HERE: Heritage Reflections

HERE is a seminar for new and experienced heritage professionals. The aim is to bring professionals together in order to stimulate knowledge exchange and innovation.

HERE: Heritage Reflections took place on Tuesday, May 30 from 1:00 PM – 6:30 PM (Dutch time) at the Neude Library in Utrecht. This afternoon we reflected on the themes of positionality and community building with various players from the heritage field. Together with the audience, we discussed topics such as awareness of your own position and the importance of context and perspective.

Which paths do you take as a heritage professional? How do you use oral history and community archives as a supplement to collective history? And what are the ethical issues surrounding fundraising?

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The programme consisted of a plenary part and 5 in-depth sessions for which you can register during the event.

See the programme below. More detailed information on the lectures and in-depth sessions can be found here. The times are based on the Dutch time zone.

12.30 – 13.00u Walk-in and registration in-depth sessions
13.00 – 13.05u Opening by Wim Manuhutu (moderator).
13.05 – 13.15u Welcome by Eelco van der Lingen (director of the Mondriaan Fund) and Deirdre Carasso (director of the Utrecht library).
13.15 – 13.45u What is Positionality by Siela Ardjosemito-Jethoe.
13.45 – 14.15u Positionality in InterAction
14.15 – 14.45u ‘The Culture’: how can you attract and retain this group? by Martin van Engel
15.20 – 16.05u In-depth sessions round 1
16.10 – 16.55u In-depth sessions round 2
17.00 – 18.30u Plenary closing and drinks


The program for this edition of HERE has been put together in close collaboration with Naema Abdi.

This edition of HERE is a physical event and will be held in the Neude Library in Utrecht. We also offer the program online for participants from the Caribbean part of the Kingdom.

With contributions by:

  • Alfrida Martis (community organiser)
  • Alia Azzouzi (steering group member Muslim Archive NL)
  • Bob van de Poll (researcher of the oral history project: LGBTI+ culture at sea)
  • Deirdre Carasso (Library director)
  • Eelco van der Lingen (director Mondriaan Fund)
  • Jo’anne van Ooijen (lawyer and art historian)
  • Kashif Amin (curator Muslim Archive NL)
  • Martin van Engel (advisor diversity & inclusion)
  • Malika Ouacha (PhD research Cross-Border Diasporic and Bi-cultural Philanthropy in Western Europe & the MENA)
  • Siela Ardjosemito-Jethoe (cultural anthropologist/sociologist, expert on diversity, inclusion and equality)
  • Wim Manuhutu (historian and heritage professional and moderator of HERE)

Questions & contact

Do you have questions about HERE: Heritage Reflections? Get in touch with one of our colleagues.

Noura Habbab

project manager activities Send a message Or call +31 (0)20 523 1509