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Projects

Our research projects and programs are intended to contribute to research innovation within fields relevant for ethnographic museums and their collections. The RCMC actively develops and participates in (funded) research projects with national and international research partners, and provides opportunities for researchers at all levels.

Image: Workshop for Daruma dolls, Japan, ca. 1915. RV-A390-354. Daruma dolls are often used in joint ventures, such as the collaboration between two companies or a multi-participant project. One eye is painted during the opening ceremony, the other eye is painted during the closing ceremony at the end of the project. Daruma dolls come in all shapes and sizes: from small, like here, to very large. The bigger the joint venture, the bigger the Daruma. And the bigger the Daruma, the greater the chance of success.

Institutional Collaborations

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RESEARCH PROJECT

Taking Care

RESEARCH PROJECT | Ethnographic and World Cultures Museums as Spaces of Care

 

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Museum Affordances - RCMC

Museum Affordances

Can historical ethnographic collections transcend the colonial contexts of their collection and be used as resources for decolonisation?
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Research Projects

TM-3444-5. Een plantagedirecteur met huismeid en huisjongen. T. (Théodore) Bray, (1818 - 1887) - RCMC

Materializing Slavery

Materializing Slavery is an ongoing research project on the materiality of enslavement and its afterlives in the present.
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duval
COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT

The Critical Visitor: Intersectional Approaches for Rethinking & Retooling Accessibility and Inclusivity in Heritage Spaces

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT | 2020 - 2024

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The Popular Culture of Illegality - Research Center for Material Culture

The Popular Culture of Illegality

This project studies the popular culture through which the socio-political authority of criminal gangs is produced in Latin America and Caribbean countries.
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Baggage and Belonging - RCMC

Baggage and Belonging: Military Collections and the British Empire (1750-1900)

Focussing on military campaigns in India and Africa from 1750 to 1900, this project will undertake an interdisciplinary reappraisal of military collections.
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Research Center for Material Culture - Gerbrands lecture

Adriaan Gerbrands Lectures

The Adriaan Gerbrands lecture is an annual public lecture by a laureate chosen for his or her contribution to the broad international field of the study of visual and material culture. 
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Un/Engendering the Collections: Rethinking Gender in the Ethnographic Museum

Un/Engendering the Collections: Rethinking Gender in the Ethnographic Museum forms part of our long term research and collecting interest not just to better engage the role of our museum in the study and representation of gender formations in the global context, but also to propose new collecting practices addressed when gender and sexuality as critical categories of analysis are considered outside a purely European Enlightenment tradition.
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Framing Indonesian Art - RCMC

Framing Indonesian Art

This research project focuses on how ‘Islam’ was collected, categorized and exhibited in Dutch museums, in particular the almost total absence of Indonesia.
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Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen

Entangled in History

The Tropenmuseum and the Royal Tropical Institute, KIT are collaboratively working on the research project Entangled in History. The project researches, interprets and presents the stories of the KIT building, also home of the museum, for a broader public.
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Community Projects

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COMMUNITY PROJECT | 2019

The Koto

Since 2016, the RCMC/Tropenmuseum and Imagine IC have collaborated on a series of projects that exp

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Practicing Neighborhood Rituals

Buurtsalon - Mijn Ritueel

How can the Museum re-imagine its role and responsibilities in the community in which it is embedded?
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RV-5899-17 - RCMC

Diasporic Connections: Ghana 60 Years After

To mark the 60 anniversary of Ghana’s independence in 1957, the RCMC along with Imagine IC organized a year-long series of events.
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tm-6424-63a - Activate - RCMC

Activate

Activate is a series of projects intended to uncover the contemporary meanings of our collections for local and global stakeholders.
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Fellow Research

Srefidensi Foto - RCMC

Srefidensi Foto

To mark 40 years of Surinamese independence, artist and researcher Sara Blokland together with FOTODOK initiated the project Srefidensi.
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Student Research

Maori Waka in Leiden - RCMC

Vivian Mac Gillavry

Can the waka be seen as an 'ambassador project' and represent Maori people?
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Handelsmuseum - RCMC

Caroline Spijkers

De introductie van het economisch belang van de koloniën bij het Nederlands publiek (Dutch).
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Wayang Kulit - Photo Tentrem Yogyakarta - RCMC

Eva Christiane von Reumont

Applying 'Western' Conservation Ethics onto Javanese Wayang Kulit.
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Afrika Museum - RCMC

Katie M. Sandels

An ethnographic exploration of cultural representations of 'Africa' in the Buitenmuseum, Afrika Museum.
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Anka Bosma MA - RCMC

Anke Bosma

Decolonizing Dutch Ethnographic Museums? An analysis of the coloniality of exhibiting war loot.
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MA de Jong - RCMC

Charlotte de Jong

Sámi Identity Representation and Revitalization in Northern Norway.
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Past projects

Srefidensi Foto - RCMC

Srefidensi Foto

To mark 40 years of Surinamese independence, artist and researcher Sara Blokland together with FOTODOK initiated the project Srefidensi.
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TM-3444-5. Een plantagedirecteur met huismeid en huisjongen. T. (Théodore) Bray, (1818 - 1887) - RCMC

Materializing Slavery

Materializing Slavery is an ongoing research project on the materiality of enslavement and its afterlives in the present.
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Mixtec Artefacts - RCMC

Turbulent Lives | 2016-2017

Two large-scale research initiatives that aim to study the object biography and cultural context of several Mixtec artefacts from Mexico.
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