Call for Applications Sharing Stories on Contested Histories 2024

The call for the international programme for young museum and heritage professionals Sharing Stories on Contested Histories is now open. The 2024 edition includes online sessions across five weeks in September to November and a one-week physical programme in the Netherlands from 9 to 17 November. The deadline to apply is 29 June 2024.

Programme Sharing Stories on Contested Histories 2024

This exchange programme brings together a group of young museum and heritage professionals from around the world to reflect on the following questions and to exchange knowledge and experiences regarding their working practices.

  • How are museum and heritage professionals around the world responding to current societal challenges, such as the climate crisis and social inequalities?
  • How do museums critically engage with their own histories and reflect on their role in society in the face of these challenges?
  • How can they handle collections created and collected during colonial times in more caring and ethical ways?
  • How do they navigate and react to contestations over certain histories and heritage?

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Cursist Phumzile Nombuso Twala points at a black and white picture of Ernest Cole while explaining the story behind it.
Image: ©Reinwardt Academie / Jorne Vriens
Participant Phumzile Nombuso Twala of the 2023 edition, shares her knowledge about the photos of Ernest Cole on display at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town.

About the programme

These issues will be addressed by using real case studies from different contexts and from the participants themselves. Through lectures given by invited speakers from around the world, contributions from the participants, listening sessions, site visits in the Netherlands, workshops and team projects, this programme facilitates a space for learning and unlearning, reflecting, exploring and experimenting, while developing new ideas, tools and practices together. The programme will involve working together on concrete shared challenges within the professional practices of the participants, and sharing insights and results with a larger group.

Who can apply?

This programme is conceptualised for young museum and heritage professionals, researchers and independent practitioners who are actively dealing with the issues described above. Participants are expected to have at least three years of work experience in this field and to actively contribute to the programme by bringing in examples and reflections from their own practice, including questions or challenges they are facing or projects that they are working on. The deadline to apply is 29 June 2024.

Further information

Sharing Stories on Contested Histories is organised by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, in collaboration with the Reinwardt Academy. For further information about this programme and on how to apply, please visit the page Sharing Stories on Contested Histories.