In 2018, 2019 and 2021, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and the Reinwardt Academy jointly organize the international training Sharing Stories on Contested Histories. This training originates from the need to gain more expertise on the engagement with contested heritage and explores approaches and tools available to present contested heritage from multiple perspectives. Sharing Stories on Contested Histories aims to contribute to the international dialogue and practice of navigating complex stories.
The training is case-oriented and practical in approach. Basic literature will be provided in advance. The programme consists of: practice-based lectures, discussions and talks, fieldtrips to museums, workshops and training sessions, self-study based on selected literature.
The programme focuses on three main learning goals:
- Both from a practical as well as a theoretical point of view, participants explore the relevancy of contemporary museums. As a strategy to overcome grid-locked discussions and polarised bubbles, constructive and empathic multivocal storytelling is investigated.
- Through activity-oriented assignments and workshops participants experience the various concepts of exhibiting, storytelling, tour-guiding and educational programmes and as such get a new and immersed understanding of this way of exploring museum collections and their stories.
- Because we are working as professionals amongst professionals there will be a constant flux of exchanging knowledge, ideas and concepts. As such a community of practice for peer-learning and co-creation will arise that is influential, beneficial for all involved and through the use of new media interconnected and sustainable.
To read more about the editions in 2018 and 2019 and for more information on the lectures and the readings, please click on the links at the bottom of this page.
Young heritage professionals and academics from Australia, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname and the United States of America are encouraged to contribute to the international dialogue and practice of navigating complex stories by applying for the training. For each training, a total of 22 participants will be invited on the basis of a selection procedure.