Pieter ter Keurs studied cultural anthropology at Leiden University, where he also obtained his Ph.D. He did fieldwork in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, and coordinated projects related to museum cooperation between the Netherlands and Indonesia. Ter Keurs worked as a curator for Insular Southeast Asia at the National Museum of Ethnology. At present he is Head of the Collections and Research Department at the National Museum of Antiquities. His research interests include nineteenth-century developments in museum histories and theoretical analyses of museum and heritage issues. He wrote extensively on the art and material culture of New Guinea and Indonesia, as well as on museum issues.
- Agency, Prestige and Politics. Dutch Collecting Abroad and Local Responses. In: Unpacking the Collection. Networks of Material and Social Agency in the Museum (2011)
- Colonial Collections Revisited (2007)
- The Huon Gulf. In: Shadows of New Guinea (2006)