dr. Wayne Modest

Professor of Material Culture and Critical Heritage Studies

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  • Theories of material and visual culture;
  • Histories and theories of collecting and display with a focus on ethnographic museums;
  • Heritage and Memory (in the Caribbean and in postcolonial Europe);
  • Mobility, Migration, displacement; 
  • Diversity and Social Inclusion,
  • Slavery and Colonialism in the Caribbean
  • Race and racism
  • Questions of Care


  • Trans-Atlantic Platform - Social Innovation (T-AP -SI) Grant - Worlding Public Cultures: The Arts and Social Innovation. Together with Dr. Chiara de Cesari (UvA). Other partners include: Prof. Paul Goodwin (University of the Arts London; LPI), Prof. dr. Ming Tiampo (Carleton University), and Prof. dr. Monica Juneja (Heidelberg University).
  • Taking Care - Ethnographic and World Cultures Museums as Spaces of Care - A collaboratice project among ethnographic and world cultures museums across Europe. This project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Project Lead, Weltmuseum Wien.


Current Courses:

  • Heritage and Public History (BA3 Research Seminar/Seminar)
  • Decolonising Europe: History, Memory, Redress

Courses to which I contribute regularly [co-teach]

  • MA Curating Arts and Culture

Past Courses

  • What Nations Remember: (Difficult) Heritage, Memory and Repair (BA 3)

Ancillary activities

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Ancillary activities

  • Committe Member : Ethnical Code for Museum, Dutch Museums Association
  • Member of the Board: Learned Society of the Royal Netherlands Institute for South East Asian and Caribbean Studies
  • Editorial Board Member: Small Axe - A Caribbean Journal of Criticism
  • Trustee Board Member - The James Henry Green Charitable Trust

Academic qualification

Cultural Studies, PhD, University of the West Indies, Jamaica, Mona Campus, Kingston - 6, Jamaica


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