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dr. T.M.C. (Tamara) van Kessel

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Algemene Cultuurwetenschappen
Photographer: Greetje van der Werf

Visiting address
  • Turfdraagsterpad 15
  • Room number: 1.06
Postal address
  • Postbus 94551
    1090 GN Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Research interests

    • International cultural policy
    • The history of (cultural) nationalism
    • Cultural heritage: policy, theory and intellectual history
    • Italian nineteenth- and twentieth-century history
    • Cultural identity and politics in the Mediterranean area
    • European cooperation between North and South
    • Italian Fascism and European history of the interwar period



    • Since August 2016 programme coordinator of the MA Heritage and Memory Studies.
    • Since August 2011 teaching as Assistant Professor for both the BA and the MA Cultural Sciences, as well as for the MA Heritage and Memory Studies.
    • Practical course 'Erfgoedpraktijk', guiding students putting heritage theory into practice in a project for the historical gardens of Beeckestijn, master programme Heritage Studies, University of Amsterdam (Spring/Summer 2011).
    • Seminar 'Kunstwerelden: Theorie en Beroepspraktijk' on sociology of the arts, bachelor Cultural Sciences, University of Amsterdam (Autumn/Winter 2010 & 2011).
    • Lectures on 'Culture and the Makeability of Society', master programme Cultural Sciences, University of Amsterdam (Autumn/Winter 2010 & 2011).
    • 'De Dante Alighieri Vereniging en de constructie van 'italianità' in het buitenland' as part of 'Monumenten en symbolen van italianità', Dante Alighieri Society Utrecht (Utrecht, 29 April 2010).
    • External examiner for five students graduating from the bachelor programme Museology at the Reinwardt Academy (4 en 6 November 2008).
    • Accompanied students of the bachelor Cultural Sciences, University of Amsterdam, on an excursion to Rome as part of their course on 'Centres of European Culture' (24-29 March 2007).
    • Lecture 'Intangible heritage: contested property' as part of 'Heritage: theory and practice' for students of Heritage Studies, University of Amsterdam (30 November 2006).


    Public events


    • Session co-organizer and speaker, 'National Identities and World Heritage', The 22nd International Congress of Historical Sciences (Jinan, China, 23-29 August 2015).
    • 'The European Inheritance: mobilizing history after the Second World War', 22nd International Conference of Europeanists (Sciences-Po, Paris, France, 8-10 July 2015).
    • 'Empire, Cultural Politics and European Heritage: the British Council and the "Latinisation" of Egypt inthe 1930s', Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies (Montreal, 15-17 April 2010).
    • 'Cultural Diplomacy and National Self-Representation during the Interbellum: 'Italianità' and 'Britishness' as promoted abroad', presented in the panel session 'Projecting Nations: Culture and Character in International Relations' at the conference We The Peoples: Democratizing International Relations in Britain and Beyond, 1870-1950 organized by Peter Mandler (St. John's College, Cambridge, 8-9 January 2010).
    • 'Italian Colonialism and Cultural Propaganda: The Società Dante Alighieri in Addis Abeba', presented in the panel session 'Italian Studies from the Low Countries: Modern and Contemporary Italy' (coordinated by the Werkgroep Italië Studies), Biennial Conference of the Society for Italian Studies (Londen, Royal Holloway University, 16-19 April 2009).
    • 'Promoting national culture in the Mediterranean: the Dante Alighieri Society and the British Council in the 1930's', Fifth International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, organized by the Istanbul Metropolitan Univeristy & Yeditepe University in cooperation with the International Journal of Cultural Policy (Istanbul, 20-24 August 2004). Also intervened as moderator.
    • 'British life and thought: a global model? The British Council's representations of 'Britishness' on the eve of the Second World War', at the conference Britishness, Identity and Citizenship: The View from Abroad (Huddersfield, University of Huddersfield, 5-6 June 2008).
    • 'Italianitá wereldwijd: de Dante Alighieri Vereniging in de jaren dertig', Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, for students of Cultural Sciences (University of Amsterdam) on excursion in Rome, 3 April 2008.


    PhD dissertation

    Cultural Promotion and Imperialism. The Dante Alighieri Society and the British Council Contesting the Mediterranean in the 1930s (University of Amsterdam, June 2011).

    Supervisor: prof. dr. P. den Boer / Co-supervisor: prof. dr. R. van der Laarse

  • Publications


    • van Kessel, T. M. C. (2019). The Dante Alighieri Society in Warsaw. From aristocratic sociability to Fascism’s intellectual showcasing (1924-1934). Incontri: rivista europea di studi italiani, 34(1), 83-96.


    • Ronnes, H., & van Kessel, T. (2016). Heritage (Erfgoed) in the Dutch Press: A history of changing meanings in an international context. Contributions to the History of Concepts, 11(2), 1-23. [details]
    • van Kessel, T. (2016). Foreign Cultural Policy in the Interbellum: The Italian Dante Alighieri Society and the British Council Contesting the Mediterranean. (Heritage and Memory Studies). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]



    • van Kessel, T. (2012). ‘Si deve amare la mamma anche se povera’: the Dante Alighieri Society, Italian emigration and the safeguarding of italianità, 1870-1925. Incontri: rivista europea di studi italiani, 27(1), 21-29. [details]


    • van Kessel, T. (2011). 'Britishness' as promoted by the British Council in the 1930s and 1940s. British identities since 1707, 2, 267-288. [details]


    • van Kessel, T. (2013). Publiek of privaat? That is the question. Boekman, 25(96), 48-49, 51-55. [details]


    • van Kessel, T. M. C., Meijer-van Mensch, L., & Kistemaker, R. (2012). General Introduction. In L. Meijer-van Mensch, R. Kistemaker, & T. van Kessel (Eds.), City Museums on the Move : A dialogue between professionals from African countries, the Netherlands and Belgium (pp. 6). [4] Amsterdam Museum and Reinwardt Academie.

    Talk / presentation

    • van Kessel, T. (speaker) (10-5-2018). Ancient Roman heritage in Dutch spatial planning: the Mediterranean cradle in motion, The Exploitation of the Heritage: Between Politics and Economy, Lecce, Italy.
    • van Kessel, T. (speaker) (13-4-2018). ‘Foreign Cultural Policy in the Interbellum’, Universiteit Leiden, Leiden.
    • van Kessel, T. (speaker), Ickx, J. (speaker) & Hunsacker, R. (speaker) (8-2-2018). Reflecting on the First World War, Vatican diplomacy and destruction of cultural heritage, Spui-lezing, Amsterdam.
    • van Kessel, T. (speaker) (7-12-2017). The Dante Alighieri Society before the Second World War: an intellectual network?, Radboud Universiteit.
    • van Kessel, T. (speaker), Spiering, M. E. (speaker) & Ketelaar, T. (speaker) (13-6-2017). Keeping calm: de vervroegde Britse verkiezingen, Spui-lezing, Amsterdam.
    • van Kessel, T. (speaker), Sanchez, K. (speaker), Frijhoff, W. (speaker), Fernández-Aguayo , F. (speaker), Wester, K. (speaker) & Kieft, R. (speaker) (12-1-2017). European cultural policies abroad: from past to present, European cultural policies abroad: from past to present, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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