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“Shared and/or Contradictory Heritage? Perspectives on German and Israeli Arts, Museums, and Societies”
— an international students’ project

With the support of the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for University Students - BWS plus, a programme of the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, a two-year-project on the topic “Shared and/or Contradictory Heritage? Perspectives on German and Israeli Arts, Museums and Societies,” has been started by the Institute for Cultural Management at the Ludwigsburg University of Education, and the M.Ed. in Art Education, Faculty of Arts – Hamidrasha at the Beit Berl College, Israel.  Part of the project is a one-year student research laboratory in which around 20 German and Israeli students from two different Master’s programs work together on the topic. The starting point of the project is a cultural heritage model that has recently become popular throughout the world: that of shared heritage. It tries to rethink the concept of cultural heritage and develops new narratives about a common history told through cultural heritage in cultural institutions. Therefore, it also appears to be a suitable answer to the issue of cultural heritage that migrated from the original location.

But is the model also tenable when multiple claims of ownership are formulated; when socio-political self-images diverge? Where do the pitfalls and problems for transnational narratives lie when cultural heritage is nationally managed and owned? These are the questions that the project asks and to which it tries to find answers by means of case studies.
Involving 20 students from Germany and Israel, the project also has a model character: On the one hand, students discuss a relevant question in a comparative cultural context. On the other hand, new forms of teaching and learning are used, including virtual working groups and re-learning platforms, as well as one-week excursions to the respective partner country.
The project is led by Dr. Christiane Dätsch (PH Ludwigsburg) and Dr. Chava Brownfield-Stein (Beit Berl College). The idea for it was born during an ERASMUS Lecturer Exchange, but also underpins the 30-year strategic partnership between the two universities.


PHOTOS: Institut für Kulturmanagement / Google (© Sarah Schuhbauer / Google Maps)




The Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM supports the international exchange of students and vocationally qualified people. Since 2001, it has enabled more than 25,000 young people from Baden-Württemberg to gain experience abroad and allowed scholarship holders from other countries to visit Baden-Württemberg. Approximately 1,500 young people receive a Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM each year.


Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for University Students – BWS plus

With the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for University Students – BWS plus, the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung supports innovative joint projects between universities from Baden-Württemberg and their international partners. The programme is endowed with approximately 1.2 million euros annually. Since 2011, more than 100 BWS plus projects have been supported at universities in Baden Württemberg.

The Baden-Württemberg Stiftung

advocates a vital Baden-Württemberg with a high quality of life for all its residents. It helps pave the way for advanced technological progress, high quality education, and a responsible relationship with fellow human beings. The Baden-Württemberg Stiftung is one of the major foundations in Germany. It is the only foundation which exclusively and above party lines invests in the future of the state of Baden-Württemberg – and thus in the future of its citizens.


PHOTOS: Baden-Württemberg Stiftung (© Baden-Württemberg Stiftung)

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