Markus Balkenhol holds an M.A. degree in social anthropology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and a Magister degree in anthropology and German literature from Freie Universität Berlin. Currently he is affiliated with Meertens Instituut and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he is working towards a PhD degree as part of the research programme ‘Heritage Dynamics’. In his project, he researches the commemoration of slavery in the Netherlands. In particular, he aims to understand the relationships of public or collective expressions of colonial heritage and their visceral and intimate experience in the formation of political subjectivities in the Netherlands. Markus is also affiliated with the Centre for the Humanities in Utrecht as a post-doctoral fellow. In the Centre’s project on the postsecular, he researches the intersections of the postsecular and the postcolonial in acts of citizenship. His main research interests include memory studies, post-colonialism, the postsecular, the body, aesthetics, citizenship, religion, cultural heritage.