SAWA Museum Academy
16.09. - 26.09.2018
for museum professionals

  • SAWA Museum Academy © SAWA Museum Academy
  • SAWA Museum Academy, Berlin 2018 © Martina Kopp
  • SAWA Summer School 2015 © Goethe-Institut
    SAWA Summer School 2015
  • SAWA Summer School 2015 © Sharjah Museums Department
    SAWA Summer School 2015
  • SAWA Summer School 2016 ©Kuijten Danielle
    SAWA Summer School 2016

SAWA means TOGETHER, and TOGETHER selected participants from Germany, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Oman and Palestine will learn and study methods of museum management, and TOGETHER German and Emirates-based experts will teach them. SAWA is dedicated to exchanging ideas on appropriate museum studies across continents and cultures and to encourage learning from each other.

SAWA is a cooperation of the University of Applied Science (HTW Berlin), Staatliche Museen Berlin/ Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Sharjah Museums Department and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region.

Sharjah Museums Department
University of Applied Science (HTW Berlin)
Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz
SAWA Museum Academy 2017/2018 Part 1:
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SAWA Museum Academy (SAWA = Arabic, means together) is a capacity building program for current and future museum personnel in the Arab countries and in Germany and the West. SAWA Museum Academy brings Western and Arab museum staff together to learn jointly about all museum working areas and fields of museology from Arab and Western tandem teams of museum experts. The SAWA Museum Academy teaching and learning methods allow participants to recognize in a direct learning exchange common ways of museum operating and museum management, and to identify and explain differences based on culture and traditions in order to implement this knowledge in their work in the museum. 

SAWA Museum Academy has been developed jointly by museum experts from the Sharjah Museums Department, from the State Museums Berlin, from researchers of the Department of Museum Sciences of the University of Applied Sciences HTW Berlin and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region. The results of a 2014 field study of capacity building programs both in the Arab and in the Western countries found no explicit bi-cultural program based on mutual learning and enriched by a local museum theory and practice. SAWA Museum Academy aims to enable museum staff to create both a cultural appropriate museology as well as communicate in a culturally appropriate way. Participants are gaining awareness and fundamental skills in multicultural museum management with all its associated special areas.

SAWA Museum Academy with locations in the Emirate of Sharjah and in Berlin, Germany, offers a multicultural learning environment to train for museum work fields. The SAWA Museum Academy curriculum includes modules in general museology, museum management, museum communication and visitor programs, collecting and documenting, restoring and conserving, as well as curating. In a combination of learning from experts and from hands on, the participants get insight in the working fields of the Sharjah Museums and the State Museums Berlin.

SAWA is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation

SAWA is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation SAWA is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation


 
SAWA Museum Academy 2017 is a joint initiative of Sharjah Museums Department, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Department of Museum Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW) and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region.

SAWA is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation

SAWA is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation SAWA is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation
Individuals interested in participating in the SAWA Museum Academy
should provide documentation to attest that they meet the following requirements:

MENA Region or SHARJAH/UAE
  • Applicant is currently-enrolled as an student in Museum Studies, or
  • Applicant is in the early stages of a museum-related career
  • Applicant has excellent English language skills
  • Applicant is motivated to encounter different cultures with mutual respect
BERLIN (HTW)
  • Applicant is currently-enrolled as a graduate student at the HTW Berlin (Museumskunde M.A)
  • Applicant has excellent English language skills
  • Applicant is motivated to encounter different cultures with mutual respect
Berlin (SMB)
  • Applicant is working as Scientific assistant i.F. at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin,
  • Applicant has excellent English language skills
  • Applicant is motivated to encounter different cultures with mutual respect




 

SAWA Museum Academy 2018/2019 will take place from september 16 through 26 of September in Sharjah, UAE. 

SAWA Museum Academy 2018/2019 is offering four thematic fields: 

  • Module 1: Museology 
    What is a museum? Local versus International perspectives (Aishe Deemas. / Susan Kamel); 
    History of the Arabian Peninsula (Holger Hitgen / Nasser AlDarmaki)
     
  • Module 2: Collecting and Documenting
    Participative strategies in
    collecting and documenting (Danielle Kuijten/Khuloud Al Houli);
    Independent Study
     
  • Module 3: Curating
    Curatorial Strategies: From
    single to shared authorship (Nadja Tamoum/ Alya Al Mulla)
     
  • Module 4: Museum Communication 
    Developing an Interpretational plan