Christian Ernsten is Assistant Professor in Cultural History in the Department of History of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University. He is affiliated with the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation, and Heritage (MACCH).
Before joining Maastricht University, he worked as lecturer in Cultural Heritage and Museology at the Reinwardt Academy of the Amsterdam University of Arts. He did secondments at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam (2014), Gothenburg University’s Conservation Department (2015) and at the Uses of the Past Centre at Aarhus University (2016). he holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town. He received an MA from the University of Groningen (with distinction) and an MPhil (with distinction) from the University of Cape Town.
In a previous life, he directed the Amsterdam-based design and action collective Partizan Publik, as well as the Amsterdam 4 and 5 May committee, the organization that coordinates the WWII commemorative events in the city of Amsterdam. He also worked as an editor at Volume magazine, a quarterly for architecture and visual culture founded by Rem Koolhaas.
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