Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies

Photographer: Eduard Lampe

dr. C. (Chiara) de Cesari

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  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Europese studies
  • Visiting address
    Oost-Indisch Huis
    Kloveniersburgwal 48  Amsterdam
    Room number: D2.10A
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    Kloveniersburgwal  48
    1012 CX  Amsterdam
  • C.deCesari@uva.nl
    T: 0205252280
    T: 0205254479

Chiara De Cesari is an anthropologist and assistant professor with a double appointment in European Studies and in Cultural Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

She completed her PhD in Socio-Cultural Anthropology on Palestinian heritage and memory politics at Stanford University in 2009.

Before moving to Amsterdam, she has been a postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University and at the Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, and a lecturer and coordinator of the MA in heritage and museum studies in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University.

She is currently finishing a book titled 'Heritage and the Struggle for Palestine', under contract with Stanford University Press.

She is also co-editor of 'Transnational Memories: Circulation, Articulation, Scales' (de Gruyter, 2014, with Ann Rigney).

Chiara is Amsterdam team leader in the EU-funded Horizon2020 Critical Heritages (CoHERE) project that explores whether and how people feel 'European', see http://research.ncl.ac.uk/cohere/. She is also part of the CHEurope-Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe project, funded under the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks program, see http://ahm.uva.nl/news-and-events/news/news-ashms/news-ashms/content-2/folder/2016/05/marie-curie-itn-grant-critical-heritage-europe-cheurope-project-for-ahm-members.html

Her research broadly focuses on memory, heritage, and broader cultural politics and the ways in which these change under conditions of globalization, particularly the intersection of cultural memory, transnationalism and current transformations of the nation-state. She is also interested in the globalization of contemporary art and forms of creative institutionalism and statecraft.

Her most recent project explores the making of a new European collective memory and heritage in relation to its blind spots, with particular reference to the carceral heritage of Italian colonialism in Libya. This includes examining how EUrope imagines itself as a cultural space particularly through its cultural and, more specifically, its heritage policies and museums – and, in turn, the image of Europe that these policies institutionalize. Her work in this area explores the multiple, uneven and often exclusionary effects of this process. She is also interested in the place of Islam in current imaginings and ideas of Europe.

Areas of research include heritage and museums, memory and contemporary art, transnationalism, governmentality, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the idea of Europe, postcolonialism, anthropology of development and globalization, politics of space and architecture.

 

Latest

2017 Museums of Europe: Tangles of memory, borders, and race. Museum Anthropology 40(1): 19–37.
2017

Against State Phobia, For Dis/Engagement. Mezosfera, 3 February 2017. http://mezosfera.org/against-state-phobia-for-disengagement/

2016 Haunting Arts of Memory. In Memory Flows like the Tide at Dusk, Alexandra Sophia Handal's exhibition catalogue. Roskilde: Museet for Samtidskunst/Museum for Contemporary Art.

 

Selected Publications

2016

Ottonostalgias and Urban Apartheid. International Journal of Islamic Architecture 5(2): 339-357. http://ingentaconnect.com/contentone/intellect/ijia/2016/00000005/00000002/art00005

2015 

Post-Colonial Ruins: Archaeologies of Political Violence and IS. Anthropology Today 31(6): 22-26. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-8322.12214/abstract

2015 

Urban Heritage and Social Movements. (With Michael Herzfeld.) In Global Heritage: A Reader, edited by Lynn Meskell, 171-195. Oxford:Blackwell. http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118768868.html

2014

World Heritage and the Nation-State. In Transnational Memory: Circulation, Articulation, Scales, edited by Chiara De Cesari and Ann Rigney, 247-270. Berlin: de Gruyter. http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/428514

2014

Transnational Memory: Circulation, Articulation, Scales, co-edited with Ann Rigney. Berlin: de Gruyter, Media and Cultural Memory series. http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/428514

2012

Thinking Through Heritage Regimes. In Heritage Regimes and the State, edited by Regina F. Bendix, Aditya Eggert and Arnika Peselmann. Pp. 399-413. Göttingen: Universitätsverlag. http://univerlag.uni-goettingen.de/handle/3/isbn-978-3-86395-122-1

2012

Colonialism Contained. Photography & Culture 5(3): 343-346. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2752/175145212X13415789393045?journalCode=rfpc20

2012

The Paradoxes of Colonial Reparation: Foreclosing memory and the 2008 Italy-Libya Friendship Treaty. Memory Studies 5(3): 316-326. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1750698012443888

2012

Anticipatory Representation: Building the Palestinian Nation(-State) through Artistic Performance. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 12(1): 82-100.

