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Mirjam Hoijtink

University Lecturer

Dr. M.H.E. Hoijtink
+31 71 527 2653

Fields of interest

With a background in archaeology and art history, I developed a strong cultural historical interest in 19th century European collecting and exhibition practices up until today, both in the private sphere and in museums and its particular effects on the biographies and meaning making of objects. Next to it I'm particularly interested in contemporary art reflecting upon historical shifts in former colonized societies, both in- and outside Europe. 


Currently I'm working on a project titled 'Memory in Past & Present Tense. Future knowledge for Dutch colonial collections from Indonesia'. The research seeks to create a model for a multi layered narrative in the future display of Indonesian collections in the Netherlands. It aims to both address the actual characteristic operational features of Dutch colonization to be understood from the language used in the description of collections that have been transported to museums and archives the Netherlands, and the effects of colonization and the loss of material culture in trans generational memory and heritage production in Indonesian arts and storytelling.

Brief CV

1995-2000 Ass. Curator and Curator of exhibitions at De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam

2000- 2011 lecturer Museum Studies at University of Amsterdam (UvA)

2009 PhD UvA (published as 'Exhibiting the Past' 2012)

2011-onwards University Lecturer, Co-promotor PhD's and Program Director of MA Museum Studies UvA (0.6fte)

2011-2016 Chair of multi disciplinary Research Group The East & Europe (UvA)

2016-onwards Advisor/ Committee Chair at Mondriaan Fonds, (exhibition projects and museum purchases)

2019 University Lecturer Museums, Arts and Society at Leiden University (0,4 fte)

Teaching activities (MA)

In Leiden I'm responsible for Museum Matters I and II, with a specific focus on topical issues in the museum world like diversity, feminism, activism, (post) colonialism, globalization, world art, alternative spaces, identity, ownership.

At the UvA I teach Museum Concepts & Narratives, Museums & the Mobility of Artefacts (with an annual exhibition at Allard Pierson), and contribute to Archaeology, Museums & the Public, Material Religion.

Selection of publications

'The Urge to Exhibit: the Egyptian and Etruscan Museums in the Vatican at the Dawn of a Nationalist Era in Europe (1815-1840)', in Eickhoff, M., M.de Haan and M. Schwegman (ed.) Archaeological and National Identity in Europe 1800-1950, Fragmenta, Journal of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (2) 2008

Exhibiting the Past. Caspar J.C. Reuvens and the Museums of Antiquity in Europe 1800-1840, Brepols 2012

Antiquity and Conflict: Some Historical Remarks on a Matter of Selection’, in Kila, Joris D. En Zeidler, James A. (ed.) Cultural Heritage in the Crosshairs. Protecting Cultural Property during Conflict, Brill 2013

‘Het Buitenhuis van Osman Hamdi Bey aan de Bosporus: een lieu de mémoire van culturele transformatie in Turkije’, (recensie van Eldem, Edhem, Nazli’s Guestbook. Osman Hamdi Bey’s Circle, homer kitabevi Istanbul 2014) Virtus (22), tijdschrift voor adelsgeschiedenis, 2015

‘X. Archeologia. Caspar Reuvens’ bibliotheek als spiegel van zijn universum’, in: Ter Keurs, P. en Wirtz, Willem (ed.), Rijksmuseum van Oudheden Leiden. Een geschiedenis van 200 jaar, Waanders 2018

‘’Het kostelijkst kunsthandwerk ter wereld’. Islamitische Kunst in het Gemeentemuseum in Den Haag’, in: Glans en Geluk. Kunst uit de Islamitische Wereld [tent.cat.] Waanders 2018

Das Antiken Museum gibt es nicht’ recensie van Berger, Frederik, Inszenierung der Antike Präsentationskonzepte in öffentliche Antikenmuseen des 19. Jahrhunderts in Deutschland, Philippika 99, Harrassowitz Verlag 2016, (review) in BABESCH, Bulletin Antieke Beschaving, 1.2019      

'De Toekomst van Koloniale Collecties’ (De Nederlandse Boekengids/ Dutch Review of Books, aug/sep 2019).

University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • KG Moderne beeldende kunst

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number A1.30


  • Mondriaan Fonds Amsterdam Adviseur
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