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Dr Lindie Koorts holds a C1 rating from South Africa’s National Research Foundation. Her research interests range from twentieth-century Afrikaner nationalism and biography to the history of networks and the nineteenth-century Witwatersrand. She completed her undergraduate and MA studies at the University of Johannesburg, and her PhD at the University of Stellenbosch. In addition, she spent a year at the University of Groningen’s Biography Institute as a guest-PhD. Before joining the International Studies Group, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pretoria.

Lindie wrote a biography of DF Malan, the first post-1994 biography of an apartheid premier, which traced various dimensions of the rise of Afrikaner nationalism in the first half of the twentieth century. The book appeared in three languages and won, and was shortlisted for notable non-fiction awards. Notable among these were the shortlists for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for Non-Fiction, and the KykNET Rapport Prys vir Nie-Fiksie.

Following on this, she published a number of book chapters on the historiography of South African biography in both the apartheid and post-apartheid eras, in particular biography’s role in public discourse and as a barometer of the political climate.

She holds a Newton Advanced Fellowship from the British Academy for her current research project, which investigates networks as a means of exerting influence, be it political or economic, in Paul Kruger’s ZAR. These networks, in particular those between the Witwatersrand and the Transvaal’s political elite, range from kinship and social relations, to business partnerships and political alliances. It also has a transnational dimension, as the networks in question drew on relations that stretched across Southern Africa, the United Kingdom, and Europe, thereby situating the Transvaal in the broader context of nineteenth-century globalisation.

Lindie writes a monthly column for Netwerk24, is a regular contributor to public debates, and has participated in historical documentaries in South Africa, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands.



L. Koorts, D.F. Malan and the Rise of Afrikaner Nationalism (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2014).

- Afrikaans translation, L. Koorts, DF Malan en die opkoms van Afrikaner-nasionalisme (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2014).

- Dutch translation, L. Koorts, D.F. Malan: Profeet van de apartheid (Gorredijk: Noordboek, 2020).

Journal articles and book chapters

L. Koorts, ‘Biography as discourse: South African biography in the post-apartheid era’ in H. Renders and D. Veltman (eds), Different Lives: Global Perspectives on Biography in Public Cultures and Societies(Leiden: Brill, 2020).

L. Koorts, ‘Human symbols: The biographical pursuit and the language of symbolism in contemporary South Africa’ in K. van Walraven (ed.), The Individual in African History: The Importance of Biography in African Historical Studies (Leiden: Brill, 2020).

L. Koorts, ‘Palatable and Unpalatable Leaders: Apartheid and Post-apartheid Afrikaner biography’ in H. Renders, B. de Haan and J. Harmsma (eds), The Biographical Turn: Lives in History (Oxford: Routledge, 2017).

L. Koorts, ‘If neither capitalism nor communism, then what? D.F. Malan and the National Party’s economic rhetoric, 1895-1954’ in Economic History of Developing Regions, 29:2 (December 2014), 170-196.

L. Koorts, ‘“The Black Peril would not exist if it were not for a White Peril that is a hundred times greater…” D.F. Malan’s fluidity on Poor Whiteism and Race in the pre-apartheid era, 1912-1938’ in South African Historical Journal, 65:4 (November 2013), 555-576.

L. Koorts, ‘An Unlikely Charismatic Leader: D.F. Malan in a Weberian Light’ in Jan Willem Stutje (ed.), Charismatic Leadership and Social Movements: The Revolutionary Power of Ordinary Men and Women(Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2012).

L. Koorts, ‘An ageing anachronism: D.F. Malan as Prime Minster, 1948-1954’ in Kronos: Southern African Histories, 36 (November 2010), 108-135.

L. Korf, ‘Afrikaner nasionalisten als product van het Nederlandse hoger onderwijs? Het voorbeeld van D.F. Malan’ in L.J. Dorsman en P.J. Knegtmans (reds), Over de grens. Internationale contacten van Nederlandse studenten en stafleden sedert 1876 (Hilversum: Uitgeverij Verloren, 2009).

L. Korf, ‘Behind every man: D.F. Malan and the women in his life, 1874-1959’ in South African Historical Journal, 60:3 (September 2008), 397-421.

L. Korf, ‘Podium and/or Pulpit? D.F. Malan’s role in the politicisation of the Dutch Reformed Church, 1900-1959’ in Historia, 52:2 (November 2007), 214-238.

Book reviews

L. Koorts, ‘Bram Fisher: Afrikaner Revolutionary. By Stephen Clingman. 2nd edition. Johannesburg: Jacana, 2013’ in South African Historical Journal, (2016). DOI: 10.1080/02582473.2016.1186724

L. Koorts, ‘Empire and globalisation: networks of people, goods and capital in the British world, c. 1850–1914 By Magee Gary B. and Thompson Andrew S.’ in Journal of Global History, 8:1, (March 2013), 194-195.

L. Koorts, ‘The meek shall not inherit South Africa (Review of F.A. Mouton, Prophet without Honour. F.S. Malan: Afrikaner, South African and Cape Liberal)’, Historia, 57:2 (November 2012), 496-499.

L. Koorts, ‘‘South African history through the prism of friendship’: Deborah Lavin (ed.), Friendship and Union: The South African Letters of Patrick Duncan and Maud Selborne 1907-1943. Van Riebeeck Society for the Publication of Southern African Historical Documents. Second Series No. 41, Cape Town 2010,’ in Historia, 56:2 (November 2011), 213-215.

L. Koorts, ‘Book review: Marthinus Theunis Steyn – regsman, staatsman en volksman. By M.C.E. van Schoor. Pretoria: Protea Boekhuis, 2009,’ in South African Historical Journal, 63:4 (December 2011), 617-620.

L. Korf, ‘Book review: A History of Sub-Saharan Africa. By Robert O. Collins and James M. Burns. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007,’ in South African Historical Journal, 60:3 (September 2008), 516-517.

Awards/ scholarships/ funding
  • Newton Advanced Fellowship (British Academy), to the value of £110 000, 2017.
  • National Research Foundation (NRF) C1 rating, 2017
  • Elected member of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), 2017.
  • Erasmus Mundus EU-Saturn Staff Mobility Fellowship, University of Groningen, 2016.
  • The Sunday Times Alan Paton shortlist for DF Malan and the Rise of Afrikaner-Nationalism (South Africa’s premier English non-fiction award), 2015.
  • The KykNET-Rapport shortlist for DF Malan en die opkoms van Afrikaner-nasionalisme (South Africa’s premier award for Afrikaans non-fiction), 2015.
  • South African Translators’ Institute (SATI) Prize for Outstanding Translation in Non-Fiction, for DF Malan en die opkoms van Afrikaner-nasionalisme, 2015
  • Woordtrofee (Word trophy) for the best debut author at the 2014 Woordfees (Festival of Words, South Africa’s premier Afrikaans literary festival), 2015.
  • National Research Foundation (NRF) Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2014.
  • Nederlands-Zuid-Afrikaanse Vereniging (NZAV), Stichting Studiefonds Bursary for study at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 2008.
  • University of Stellenbosch, International Office bursary for studies abroad, 2018.
  • Harry Crossley Foundation Scholarship for local study, 2007.
  • National Research Foundation (NRF), Prestigious Scholarship for Masters’ Studies, 2004.
  • National Research Foundation (NRF), Scholarship for Honours’ Studies, 2003. Academia


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