Researchers – Horst


Van der Horst, MA Sander

Sander van der Horst is a PhD researcher based at KITLV and the Leiden University Institute for History. Working under the banner of Cultural Histories & Decolonization in Southeast Asia, his project centers on peace movements that operated from Indonesia on a transnational and anticolonial stage.

Sander holds a bachelor degree in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin (2019) and a master degree in Colonial and Global History from Leiden University (2022). His previous studies were on postcolonial and decolonial theory, histories of decolonization and debates on colonial heritage and memory in Dutch society.

Having written his thesis on anticolonialism in the interwar Netherlands, Sander’s current research traces the development of peace movements from a transnational perspective with a strong although not exclusive focus on Indonesia. The research zooms in on the political ideals and social connections Indonesian peace movements built and entertained with their contemporaries across the globe, from the interwar to the early Cold War period.

Previously Sander has worked as an intern of KITLV at the Special Collections of the Leiden University Library (UBL) and at UMAM Documentation and Research, a Lebanese NGO and archive based in Beirut.

Selected publications

‘Verzet in de Hofstad: het antikoloniale activisme in Den Haag tijdens het interbellum’, in: Esther Captain, Gert Oostindie & Valika Smeulders (eds.), Het koloniale en slavernijverleden van Den Haag. Amsterdam: Boom, 2022.

‘Moskou maakt een vuist tegen oorlog en imperialisme: het Wereldstrijdcongres van 1932’, in: Nadia Bouras, Manon van der Heijden, Marjolein ’t Hart, Lex Heerma van Voss & Leo Lucassen (eds.), Wereldgeschiedenis van Nederland deel 2. Amsterdam: AmboAnthos, 2022.

With Linde Lammers, Melle van Manen & Gert Oostindie (eds.), Images of the Indonesian war of independence, 1945-1949. Leiden: Leiden University Press, 2022.

‘The matter of anticolonial history: Remembering Indonesian resistance to Dutch empire in the age of Black Lives Matter’, research paper presented at the 2021 EuroSEAS conference, 7-10 September 2021.

‘Tagungsbericht: New perspectives on anti-colonialism in the Metropolis, 17.06.2021 – 8.06.2021 digital (Berlin)’, H-Soz-Kult, 2 August 2021.

With Paloma David, Monica Gouffray, Maarten Tunen & Yolande Jansen (eds.), Colonial spheres, decolonial futures – political philosophy and postcolonial studies, Academic volume published by the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA) and Soapbox Journal, December 2020.