Maria Grever is em. professor of Theory & Methods of History and founding director of the Center for Historical Culture, Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands). She led several research projects funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research: Paradoxes of De-Canonization (2004-06); Heritage Education, Plurality of Narratives and Shared Historical Knowledge (2009-14); National narratives in Dutch and English history textbooks (2011-16). Currently she directs the program Popular Culture and War Heritage (2015-21). She published 17 (co-edited) books – e.g. Beyond the canon (2007), Sensitive Pasts (2016), Palgrave Handbook of Research in Historical Culture and Education (2017), and Onontkoombaar verleden. Reflecties op een veranderende historische cultuur (2020).
Tessa Lobbes is the managing editor of BMGN – Low Countries Historical Review.
Massimiliano Spotti is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Culture Studies, at the Faculty of Humanities and Digital Sciences of Tilburg University. He is also Deputy Director of Babylon – Centre for the Study of Superdiversity at the same institution.
Max Spotti has been working on the construction of identities in power saturated institutional environments, from a linguistic/ethnographic perspective. He researches the construction of identities of primary school children with an immigrant minority background in primary school classrooms, both in the Netherlands as well as in Flanders, and investigates the practical professional knowledge of teachers engaged in integration courses and the way in which Dutch identity and the status of ‘civic integrated foreigner’ is embodied in (voluntary) teachers’ discourse practices. Currently, Max Spotti is, engaged in ethnographic research aimed at documenting and unravelling the implications of the internet in the process of asylum-seeking (mis)recognition and on the affordances that socio-technological platforms do lend to the process of asylum-seeking.
At NL-Lab Max Spotti collaborates in the “Nederland Schrijven” project. Together with interns, he conducts ethnographic/multimodal research on the processes of asylum-seeking in the Netherlands and how the Dutch government frames citizenship and ‘Dutch identity’ in Civic Integration Test through paper based and screen based learning methods.