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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 dual MA Heritage and Memory Studies (including coordination of the mandatory 30 EC internships).
    • Since August 2011 teaching as Assistant Professor for both the BA Cultuurwetenschappen (designer and lecturer of the course 'Internationaal cultuurbeleid') and the MA Kunst, Cultuur en Politiek (thesis supervision), as well as for the dual MA Heritage and Memory Studies (core courses 'Who Owns the Past?' and 'Current Issues: Excursion Abroad').
    • Practical course 'Erfgoedpraktijk', guiding students putting heritage theory into practice in a project for the historical gardens of Beeckestijn, dual MA Erfgoedstudies, University of Amsterdam (Spring/Summer 2011).
    • Seminar 'Kunstwerelden: Theorie en Beroepspraktijk' on sociology of the arts, BA Cultuurwetenschappen, University of Amsterdam (2010-2011).
    • Lectures on 'Culture and the Makeability of Society', MA Cultuurwetenschappen, University of Amsterdam (2010-2011).


  • Publications


    • van Kessel, T. (2021). Cultural Affiliation and Identity Constructs Under the British Mandate for Palestine. In K. Sanchez Summerer, & S. Zananiri (Eds.), European Cultural Diplomacy and Arab Christians in Palestine, 1918–1948: Between Contention and Connection (pp. 431-438). Palgrave Macmillan. [details]


    • 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]


    • Frederiks, J., & van Kessel, T. (2020). Cultuur en duurzame ontwikkeling dicht bij de grond: Europese Culturele Hoofdstad Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018. Boekman, 32(125), 16-19. [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. 6-9). Amsterdam Museum and Reinwardt Academie.

    Talk / presentation

    • van Kessel, T. (speaker) (9-2-2020). Joods erfgoed: wat leeft?, Benjamin Debat: Joods Erfgoed, Amsterdam.
    • van Kessel, T. (speaker) (12-6-2019). Heritage: changing perceptions and policy, Jewish Heritage Seminar - University of Amsterdam in cooperation with Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe , Amsterdam.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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