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Dr. D.A. (David) Duindam

Faculty of Humanities
Photographer: Medewerker

Visiting address
  • Spuistraat 134
  • Room number: 713
Postal address
  • Postbus 1642
    1000 BP Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Research interests: sites of memory; painful heritage; urban space; in situ memorial museums; literary and cultural analysis; material culture of the Holocaust; digital memories; memories of the future


    My field of expertise covers memory, heritage and museum studies. I focus on spatial and material environments, such as museums, memorials and heritage sites, and the way the past is remediated at these locations.


    Materialities of postcolonial memory

    Together with Dr. Paul Bijl, Dr. Chiara de Cesari and Dr. Ihab Saloul, I organized the international ‘AHM Conference 2017: Materialities of Postcolonial Memory’ hosted by the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (7-9 December 2017). Now that the privileged position of white people is being rethought in Western societies, and people of color are increasingly vocal about racism in contemporary Europe, the colonial and slavery pasts have more than ever become points of social encounter and contention. Matter and materiality are central concerns in such debates, from the centuries long but often unacknowledged African and Asian presence in Europe to the ruinous effects of the colonial past on communities around the globe to often unarticulated material traces in Europe’s towns and cities. At the same time, material interventions, from protests to new museum spaces, form creative contestations of present and past material injustices. This international conference looks at the awkward, aphasiac and contested memories of Europe’s colonial and slavery past by bringing together scholars from heritage and memory studies, postcolonial and critical race studies, conservation and material culture studies, art, anthropology and all other disciplines represented in AHM.


    Digital Holocaust memory

    Together with prof. dr. Yra van Dijk, I coordinated the European project ‘Digital Memory of the Shoah’, funded by NWO (2017-2018). With partners from universities, NGO’s and museums from the Netherlands, the UK, Poland, Germany, Israel, Belgium, Croatia, Italy and Sweden, we wrote a H2020 proposal for fundamental and comparative research on this topic. We focused on three topics: (1) connectivity and community; (2) testimony, narrative and digital archives (3) performance, affect and presence.


    Sites of Holocaust memory

    My dissertation Signs of the Shoah: The Hollandsche Schouwburg as a Site of Memory (University of Amsterdam, 2016) is an in-depth study of the Hollandsche Schouwburg. This former theater in Amsterdam was used as deportation site for tens of thousands of Jews during World War II and currently functions as a memorial museum. In analysing the design and use of the current presentation, I found that the meaning of this site is bot inherent to an authentic location, but rather produced through an interaction between site-specific media and its visitors. This open character ensures that such sites remain relevant to current and future generations, as they offer direct, yet mediated, contact with the troubled past. My dissertation was supervised by prof. dr. Frank van Vree and prof. dr. Rob van der Laarse and a collaboration with the Jewish Cultural Quarter. AUP published my dissertation in 2019.

    In 2013, AUP published a contributed volume on the history of the Hollandsche Schouwburg, De Hollandsche Schouwburg: theater, deportatieplaats, plek van herinnering (2nd print in 2017). In 2017, an AUP published an English and fully revised volume, Site of Deportation, Site of Memory. The Amsterdam Hollandsche Schouwburg and the Holocaust. I was editor and co-author for both works.

    Fragments of the Holocaust: The Amsterdam Hollandsche Schouwburg as a Site of Memory. Amsterdam: AUP, 2019.
  • Conferences

    Selection of conferences and other talks


    • 16, 17 & 18-05-18: International workshop Digital Memories of the Holocaust: Performance, affect and presence (London)

    Organisation and Chairing.


    • 6 February 2018: De Nieuwe Liefde: De toekomst van herdenken

    Invited speaker, lecture ‘De toekomst van het verleden’


    Organisation, chairing & paper: 'Confronting Colonial Pasts: Transformations in Dutch Heritage Narratives'


    • 18, 19 & 20-10-17: International workshop Digital Memories of the Holocaust: Testimony, narratives, and digital archives (Ljubljana)

    Organisation and Chairing.


    • 17, 18 & 19-05-17: International workshop Digital Memories of the Holocaust: Connectivity and community (Warsaw)

    Organisation and Chairing.


    • 13, 14 & 15-05-17: POLIN museum Warsaw: Museums and Their Publics at Sites of Conflicted History

    Paper: "Self-inscription at the Hollandsche Schouwburg, Amsterdam: the latent indexicality of in situ memorial museums."


    • 30-06-16: Huizinga Summer School: European Contested Heritage & the Politics of Commemoration

    Invited speaker, lecture: "Signs of the Shoah"


    • 25 & 26-06-15: International two-day workshop: Colonial Ruin: (In)Visible Sites of Postcolonial Memory

    Organisation and Chairing in collaboration with dr. Paul Bijl.


    • 15-02-15: Lecture for exhibition Selamat Sjabbat Joods Historisch Museum, invited speaker.


