Paul van de Laar

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endowed professor of Urban History; director Museum Rotterdam

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Museum Rotterdam

Paul van de Laar is managing director of Museum Rotterdam (since 2013) and endowed Professor in Urban History at the Erasmus University School of History, Culture and Communication (since 1997). As a museum director he is responsible for the new focus on city museums and their role in a changing urban context, in particular the role of cultural heritage in superdiverse cities. He teaches Urban History: Rotterdam in Global Perspective and is visiting professor in Barcelona of the international master programme, Global Markets and Local Creativities (GLOCAL). His research focuses on comparative port city history and migration history. Together with Peter Scholten and Maurice Crul he edited Coming to Terms with Superdiversity. The Case of Rotterdam (2019). He is principal investigator associated with the HERA Joint Research Programme: ‘Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe’. PLEASURESCAPES. Port Cities’ Transnational Forces of Integration (Barcelona, Gothenburg, Hamburg and Rotterdam) (2019-2021).

Last publications:
(with Arie van der Schoor), ‘Rotterdam’s Superdiversity from a Historical Perspective (1600–1980)’, in: ibid., 21-57

(with met Maurice Crul en Peter Scholten) ‘Conclusions: Coming to Terms with Superdiversity?’, in: ibid., 225-237.

(with Lars de Jagher) ‘The sky is the limit. The Skyline exhibition’, in: Jelena Savíc (eds.), The Future of Museums and Cities, (CAMOC 2019), 76-87, ISBN: 978-92-9012-471-9.

‘The Separation of Ports from Cities: The Case of Rotterdam’ (with Carola Hein),in: Angela Carpenter and Rodrigo Lozano (eds.) European Port Cities. Moving Towards More Sustainable Sea Transport Hubs (Springer 2020) ISBN: 978-3-030-36463-2; DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-36464-9

‘Waterfronts in global perspectives‘, review article, Journal of Urban History (2020) 1-9 DOI: 10.1177/0096144220904044

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