Radboud University Nijmegen
M.A. Cultural Anthropology, specialization Pacific Studies
‘Painting Authenticity’ – Aboriginal art and knowledge in an intercultural
space (Warmun, Western Australia)
Topics in thesis: museum representation,
culture making through art, local knowledge, indigenous education, art and globalization.
Sept. 2002 – Jan. 2003:
Fieldwork research (participant observation)
in Warmun Aboriginal Community, Western Australia.
Participation in symposium
‘True stories, art of the East Kimberley’ at the Art Gallery of New
South Wales, Sydney.
Archival and library research at
AIATSIS and National Library in Canberra (the latter also purchased my thesis).
Presentation of my research
at the WDO symposium Facing Fieldwork: Challenges for Anthropology in a Globalizing World (Leiden).
Presentation of my research at Nijmeegs
Museum of Ethnology (Nijmegen)
1998 – 2003:
Editor of Cultus, magazine
for anthropology students.
Contribution of anthropological articles
1998 – present:
April 2006 - July 2006
Voluntary work at Kayili Artists, Patjarr, Gibson Desert, W.A.
Patjarr is a tiny, extremely remote Aboriginal community in the Gibson Desert.
My work consisted of developing a new website for the art centre (www.kayili.com.au), preparing the boards for the artists, helping them out, transcribing stories, and other general art
November 2004 - August 2005:
Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht
Recording works of art and
updating the museum’s database (working with Adlib); translating texts about the artworks from English into Dutch. Part of the job also consisted of working in the museum’s depot and writing descriptions of objects.
Organizing lectures and workshops for a Native Canadian (Cree) artist to inform the Dutch
public about Cree culture.
Sept. 2002 - Jan. 2003
Volunteering at Warmun Art Centre, Warmun, Western Australia.
Taking care of needs of artists, transcribing artworks' stories, preparing paintings
for transport, welcoming visitors.