(1985) is a programmer, moderator and writer. She debuted in 2018 with the novel Keizer, about a famous Amsterdam theatre director who meets his nemesis in New York. She told Het Parool newspaper: "I would have liked to be such a man, with his own kingdom." The columns she wrote for Elle about new parenthood were collected in 2016 as Ontaarde ouders (Degenerate Parents). As a journalist and opinion writer, she has written for publications such as the Volkskrant, Opzij, NRC Handelsblad, Vrij Nederland, Linda and De Correspondent. For the latter, she mainly sought out answers to feminist issues involving sexuality, work and cultural differences. She studied theatre at the University of Amsterdam and performance studies at the University of Utrecht, and has created programs at venues such as Paradiso and De Balie.(WN 2020)
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Unmasking Colonial Myths
Are we dealing with stubbornly clinging myths about colonial times? Writers Reggie Baay, Cynthia McLeod and Johan Fretz discuss colonial myths under the guidance of moderator Sarah Sluimer, with an introductory reading by Nelleke Noordervliet.
The romantic idea lives on that the Netherlands introduced civilization and welfare as a colonizer. But wasn't something specific taken away before that, namely spices and raw materials, at the cost of the local population? Do these myths manifest themselves only in our thoughts or do they also creep into our literature? Have we learned from our history?