Translated into German as 'Antizipatorische Repräsentation: Der Aufbau des palästinensischen Nationalstaats durch künstlerische Aktionen'. In Figurationen des Politischen, vol. 1: Die Phänomenalität der Politik in der Gegenwart, edited by Martin Doll and Oliver Kohns. Pp. 443-471. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink, 2016.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1754-9469.2012.01157.x/abstract

2011

Cultural Governmentality: Government through Heritage Conservation in Old Hebron. Conflict in Cities Working Papers Series n. 23. http://www.urbanconflicts.arct.cam.ac.uk/publications/working-papers

2010 

Creative Heritage: Palestinian Heritage NGOs and Defiant Arts of Government. American Anthropologist 112(4) : 625-637.http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1548-1433.2010.01280.x/abstract

2010

World Heritage and Mosaic Universalism: A View from Palestine. Journal of Social Archaeology 10(3) : 299-324. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1469605310378336

2010

Hebron, or Heritage as Technology of Life. Jerusalem Quarterly 41 : 6-28. http://www.palestine-studies.org/jq/fulltext/78346

            

          

             

             

              

             

               

               

               

               

               

               

                

                

2017

2016

2015

2014

  • De Cesari, C. (2014). World Heritage and the Nation-State: a view from Palestine. In C. De Cesari, & A. Rigney (Eds.), Transnational memory: circulation, articulation, scales (pp. 247-270). (Media and cultural memory; No. 19). Berlin: De Gruyter. [details] 
  • De Cesari, C., & Rigney, A. (2014). Introduction. In C. De Cesari, & A. Rigney (Eds.), Transnational memory: circulation, articulation, scales (pp. 1-25). (Media and cultural memory; No. 19). Berlin: De Gruyter. [details] 

2012

2010

2017

  • de Cesari, C. (2017). Against State Phobia, For Dis/Engagement. Mezosfera, 3.

2016

  • de Cesari, C. (2016). Antizipatorische Repräsentation: Der Aufbau des palästinensischen Nationalstaats durch künstlerische Aktionen. In Martin Doll, & Oliver Kohns (Eds.), Figurationen des Politischen. -Vol. 1: Die Phänomenalität der Politik in der Gegenwart Parderborn: Wilhelm Fink.
  • de Cesari, C. (2016). Comments on Lynn Meskell’s “World Heritage and WikiLeaks: Territory, Trade, and Temples on the Thai-Cambodian Border”. Current Anthropology, 57(1), 85-86.
  • de Cesari, C. (2016). Haunting Arts of Memory. In Memory Flows like the Tide at Dusk. Catalogue for Alexandra Sophia Handal’s exhibition Roskilde (Dk): Museet for Samtidskunst/Museum for Contemporary Art. .

2015

  • De Cesari, C., & Herzfeld, M. (2015). Urban Heritage and Social Movements. In L. Meskell (Ed.), Global heritage: a reader (pp. 171-195). (Blackwell readers in anthropology; No. 12). Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. [details] 
  • de Cesari, C. (2015). Heritage as Commons: A Paradigm Shift? In H. Benesch, F. Hammami, I. Holmberg, & E. Uzer (Eds.), Heritage as common(s): common(s) as heritage (pp. 265-275). (Curating the city; No. 1). Göteborg: Makadam. [details] 
  • de Cesari, C. (2015). Le patrimoine et le droit à la ville: dans le contexte du conflit israélo-palestinien, le patrimoine est manipulé pour transformer des territoires contestés et pour revendiquer la souveraineté et le contrôle. Afkar Idées, 44, 64-67. [details] 

2013

  • De Cesari, C. (2013). Thinking Through Heritage Regimes. In R. Bendix, A. Eggert, & A. Peselmann (Eds.), Heritage regimes and the state. - 2nd, revised edition (pp. 399-413). (Göttingen studies in cultural property; No. 6). Göttingen: Universitätsverlag Göttingen. [details] 

2012

2011

  • De Cesari, C. (Author). (2011). World Heritage and National Sovereignty: On Palestine’s UNESCO Bid. Leiden-Stanford Heritage Network, 6 December 2011.
  • De Cesari, C. (2011). Heritage by NGOs: Why Heritage Restoration Makes Sense under Occupation. Anthropology News, 52(7), S15-S20, S24-S28. DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-3502.2011.52705_s.x 
  • de Cesari, C. (2011). Il terreno della cultura (The terrain of culture). In N. Vassallo, & V. Lingiardi (Eds.), Terza cultura: idee per un futuro sostenibile (On Third Culture). Milano: ilSaggiatore.

2010

2014

  • De Cesari, C. (2014). [Review of: T.F. King (2011) A companion to cultural resource management]. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 20(1), 169. DOI: 10.1111/1467-9655.12087_9  [details] 

2012

  • De Cesari, C. (2012). [Review of: A. Schneider, C. Wright (2010) Between art and anthropology: contemporary ethnographic practice]. Journal of Museum Ethnography, 25, 195-198. [details] 

2011

  • De Cesari, C. (2011). [Review of: R. Boytner, et al. (2010) Controlling the past, owning the future: the political uses of archaeology in the Middle East]. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 21(3), 473-474. DOI: 10.1017/S0959774311000473 

2009

  • De Cesari, C. (2009). Cultural Heritage Beyond the "State:" Palestinian Heritage Between Nationalism and Transnationalism

2011

  • De Cesari, C. (2011). Cultural Governmentality: Government through Heritage Conservation in Old Hebron. (Research Working Papers Series Centre for Urban Conflicts; No. 23). Cambridge: Centre for Urban Conflicts, University of Cambridge.
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