“Project 4 – A Future for Diverse Caribbean Heritages” was until December 2014 directed by Prof. dr. Willem J. H Willems. The PI is now Prof. dr. Corinne L. Hofman (corresponding PI of NEXUS1492), with Dr. Amy Strecker acting as coordinator.
Eldris Con Aguilar is a PhD researcher at Leiden University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree with Cum Laude Honours in Education (History and Geography) from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Venezuela (2011) and a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies with specialization in modern history from Leiden University (2012)
Her research interests are educational programmes, public policies, community participation, cultural identity and archaeological heritage. From a pedagogical perspective she studies teaching practices of indigenous history and heritage in Caribbean countries from localized examples. By analyzing the impacts of these experiences, she investigates the inclusion of heritage values in formal and informal educational settings.
Tibisay is the Public Engagement Coordinator for the NEXUS1492 project. She studied Liberal Arts & Sciences at University College Utrecht and has a master’s degree in Arts & Culture and in Science Communication & Society from Leiden University.
Passionate about education on a global scale, she is particularly interested in educational programmes that focus on underprivileged children and youth. In the past years, Tibisay has spent time working in the Netherlands, South Africa and Aruba. She has developed educational material, spearheaded communication strategies, and managed an international educational programme.
Mail: Tibisay Sankatsing Nava
Amanda Byer is a PhD candidate at Leiden University. Amanda is originally an environmental lawyer and holds Master’s degrees in environmental law and natural resource management. Generally, she is interested in the role that environmental law can play in promoting sustainable development. Of particular interest is the enhancement of protection for the natural and archaeological heritage, which demands an understanding of the underlying historical, cultural and environmental factors that shape heritage governance in the postcolonial Caribbean.
Within the Nexus 1492 project, Amanda is examining the development of heritage law in the English-speaking Caribbean and conducting a diagnostic of the main laws as they exist today. This analysis is multidisciplinary in approach, drawing on legal anthropology, landscape theory, international cultural heritage law, international environmental law and spatial justice to provide context-appropriate legal options for managing heritage in the region.
Mariana C. Francozo is Assistant Professor of Museum Studies and coordinator of the MA in Museum Studies Program at Leiden University. She holds a BA and an MA in Social Anthropology (Unicamp, Brazil, 2001 and 2004) and a PhD in Social Sciences (Unicamp, Brazil, 2009). Her dissertation, “From Olinda to Holanda: Johan Maurits van Nassau and the circulation of objects and knowledge in the Dutch Atlantic (17th century)”, is a historical reconstruction and anthropological analysis of Count Johan Maurits van Nassau’s collection of curiosities.
Her research interests are history and anthropology of collecting; museum studies; historical anthropology; and South American colonial history. Within NEXUS 1492, she focuses on collections of Caribbean artifacts in European museums. By looking into the historical processes of collecting and the (physical and discursive) formation of Caribbean archaeological and ethnographic collections, she analyzes the shifting meanings and values ascribed to collected material at different historical and social contexts. This research will help to identify present-day European museological practices in their potential to establishing relationships to Caribbean communities.
Amy Strecker is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leiden. She holds a BA (hons) in Art History and Spanish Philology (2003) from University College Dublin and an MA (hons) in Cultural Policy and Arts Management (2005) from the same institution. Although not originally a lawyer, Amy became interested in the impact of domestic law on the archaeological heritage in Ireland and wrote her MA thesis on the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 2004. This led her to pursue a masters in law at the European University Institute in Florence, where she subsequently obtained her PhD in international law in 2012. Her PhD thesis, Landscape as Public Space, analysed the role of international and European law in the protection of landscape, mainly as expressed in cultural heritage law, environmental law and human rights.
Amy’s research interests include international cultural heritage law, human rights, environmental law, legal anthropology, cultural policy, cultural geography and cultural heritage theory. Within Nexus1492, her overarching role is to conduct a comparative analysis of cultural heritage laws in the region. The first phase of her research analyses the effects of colonial legacies in the legal systems of the Caribbean and assesses the consequence of these legacies in a socio-cultural context. This has led her to investigate the subject of indigenous rights, primarily in the islands of Dominica, St. Vincent and Trinidad. By analyzing the history of laws pertaining to indigenous peoples in these islands from the colonial period to the present, she deconstructs the issues relating to the land, legal status and cultural politics of indigenous communities in the contemporary Caribbean.
With a background in Global Health and Environment (2010), Eloise Stancioff has focused on spatial modeling of society and environment interactions and community health. She received an msc degree in Geoinformatics (2012) and now is a phd candidate and researcher at Leiden University in Cultural Heritage Management. Through her experience from various mapping and community participation projects, her main interests are disaster risk mapping, urban planning, and spatial socio-economic disparities.
In the Nexus 1492 project, she will investigate the Caribbean cultural landscape, evaluating the social identity and natural intersections of the real and imagined past played out in space and time.
Csilla Ariese-Vandemeulebroucke is a PhD researcher at Leiden University. She holds a BA in Archaeology from Gothenburg University with a specialization in maritime archaeology (2010). At the same university, she completed a MSc in International Museum Studies (2012).
She has worked as project leader on exhibitions, as a public archaeologist and for several museums. Within the NEXUS1492 project, she will be working with museums in the Caribbean and, more specifically, their changing role in society in the post-colonial world. Community engagement will be examined as the key method for this change