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Meet & Greet Networking Event - "Cultural Heritage and Social Inclusion"

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Friday December 15, 2023. starting at 1 PM.


Van Swinderenhuys, Oude Boteringestraat 19 in Groningen


On December 15th 2023 the UG is holding a Meet & Greet on Culture Heritage and Social Inclusion. During this event, we will share perspectives on the role of cultural heritage in creating social inclusion. The conversation will start with inspiring guest speakers from inside and outside academia and continue with networking activities. Our goal is to connect PhD candidates and early career researchers with societal partners, in order to identify possible career paths and potential collaborations. This event is brought to you by the Federation of Graduate Schools in the Social Sciences and the Humanities in collaboration with the Groningen Graduate Schools, MindMint and Make it in the North.


Dr. A.J.M. (Andrew) Irving
"Beyond the 'Contact Zone': Inexpert Encounters in Heritage"

Dr. Andrew Irving
Dr. Andrew Irving

Dr. Andrew Irving is Director of the Centre for Religion and Heritage and Assistant Professor of Religion and Cultural Heritage in the Faculty of Religion, Culture and Society. The Centre has been a partner in three Erasmus+ programmes centring on heritage and social inclusion: the Erasmus+ project Rebelah: Connecting Identities Through Heritage (2020-2022), a one-year project Legaci: Legislative Theatre for Inclusive Heritage (2022), and a new two-year project Meritage: European Pathways to Minority Religious Heritage: Inclusive European Pathways to Minority Religious Heritage: Inclusive Heritage in Adult Education (December 2023- 2025). A New Zealander, Irving completed his PhD in Medieval Studies at the University of Notre Dame (USA); after a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Yale University, he taught in New York, and had a research position in Cologne before coming to Groningen. His research focuses on medieval manuscript cultures, and in particular material approaches to their analysis. It is through approach that has become involved in heritage studies. He teaches introductory courses to critical approaches to heritage, material culture theory, and museums and religion.

Bastiaan Steffens, MA
Bastiaan Steffens, MA
Bastiaan Steffens, MA
"History for the present: creating a new history museum in Groningen"

Bastiaan Steffens is currently the archaeology curator at the Drents Museum, and will soon start as Head of Exhibitions and Collection at the "Museum aan de A", the new Groningen history museum.


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