van Donkersgoed, Joëlla


Joëlla van Donkersgoed (PhD Candidate) has a BA and MA in Archaeological Heritage Management from Leiden University (The Netherlands) and is currently enrolled as PhD student in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies at the Department of Art History at Rutgers University. She is currently working on a project to enlist the Banda Islands (Indonesia) on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a mixed site. The Banda Islands also form the case study for her dissertation research, in which she will explore the physical and intangible fabric that make up this unique cultural landscape.

Joëlla is a PhD candidate in the program of Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies in the department of Art History at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She obtained her B.A in Archaeology (2011) and M.A. degree in Archaeological Heritage Management in a World Context (2014) at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Her research is focused on the current post-colonial landscape of the Banda Islands in the province Moluccas in Indonesia. She co-authored a chapter with Jessica Brown in Intangible Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Culture: a Law and Heritage Exploration, a peer-reviewed volume which is currently in press at Edward Elgar Publishing. Alongside her dissertation research she consults the process for the cultural landscape of the Banda Islands to become a mixed site for the UNESCO World Heritage List.