Niké Wentholt is a historian with an interdisciplinary profile. She works as postdoc researcher at the University of Humanistic Studies. She completed her Master’s in Russian and East European Studies at Oxford University and has since combined her interests in transitional justice, politics of the past, and narrative research in her PhD project and teaching.


As a postdoc in the Dialogics of Justice project, she will conduct a socio-legal analysis to explore new ways of thinking about recognition of repair. Her priority will be to map the legal grounds for the four cases. Departing from insights of legal anthropology and other interdisciplinary fields, she will aim towards a more grounded understanding of translation and transformation in (legal) recognition procedures.  It is her aim to synthesize the empirical findings from all four research cases to design a toolbox. This toolbox will help stakeholders to grasp the complexities as well as opportunities of recognition and reparation procedures.

After her studies in History, Niké Wentholt has focussed on building an interdisciplinary research profile. After her Master, she found the same mix of political, sociological and historical approaches in her doctoral project at the University of Groningen. Funded by NWO, her PhD research studied politics of the past in Bulgaria and Serbia. She combined her academic work with more applied research projects into memory politics and transitional justice for the OSCE Mission to Serbia and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in South Africa. 




Op-Ed in Trouw by Niké Wentholt and Nicole Immler on Court Ruling Birthmothers v The State

03/02/2022 Empathy from the Court is not enough when the State refuses to recognise institutional failures. In an op-ed in Trouw, Niké Wentholt and Nicole Immler analyse missed opportunities in ruling on Birthmothers v The State. Comparing the ruling in the case of the Birthmothers (Afstandmoeders) with other cases such as Foundation Japanese Honour Debts, the authors…

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Keti koti dialoogtafel is actief burgerschap

Some say that talking about the past of slavery polarises. The opposite appears true. At the Keti koti dialogue tables happening all over the Netherlands currently, we talk together about the role of this history in our lives now, and in the society we are part of. This creates a shared narrative: our past of…

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