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Susan Legêne,

Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Professor of Political History

Research interests

  • Contemporary history, colonialism, imperialism and decolonisation in comparative perspective, nation building
  • Migration histories, diaspora,
  • Cultural heritage, cultural institutions and political practices, UNESCO policies
  • Historiography: the meaning and value of material culture, visual sources and intangible heritage for historical research; ICT and history
  • Developments in e-humanities



Current and recent research projects

  • Colonial Normativity - Corruption and difference in colonial and postcolonial histories of empire and nations Research project Open Competition NWO (2019-2024); Collaboration with UGM Yogyakarta. 
  • Online Misinformation - Collaboration with Cornell Tech New York (2019-2021)
  • Uitsluitingsmechanismes van mensen van Afrikaanse afkomst in Nederland: wat is erover bekend? / On mechanisms of exclusion of people of African descent in the Netherlands
    Literature review in the context of the UN-Decade for people of African Descent, for Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (2017). Researcher: Artwell Cain.

  • Framing Prostitution/Prostitutie geëxposeerd
    Research project Amsterdam Museum/VU. NWO National Knowledge Agenda for Museums (2015-2017) See: Framing Prostitution blogs by researcher Annemarie de Wildt

  • BiographyNET - From the Biography Portal of the Netherlands to a Virtual Society of People Past and Present.
    Research project The Netherlands E-science Centre/VU/Huygens ING Instituut. (October 2012-2016)

  • Sites, Bodies and Stories - The dynamics of heritage formation in colonial and postcolonial Indonesia and the Netherlands.
    International NWO Research project Cultural Dynamics programme (2008-2013)

  • Agora: Creating the Historic Fabric for and Providing Web-enabled Access to Objects in Dynamic Historical Sequences.
    NWO-CATCH research project, with Computer Science (Faculteit der Exacte Wetenschappen) (2009-2013).

  • Unesco working group on culture, education and media in postconflict and postdisaster situaties & CRISP: Creative Industries and Sustainable Heritage Protection (2010-2013). 

  • PhotoCLEC - Photographs, Colonial Legacy and Museums in Contemporary European Culture
    (2010-jan. 2012). HERA JRP (UK, Norway, the Netherlands)

  • The future of the World Heritage Convention
    Policy research for Ministry of Education, Culture, Science (2010- juni 2012).



Other research collaboration




Bachelor programme

  • BA Contemporaine geschiedenis, afstudeerrichting Politieke Geschiedenis en Cultuurgeschiedenis / Contemporary History, track Political and Cultural History
  • BA-specialisation Geschiedenis en Erfgoed / History and Heritage
  • BA-minor course module Decolonizing Europe
  • BA-scripties, stages; BA theses, internships

Master and Research Master programme

  • MA introductory course History programme
  • MA specialisation course Politiek en Soevereiniteit (Politics and Sovereignty; course in Dutch)
  • MA scripties/theses, tutorials, stages/internships
  • Research-master programme joint core course on historiography, heritage and the nation, for researchmaster students and PhD candidates
  • Researchmaster theses
  • Amsterdam Summerschool course Decolonizing Europe: Summercourse Decolonizing Europe




Ancillary activities

  • Academic Advisory BoardResearch Centre for Material Culture | Leiden | Adviseur | 2016-02-01 - present
  • Stichting Utopa | Leiden | Bestuurder | 2020-11-01 - present

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