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


With the support of the “Baden Württemberg Scholarship for Students—BWS plus,” a two- year project in the winter semester of 2019/20 on the topic “Shared and 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 Faculty of Arts – Hamidrasha at the Beit Berl College in Kfar Saba, 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 will work together on the topic beginning in the summer semester of 2020.
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.

Shared or contradictory heritage?
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.


The Ludwigsburg University of Education, Germany


The Ludwigsburg University of Education (LUE) is the largest of the six Universities of
Education in Baden-Wuerttemberg. These institutions concentrate on educational science issues through both research and teaching, as well as offering doctoral and post-doctoral degrees thus putting them on a par with full universities. The main research focus at LUE is on educational science and scholastic and extra-curricular education processes for all age groups, with a strong emphasis on subject pedagogy.

Today, the Ludwigsburg University of Education has three faculties:

The Faculty of Educational and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Cultural and Natural Sciences
The Faculty of Special Education

LUE enjoys a diverse campus life. Cultural events are a firmly-anchored component of the university calendar.

In addition, there is a student gallery with alternating exhibitions as well as a literature-café which offers readings, concerts, and poetry slams. The natural surroundings to be found at the nearby Favoritepark is an oasis of relaxation. The baroque city of Ludwigsburg, with its population of approximately 95,000 habitants, not only has magnificent castles to offer, but also lively pedestrian areas, cinemas, and a colorful nightclub scene. For those who would like to have a look around the state capital, the suburban train from Ludwigsburg only takes a few minutes to reach downtown Stuttgart.

The Ludwigsburg University at a Glance:

Founded in 1962 in Stuttgart; since 1966 in Ludwigsburg
One of the largest universities of Education in Baden-Württemberg
About 6,050 enrolled students
About 470 professors, lecturers, and expert practitioners

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Photos: Sarah Schuhbauer / Martin Kalb

The Ludwigsburg University of Education

Beit Berl College, Israel


Beit Berl College is a multidisciplinary college focused on training educators while  spearheading new developments in education, society, and the arts. Th College sees education as a vehicle for social mobility, equality, and justice for all sectors of Israeli society.  

It has three faculties:

• The Faculty of Education
• The Faculty of Arts - Hamidrasha
• The Faculty of Society and Culture

Research conducted by Beit Berl academic staff has garnered prestigious grants, is published extensively in leading international academic journals, and is presented and discussed at academic conferences in Israel and around the world. The College maintains an extensive library system, including one of the largest and most distinctive collections in Arabic, a dedicated art and digital media

library, and a Center for Children's Literature which contains many rarevolumes.

With a campus at the meeting point between Kfar Saba and Raanana and the Triangle region of Israel’s Arab towns (Tira and Taibeh), Beit Berl College is a living laboratory for building a shared society.

Beit Berl at a Glance:

• Founded in 1949
• One of the largest colleges in Israel
• 10,000 enrolled students
•700 professors, lecturers and expert practitioners
• Multicultural campus with diverse mixture of young and old, Jewish and Arab, secular and
religious, immigrant and international students
• First college of education to be recognized for academic excellence and gain the same
academic independence as Israel’s universities
• High level of community engagement.


PHOTOS: Beit Berl Campus (photo: Beit Berl College)

Beit Berl College ​

The Institute of Cultural Management, Ludwigsburg


The Institute of Cultural Management is part of the Ludwigsburg University of Education. Founded in 1990 as a study program, then becoming an institute in 1994, it offers many
opportunities for exchange with fellow students. The mission of the institute is to provide economic tools for decision-making processes in the field of cultural management, train new cultural and social scientists, and impart transferable interdisciplinary skills.

Today, the institute offers two study programs: a Master’s degree program for Cultural Science and Management (full time studies), and an advanced training course for cultural workers and practitioners that ends with a dual certificate (part time studies). Both have adopted an interdisciplinary approach.

Master’s program in Cultural Science and Cultural Management

The Master’s degree program is a collaboration between the economics department and the
humanities, transcending academic boundaries to maintain a productive exchange with
international partners. The students benefit from one of the oldest, most renowned cultural
management courses in Germany which combines academic studies with extensive practical components in one of the richest cultural areas in the country. The Master’s program runs four semesters, ends with a Master of Arts degree, and is intended for students who wish to work in all three areas of the cultural sector—public, non-profit, and commercial.

Program Directors: Prof. Dr. Andrea Hausmann, Prof. Dr. Thomas Knubben


Photos: Sarah Schuhbauer M.A.

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M.Ed. In Art Education, Beit Berl College


The Master’s degree program in Art Education at the Faculty of Arts – Hamidrasha of Beit Berl
College offers personal development and the acquisition of expertise in the fields of the arts and art education. The program courses seek to provide students with a theoretical foundation alongside practical art studies in the studio while including subject matter and methods from the fields of visual culture, interpretation and criticism, cinema, museum education, artistic civil activism, Waldorf education, and anthroposophy.

Studies in Art Education

The program offers those involved in art education—educators, creators, and artists—a profound understanding of contemporary aspects relevant to the fields of the arts and art education, as well as the cultural heritage of ethnic communities. The courses create a multidisciplinary interface that encourages discussion on the role visual images play in structuring collective and ethnic

cultural identities and in shaping the heritage of the past and the future. In addition to study tours and visits to museums and galleries, the program also includes practical experience in the field of art and in research writing. The program provides the graduates with tools that allow them to integrate into diverse environments within the field of the contemporary arts, including schools, colleges, galleries and museums, cultural institutions, informal educational frameworks, and social and community organizations. Master’s Programs The program is intended for educators and creators from the field of the arts: the visual arts, dance, cinema, architecture, theater, and design. We offer three tracks:

• M.Ed. in Art Education—Non-Thesis Track
• M.Ed. in Art Education—Thesis (Research) Track
• M.Ed. in Art Education—Anthroposophy, Art, and Art Education Track

Program Director: Dr. Chava Brownfield-Stein

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PHOTO: Faculty of Arts Hamidrasha / Beit Berl College

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The Baden-Württemberg Stiftung

The Baden-Württemberg Stiftung advocates for a vibrant state with a high quality of life for all its residents. It helps to pave the way for technological progress, high-quality education, and a responsible relationship among all human beings.


The Baden-Württemberg Stiftung is one of the largest private foundations in Germany. It focuses on three key areas: Research, Education, and Society and Culture. It is the only
foundation which exclusively, and without regard for party lines, invests in the future of the state of Baden-Württemberg Stiftung—and thus in the future of its citizens.


PHOTOS: BW foundation

The Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM

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 program is endowed with approximately 1.2 million euros annually. Since 2011, more than 80 BWS plus projects have been supported at universities in Baden-Württemberg.


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.

The Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for University Students—BWS plus


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