September 12, 2018

Training: Sharing Contested Histories 

Statue of Jan Pietersz. Coen. Photo: Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands.

There are still places left for a special training course on engaging with and presenting specific (shared) heritage topics that may be considered ‘contested’, open for professionals from the Netherlands and partnering Shared Cultural Heritage countries.

How can heritage experts work towards improving representations of contested shared cultural heritage? The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and the Reinwardt Academy aim to contribute to this question and the general field of Shared Cultural Heritage. The two parties are joining forces to organise a training course on engaging with and presenting specific shared cultural heritage topics that might be considered ‘contested’.

Twenty-two experts from all partner countries in the Shared Cultural Heritage Programme are invited to reflect on these topics together with professionals from several Dutch museums. By using the concept of storytelling, the training will explore themes regarding open communication and multiperspectivity. The goal is to examine how contested shared cultural heritage can be represented from different angles in order to improve our understanding of it. The international exchange of knowledge and expertise will contribute to an awareness of the complexity of contested shared cultural heritage.

Practical information
The training takes place in the Netherlands from 3-14 December 2018. Those who are interested in participating can still apply. Heritage experts and academics who have experience in the shared cultural heritage field and are working with contested histories are welcome to e-mail their CV and motivation letter to Rianne Walet before 23 September 2018, 8 AM. If more information is required, please do not hesitate to contact Rianne.