CLUE+ Fellowship Programme

CLUE+ seeks to promote its innovative research by attracting visiting researchers from around the world. One of the ways we do this is with the newly established CLUE+ Fellowship Programme, which is open for two categories of research fellows, Seniors and Juniors. Recent CLUE+ fellows are: 

Barrymore Anthony Bogues 

While I am here at VU as a CLUE+ fellow and a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the International Institute of Social History, I will be working on a major book project tentatively titled Black Critique: Towards An Alternative Genealogy of Critical Thought . The book attempts to reconfigure some of the current scholarship currently operating under the rubric  “new histories of capitalism.“ A great deal of these “new histories “ take as their primary examples America and England and pay attention to the ways in which the slave trade, slavery and plantations structured capitalism. The research project I am undertaking shifts the gaze from these two sites to Dutch colonialism, its involvement in the slave trade and the plantations of the Caribbean. Part of the argument is that Dutch investment and financial mechanisms played crucial roles not only in the Dutch colonies but in the USA financing mortgages and the early formation of some banks in the USA. However the hypothesis of the project is not a reframing of Dutch history and historiography rather it is deploying the Dutch colonial project as a critical site for the emergence of capitalism. This means reconceptualization of the early emergence of capitalism itself as not only rooted in conceptions and practices of free labor but with different regimes of unfree labor including racial slavery and indentured labor.
The consequences of this shift means thinking through another genealogy of labor and freedom, other than those rooted in conventional liberal or Marxist theories. While here I will conduct seminars on slavery as well as on critical figures within the black intellectual tradition.

Anthony Bogues is Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory, Professor of Africana Studies and Director, Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice at Brown University, Providence Rhode Island, and Visiting Professor at the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Center, University of Johannesburg. He is also one of the course directors of the annual VU summercourse “Decolonizing Europe”. (e-mail)

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Dr. Judy Jaffe-Schagen was accepted as a guest research fellow at CLUE+ in December 2016. Trained as a socio-economic historian, she spent many years researching the role of objects in museums.

Born in Amsterdam, she has lived in Israel since 2001. As an external PhD student in the history department at the VU, she conducted research in Israel that resulted in the publication of Having and Belonging - Homes and museums in Israel by Berghahn Books in April 2016. The focus of the book is on objects present and presented in homes and museums of eight population groups, Chabad, Moroccan, Iraq, Russian, Ethiopian, Religious Zionist, Israeli Christian Arab and Israeli Muslim Arab in Israel. Dr. Jaffe-Schagen analyses the role of the museum in state formation and proposes a new approach to collecting and categorizing, one well suited to societies in conflict. With her post-doctoral research that she started at Haifa University and the Amsterdam School for Memory and Heritage Studies, and now continues at CLUE +, she sets out to think critically about how museums and memorials operate in the conflicted Israeli landscape where citizenship and belonging are in question. She will participate in research at CLUE+ that will lead to a joint publication.

Prof. Krondorfer is director and professor of Religion Studies at the Martin-Springer Institute. During his stay at CLUE+ he will focus on reconciliation studies.

“Thanks to the generous invitation as a senior research fellow with the CLUE+ program, I will spend time in May and June at the Vrije University of Amsterdam to work on two research projects. The first pertains to establishing a Framework for Unsettling Empathy, which is part of my ongoing interest in reconciliation studies. The intense dynamics developing among and between communities-in-conflict can be deeply unsettling. Such “unsettling,” I argue, is productive. Combined with empathy, to be unsettled refers to deeply questioning one’s expectations and assumptions about one’s hitherto held worldviews and values vis-à-vis other people. In the many years of facilitating and observing processes with groups in conflict, I have learned that it is in moments of unsettling empathy that people get drawn into transformative experiences. The second project pertains to my long-standing concern about the field of Critical Men’s Studies in Religion. In particular, I will move forward with my editing work on the volume of The Holocaust and Masculinities, filling in a lacuna in gender and Holocaust studies. This volume seeks to examine men’s variegated roles, behaviors, attitudes, conduct, and choices as they relate to genocidal antisemitism. While probing assumptions about masculinities, the volume will shed light on the “male experience” as something embedded in the history of the Holocaust. During my CLUE+ fellowship, I thus seek to connect to colleagues in the fields of Reconciliation Studies, Critical Masculinity Studies, and Holocaust/Genocide Studies, especially within the Faculty of Religious Studies, but also across the disciplines. With a few colleagues in the Faculty of Theology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, we intend to plan a one-day symposium on the nexus of men/masculinities and religion(s).” Björn Krondorfer 

Dr. Roders is currently Associate Professor of Heritage and Sustainability at the Eindhoven University of Technology; and Visiting Professor at the Research Institute on Culture, History and Heritage (CLUE+), at VU Amsterdam.

She has a wide range of work experience abroad and interdisciplinary cooperation, spanning the fields of architecture, urban planning, law, environmental management and computer sciences. Her research interest is the dual relation between heritage and sustainability in historic urban landscapes. She seeks to theorise how heritage and its conservation evolve sustainably over time, as well as, how heritage affects the sustainability of its urban context, as a social, economic, environmental and cultural capital. Roders a particular interest in integrated assessment and evaluation frameworks to better monitor and strengthen the conservation and use of cultural heritage worldwide. Ana Pereira Roders is the founding co-editor of the Journal Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Emerald. She presented in 2015 at TEDxHamburg “How cities become resource efficient”.

Dawn Skorczewski, Ph.D. is  Professor of English and Director of University Writing at Brandeis University. She is author of An Accident of Hope: the Therapy Tapes of Anne Sexton (Routledge 2012) and Teaching One Moment at a Time: Disruption and Repair in the Classroom (U Mass Press, 2005). She is co-editor of the journal American Imago and also co-editor of Pursuing Happiness (Macmillan 2016), as well as Conflicts and Crises in the Classroom (Boynton-Cook 2003). Her dozens of articles addressing psychoanalysis and trauma include a forthcoming article in Dapim entitled "'You want me to sing?' Holocaust Testimonies in the Intersubjective Field" (Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust, June 2018).

Professor Skorczewski and Professor Bettine Sietsema of the History Department are writing a book about the Diamond Jews of Amsterdam: 1940-1945 (Verbum, 2019). They will present their work on this topic at the VU in April 2018.


In October dr. Sheng Zhong, from the Chinese Wuhan University, started a one-year fellowship at CLUE+. Dr. Sheng Zhong is a lecturer at the National Institute for Cultural Development at Wuhan University. His background is in culture studies, tourism and regional development. His CLUE+ fellowship is funded by the China Scholarship Council. During his stay at CLUE+ he will focus on urban and regional cultural development issues in Europe, in particular on local, national and transnational government policies with regard to city branding and creative industries.