Emotion networking: a seat at the negotiating table

In cooperation with NWO

12sep2018 17:00 - 18:30


Heritage is what we, together, have come to call by that name. But who is 'we'? Emotion networking introduces a new view of heritage as an act of negotiation between people, i.e. between individuals with varying interests and feelings regarding the things that are of crucial importance in their lives and in the lives of other people. Heritage professionals have taken place at that same negotiating table, with the object lying right on top of it. What role do they play in emotion networks around current topics concerning heritage creation?

Part 1: the heritage professional 

Museum and monument workers are -off course-  individuals, who bring along their own particular interests to the negotiating table of heritage. In the first episode of our diptych on emotion networks, we will explore the position of heritage professionals in the network. How do they weigh their knowledge, opinions and emotions against those of other perspectives in the arena? How do they balance the role played by the institute that employs them and their own commitment?

In this event, we will consult a professional who is active in a neighbouring cultural discipline. In what way can the insights of IDFA’s arstistic director Orwa Nyrabia contribute to our research on heritage as a many-headed process of social changes? Part two of this emotion network diptych will take place in mid-November, when we will look into the role of the object in this process. 


About the speakers

Marlous Willemsen is a researcher in EmErEd and director of Imagine IC. Among other things, she will discuss her motivations regarding this heritage practice and elaborate on her role and questions in the network concerning the Kempering car park as a case of heritage creation.



Orwa Nyrabia is an highly acclaimed independent Syrian documentary film producer, filmmaker, trainer, human rights activist and co-founder of DOX BOX International Documentary Film Festival in Syria. Nyrabia has been artistic director of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) since this year.

This event will be led by moderator Wim Manuhutu. Manuhutu has long been actively involved in initiatives to increase diversity within the culture and heritage sector. He is currently a member of the appointment and advisory committee of the Council of Culture. In the context of a PhD program at the VU University Amsterdam he is also conducting research into the discussions on 'common cultural heritage' in the cultural diplomatic relations between the Netherlands, Indonesia and Surinam.


NWO invited the research partners of EmErEd (Emotion networking around heritage in educational settings) to organise this event. NWO supports Emered within the framework of the Nationale Wetenschapsagenda (NWA). The research is funded within theme program JOIN (Youth in a resilient society) in the NWA-Route under the same title. The main goal of the program research is to develop emotion networking as a tool for heritage education. The consortium consists of: Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (EUR); Reinwardt Academie (AHK); Imagine IC; Museum Gouda; Waag Society; Landelijk Kennisinstituut Cultuureducatie en Amateurkunst (LKCA) en Centrum Educatieve Dienstverlening (CEDGroep).


You can sign up for this program for free. If you subscribe for the program we count on your presence. If you are unable to attend, please let us know via spui25@uva.nl | T: +31 (0)20 525 8142.

Location: SPUI25