Project management

Susan Legêne
Project Lead

Susan Legêne is a historian and professor of political history at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Legêne has published numerous lectures and articles, including on the interface between (colonial) history and museology.

Wayne Modest
Programme Leader

Wayne Modest is Head of the Research Center for Material Culture in Leiden and Professor of Material Culture and Critical Heritage Studies (by special appointment) in the faculty of humanities at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

Karina Rinaldi-Doligez
Project Coordinator

Karina Rinaldi-Doligez is the Prject Coordinator of Pressing Matter: Ownership, Value and the Question of Colonial Heritage in Museums. Previously, she was a junior lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Principal investigators

Victor de Boer

Victor de Boer is an associate professor (UHD) at the User-Centric Data Science group at the Computer Science department of the VU  and co-director of the Cultural AI Lab. He combines (Semantic) Web technologies with Human-Computer Interaction, Knowledge Representation and Information Extraction to tackle research challenges in various domains including Cultural Heritage, Digital Humanities and ICT for Development (ICT4D).

Wouter Veraart
WP 2b

Wouter Veraart is Professor of Legal Philosophy and Head of Department Legal Theory and Legal History at the VU University Amsterdam. He is responsible for the courses in legal philosophy within the Bachelor programmes of the Faculty of Law and committed to the Master Programme Philosophy of Legal Science.

Laurens de Rooy
WP 3a

Laurens de Rooy is curator and director of Museum Vrolik 

Birgit Meyer
WP 3b

Birgit Meyer is a  professor of religious studies at Utrecht University. She studies faith and religion from the perspective of a cultural anthropologist.

Peter Pels
WP 3b

Peter Pels (1958) is Professor in the Anthropology of Africa at the University of Leiden since 2003. He graduated from the University of Amsterdam in 1993 on a study of interactions between missionaries and Africans in late colonial Tanganyika, and has since continued to work on the construction of differences of culture and power in human relationships.

Amade M'Charek
WP 3a

Amade M’charek is Professor Anthropology of Science at the department of Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam. Her research interests are in forensics, forensic anthropology and race.

Martijn Eickhoff
Wp 4a

Martijn Eickhoff is director of the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and is also Endowed Professor of Archaeology and Heritage of War and Mass Violence at the University of Groningen

Nanci Adler
WP 4a

NANCI ADLER is professor of memory, history, and transitional justice at the University of Amsterdam and program director of genocide studies at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences)

Katja Kwastek
WP 4b

Katja Kwastek (1970) is professor of modern and contemporary art at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She is the author of the book Aesthetics of Interaction in Digital Art (MIT Press, 2013) and specializes in intersections of art, new media and technology.

Chiara de Cesari
Wp 4b

Chiara De Cesari is Associate Professor in European Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Trained in socio-cultural anthropology (Ph. D. Stanford 2009), Chiara is an internationally significant voice in debates over the geopolitical trajectories of contemporary culture.

PhD researchers

Sarah Binta Alam Shoilee
WP 1b
StaciMarie Dehaney
WP 2a
Elsbeth Dekker
WP 2b
Fajri Adieyatna
WP 4a
Quinsy Gario
WP 4b


Sadiah Boonstra
WP 1a
Rosalie Hans
WP 1a
Amélie Roussillon
WP 3b
Ana Rita Amaral
WP 3b
Lisette Jong
WP 3a
Paul Wolff Mitchell
WP 3a


Karwin Cheung
Senior Provenance Researcher
Micaela Cabrita da Palma
Researcher, Human/Ancestral Remains Project
Laetitia Lai
Researcher, Human/Ancestral Remains Project
Francois Janse van Rensburg
Senior Provenance Researcher