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L. (Lieve) de Coninck MSc

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Globalising Culture and the Quest for Belonging

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15509
    1001 NA Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    middle class


    post-apartheid South Africa



    Lieve de Coninck (1985) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology. She is part of the Globalizing Culture and the Quest for Belonging: Ethnographies of the Everyday programme group of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research. Her research focuses on the cultural practice of middle class by looking at the relation of young, urban professionals in South Africa with entrepreneurship.

    Her project investigates how young, urban professionals in South Africa take up entrepreneurship in a global economy that promotes private business. On the one hand, young achievers are encouraged to start up enterprises, notably through ‘business incubators’ that provide support. On the other hand, they are often torn between professional ambition and social pressures such as financial obligations towards kin and suspicions of corruption. To understand how the pursuit of success is handled in the context of these tensions, the project develops a case study of clients of business incubators.

    Teaching / inclusive teaching

    She is teaching in the undergraduate programmes of Cultural Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ASW).

    She has a keen interest in inclusive teaching practices and critical pedagogy. She has coordinated a research project on experiences of in- and exclusion among students in the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences bachelor programme in 2017, in cooperation with students of the Programme Committee and the student association (Pegasus). She has also organised workshops on inclusive teaching for colleagues at UvA and Erasmus MC.

    Previous work / extracurricular

    Her master's thesis (2009, cum laude) focused on the relation between consumption and identity for young black middle class in post-apartheid South Africa.

    Between 2008 and 2012 she worked as a policy adviser and researcher on several projects regarding youth issues for municipal and national government, as well as for several NGO's, before landing a position as a study adviser and programme coordinator for UvA. She has been teaching since 2013 and is currently also involved in developing inclusive teaching practices within the social science departments.

    With fellow anthropologist Leon van de Reep she hosts a blog about Africa-stereotyping called Afrikaanse Toestanden.

    Afrikaanse Toestanden

    REC building B room 5.16

    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
    1018 WV Amsterdam


  • Publications



    • de Coninck, L. (2018). AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2018 Dar es Salaam report.


    • de Coninck, L. (2019). Winning at entrepreneurship? Navigating Johannesburg’s enterprise development scene. 1-10. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of American Anthropological Association (AAA), Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada.


    • de Coninck, L. (2018). Expecting to make it: How aspirations feature in incubation spaces in Johannesburg.

    Talk / presentation

    • de Coninck, L. (speaker) (21-11-2019). Winning at entrepreneurship? Navigating Johannesburg's enterprise development scene, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), Vancouver.
    • de Coninck, L. (speaker) (12-6-2019). Unincorporated – the pleasures and pitfalls of aspirational entrepreneurship in Johannesburg, European Conference on African Studies, Edinburgh.
    • de Coninck, L. (speaker) (17-5-2017). Inclusief onderwijs in de praktijk, Onderwijsresearchdagen. Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. .


    • de Coninck, L. (participant) (26-6-2018). GlobCul Panorama Day, Amsterdam. The GlobCul Panorama Day is meant for GlobCul members to share current work and new research plans. (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
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