, the current popularity of heritage, post-colonial nation building and colour bar politics in present-day African societies.

Keywords: African nature & wildlife conservation, Kenya, UNESCO World Heritage

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Leiden University
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