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Ancillary activities

  • AUP | Amsterdam | Editorial Board LHS | 2010-09-01
  • Amsterdams Historisch Museum | Amsterdam | Wetenschappelijke Adviesraad | 2010-09-01
  • Ministerie VWS | Den Haag | Toetsingscommissie Erfgoed van de Oorlog | 2010-09-01
  • NWO | Den Haag | Stuurgroep Onderzoekslijn | 2010-09-01
  • Reinwardt Academie AHK | Amsterdam | Kenniskring lectoraat Cultureel Erfgoed | 2010-09-01
  • Stichting HCK WEsterdorp | Hooghalen | Bijzonder Hoogleraar Westerbork leerstoel | 2010-09-01
  • Stichting Paradox | Edam | Raad van Bestuur | 2010-09-01
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam | Amsterdam | Universitair Hoofddocent | 2010-09-01
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam | Amsterdam | Universitair Hoofddocent | 2010-09-01
  • Van der Laarse Heritage Consult | Edam | Directeur | 2010-09-01
  • Virtus Tijdschrift van Adelsgeschiedenis | Zwolle | Advisory Board | 2010-09-01

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Personal information

I am holding the interuniversity VU-UvA Westerbork chair in War and Conflict Heritage at VU University.

From 2010-2015 I was also the head of the CLUE research cluster The Heritage and Memory of Conflict and War, before being appointed founding director of the Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM) research school at the humanities faculty of the University of Amsterdam, where I had been earlier founding director of the MA program in Heritage and Memory Studies.

I studied history and anthropology at the UvA, and graduated and obtained my PhD there both cum laude, while my dissertation was awarded a Praemium Erasmianum research Prize (1990).

As a teacher and researcher I have been a staf member of the UvA's History, Media Studies, and Art and Culture departments, and a fellow at several European universities, theme group leader at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS), and theme leader at the UvA priority program Heritage and Identity (ACHI), and the VU-UvA research centre ACCESS EUROPE (currently ACES). For my Terrorscapes research project I was awarded together with Georgi Verbeeck in Rome the Euromediterraneo Prize 2013.

 

Research

My research focuses on European intellectual history, cultural heritage, identity and memory politics, and conflicts and war, on which I published more than 100 book and journal publications.

I am a board member of several academic journals, such as Virtus (Yearbook on the history of Nobility) and Accessing Campscapes (E-Journal on Nazi and Gulag camps research), and the founding editor of the CLUE book series Landscape and Heritage Studies (2010-2015) and since 2015 the AHM series Heritage and Memory Studies at Amsterdam University Press, and of the very well received Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict (with Britt Baillie and Ihab Saloul).

Grants

My track record in 2017 was 5,1 million euros external research funding granted by NWO and EU research foundations.

At VU University I have initiated since 2010 several large research projects to Europe's competing memories and contested heritage of the 20th century World Wars and the Holocaust, such as the research line Dynamics of Memory (2009) developed together with Frank van Vree (NIOD and the UvA), the AHRC-NWO Anglo Dutch research project Landscapes of War, Trauma and Occupation (2012) together with Gilly Carr (Cambridge University), the Westerbork Archaeological Research Project (2013) with RAAP Consult, which initiated a European program in Holocaust Archaeology, and the NWO-KNAW project Terrorscapes in Postwar Europe (2010 /2012).

From 2010-2014 I was also sworn member of the Selection Committee of the Dutch government's program Erfgoed van de Oorlog (Heritage of War), which granted 22 million euros for innovative digital preservation projects to Dutch museums, memorials and heritage institutes as to guarantee a sustainable and inclusive future to the material and intangible heritage of the Holocaust and the Second World War. 

I am currently leading at the UvA the EU collaborative HERA-JRP project Accessing Campscapes. Inclusive Strategies for European Conflicted Pasts (iC-ACCESS), with VU Spinlab participation, and partner in the H2020 MSCA-Innovative Training Network Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe (CHEurope). 

Teaching

At VU University I present a yearly MA course Terrorscapes in Postwar Europe (elective) which offers a rather unique combination of cultural and site analyses, and I am happy to participate as a co-lecturer in other courses, such as the BA course World Heritage (History and Culture), and the MA courses Biography of Landscape (key course Heritage Studies), and Archaeology of Conflict (ACASA). 

