Erfgoedlab | How to deal with polarization?

Knowledge and understanding of polarization is important for the heritage professional of the 21st century. In this Flemish-Dutch Heritage Lab we will explore the role of heritage and the heritage professional in polarisation. We will discuss what we do – and don’t – mean by polarization. You will learn how to approach this theme and how to relate to it in your professional practice.


How to deal with a controversial monument, street name or memorial sign in the public space? How do you involve heritage communities, even if they have seemingly conflicting views? What if the preparation, communication or (online) reactions around a presentation cause a fuss? What if you as a heritage institution are accused of taking sides? How can employees be strengthened in dealing with resistance and polarisation? And how can conflicting voices be given a place in the heritage offering? Together we will explore the possibilities.  


On this Flemish-Dutch discussion day we delve into the theory, practice and ethics of polarization. We open the day with a lecture by Tomas Baum of Museum Kazerne Dossin on us/us thinking. In the afternoon we will discuss practice, based on experiences from the UK. At the end of the day you will have new perspectives and possibilities to enrich your practice with.  

Target group: heritage professionals thinking about the theme of polarization, and its impact on dealing with collections, engaged heritage communities. This heritage lab is for you if you would like to exchange ideas with Dutch and Flemish professionals about how we deal with abrasive (and therefore often polarising) issues and our/their thinking in front of and behind the scenes.


More information about the program and registration here.