NIAS–NIOD–KITLV Fellowship: Moving objects, mobilising culture in the context of (de)colonisation

The call for the NIAS–NIOD–KITLV Fellowship ‘Moving objects, mobilising culture’ is open from 15 January to 18 March, 12.00 PM (noon) CET 2024.

We look forward to welcoming four fellows in the academic year 2024- 2025; two in the first semester, and two in the second semester.

This fellowship is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and intended for researchers from formerly colonised countries – including heritage practitioners, historians, archaeologists, social scientists, artists, journalists, and/or cultural activists – with an interest in (lost) collections or objects from those countries or regions that are kept in the Netherlands.

About the fellowship

The fellowship ‘Moving objects, mobilising culture’ enables researchers and heritage practitioners from formerly colonised countries to access and conduct research on (collections of) objects – whether defined as cultural, historical, ancestral, art or otherwise – which are currently (lost) in the Netherlands, as well as on related archives and documentation. The fellows are invited to actively use, reflect on and engage with these collections, but are also encouraged to explore and (re-)establish connections with related collections and sites in the country of origin or other countries. Fellows are encouraged to follow queries regarding the social histories and valuation of objects, in relation to or beyond questions of restitution, and to seek for the signification of objects and their trajectories in space and time, beyond the framings of heritage institutions or national histories.

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