I am also teaching outside VU University in the MA Heritage and Memory Studies program at the UvA, in RMA/PhD seminars of the national Huizinga research school in Cultural History, and participate as a keynote speaker in many European workshops and summer schools on critical heritage and memory studies.

Finally, I am supervising MA tutorials and MA theses, and some 20 dissertations of PhD researchers both at VU University and at the UvA with topics related to my research field. 

Keywords

  • Holocaust
  • cultural heritage
  • critical heritage studies
  • campscapes
  • memory studies
  • competing memories

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Holocaust Social Sciences
museum Social Sciences
Ukraine Social Sciences
narrative Social Sciences
trauma Social Sciences
grant Social Sciences
terrorism Social Sciences
memorial Social Sciences

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Research Output 2010 2018

iC-ACCESS (Accessing Campscapes) HERA "Uses of the Past": Progress Report 2 - as at 31st December 2017

van der Laarse, R. & Dolghin, D., 28 Feb 2018, HERA. 34 p.

Research output: Book / ReportReportAcademic

memorial
history
website
narrative
historical compromise

Tourism Conflicts and Conflict Tourism: Curating “Holoscapes” in Europe’s Age of Crisis

van der Laarse, R., 2018, Heritage and Tourism: Places, Imageries and the Digital age. Egberts, L. & Alvarez, M. D. (eds.). Amsterdam: AUP, p. 31-54 23 p. (Landscape and Heritage Series)

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Tourism
tourist
cultural policy
Holocaust
Jew

Van Deventer tot Danzig: De toekomst van het transnationaal herinneren. Bij het thema

van der Laarse, R., 20 May 2018

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsiteProfessional

Open Access
File
Warfare

Accessing Campscapes (iC-ACCESS): Inclusive Strategies for European Conflicted Pasts

van der Laarse, R., 2017

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsiteAcademic

Open Access
Memorial
History
Cultural History
Paradigm
Centrality

Bones Never Lie: Unearthing Europe's Age of Terror in the Age of Memory

van der Laarse, R., 2017, Mapping the 'Forensic Turn' : Engagements with Materialities of Mass Death in Holocaust Studies and Beyond. Dziuban, Z. (ed.). Vienna, Vol. Band 5, p. 143-168 25 p. (Beitrage des VWI zur Holocaustforschung; no. 5)

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File

Activities 2005 2018

Imprint of Action. The Sociocultural Impact of Public Activities in Archaeology

van der Laarse, R. (Examiner)
16 Oct 2018

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

Curating ghostly spaces: campscapes and cities of loss

van der Laarse, R. (Speaker)
16 Jan 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

File

Pictures don’t lie? Dead bodies and the politics of Holocaust representation

van der Laarse, R. (Speaker)
29 Jul 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Stichting Erfgoed Ede (External organisation)

van der Laarse, R. (Member)
20182020

Activity: MembershipSocietal

Site Analyses and Workshop at the Falstad Memorial and Human Rights Center

van der Laarse, R. (Chair)
20 May 201823 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshopAcademic

Prizes

Accessing Campscapes

R. van der Laarse (Recipient), 1 Sep 2016

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

Holocaust
terrorism
occupying power
totalitarianism
narrative
Holocaust
narrative
facebook
Czech Republic
museum

Critical Heritage Europe (CHEurope)

R. van der Laarse (Recipient), 1 Sep 2016

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

cultural heritage
training program
supervision
management
credibility

erepromotorschap

R. van der Laarse (Recipient) & W. den den Boer (Recipient), 8 Jan 2015

Prize: Prize / AwardSocietal

Amsterdam
Memory Studies
Boer
Heritage

Press / Media

De Afspraak 4 september 2015

R. van der Laarse

4/09/15

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other

Verdeelde Holocaust herinneringen

R. van der Laarse & M. Muns

4/02/14

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other

Wat moeten we doen met fout erfgoed?

R. van der Laarse

3/02/14

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other

Oorlogje spelen. Hoe musea oorlog aan de man brengen

R. van der Laarse & Melanie Metz

1/01/14

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other