dr. (Naomi) N Oosterman


Naomi Oosterman is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Heritage at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies, and Cluster Manager of the research group Heritage under Threat; part of the Centre for Global Heritage and Development. Her research interests are the illicit trade of arts and antiquities (with a particular focus on Latin America), the policing of art and heritage crime, and contested and colonial heritage. She has published widely on these topics. She is the editor (with Dr. Donna Yates) of the volumes Crime and art: Sociological and criminological perspectives of crimes in the art world and Art Crime in Context, which were the first volumes dedicated to the sociological and criminological study of art and heritage crimes. In 2024, she published the co-edited volume (with Camila Malig Jedlicki and Dr. Rodrigo Christofoletti) Colonial heritage, conflict, and contestation: Negotiating decolonisation in Latin America which explores, among other things, the relationship between the illicit trafficking of cultural objects and decolonial thought. Currently, she is working with Liselore Tissen (Leiden/Delft University) and Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba (Rijksacademie) on the project 3D reproduction methods in contested heritage that explores the possible uses of 3D printing of cultural objects in restitution and repatriation debates. 

She is furthermore active in several committees dedicated to the protection of cultural heritage. She is a member of ICAHM's Illicit Trafficking Working Group, and in December 2022, was elected as member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies. She is the co-lead of the research chapter dedicated to Latin America and the Caribbean of the same association.

Naomi teaches courses on social science methods, co-coordinates the Master Thesis Class, and supervises master theses. She is furthermore one of the developers of the joint Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minor Authenticity and Art Crime: Methods, Materials, and the Market, in which she developed, and currently coordinates, the course Crime and Disruption in the Art Market

Naomi Oosterman studied Social Work (BA, 2010, cum laude) at the University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam; Arts and Culture Studies (MA, 2013) at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Social Research (MA, 2014) at Goldsmiths, University of London. She completed her PhD in Criminology at City, University of London (2014-2019).

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

Assistant professor | Department of Arts and Culture Studies
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam

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  • Naomi Oosterman (29 April 2023) - Kopzorgen voor het museum: Wat te doen met een gestolen schedel?
  • N (Naomi) Oosterman (25 February 2022) - Dr. Naomi Oosterman over kunstcriminaliteit en de wereld die daarachter schuil gaat
  • N (Naomi) Oosterman (12 January 2022) - Collaboration to protect cultural heritage: 'For research on art crime we really need different disciplines'
  • Naomi Oosterman (19 March 2021) - Kunstcriminaliteit: Populaire verbeelding en werkelijkheid

  • Delia Dumitrica & Naomi Oosterman (2023) - Qualitative analysis teaching and learning: A few pedagogical principles for designing digital learning objects
  • Delia Dumitrica & Naomi Oosterman (2023) - Comenius Festival 2023
  • Delia Dumitrica & Naomi Oosterman (2023) - Innovating qualitative analysis teaching and learning: a few pedagogical principles for designing digital learning objects
  • Delia Dumitrica & Naomi Oosterman (2023) - Comenius Festival 2023
  • Naomi Oosterman (2022) - Elected Executive Committee Member Association of Critical Heritage Studies (External organisation)
  • Camila Malig Jedlicki & Naomi Oosterman (2022) - Decolonisation of cultural heritage: changing narratives in Latin American and European museums
  • Naomi Oosterman & Camila Malig Jedlicki (2022) - "In the narrow streets of the colonial walled city": Hegemonic heritage narratives of European colonial heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Delia Dumitrica & Naomi Oosterman (2022) - Adaptive digital environments for qualitative research learning
  • Delia Dumitrica & Naomi Oosterman (2022) - Developing successful digital learning resources for qualitative methodology

Crime and Disruption in the Art Market

Minor Authenticity and Art Crime (LDE)
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Minor Authenticity and Art Crime (LDE)
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Master Thesis Class ACS

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Methods of Qualitative Research

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BA-2, BA-2, BA-3, BA-3, BA-3, Pre-master
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LDE Global Support Grant for Naomi Oosterman

LDE Global Support Grant for project: “Identification of irregular archaeological features in northern South America forest using Remote Sensing methods”
Sierra Nevada

Surveying policing efforts of art and heritage crime in Latin America

Dr Naomi Oosterman publishes article in Cahiers Politiestudies on the policing of art and heritage crime in Latin America.

Naomi Oosterman in NRC: "Putting up signs in museums is not enough"

Naomi Oosterman has been interviewed by NRC to talk about decolonisation in museums.
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