E.O. (Eldris) Con Aguilar

  • PhD candidate

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 5261
E-Mail: e.o.con.aguilar@arch.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Archeologie, World Archaeology, Archaeology of the Americas
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number B2.10

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Supervisor: Prof. dr. Willem Willems. Co-Supervisor: Dr. Monique van den Dries

The proposed PhD research Educational practices in promoting awareness of indigenous heritage in Caribbean countries, is part of the NEXUS 1492 subproject “A future for diverse Caribbean Heritage Outreach Programs and Community Participation”

Eldris Con Aguilar, will conduct her research from an anthropological and didactic perspective on the identification and revision of educational practices concerning indigenous heritage in the Caribbean; while analyzing their impacts in both formal and informal educational scenarios. Outreach activities will be formulated with collaborative and active participation of the community.

She will also study the incorporation of archaeological findings and resources as a multidisciplinary teaching aid in the classroom and outdoors school activities based on educational approaches, such as constructivism, meaningful learning and competency-based learning.

To achieve broad and sustainable outcomes, her research will consider the current situation in Caribbean countries regarding public heritage policies and educational programmes within a collaborative framework. It is her intention to provide a new perspective to the community, museums and cultural institutions of their Caribbean indigenous heritage and the complex interactions with present-day multicultural society.

The prime areas will be: Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts-Nevis and Dutch Caribbean.

Eldris Con Aguilar holds a Bachelor degree with Cum Laude Honours in Education (History and Geography) from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Venezuela (2011) and a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies; with a specialization in modern history from Leiden University (2012). As extracurricular activities during her undergraduate studies in Venezuela she was an instructor in theatre workshops for primary schools  as member of the university’s theatre group.  Her research interests are educational programmes, public policies, community participation, cultural identity and archaeological heritage.     

Last Modified: 01-02-2016