As a postdoc you will be part of the international Joint Project Initiative in Cultural Heritage project, Polyvocal Interpretations of Contested Colonial Heritage. The Dutch subproject is led by Prof. dr. Alec Badenoch (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam/VU) in partnership with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid). It works at the intersection of postcolonial heritage and digital humanities. It involves identifying and evaluating (post-)colonial audiovisual collections, engaging with their (potential) users, and implementing the lessons learned. These lessons will be incorporated into best practice recommendations and new interface designs for audiovisual heritage. In seeking ‘polyvocal’ interpretations, you will explore how memory organisations can shift from being authorized, institutional curators of colonial heritage that embed and reproduce colonial discourse, to enablers of dialogue in a multicultural society and postcolonial world. You will explore how new interfaces and archival practices can help reach out to and engage with citizens, activists, and communities critical of their national colonial past.
You will be embedded within the department of Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity (AHA), Faculty of Humanities, the interfaculty Research Institute for Culture, History and Heritage (CLUE+) and within national and international research networks and schools.Your duties
Working together in an interdisciplinary team, the postdoc will:
- explore and analyse postcolonial collections and content held at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision using digital tools
- develop and maintain contacts with postcolonial heritage user groups in the Netherlands
- organize a participatory workshop in coordination with partners and stakeholders
- report on findings for stakeholders in the form of recommendations and guidelines
- produce academic publications