Profile of Ms Annelies Van de Ven Universite Catholique de Louvain

Annelies Van de Ven

I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Universite Catholique de Louvain working with archaeological collections. Last year I received a PhD working at the intersection of Museology and Archaeology at the University of Melbourne. My main field of interest is archaeological reception as well as heritage and identity studies. I believe that the dissemination of knowledge and co-operative management of heritage is key to reducing ignorance and creating a more tolerant world.

General research interests

I have a very interdisciplinary range of interests. Having started out in Ancient History, I am very interest in exchange between ancient communities, however I also took courses Medieval History, Art History and Anthropology which informs the direction my studies have taken. My interest are currently focused on conflict archaeology in the sense of how remains of the past are performed, experiences, monumentalised and memorialised in the public sphere to create modern narratives of identities. I am interested in how these are used in conflicts to justify violence and discrimination, and how we can invert those intensions.

PhD/Postdoctoral Research Title

The Many Faces of the Cyrus Cylinder - Displaying Contested Objects as Constellations

PhD Abstract

Archaeological artefacts and sites are never just singular entities. Rather, they function as constellations, accruing various meanings and associations throughout their lives. The various ties created challenge a simple reception and projection of these products, necessitating a series of choices as to the arrangement of their many narratives. In this thesis, I map these choices for a single object, the Cyrus Cylinder, in order to advance pathways for the display and dissemination of contested sites and artefacts.