Sessions
WORKSHOPS

  • PARALLEL SESSION 1
  • PARALLEL SESSION 2
  • PARALLEL SESSION 3
  • PARALLEL SESSION 4

Memory Walk – Maja Nenadović

The educational program Memory Walk builds upon the mission of Anne Frank House by supporting young people to remember their history, reflect on the way it is being presented through heritage and respond to possible misrepresentation and manipulation of history and memory. High school students from throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia created short film clips about monuments from these countries during several workshops organized in 2013 and 2015. This workshop will introduce the participants to the Memory Walk methodology, and share some of their experiences with its impact on students.

 

Digital communication strategies – Ines Bulajić

The workshop will be structured in the way to explain what is digital strategy, with emphasizing the importance of content. Museums have a lot of content which is to be present in new and innovative ways. Museums in our region often have good ideas, but lack of staff (IT, graphic design, PR), so a part of the workshop would also be presentation of free online tools which can be helpful in managing the content. Presentation of case studies, good practices and tips on how to use the experiences, bearing in mind limited resources. The importance of effective storytelling will be additionally explained, using the good practices, but also encouraging participants to tell us about their own positive stories.

 

Is it all about objects? Inclusive interpretation in museum exhibitions – Stefanos Keramidas, Artemis Stamatelou, Lejla Agić

The workshop will be structured around the energetic contribution of the participants, through interactive activities that will attempt to explore the limitations of intellectual access within museums and will query the need for change. By using brainstorming, teamwork, role-playing, and handling of objects, the participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the significance of a dynamic and inclusive interpretation strategy in museum exhibitions.

 

Museums and sustainability – Maja Minoska-Pavlovska

The workshop will be focused on defining sustainability as a general concept, elaborating the connection between the museums and sustainability and presenting its main principles in the museum environment. It will question museums’ capability of becoming sustainable organisations, discuss the role of museum employees in achieving sustainability and present the audience opinions about this issue. The workshop will define the main strengths, challenges and opportunities in this process.

Exhibition Design, It’s More Than a Display Board – Igor Stepančić

The workshop explores designing process from the initial idea about an exhibition, design ideas, layouts, production and finally mounting of exhibits. It consists of the short introduction in a form of presentation of a project done for one of the museums in Serbia. The following questions will be addressed: What does exhibition designer do and how to formulate assignment? Who should be included in the process? How to refine ideas and content in collaboration between the curators, designers and public? The workshop will simulate the work on a historical exhibition with an aim to inform, educate and engage audience.

 

Building networks – Sharon Heal

The workshop will explore how we can build personal and organisational networks in order to improve our knowledge and resilience. It will look at how sharing knowledge and developing contacts and networks can enhance our sustainability. Participants will explore how to build and use networks and will be encouraged to think about which groups they want to work with and how to set up new networks that address the changing needs of the museum sector and our audiences.

 

It is forbidden not to Touch – Melsi Labi

In a country where disabled people are not equally respected, one museum integrated this group of visitors into its work and activities. The National Historical Museum created a project titled “It is forbidden not to Touch!” with the aim to present the museum as a place where disabled people can enrich the knowledge and explore valuable cultural heritage through tactile experience and discussion with the curator. This workshop aims to present the experience of the National Historical Museum, and to promote equal access and inclusion to the museum.

 

Equal access in Museums – Alisa Gojani-Berisha

The core of the workshop is to show how important inclusion in museums is and how it can easily be reached with the interactive programs and hands-on experience. It will indicate the importance of cooperation and exchange of experience between a museum and disabled people’s community. The workshop will point out the role of the institutions in making people understand the value and the importance of heritage protection. Some of the educational programs of the Museum of Kosovo focused on inclusion of disabled people will be presented.

Performing heritage – Dragan Kiurski

Heritage can be interpreted in different ways: through exhibitions, lectures, workshops, stories. Drama as a way of interpretation can be useful and fun too! This workshop will present the methodology of alternative drama aiming at education and interpretation of heritage, as well as highlight the importance of visitors’ active involvement in the heritage interpretation. Dragan will present his experience of working with children. At the end of the workshop, the participants will create a mini play on the theme of heritage.

 

Examples of tactile images – Tatjana Mijatović, Etleva Demollari

Starting from the social model of disability the workshop will demonstrate making of tactile images, maps and models as well as the equipment used for this purpose. As members of the Balkan Museum Access Group, Tatjana and Etleva will give examples of their work around tactile images, and their experience of establishing and maintaining partnerships with blind and partially sighted people and their associations. Participants will be introduced with the basics of Braille tactile writing system for the English language and find out more about what the Access Group members may be able to offer to museums.

 

Touch – Feel – Listen – Smell; Museum, Cultural Narrative and the Senses – Hariklia Hari

Both an open-air and an onsite workshop where the spectator is invited to experience with all his/her senses the site/exhibition material: the objects can be touched, material and information can be added. ​H​is/her body is welcomed to participate fully at creating a cultural experience, participate in forming the community narrative or an archive. Based on the notion of the self-organized museum, the workshop participants will form a discussion on new ways of cultural production and distribution that increases the level of well-being, of social inclusion and solidarity.

 

Museum storages – is this really important? – Azra Bečević Šarenkapa

Museum storage is the most important places for the museum collections since almost 95% of all museum collections are placed there. The lack of will, money, energy and the space for the storage makes the work of keeping objects safe extremely difficult. The workshop brings an example of six people who reorganized museum storage in 450 hours, working in difficult situation with no financial resources and in a closed museum, using a RE-ORG methodology developed by ICCROM and UNESCO.

Ethnology on the fingertips – Tifa Tučić, Nataša Perić, Vesna Isabegović

The workshop facilitators aim to demonstrate how blind persons experience accessible exhibition in the Museum of East Bosnia, and highlight the importance of accessibility for the persons who have never visited the museum. This workshop is consists of a video presentation, short information about the project’s results and simulation of a tactile exhibition. The participants would close their eyes and touch few exhibits in order to experience how a blind person feels and perceives the objects, and the world. The bar code readers will be also used.

 

Everyone can be a designer – Noa Haim

Simply take a tour around the room in your mind, fold and un-fold it, puzzle it and frame your special moments. The known and the unknown are visualized from one same yet different building block. Everyone can play a designer.

 

A winning combination – joint approaches to increasing visitors and visibility for museums and cultural heritage sites in Kosovo – Elizabeth Gowing

What is shared between the Ethnological Museums of Prishtina and Peja, a filigree workshop in Prizren, homestay accommodation in Kacanik, the wine tour in Orahovec, a traditional kulla stone house hotel in Junik, a hotel in Gracanica, the bear sanctuary outside Prishtina and rural tourism in Janjevo? Despite the fact that these are some of the most popular tourist sites for visitors to Kosovo, The Ideas Partnership NGO found that many of the sites’ key staff had not visited – and in some cases were not even aware of – the other sites. Drawing on approaches used successfully in the UK, the project this NGO implemented with a small budget increased visitors and visibility of all sites.

 

The importance of community activism in heritage protection – Hajrulla Ceku

The session will explore recent events and initiatives in Prizren to discuss the importance of urban and cultural activism in heritage protection. The cases of Lumbardhi (city cinema), Marin Barleti street, association of owners of traditional houses, Urbanism Watch, community involvement in museums will be discussed in light of overall trends of heritage devastation in Prizren. The session will be moderated by EC Ma Ndryshe activists, a community based civil society organization in Prizren working to bring community on board of city governance.