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Arts and Culture

Below a snapshot of some of our researchers with expertise in the fields of arts and culture.

For specific questions or to get in touch with a researcher not listed on this page, please call the UvA Press Office on +31 (0)20 525 2695 or send an email to

Hoogleraar Europese Etnologie
Credits: Jeroen Oerlemans

Prof. Peter Jan Margry

Peter Jan Margry is professor of European Ethnology. His areas of expertise are the ethnology of Europe (‘Western’ culture in daily life), religion and religiosity, rituals, pilgrimage, intangible cultural heritage, popular culture and the culture of remembrance.


Prof. dr. P.J.J. (Peter Jan) Margry

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Algemene Cultuurwetenschappen

Stols-Witlox, Maartje, Conservation and restauration
Credits: Dirk Gillissen

Dr Maartje Stols-Witlox

Maartje Stols-Witlox is a paintings conservator. Her areas of expertise are the examination, preservation and restoration of paintings. She performs research into painting techniques, historical paint recipes and restoration recipes and the ethics of restoration.

T: +31 (0)20 525 6131 / 1871

Dr. M.J.N. (Maartje) Stols-Witlox

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Conservering en Restauratie

Prof Esther Peeren, professor Cultural analysis
Credits: Dirk Gillissen

Prof. Esther Peeren

Esther Peeren is professor of Cultural Analysis. Her research focuses on issues about marginalization and freedom of action, on the underexposed influence of globalization on the countryside and on the changing relationships between centre and periphery.

T: +31 (0)20 525 4482

Prof. dr. E. (Esther) Peeren

Faculty of Humanities


Prof. dr. C.M. (Christa-Maria) Lerm Hayes
Credits: Jeroen Oerlemans

Prof. Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes

Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes is professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History. Her areas of expertise are word and image relationships, how artists read literature (eg James Joyce), performance, exhibitions and art institutions. She is also interested in social art practices, post-war stories in art and artistic research.

T: +31 (0)20 525 3889

Prof. dr. C.M.K.E. (Christa-Maria) Lerm-Hayes

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Kunstgeschiedenis