Dr Laura Van Broekhoven

Research summary

Laura's current research interests include repatriation and redress, with a focus on the importance of collaboration, inclusivity and reflexive inquiry. Her regional academic research has focused on collaborative collection research with Amazonian (Surinam and Brazil) indigenous peoples, Yokot’an (Maya) oral history, Mixtec indigenous market systems, and Nicaraguan indigenous resistance in colonial times. She has curated numerous exhibitions, and authored dozens of books, articles and papers.


Laura is the Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum. She holds a Professorial Fellowship at Linacre College, and is associated with the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at Oxford. Previously she led the curatorial department of the National Museum of World Cultures (Amsterdam, Leiden and Berg en Dal) and was a lecturer in archaeology, museum studies and indigenous heritage at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University. She currently serves on numerous advisory boards and panels, is a member of the Women Leaders in Museums Network (WLMN) and sits on the European Ethnographic Museum Directors Group. She was a participant in the Getty’s Museum Leadership Institute, co-chair of the Oxford and Colonialism Network, and a founding member of Wayeb.  

A full copy of Laura's CV can be found here

Selected publications

2018. López Garcés, C., Françozo M., Van Broekhoven, L. and Ka’apor, V. ‘Conversações desassossegadas: diálogos sobre coleções etnográficas com o povo indígena Ka’apor’. In Patrimônio Indígena e Coleções Etnográficas. Boletim do Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi - Ciências Humanas. Vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 713-734. (Belém: Museo Goeldi). 

2018. ‘Calibrating relevance at the Pitt Rivers Museum’. In Dethroning Historical Reputations: Universities, Museums and the Commemoration of Benefactors, edited by Jill Pellew and Lawrence Goldman (School of Advanced Study, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 2018, pp 65-80).

2017. Patrimônio Indígena e Coleções Etnográficas. (with Mariana C. Françozo). Boletim do Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi - Ciências Humanas. 

2015. Mercados de la Mixteca. Si no hay carro, no hay negocio. Sidestone Press, Leiden.

2013. Creating Authenticity. Authentication Processes in Ethnographic Museum. (with Alex Geurds) Mededelingen van het Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde. Leiden: Sidestone Press.

2010. Sharing Knowledge and Cultural Heritage in the Americas. Proceedings of the expertmeeting (with Cunera Buijs and Pieter Hovens). Mededelingen van het Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde. Leiden: Sidestone Press.

2010. The Maya and Their Neighbours. Internal and External Contacts Through Time. (with Rogelio Valencia, Frauke Sachse and Benjamin Vis) 10th European Maya Conference, Leiden. Anton Saurwein Publishers, Markt Schwaben.

2010. Maya 2012. (with Erik Boot and Martin Berger) Amsterdam: KIT Publishers.

2008. Mixtec Writing and Society – Escritura de Ñuu Dzaui. (with Maarten Jansen) Amsterdam: Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen. Verhandelingen, Nieuwe Reeks vol. 191.

2006. The Social and Linguistic Heritage of Native Peoples in the Americas: The Struggle to Maintain Cultural Particularity. Lewiston, NY; Lampeter, UK: The Edwin Mellen Press.

2005. Textiles of the People of the Rain/Weefsels van het volk van de Regen. Digital publication on Mixtec Textile collection. Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden (www.volkenkunde.nl – e-publications).

2003. Met Kuifje naar de Inca’s. Strijdbaar Heden, Roemrijk Verleden. Editions Moulinsart, Brussels.

2002. Conquistando lo Invencible. Fuentes históricas sobre las culturas indígenas de la región Central de Nicaragua. Leiden: Mededelingen van het Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden (Vol. 31) / CNWS Publications.

1995. La Tradición Oral de los Yokoyinikób de Tamulté. Costumbres, Creencias, Cuentos y Continuidad. Unpublished MA thesis, Leiden.

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