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M.A. Zoodsma MA


Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
Department Communication and Cognition


As part of the ERC Project on "Political Apologies across Cultures", my PhD research will focus on how political apologies are expressed and received in different cultures. By creating an inventory of apologies that have already been offered, I will analyze the content, form, and context of these apologies. We will then select a number of political apologies and examine both in-depth and on a large scale how they have been expressed and received across different cultures. The overall research objective is to examine whether key assumptions regarding these apologies hold across cultures or whether they vary as a function of differences in collectivistic and individualistic values and face and honor norms

Before starting this PhD project at Tilburg University, I was employed by the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide studies and as seminar lecturer at the University of Utrecht. I have a BA in Cultural Anthropology, a minor in Conflict studies and graduated from the master program Holocaust and Genocide studies in 2014 at the University of Amsterdam. During my studies, I particularly focused on the effects mass murder and genocide have on society and culture, and specialized in identity formation, religion, and reconciliation. For my master thesis, nominated for the UvA thesis price 2014, I conducted field research in Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to research the role of religious initiatives in the reconciliation process. 

I am the co-founder and writer for What Is Happening Now, an online platform that publishes in-depth articles related to current issues: 


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Last amended: 22 March 2017