    • 29-10-13: International Conference: Competing Memories

    Chairman & Paper: "Superimposition and self-inscription at the Hollandsche Schouwburg" 


    • 07-03-13: Symposium: Dynamics of Memory of WWII

    Organization & Paper: "De/constructing a theater of memory"


    • 07-03-13: Seminar Heritage & Memory of Conflict

    Organization and Chairing


    • 22-04-13: Huizinga PhD Symposium

    Paper: "The Hollandsche Schouwburg as a spatial configuration"


    Organization & Paper: "The Shoah in Minahasa? Familial heritage in a post-colonial setting." Click here for an edited version.


    • 01-10-12: TU Dresden Summer School 2012, Von der Vitrine zum Web 2.0. Museen, Bibliotheken und Archive im digitalen Zeitalter.

    Blog entry: "The Grohmann exhibition between experiment and tradition."


    •  25-08-12: University of Cambridge, Forgotten War and Occupation Heritage.

     Poster presentation: "The Hollandsche Schouwburg as urban dark heritage."


    • 05-06-12: University of Gothenburg, international conference of Critical Heritage Studies

    Paper: "Heritage as a cultural and historical process: the production and consumption of the Hollandsche Schouwburg in Amsterdam."


    • 27-03-12: University of Amsterdam: Media & Memory Workshop.

    Paper: "Virtual & Physical Spaces of Memory: the 'Digital Monument to the Jewish Community' in a museum setting." 


    • 24-01-12: VU Amsterdam, Holocaust Memorial Day

    Lecture: "Drie op een rij. De jodenvervolging herdacht in Nederland."


    • 24-08-11: University of Helsinki, interdisciplinary conference: Imagining Spaces/Places

    Paper: "Urban Memory: Imagining the Past."


    • 09-07-11: University of Copenhagen, XXIV biennial conference of IAMHIST: Media History and Cultural Memory

    Paper: "The Hollandsche Schouwburg between Jewish memory and Dutch society."


    • 01-07-11: The Lisbon Consortium: I Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture: Performaticity

    Paper: "Performing urban memory.The façade of the Hollandsche Schouwburg: theater, site of terror, site of memory." (See PDF below)


    • 31-05-11, University of Antwerp: 4th Contact Day Jewish Studies on the Low Countries.

    Paper: "The Hollandsche Schouwburg as a dialogical monument: Performing Jewish identity."


    • 15-04-01: Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam: Graduiertenkolleg mit Aleida Assmann.

    Paper: "The Hollandsche Schouwburg as stage for the performance of memory."


    • 29-10-10: Catholic University in Lisbon: first Graduate Conference in Culture Studies: Panic and Mourning

    Paper: "The Politics of Commemoration: From Nation-building to Collective Mourning in the Netherlands." Published as peer-reviewed chapter.


    • 24-07-10: Freie Universität Berlin: Summer School 2010 des Visual History Archive.

    Presentatie: "Literaturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven. Narrative Überlebensstrategien in Zeitzeugnissen."

  • Teaching

    I work at the department of Literary and Cultural Analysis and have taught the following course:


    MA courses

    MA Comparative Cultural Analysis Term Paper (6 EC, 2014-2015 & 2015-2016)

    MA Comparative Cultural Analysis Intercultural Dialogues 2 (6 EC, 2018-2019 & 2019-2020)

    MA Comparative Literature Term Paper (6 EC, 2014-2015 & 2016-2017)

    MA Comparative Literature History, Cultural Memory and Trauma (12 EC, 2019-2020)


    BA courses

    BA Literatuurwetenschap Contexten (12 EC, 2014-2015 & 2015-2016).

    BA Literary & Cultural Analysis Contexts & Frames (12 EC, 2016-2017, 2017-2018 & 2018-2019).

    BA Literatuurwetenschap Film and Literature (6 EC, 2014-2015).

    BA Literatuurwetenschap Inleiding Literatuurwetenschap (12 EC, 2014-2015 & 2015-2016)

    BA Literary & Cultural Analysis Introduction LCA (12 EC, 2016-2017).

    BA Literary & Cultural Analysis Literary and Cultural Theory 1 (12 EC, 2017-2018 & 2019-2020)

    BA Literatuurwetenschap Literary and Cultural Theory after 1900 (12 EC, 2014-2015)

    BA Literatuurwetenschap Literary and Cultural Theory before 1900 (6 EC, 2014-2015, 2015-2016 & 2016-2017)

    BA Neerlandistiek Literary Theory: Studying Dutch Literature in a Global Context (6 EC, 2012-2013)

    BA Literatuurwetenschap Research Seminar (6 EC, 2014-2015 &2016-2017)

    BA Literary and Cultural Analysis Research Workshop (2017-2018 & 2018-2019)

    BA Literatuurwetenschap Seven Masterpieces (12 EC, 2015-2016 & 2016-2017)

    BA Literatuurwetenschap Wetenschapsfilosofie (12 EC, 2015-2016)

  • Publications


    • Duindam, D. (2019). Fragments of the Holocaust: The Amsterdam Hollandsche Schouwburg as a Site of Memory. (Heritage and Memory Studies). Amsterdam University Press. [details]


