Willem van Wijk

Job title
PhD and Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences, Leiden University

In the broadest sense, his doctoral research focuses on democratizing museum praxis challenging authoritative heritage discourse, as well as the employment of 'diversity displays' and their associated conceptions of home. As a lecturer, his responsibilities include teaching, tutoring, and supervising undergraduate students.

Additionally, Willem has worked in several national museums for over a decade in various capacities. As a museum anthropologist, his passion lies with the material worlds we humans manage around us. He is particularly interested in the ways objects, collections, and displays mediate the collective constructions of who 'we' are. His research interests include debates around cultural representation, repatriation/return/restitution of cultural heritage, and the decolonization of museums.

Willem is part of the Our Collections Matter team.