Lost in Translation. The feasibility of international exchange of the heritage practice
In the last 20 years, an increasing number of international connections and processes have arisen in the museological field of work. Museums are increasingly operating abroad, some as internationally active organisations, while others are seeking to expand. Internationalisation forms part of the policy of educational institutions.
The Master of Museology at the Reinwardt Academy is taught in English and has an international character. However, lecturers from the academy now teach regularly in countries including China and Russia as well. This international orientation provides new input for the education and the field of work. In this edition of the Heritage Arena, we will devote attention to this. What are the consequences? Is it solely a question of imparting knowledge or are the processes reciprocal? Can one talk of a global trend? And how do we deal with different cultures in this process? Are heritage practices interchangeable and if not, how can we translate them?
The edition of the Heritage Arena on Wednesday 27 January will be held in English and organised by students from the Master of Museology. It will be presented by Imre Vegh and co-presented by Riemer Knoop, professor of Cultural Heritage at the Academy. The guest speakers will be Renée Akitelek Mboya, Marc Pil and Vincent Boele.
Renée Akitelek Mboya (Nairobi) is a writer, film-maker and curator. She is currently affiliated with De Appel arts centre in Amsterdam. She primarily focuses on the memory as archive and the niche between history and culture.
Marc Pil works as a manager, business consultant, lecturer and researcher for museums and theatre companies. He obtained a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management and now contributes to innovation and change in the cultural sector. Pil is business director of the Amsterdams Kleinkunst Festival (Amsterdam Cabaret Festival), chairman of the cooperating Amsterdam Festivals and board member of Stichting Dansateliers (Dance Studios Foundation) and the Amsterdamse Andalusische Orkest (Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra). He lectures on museum management at the Reinwardt Academy and he is involved in a series of training modules in Moscow and Singapore.
Vincent Boele is a curator of exhibitions for De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam and the Hermitage Amsterdam. He was previously connected to the Bijbels Museum (Biblical Museum) in Amsterdam and the Allard Pierson Museum. Boele is a member of the board of the Society of Friends of the Allard Pierson Museum and advisor for the Russian Orthodox Church in The Hague.
True to tradition, the evening will be concluded with an informal networking drinks party.
Where: Reinwardt Academy, Hortusplantsoen 1-3, 1018 TZ, Amsterdam
Language of communication: English
When: Wednesday 27 January 2016
Time: 20.00, doors open from 19.30
Admission: attendance is free; register via the Reinwardt Community