    • Duindam, D. (2012). Stage, performance, media event: the national commemoration of the Second World War in the Netherlands. In D. Agostinho, E. Antz, & C. Ferreira (Eds.), Panic and mourning: the cultural work of trauma (pp. 247-261). (Culture & conflict; No. 1). De Gruyter. [details]


    • Duindam, D. (2022). Het geënsceneerde Anne Frank Huis: Van leegte tot virtual reality. In M. van Gelderen, & F. van Vree (Eds.), 'Een joods kind dat weet van eeuwen heeft': Anne Frank als vluchtelinge, schrijfster en icoon (pp. 303-324). Prometheus. [details]
    • Duindam, D. (2022). [Review of: R. Ensel (2022) Anne Frank on the Postwar Dutch Stage: Performance, Memory, Affect]. Studia Rosenthaliana, 48(1), 89-91. [details]


    • Prins, A., Spaapen, J., van Vree, F., van Leeuwen, T., & Duindam, D. (2017). Handleiding: Evaluatie van geesteswetenschappelijk onderzoek volgens het SEP. QRiH. [details]




    Prize / grant

    • Duindam, D. (2016). Onderwijsvrije periode ten behoeve van onderzoeksdoeleinden.
    • Duindam, D. (2016). Digital memory of the Shoah.
    • Bijl, P. A. L. & Duindam, D. A. (2015). Grant for the Organization of the Workshop "Colonial Ruin: (In)Visible Sites of Postcolonial Memory".
    • Bijl, P. A. L. & Duindam, D. A. (2015). Grant for the Organization of the Workshop "Colonial Ruin: (In)Visible Sites of Postcolonial Memory".
    • Bijl, P. A. L. & Duindam, D. A. (2015). Grant for the Organization of the Workshop "Colonial Ruin: (In)visible Sites of Postcolonial Memory".
    • Duindam, D. (2014). KIEM Experiencescape Joods Historisch Amsterdam.

    Media appearance

    Talk / presentation

    • Duindam, D. (speaker) (11-11-2017). No past, no facts, no future: de betrokkenheid van de wetenschapper, InScience - Dutch International Science Film Festival 8 - 12 Nov 2017, Nijmegen.
    • Duindam, D. (speaker) (15-3-2017). Self-inscription at the Hollandsche Schouwburg, Amsterdam: the latent indexicality of in situ memorial museums, Museums and Their Publics at Sites of Conflicted History, Warsaw.
    • Duindam, D. (keynote speaker) (21-2-2017). Holding on to the Past, Preparing for the Future: Heritage and Depots in Times of Crisis and Transformation, CODART TWINTIG, Warsaw.


    • Duindam, D. (chair) (23-9-2022 - 24-9-2022). (un)Common Grounds, Amsterdam. (un)Common Grounds is a two-day hybrid symposium, gathering a network of thinker-speakers to discuss the issues raised during the 100 days of (…) (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Duindam, D. (chair) (2-2-2021 - 3-2-2021). The Politics of Jewish Literature and the Making of Postwar Europe, Amsterdam. Jewish literature — by which we understand all literature that is perceived or labeled as Jewish by critics, readers, publishers and/or authors — has (…) (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Duindam, D. (participant) (9-11-2018). DISPLACED MEMORIES IN A DIGITAL AGE, Amsterdam. 1-day workshop with partners from Frankfurt and Slovenia to discuss European research application. (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Duindam, D. (participant) (16-5-2018 - 18-5-2018). DISPLACED MEMORIES IN A DIGITAL AGE, London. From 2016-2018, nine European partners are involved in the funded researchproject Displaced Memories in a Digital Age. We have prepared a green (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Duindam, D. (organiser) (7-12-2017 - 9-12-2017). AHM Conference 2017 Materialities of Postcolonial Memory, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Duindam, D. (organiser) (18-10-2017 - 20-10-2017). DISPLACED MEMORIES IN A DIGITAL AGE, Ljubljana (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Duindam, D. (participant) (15-6-2017). Digital Memory, Amsterdam. Workshop on digital memory research (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Duindam, D. (organiser) (17-5-2017 - 19-5-2017). Digital Memories of the Shoah, Warsaw (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Duindam, D. (organiser) (3-7-2013). Symposium – Dynamics of Memory of WWII, VOC zaal, Bushuis (UvA), Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Duindam, D. (participant), Camphuijsen, F. W. G. W. (organiser) & Jansen, H. E. (organiser) (7-5-2013). Heritage and Memory of Conflict | PhD Workshop, Amsterdam. Heritage and Memory of Conflict | PhD Workshop (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • van der Laarse, R. (organiser) & Duindam, D. A. (organiser) (11-12-2012). NIAS Workshop Terrorscapes / Dynamics of Memory, Wassenaar. Travelling memories of terror and warTravelling Memories of Terror and WarOn 11 December, the Terrorscapes Theme Group will organise a workshop on (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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