Tim van der Heijden holds a PhD in media history from Maastricht University, the Netherlands. His dissertation Hybrid Histories: Technologies of Memory and the Cultural Dynamics of Home Movies, 1895-2005 explores the home movie as a twentieth-century family memory practice from a long-term historical perspective. It investigates how various generations have recorded their family memories on film, video and digital media, and, more specifically, how changes in these technologies of memory have shaped new forms of home movie making and screening. The dissertation was written in the context of the research project ‘Changing Platforms of Ritualized Memory Practices: The Cultural Dynamics of Home Movies’ (2012-2016), funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). Between April 2017 and April 2019, he was involved as post-doctoral researcher and coordinator of the Doctoral Training Unit (DTU) in the interdisciplinary project ‘Digital History and Hermeneutics’, funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). He is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the C²DH within the FNR-funded project ‘Doing Experimental Media Archaeology' (DEMA). He holds a M.A. in Media Studies (research-master) from the University of Amsterdam (cum laude), and a B.A. Cultural Studies from Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Tim is a Research Associate working on the DEMA project.