Dr. Lauren van Vuuren has taught and researched across a range of subjects, from the history and theory of warfare to film representations of the South African and German past, to the history and theory of documentary film. Her PhD examined the role of documentary film in the creation of myths about the Bushmen people of southern Africa, and considered the power of film to generate a historical archive that reflected changing conceptualisations of race, environment and ethnic and national identity in twentieth century southern Africa. Her most recent research is on Ulrike Meinhof and West German Terrorism. She is also an award winning short story writer and is currently writing creative fiction.
Until 2014 Dr. Lauren van Vuuren taught history in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town. A research project on Ulrike Meinhof and left wing terrorism in West Germany in the 1970s led her to the Freie Universität on an Erasmus Mundus Academic Research Fellowship from 2012 – 2013. She has since relocated to Berlin, where she is conducting research on the different conceptualisations of active resistance in East and West Berlin between 1968 and 1989. In 2013 she was awarded the Thomas Pringle Award for Best South African Short Story, and is continuing her literary writing in Berlin.