Bloembergen, Dr. Marieke

Marieke Bloembergen is a cultural historian and senior researcher at KITLV. Her research interests concern the political dynamics of knowledge production, policing and heritage practices in colonial and postcolonial Indonesia, as understood in their local, inter-Asian and global dimensions.

Marieke wrote her PhD-thesis on the Netherlands-Indies at the world exhibitions (1880-1931) at the University of Amsterdam (Amsterdam School of Social Science Research). As a post-doctoral researcher at Utrecht University, she published a monograph on policing and perceptions of security in the Dutch East Indies, combining this with a teaching position in modern and (post)colonial history at the University of Amsterdam. She came at KITLV in 2008 as co-author and researcher of the NWO-funded Cultural Dynamics research program Sites, Bodies and Stories; the dynamics of cultural heritage formation in colonial and postcolonial Indonesia – a collaborative program between Free University, NIOD and KITLV in the Netherlands and Gadjah Mada University and the Eijkman Institute in Indonesia.

Bloembergen is the author of Colonial Spectacles. The Netherlands and the Netherlands-Indies at the world exhibitions, 1880-1931 (2006). She published a monograph (2009) and several articles on policing and modernity, surveillance and perceptions of (in)security in colonial Indonesia. At present she is finalizing, together with M. Eickhoff (NIOD), a monograph on archaeology and heritage politics in colonial and postcolonial Indonesia – a project that also resulted in several articles. She is preparing a new research project ­Greater India, on the role of scholarly and spiritual knowledge networks ­– scholars, pilgrims and hippies – in the re-sacralization of sites in Indonesia, and in shaping moral geographies of Greater India, to be studied in local and global context, and across regime changes (1880s-1970s). Marieke Bloembergen is the book review editor of BKI, member of the editorial board of the Low Countries Historical Review/BMGN and chair of the Scientific Committee of IIAS.

Selected Publications

‘Save Borobudur! The moral dynamics of heritage formation in Indonesia across orders and borders, 1930s-ca. 1990’, in: Michael Falser ed., Cultural heritage as civilizing mission; From decay to recovery, 83-119. Heidelberg: Springer, 2015. (With M. Eickhoff)

‘Colonial re-collections; Memories, Objects, and Performances’, Special Issue Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (BKI) 170:4. Leiden: Brill/KITLV, 2014. (With Ana Dragoljovic and Henk Schulte Nordholt,eds.) Open access.

Een klein land dat de wereld bestormt. Het nieuwe Rijksmuseum en het Nederlandse koloniale verleden’, [‘A small country that takes the world by storm. The new Rijksmuseum and the Dutch colonial past’], BMGN-Low Countries Historical Review 129:1, 156-169. 2014.  (With M. Eickhoff). Open access.

 ‘Exchange and the protection of Java’s antiquities: A transnational approach to the problem of heritage in colonial Java’, Journal of Asian Studies (November 2013): 1-24. (With M. Eickhoff).

 ‘The perfect policeman: Colonial Policing, Modernity and Conscience on Sumatra’s West Coast in the early 1930s’, Indonesia April 2011, 165-193.

Conserving the past, mobilizing the Indonesian future; Archaeological sites, regime change and heritage politics in Indonesia in the 1950s’, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (BKI) 167:4 (2011) 405–36. (With M. Eickhoff).

De geschiedenis van de politie in Nederlands-Indië; Uit zorg en angst,Amsterdam: Boom/ Leiden: KITLV Uitgeverij, 2009. [Out Concern and Fear: The history of the police in the Dutch East-Indies, translated in Indonesian 2011].

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