Prof. Pieter ter Keurs

  • Professor by special appointment
  • Material culture, cultural heritage, museum anthropology

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2727
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut CA/Ontwikkelingssociologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden

Pieter ter Keurs (1956) is professor of material culture at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University. He is also the Head of the Department of Collections and Research at the National Museum of Antiquities

Formerly, he was a curator at the National Museum of Ethnology, mainly focusing on the Indonesian collections. He did fieldwork in Papua New Guinea (1983/84) and on Enggano Island, Indonesia (1994). In the period 2003-2009 he concentrated on co-operation with museums in Insular Southeast Asia and did research on the history of colonial collecting. He is specialized in material culture studies, with a particular interest in theory of material culture, in the history and practice of collecting and in cultural heritage. Presently, he is involved in research about Dutch collecting activities in the Mediterranean, in the nineteenth century, and the perception of antiquities in the Netherlands.

Publications (2005 to 2010).