2017-2018: Expat Archive Center Digital Scrapbooks

This practical project follows on from the theoretical course, MUSEUMS: GENDER, SEXUALITY, RACE, AND CLASS, taught by our visiting guest professor, Fulbright Fellow Dr. Amy Levin. Working in small groups of two or three, students selected a person or a theme from the rotating Twitter feed @WeAreXpats of the Expat Archive Center in the Hague. […]

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2016-2017: F-Site Women’s History

De F-site biedt inspirerend educatiemateriaal rondom vrouwen uit de geschiedenis toegespitst op de tien tijdvakken. Het materiaal is gratis toegankelijk en sluit aan op geschiedenismethodes in het Voortgezet Onderwijs. De F-site is een handreiking aan geschiedenisdocenten die behoefte hebben aan gendergelijkwaardig educatiemateriaal. Geschiedenisdocenten hebben immers een sleutelpositie in het aanbieden van een volledige geschiedenis waar […]

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The Tropenmuseum: Coming to Terms with the Colonial Past?

Last week, the exhibition ‘Heden van het slavernijverleden’ (‘Afterlives of Slavery’) opened in the Tropenmuseum. On the website it says that: ‘The exhibition places the enslaved and their descendants on center stage. To initiate a sometimes difficult but productive dialogue, the Tropenmuseum has sought out personal stories from past and present that bring the history […]

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Crossing boundaries; the difference between ‘mainstreaming’ and ‘appropriating’ Black History

In Maintaining Boundaries, Eric Gable researches how the United States’ largest living-history museum Colonial Williamsburg talks about black history. As a case-study, Gable asks the numerous museum guides how they treat the concept of antebellum America’s miscegenation; the mixing of different racial groups through marriage, cohabitation, or, in this case, sexual relations.   In Colonial Williamsburg, […]

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Combining Object and Space

Since museums are often seen as educational venues, consideration should be given to how problematic subjects are represented. Objects get meaning through the context in which they are placed, and through the combination of objects with which they are exhibited within the same space. The conservators who are responsible for the exhibitions have a major […]

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