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Research and Academic Cooperation

Our Approach to Research and Academic Cooperation


CIE tries to encourage the development of academic and theoretical frameworks in order to support the practical work of our heritage activities. To fully achieve sustainability we must aim to, as well as improve upon academic and professional networks, seek to improve clarity and transparancy through breaking down barriers in heritage cooperation between academics, practitioners and communities. CIE wishes to stimulate research and understanding, encourage communication and knowledge exchange between individuals, practitioners, communities, institutions and countries. In order to achieve this aim, CIE tries to provide platforms and environments in which to bring people together in an arena which will inspire and foster cooperative and co-creative thinking. CIE also targets not only seasoned professionals but also works to facilitate exchange amongst young students, as well as practitioners and specialists from a variety of different professional environments. 


As well as researching different aspects of history and heritage of the Netherlands and overseas, CIE also seeks to conduct research into the heritage profession itself. This research we believe advances the profession and improves our own knowledge and understanding, thereby influencing the sustainability of our projects in the future. CIE organises regular events, seminars and expert meetings that focus upon evaluating and researching our own activities, as well as attitudes to heritage within the Netherlands, Europe, and further afield. We like to think about and evaluate why it is we are doing what we are doing. These reflections and critiques fuel and drive our own research and approaches to our work. This is also a way of conducting the empowerment of ourselves as an organisation. 


Our Track Record: 

There are multiple ways in which CIE explores this core theme:

Archaeological Research in the field, 

Underwater Archaeological Research.

Joint Institutions e.g. Leiden University and New York University Abu Dhabi

Expert Meetings, 



Heritage Days, 


Student Seminars, 




Featured Activities

The Symbolic Potential of the Past in Times of Political Crises in South Eastern Europe - Biljana Volchevska



The larger aim in this project is to connect the heritage production and cultural policy with the larger socio-economic milieu in which such policies are being shaped. Hence, in formulating this project it is assumed that political struggles can only be understood if the theoretical framework includes both the socio-economic reality on one side, and the politics of cultural inclusion/exclusion on the other.

TTT Expert Meeting- National Museums in Colonial and Postcolonial Environments

This event was hosted by CIE and the Research Centre at the National Museum of World Cultures. It brought together museum experts, professionals, academics and students, to consider the central theme of National Museums in Colonial and Postcolonial Environments- transforming narratives in an age of change. Presentations were given by Dr. Bambi Ceuppens from the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Dr. Fanny Wonu Veys of the Museum Volkenkunde and Dr. Peter ter Keurs from the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden. The speeches were followed by a lively debate, between the panel and audience members on the key issues raised during the event. 

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Lost Temporalities and Imagined Histories is the latest article written by our Program Organiser Biljana Volchevska and was published as one of the chapters in the book Cultural Contestation. 


This chapter focuses on the relationship between heritage production and heritage destruction as two coexisting processes at a time of political conflict. 

Eastern Cape Oral History Project, 'Whispers of the Sea'. At Port St. Johns and Msikaba River Mouth, South Africa


This is an Oral History Project carried out by CIE, SAHRA and ACHA. We have been collecting oral traditions which bear testimony to people's historical relationship with water. The aim is to bring local perspectives through exploring mythology, historical accounts, archival records and research.

The narratives are collected from communities living around the Port St. Johns area and the Msikaba River Mouth in South Africa. It is hoped that this project will help to inform heritage management strategies, identify further sites and improve heritage management in the area for the future.  

It is hoped through projects such as these, that more economically sustainable and community-driven heritage initiatives can be inspired and encouraged. 

Read more on our South Africa Activities

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CIE has a special interest and extensive experience in particular within the field of Maritime Heritage and Migration Heritage research. 

To learn more about CIE's work in the field of Research and Academic Cooperation, please see the countries page. 


Countries which CIE have worked with on this theme: 




Dutch Caribbean Islands, 

United States of America, 






South Africa, 



The United Arab Emirates

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