CHAPS’s Banda Islands Project

The Historic and Marine Landscape of the Banda Islands

Since 2014 the CHAPS program has been involved in the development of the nomination of Indonesia's Banda Islands (the fabled Spice Islands) as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the start, Archer St. Clair Harvey and Joëlla van Donkersgoed have pushed for a reevaluation of this site for the Tentative List as a "mixed" Cultural and Natural World Heritage Site--an outstanding example of a place in which cultural and natural elements are intertwined in its history and marine environment. In January 2015 their effort has been acknowledged by UNESCO and consequently the site is now listed on their Tentative List as a mixed site.

Following this development, the nomination team travelled to the Banda Islands in order to get an idea of the scope and viability of the project. Below you can view a video impression of this visit and the scope of the project.


Video produced by Joëlla van Donkersgoed.

The project will continue during the next years, when both Ken Taylor and Jessica Brown (expert in natural heritage) will work closely together with the CHAPS program as Associated Graduate Faculty members.

Please visit this website of UNESCO to read the full Tentative List description:

Art History and CHAPS: Faculty Search Announcement


The Department of Art History, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey seeks candidates for the position of advanced tenure-track Assistant /tenured Associate Professor and Director of Rutgers’ Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS) within the Department of Art History.

CHAPS is a vigorous and expanding program offering a Certificate Program, MA Degree and Ph.D. Concentration in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies, as well as a joint MA/JD degree with Rutgers Law School. It is interdisciplinary and global in focus, holding a Memorandum of Understanding with UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Through this position, the department seeks to continue to expand its commitment to global engagement and to transdisciplinary teaching, scholarship and research.

The successful candidate will serve as Director of CHAPS on a renewable basis and be actively engaged in the Department of Art History. He or she will teach courses within the CHAPS curriculum as well as within the Department of Art History on his or her particular area of expertise. He or she will also participate in recruitment and advising of CHAPS and Art History graduate students and in the planning and realization of CHAPS initiatives, including annual conferences. Participation in departmental and University committees and assistance in undergraduate and graduate curriculum development is expected.


Candidates must have demonstrated knowledge and engagement with the field of cultural heritage as discipline and profession. A multi-disciplinary and global perspective in teaching and scholarship is considered an asset. The department welcomes applications from candidates whose scholarship focuses on the Asian Pacific, Australasia, Central and South Asia, the Middle-East or the Americas, among others. Ph.D. in a subject area relevant for the position or a foreign degree corresponding to a Ph.D. in a subject area relevant for the position required. Applicants should have a record of effective teaching and an ambitious research program including experience in fieldwork and publications.


Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, personal statement and three letters of recommendation via Interfolio at, addressed to:

Chair CHAPS Search Committee
Department of Art History
Voorhees Hall
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
United States

Information on the Department of Art History and The Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies can be found at: and


For full vacancy description, download this document.

Department of Art History
Voorhees Hall
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
  Phone 848.932.7041
Fax 732.932.1261