dr. M. (Marieke) Bloembergen

Marieke Bloembergen is a cultural historian specialized in Dutch and Indonesian colonial and postcolonial history. She works as senior researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies in Leiden (KITLV), the Netherlands. Her research interests include the political dynamics of knowledge production in colonial and postcolonial Indonesia, as well as the history of policing in a widening and trans-Asian context. She holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam (2001), and as a post-doctoral researcher at Utrecht University she completed a monograph on policing and perceptions of security in the Dutch East-Indies (published in 2009, Indonesian translation in 2011). In 2008, together with Martijn Eickhoff (below) she became a part time postdoctoral researcher in the research project ‘Sites, Bodies and Stories’.

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?