From 2012 to 2016, the RCMC offered the Dr Steven Engelsman Grant to support (ethnographic) research or publishing on the collections of the Tropenmuseum, Museum Volkenkunde and Afrika Museum. These grants targeted research associates or talented MA students with a background in museum studies, anthropology, archaeology, art history or related disciplines. We offered six grants in total annually: two of € 500, two of € 1,000 and two of € 1,500.
Our 2016 grantees are:
- Vivian Mac Gillavry - Fieldwork in New Zealand to research the perception and feelings of the Maori about ‘ambassadors objects’.
- Eva Christiane von Reumont - Research project concerning Javanese Wayang kulit shadow play puppets in the conservation department of the Tropenmuseum.
- Yara Maljers and Mara Lin Visser - Fieldwork research to Ghana with the purpose of documenting and collecting garments, interview women and tailors about the ideas they have about fashion and clothing.
- Elmer Veldkamp - Research on the Korea collections in the Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde
- María Patricia Ordoñez - Research on the collections management of Andean human remains in the Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde
- Helena Moreira Schiel €1.500 - Comparative research on the Central Brazilian Karaja collections of Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde in Leiden, the Museum der Kulturen in Basel and the Ethnologisches Museum der Staatlichen Museen in Berlin
- Christoph Rippe €1.500 - Research on the early network of anthropologists and fellow travellers whose activities and exchanges provide the larger setting for situating the Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde collection historically
- Helen Wang €1.500 - Survey of all coins and banknotes in the Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde together with the China department curator to assess conservation requirements, and create chronological/cultural/regional/material-based categories in order to make scholarly reference to the collection more accessible and meaningful
- Liza Swaving €1.000 - Research on the use of visual media in ethnographic museums
- Evelien Deelen €500 - Contining work on photographs by textile collector Bodil Christensen. She will digitize the photographs and travel to some of the original villages in Mexico where the they were taken in order to return copies of the photos to people in the villages and share information from the correspondence archives
- Rita de Cassia Melo Santos €1.500 - Comparative research in Leiden and Vienna to the history and relationships of the Brazilian collections of the Marchioness of Cavalcanti
- Rosalien van der Poel €1.500 - Presentation of her paper Rich Palette - Trajectories of nineteenth century Chinese export paintings in Dutch Collections at an international conference in China
- Hodan Warsame €1.000 - New ways of telling stories about the collections in the Museum Volkenkunde
- Ilias Zian €1.000 - New ways of telling stories about the collections in the Museum Volkenkunde
- Janneke de Kam €500 - European Mayan Jaina Figurines (publication in Mexikon)
- Mariangela Provezi €500 - Exhibition review of Story of the Totem Pole