Mirjam Hoijtink is a programme director of the Museum Studies Master’s programme and coordinator of the The East and Europe research group, both at the University of Amsterdam. Hoijtink’s interests include museum ethics, contested heritage in museums and exhibition narratives. She currently works at ‘Islam as an Issue’ in 19th and 20th century Dutch museums of art and antiquity in a European context (Berlin, Paris, London).
Ihab Saloul is Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Academic Coordinator of Heritage and Memory Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He is currently a NIAS Fellow and a Visiting Professor of Culture and Identity Politics at Freie Universität Berlin. Saloul’s interests include cultural memory, heritage and museums, conflict and identity politics, literary theory and visual analysis, post-colonial theory, migration and diaspora, as well as contemporary culture in Europe and the Middle East. His current research deals with competing memories and the aesthetics of displacement and exile in contemporary Palestinian and Israeli cultural memories.
Dos Elshout is a cultural sociologist and Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Amsterdam. In his PhD (2015) he identifies and analyses the effects of the government’s business approach on tasks and functions in the Dutch museum world since the Second World War, examining the social dynamics in policy, heritage, market, media and science. Alongside his scholarly work Elshout participates in societal discussions and governance of cultural organisations as a member and advisor of various boards and committees, including the Amsterdam City Council’s Museums, Heritage and Monuments Committee.
Chiara de Cesari is a cultural anthropologist and Assistant Professor of European Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on heritage/memory, museums and broader cultural politics and the ways in which these are changed by the effects of globalisation and transnationalism. Her most recent project explores the making of a new European collective memory in relation to its blind spots, such as colonialism, with a particular focus on the associated museum representations.
Bram Kempers is Professor of Sociology of Art in European Cultural History at the University of Amsterdam. Kempers publishes and teaches on the subject of museums in the context of government policies, private patronage, architecture and design, management and marketing and the rich history of museums since the Italian Renaissance.
Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the UvA. Until 2014 she worked as Professor of Iconology at the University of Ulster, Belfast. Her research focuses on word and image studies, particularly the visual legacies of writers, also considering performance, the historiography of art and curation. Lerm Hayes has curated contemporary art exhibitions for: Goethe Institut, Dublin; Tolstoy Estate, Russia; MoA, Seoul National University, Korea; Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast; LCGA, Limerick and CCI, Paris. Her curatorial focus has been on ‘literary art exhibitions’, beginning with Joyce in Art and most recently including Convergence: Literary Art Exhibitions, a meta exhibition.