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dr. C. (Chiara) de Cesari

Modern European History
Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Europese studies
Photographer: Eduard Lampe

Visiting address
  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
  • Room number: D2.10A
Postal address
  • Postbus 1619
    1000 BP Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Chiara De Cesari is a socio-cultural anthropologist and associate professor in European Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

    She is broadly interested in how culture and politics intersect. In her eclectic research, she has examined memory, heritage, art and cultural politics and the ways in which these change under conditions of globalization, transnationalism, and current transformations of the nation-state. Focus of her ongoing projects is the investigation of emerging forms of creative institutionalism and statecraft, particularly the ways in which artists and activists are changing public cultural institutions such as museums. Colonial heritages in postcolonial Europe is another major theme as is the Israel/Palestine conflict.

    Chiara leads the NWO-funded Vidi project Imagining Institutions Otherwise: Art, Politics, and State Transformation, which studies how artistic practices can provide a platform for institutional experimentation and democratization, and thus help reinvent institutions in crisis across and beyond Europe.

    She is also a member of the HERA en/counter/points project, for which she is writing a book on curating the colonial together with Wayne Modest. This explores how museums in different contexts respond to the (post)colonial condition by reframing their colonial heritage and collections: in what ways are museums colonial institutions, how do they represent colonialism, and what does it mean, practically, theoretically, to decolonize them? These themes are at the center of Chiara's contribution to another transnational scheme, the Trans-Atlantic Platform for Social Innovation Worlding Public Cultures, involving universities and museums in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

    Chiara is the author of Heritage and the Cultural Struggle for Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2019), and editor of Transnational Memories: Circulation, Articulation, Scales (de Gruyter, 2014, with Ann Rigney) and of European Memory in Populism: Representations of Sef and Other (Routledge, 2019, with Ayhan Kaya). She has published widely in journals such as Current Anthropology, American Anthropologist, Memory Studies, Museum Anthropology, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, the International Journal of Heritage Studies and the International Journal of Middle East Studies.

    Chiara completed her PhD in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at Stanford University in 2009. Before moving to Amsterdam, she has been a postdoc at Utrecht University and fellow at the Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, and a lecturer and coordinator of the MA in heritage and museum studies in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University.

    New and upcoming

    2020

    HERITAGE BEYOND THE NATION-STATE? Nongovernmental Organizations, Changing Cultural Policies, and the Discourse of Heritage as Development. Current Anthropology 61/1.

    2019

    HERITAGE AND THE CULTURAL STRUGGLE FOR PALESTINE. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

    2019

    EUROPEAN MEMORY IN POPULISM: representations of Self and Other. London: Routledge.

    2019

    HERITAGE, GENTRIFICATION, PARTICIPATION: Remaking urban landscapes in the name of culture and historic preservation. Co-edited with Rozita Dimova. Special issue of the International Journal of Heritage Studies 25(9). Published online September 2018: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjhs20/25/9.

    2019

    ANTICIPATORY REPRESENTATION: Thinking Art and Museums as Platforms of Resourceful Statecraft. In Reimagining the State: Theoretical Challenges and Transformative Possibilities, edited by Davina Cooper, Nikita Dhawan, and Janet Newman, 153-170. London: Routledge.

    Selected Publications

    2018

    MEMORY AS BORDER DEVICE: the 2008 Italy–Libya friendship treaty and the reassembling of fortress Europe. In The Political Materialities of Borders: New Theoretical Directions, edited by Olga Demetriou and Rozita Dimova. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

    2017  

    Museums of Europe: Tangles of memory, borders, and race. Museum Anthropology 40(1): 19–37.

    2016

    Ottonostalgias and Urban Apartheid. International Journal of Islamic Architecture 5(2): 339-357. http://ingentaconnect.com/contentone/intellect/ijia/2016/00000005/00000002/art00005

    2015 

    Post-Colonial Ruins: Archaeologies of Political Violence and IS. Anthropology Today 31(6): 22-26. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-8322.12214/abstract

    2015 

    Urban Heritage and Social Movements. (With Michael Herzfeld.) In Global Heritage: A Reader, edited by Lynn Meskell, 171-195. Oxford:Blackwell. http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118768868.html

    2014

    World Heritage and the Nation-State. In Transnational Memory: Circulation, Articulation, Scales, edited by Chiara De Cesari and Ann Rigney, 247-270. Berlin: de Gruyter. http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/428514

    2014

    Transnational Memory: Circulation, Articulation, Scales, co-edited with Ann Rigney. Berlin: de Gruyter, Media and Cultural Memory series. http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/428514

    2012

    Thinking Through Heritage Regimes. In Heritage Regimes and the State, edited by Regina F. Bendix, Aditya Eggert and Arnika Peselmann. Pp. 399-413. Göttingen: Universitätsverlag. http://univerlag.uni-goettingen.de/handle/3/isbn-978-3-86395-122-1

    2012

    Colonialism Contained. Photography & Culture 5(3): 343-346. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2752/175145212X13415789393045?journalCode=rfpc20

    2012

    The Paradoxes of Colonial Reparation: Foreclosing memory and the 2008 Italy-Libya Friendship Treaty. Memory Studies 5(3): 316-326. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1750698012443888

    2012

    Anticipatory Representation: Building the Palestinian Nation(-State) through Artistic Performance. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 12(1): 82-100.

    Translated into German as 'Antizipatorische Repräsentation: Der Aufbau des palästinensischen Nationalstaats durch künstlerische Aktionen'. In Figurationen des Politischen, vol. 1: Die Phänomenalität der Politik in der Gegenwart, edited by Martin Doll and Oliver Kohns. Pp. 443-471. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink, 2016.

