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Programme coordinator

Dr Tamara van Kessel

In 2011 Tamara van Kessel was awarded a doctorate from the University of Amsterdam for historical research into Italian and British cultural politics in the Mediterranean during the interwar period. She has worked for institutions such as European heritage organisation Europa Nostra, and is particularly interested in the use of cultural heritage in international cultural policy and nation-forming processes. She is currently assistant professor in Cultural Studies and Heritage and Memory Studies. 

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

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Algemene Cultuurwetenschappen

Teaching staff

Dr Chiara de Cesari

Chiara de Cesari is an anthropologist. She is assistant professor in European Studies and Heritage Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She was awarded her doctorate from Stanford University in 2009 for her thesis on Palestinian heritage and memory politics. Before moving to Amsterdam, she was a lecturer in Heritage Studies within the department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University. Her research focuses on heritage and museums, modern and contemporary art, transnationalism, governmentality, anthropology of development and globalisation, politics of space and architecture, post-colonialism, the idea of Europe, contemporary transformations of the nation state and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

dr. C. (Chiara) de Cesari

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Europese studies

Prof. Rob van der Laarse

Rob van der Laarse is a historian who has been involved in the dual Master's programme in Heritage Studies since its inception in 2003. He occupies the Westerbork chair of War Heritage at VU University Amsterdam, laid the groundwork for the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM) at the UvA and is theme leader of European Identity and Culture at the VU-UvA research institute ACCESS EUROPE. As a researcher, he specialises in elite studies (1500-1900), intellectual culture, the Holocaust and in the transnational research discipline of heritage, landscape and memory studies. He coordinates an NWO research programme called Dynamics of Memory (together with Frank Van Vree) and an international research project called Terrorscapes, which in 2013 was awarded the Euromediterraneo Prize in Rome.

prof. dr. R. (Rob) van der Laarse

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Algemene Cultuurwetenschappen

Dr Hanneke Ronnes

Hanneke Ronnes is assistant professor in Cultural Studies and Heritage and Memory Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is also Professor of Historic Country Houses and Estates at the University of Groningen. She studied anthropology at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, history at the University of Amsterdam and archaeology at University College Dublin (Ireland). Her PhD thesis entitled Architecture and Élite Culture in the United Provinces, England and Ireland, 1500-1700, was published with Pallas, Amsterdam University Press (2006). Besides being chief editor of the historical journal Virtus she sits in the editorial board of the archaeological journal Medieval and modern matters: archaeology and material culture of the Low Countries, and on the advisory board of Explorations in Renaissance Culture.

prof. dr. H. (Hanneke) Ronnes

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Algemene Cultuurwetenschappen

Dr Ihab Saloul

Ihab Saloul is assistant professor in Cultural Studies and Heritage and Memory Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He is also visiting professor of Culture and Politics at the Otto-Suhr Institute for Political Science at the Freie Universität in Berlin. Saloul was an EUME-Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin and has taught Comparative Literature and Media Studies at Maastricht University. Saloul is predominantly interested in cultural memory and identity politics, literary theory and visual analysis, migration and diasporas and modern-day Middle-East culture.

dr. I.A.M. (Ihab) Saloul

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Algemene Cultuurwetenschappen

Dr Claartje Wesselink 

Claartje Wesselink is a lecturer in Cultural Studies and Heritage and Memory Studies. She studied English (specialising in linguistics, MA in 2003) and Philosophy (specialising in aesthetics, MA cum laude in 2006) at the University of Amsterdam and the Freie Universität in Berlin. In March 2014, she defended her thesis Kunstenaars van de Kultuurkamer. Geschiedenis en herinnering (Eng: Artists of the Culture Chamber: History and Memories) Wesselink's research and teaching focus on heritage and canon-formation, cultural aspects of the German occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War, and works of art as bearers of memory and identity.

dr. C.C. (Claartje) Wesselink

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Algemene Cultuurwetenschappen