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Csilla Ariese

PhD candidate / Guest Staff Member

C.E. Ariese MSc
+31 71 527 5276


Csilla E. Ariese-Vandemeulebroucke is a postdoctoral researcher within the ERC-Synergy Project NEXUS1492. Her current research focuses on developing a catalogue publication of Caribbean archaeological collections held in European museums. This endeavor builds on the inventory created by colleagues Dr. Mariana Françozo and André Delpuech, and is geared towards making its contents publicly accessible. In addition, she is working with interactive maps and other digital tools to ensure greater accessibility of the data from her PhD research and other results from the NEXUS1492 project.

Curriculum vitae

Csilla E. Ariese-Vandemeulebroucke completed her PhD in 2018 as part of the ERC-Synergy project NEXUS1492 at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University. Her dissertation ‘The Social Museum in the Caribbean’ explored 195 Caribbean museums and the practices and processes through which they engage with a diversity of communities.

Currently, she is co-founder and secretary of the VALUE Foundation which is positioned on the crossroads of gaming and academia. She has also been the secretary of the Museums Association of the Caribbean since 2015.

Besides her PhD, she holds an MSc in International Museum Studies from Gothenburg University and at the same university completed a BA in archaeology with a specialization in maritime archaeology.

Csilla is a storyteller at heart, who is passionate about shipwrecks, ruins, the underwater world, games and museums.

PhD candidate / Guest Staff Member

  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • World Archaeology
  • Caribbean and Amazonia

Work address

Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number B2.10



  • Museums Association of the Carribean Secretaris (vrijwillig) + Communications Manager
  • Stichting Value Secretaris + Vrijwilliger

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