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Multiperspectivity in the museum

Multiperspectivity in the museum. The response from local museums on a super diverse society. 

The cultural and ethnic diversity in most Western countries has significantly increased in the last decades. This increasing diversity has important implications for museums, especially in the urban context. Museums should incorporate the urban super diversitu, in terms of composing the collections as well as of attracting diverse groups of visitors. The aim of the project is to examine how multiperspectivity can be an explicit policy strategy for cultural education. It also wants to find out how it can be implemented in the collection presentation and public relations of museums in ways that its effects can be measured.

To this end and according to the principles of design-based research three design teams will be established with on the one hand staffs of three important Antwerp museums, in particular the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA), the Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) and the Red Star Line Museum. On the other hand researchers from the UAHA, in particular the specific teacher education programme in visual arts of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp of the AP University College and of the specific teacher education programme in history and in behavioral and cultural sciences of the University of Antwerp. Each team will be responsible for the analysis of the museum collection from the angle of multiperspectivity and for the development of a policy strategy for multiperspectivity. Two existing research instruments will be used: a matrix for multiperspectivity in heritage education and an analysis tool for learning outcomes of heritage education.

With researchers Wil Meeus and Paul Janssens  (University of Antwerp).

This project is realised with the Bijzonder Onderzoeks­fonds.