Tim van der Heijden (Nijmegen, 1984) is a media historian and theorist. He currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) of the University of Luxembourg within the research project “Doing Experimental Media Archaeology: Practice & Theory” (DEMA). He wrote his PhD dissertation, entitled Hybrid Histories: Technologies of Memory and the Cultural Dynamics of Home Movies, 1895-2005, at the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. This study, part of the NWO-funded research project “Changing Platforms of Ritualized Memory Practices: The Cultural Dynamics of Home Movies,” investigates the relation between changing amateur media technologies (film, video, digital media) and memory practices in home movie making and screening from a long durée and user generations perspective.

Besides his research activities, he is a board member of Stichting Amateurfilm, a foundation which aims to stimulate the collection, preservation and re(use) of amateur film material and to arouse public interest in both historical and modern day forms of amateur film production. In his spare time, he likes to make video portraits and take (analogue) photographs.



2019-present Postdoctoral researcher “Doing Experimental Media Archaeology: Practice & Theory”, Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH), University of Luxembourg
2017-2019 Postdoctoral researcher and coordinator Doctoral Training Unit “Digital History & Hermeneutics”, Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH), University of Luxembourg
2012-2017 PhD-researcher, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Maastricht University
2016 Workshop Host Video Support, EDLAB Maastricht University
2016 Project assistent, Limburgs Museum, Venlo
2012-2016 Lecturer/tutor/course coordinator Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Maastricht University
2013-present board member, Stichting Amateurfilm
2009-2011 Project assistant grant applications, Media Fund, Amsterdam
2008 Study trainer, University of Amsterdam


2012-2017 PhD Media History, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
2015 BKO, university teaching certificate, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
2012-2015 RMeS, National Graduate Research School for Media Studies
2011 Open Studio Amsterdam, video production
2006-2009 Universiteit van Amsterdam, RMA Media Studies (cum laude)
2006 University of Essex, BA Philosophy/Film Studies (Erasmus Exchange Program)
2003-2006 Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, BA Cultural Studies