dr. M. (Martijn) Eickhoff

Martijn EickhoffMartijn Eickhoff is a cultural historian who specializes in the historical culture of dictatorial and colonial regimes, with a specific interest in archaeological practices. He works as senior researcher at NIOD - Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam and is lecturer at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In the context of the Sites, Bodies and Stories research project and in collaboration with Marieke Bloembergen he is currently conducting a project on colonial and postcolonial archaeology and heritage formation in Indonesia. He studied history at the University of Amsterdam and wrote his PhD thesis (2003) on the study of Dutch pre- and proto-history during the Nazi-occupation. In 2005/6 he was NWO-fellow at FSU Jena where he conducted research on SS-excavations in German-occupied Ukraine and Czechoslovakia. Martijn Eickhoff has also published widely on scholarly research in times of war and regime change.

Archaeological and historical sites and the dynamics of heritage formation

Sleeping Beauties, Hidden Forces - Archaeological and historical sites and the dynamics of heritage formation in colonial and postcolonial Indonesia studies the dynamics of archaeological knowledge production and heritage formation in colonial, postcolonial and contemporary Indonesia. The main question is: what was the impact of archeological research and knowledge on colonial and national identity formation and perceptions of (trans)national citizenship? What notions of time and space, of history and political geographical borders, of self and other have been connected to archeological and historical heritage and what is their meaning today in academic/museological and state-based discourses?

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