Nienke Boer

Humanities (Literature)

Assistant Professor


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Assistant Professor Nienke Boer received her BA degree from Princeton University (Comparative Literature and African Studies), and her MA and PhD degrees from New York University (Comparative Literature). Her research focuses on transnational literature in the Indian Ocean world.

Asst Prof Boer was born in South Africa and grew up in Namibia, Swaziland (where she attended the United World College of Southern Africa, Waterford Kamhlaba) and Uganda. She has also lived in Berlin and New Delhi.

African Literatures
South Asian Literatures
Indian Ocean Studies
Law and Literature
Transnational and Diaspora Studies
The Global South
Slavery Studies

Peer-reviewed articles:

“The Briny South: Transoceanic Subalternities at the Intersection of Global South and Ocean Studies.” Comparative Literature Studies 58.3 (2021) [forthcoming].

“Exploring British India: South African prisoners-of-war as imperial travel writers, 1899-1902.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature 54.3 (2019): 429-443. (Online 2017).

“Settlers and Laborers: The Afterlife of Indenture in Early South African Indian Writing.” Research in African Literatures 47.4 (2016): 21-35.

“Taking a Joke Seriously: Mickey Mouse and William Kentridge.” MLN 128.5 (2013): 1146-1169.

“Indenture.” Key Concepts for the Study of the Global South. Global South Studies: A Collective Publication with The Global South. 2019.

Book Chapter:

“Slavery and Indenture in the Literatures of the Indian Ocean World.” Cambridge Companion to Slavery in Global Literatures. Edited by Laura T. Murphy. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming (2022).

Literature and Humanities I & II

Introduction to African Lit: Sub-Saharan Journeys
Mean Streets: The Detective and the City

Equiano’s Slave Narrative: Text and Contexts [HI]
The Afropolitans: Contemporary African Literature and Film

The Global South Novel
Oceanic Frameworks: Shifting Currents in Lit. Studies