Friend 1

CHAPS Projects

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:

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