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This theme examines how art, cultural objects and artefacts as well as their stakeholders engage with and give shape to cultural heritage and memory.

Theme Leaders: Prof. Christa Maria Lerm-Hayes & Dr. Sanneke Stigter

Practices of creating, collecting, archiving, presenting and preserving art are not neutral practices, but choose, select and interact with objects, with memories, peoples, places and debates. We study memorialisation (e.g. performative embodiment), as well as the often contested interpretation and commodification of heritage, memory, and material culture. These practices include canonisation, musealisation, appropriation, restitution, and the (selective) care for or adaption of objects such as in conservation and restoration. In a globalising world, we reflect critically on their creation, mediation, institutionalisation and study as the social construction of the past and of future public memory.

Prof. dr. C.M.K.E. (Christa-Maria) Lerm-Hayes

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Kunstgeschiedenis

Dr. S. (Sanneke) Stigter

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Conservering en Restauratie