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1754-9469.2012.01157.x/abstract

    2011

    Cultural Governmentality: Government through Heritage Conservation in Old Hebron. Conflict in Cities Working Papers Series n. 23. http://www.urbanconflicts.arct.cam.ac.uk/publications/working-papers

    2010 

    Creative Heritage: Palestinian Heritage NGOs and Defiant Arts of Government. American Anthropologist 112(4) : 625-637.http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1548-1433.2010.01280.x/abstract

    2010

    World Heritage and Mosaic Universalism: A View from Palestine. Journal of Social Archaeology 10(3) : 299-324. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1469605310378336

    2010

    Hebron, or Heritage as Technology of Life. Jerusalem Quarterly 41 : 6-28. http://www.palestine-studies.org/jq/fulltext/78346

     

     

    Imagining Institutions Otherwise: Art, Politics, and State Transformation

  • Publications

    2019

    • de Cesari, C. (2019). Heritage and the Cultural Struggle for Palestine. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
    • de Cesari, C., & Kaya, A. (2019). European Memory in Populism: Representations of Self and Other. London: Routledge.

    2017

    2016

    2015

    2014

    • De Cesari, C. (2014). World Heritage and the Nation-State: a view from Palestine. In C. De Cesari, & A. Rigney (Eds.), Transnational memory: circulation, articulation, scales (pp. 247-270). (Media and cultural memory; No. 19). Berlin: De Gruyter. [details]
    • De Cesari, C., & Rigney, A. (2014). Introduction. In C. De Cesari, & A. Rigney (Eds.), Transnational memory: circulation, articulation, scales (pp. 1-25). (Media and cultural memory; No. 19). Berlin: De Gruyter. [details]

    2012

    2010

    2017

    • de Cesari, C. (2017). Against State Phobia, For Dis/Engagement. Mezosfera, 3. [details]

    2016

    • De Cesari, C. (2016). Antizipatorische Repräsentation: Der Aufbau des palästinensischen Nationalstaats durch künstlerische Aktionen. In M. Doll, & O. Kohns (Eds.), Figurationen des Politischen. - Vol. 1: Die Phänomenalität der Politik in der Gegenwart (pp. 441-470). (Texte zur politischen Ästhetik; Vol. 3). Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink. [details]
    • De Cesari, C. (2016). [Comment on: L. Meskell: World Heritage and WikiLeaks: Territory, Trade, and Temples on the Thai-Cambodian Border]. Current Anthropology, 57(1), 85-86. https://doi.org/10.1086/684643 [details]
    • de Cesari, C. (2016). Haunting Arts of Memory. In Memory Flows like the Tide at Dusk. Catalogue for Alexandra Sophia Handal’s exhibition Roskilde (Dk): Museet for Samtidskunst/Museum for Contemporary Art. .

    2015

    • De Cesari, C., & Herzfeld, M. (2015). Urban Heritage and Social Movements. In L. Meskell (Ed.), Global heritage: a reader (pp. 171-195). (Blackwell readers in anthropology; Vol. 12). Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. [details]
    • de Cesari, C. (2015). Heritage as Commons: A Paradigm Shift? In H. Benesch, F. Hammami, I. Holmberg, & E. Uzer (Eds.), Heritage as common(s): common(s) as heritage (pp. 265-275). (Curating the city; No. 1). Göteborg: Makadam. [details]
    • de Cesari, C. (2015). Le patrimoine et le droit à la ville: dans le contexte du conflit israélo-palestinien, le patrimoine est manipulé pour transformer des territoires contestés et pour revendiquer la souveraineté et le contrôle. Afkar Idées, 44, 64-67. [details]

    2014

    • De Cesari, C., & Rigney, A. (2014). Transnational memory: circulation, articulation, scales. (Media and cultural memory; No. 19). Berlin: De Gruyter. [details]

    2013

    • De Cesari, C. (2013). Thinking Through Heritage Regimes. In R. Bendix, A. Eggert, & A. Peselmann (Eds.), Heritage regimes and the state. - 2nd, revised edition (pp. 399-413). (Göttingen studies in cultural property; No. 6). Göttingen: Universitätsverlag Göttingen. [details]

    2012

    • De Cesari, C. (2012). Memory Voids and the New European Heritage: A Proposal for Studying Transnational Memory. Journal of Museum Ethnography, 25, 152-162. [details]

    2011

    2010

    • De Cesari, C. (2010). Hebron, or Heritage as Technology of Life. Jerusalem Quarterly, 41, 6-28.

    2014

    2012

    • De Cesari, C. (2012). [Review of: A. Schneider, C. Wright (2010) Between art and anthropology: contemporary ethnographic practice]. Journal of Museum Ethnography, 25, 195-198. [details]

    2011

    • De Cesari, C. (2011). [Review of: R. Boytner, et al. (2010) Controlling the past, owning the future: the political uses of archaeology in the Middle East]. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 21(3), 473-474. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0959774311000473

    2009

    • De Cesari, C. (2009). Cultural Heritage Beyond the "State:" Palestinian Heritage Between Nationalism and Transnationalism.

    2011

    • De Cesari, C. (2011). Cultural Governmentality: Government through Heritage Conservation in Old Hebron. (Research Working Papers Series Centre for Urban Conflicts; No. 23). Cambridge: Centre for Urban Conflicts, University of Cambridge.
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