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Cultural Leadership

Culture and heritage are the sinews of a society. In an era marked by rapid change, ambitious and critical cultural leaders are required to foster the cultural core of a sustainable society.

Culture defines humanity. Managing the valuation and transmission of culture through policy, entrepreneurship, and education across generations is therefore a key responsibility for a sustainable society. In our modern society, culture has to be negotiated as it is shaped by digitisation and new media, ethnic and cultural diversity, changing audiences and economic circumstances, dwindling public funds, and a loss of shared historical awareness. The mission of the Master's track Cultural Leadership is to educate future leaders in the cultural domain, both national and international, enabling them to carry culture forward in a critical, sustainable, and creative manner. The programme equips students with essential scholarly expertise and analytical and strategic skills.

The Master's track Cultural Leadership:

  • is innovative: it prepares master students for a cultural field which quickly changes due to technological, pedagogical, political, and societal developments. It offers new methods and tools (e.g., hands-on history, digital curating) to help rethink the cultural field.
  • has a dual character: it combines theoretical and object-oriented courses and a thesis with a six months research traineeship.
  • has a well-defined aim: to equip students with the knowledge and skills to develop an inspiring, responsible, and realistic vision on how we can carry culture into the future.

Culture and heritage are the sinews of a society. In an era marked by rapid change, ambitious and critical cultural leaders are required to foster the cultural core of a sustainable society.

Culture defines humanity. Managing the valuation and transmission of culture through policy, entrepreneurship, and education across generations is therefore a key responsibility for a sustainable society. In our modern society, culture has to be negotiated as it is shaped by digitisation and new media, ethnic and cultural diversity, changing audiences and economic circumstances, dwindling public funds, and a loss of shared historical awareness. The mission of the Master's track Cultural Leadership is to educate future leaders in the cultural domain, both national and international, enabling them to carry culture forward in a critical, sustainable, and creative manner. The programme equips students with essential scholarly expertise and analytical and strategic skills.

The Master's track Cultural Leadership:

  • is innovative: it prepares master students for a cultural field which quickly changes due to technological, pedagogical, political, and societal developments. It offers new methods and tools (e.g., hands-on history, digital curating) to help rethink the cultural field.
  • has a dual character: it combines theoretical and object-oriented courses and a thesis with a six months research traineeship.
  • has a well-defined aim: to equip students with the knowledge and skills to develop an inspiring, responsible, and realistic vision on how we can carry culture into the future.
More about this programme
  • Testimonial of

    'We urgently need a new generation of cultural leaders'

    “As digital archives are growing and innovative tools are being developed to provide new forms of access, we urgently need a new generation of cultural leaders with a novel vision on how to research and re-use the digitized treasures of the past.”

    Giovanna Fossati is Head Curator EYE Film Institute Netherlands (Amsterdam) and author of From Grain to Pixel: The Archival Life of Film in Transition (2009).

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  • Testimonial of Manon van Egmond

    All in all, for me this research master track is broad, personalised and fulfilling. As a bonus, you get to spend most of your two years at a great university in the beautiful city of Groningen which has a vibrant culture and student life.

    My name is Manon van Egmond and I am 22 years old. I am a first-year student in the research master track Cultural Leadership. I have chosen this master because it combines theory and practice and offers a wide range of perspectives on the cultural field. I also like that there are students with different backgrounds and bachelor degrees.

    Explore Your Interests

    The research master track consists of two years. For the first semester we are allowed 20 EC to choose courses that are related to our backgrounds and our fields of interest. I have put my focus on courses about arts policy, education and theatre. I am very happy with my choices and the ability to explore my interests further. The second semester will be split between courses in Groningen and courses in Rome. I am very excited about the opportunity to travel during my studies. In the second year we will do a research traineeship and write our thesis.

    The Workload

    On average I spent 12 hours a week in classes and put in approximately 25 hours of self-study. Besides regular study activities, the research master track also allows the students to take a significant part in its promotion and organization. Currently some students are helping by working on the quality of the program, the promotion of seminars and of course by being a master ambassador.

    Broad, Personalised, and Fullfilling

    All in all, for me this research master track is broad, personalised and fulfilling. As a bonus, you get to spend most of your two years at a great university in the beautiful city of Groningen which has a vibrant culture and student life. If this sounds interesting to you, we will hopefully see you at one of the master events or next year as a new student of the research master track of Cultural Leadership.

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    – Manon van Egmond
  • Testimonial of Christianne Blijleven

    “For me this is an ideal combination of studying both art objects and the sector that surrounds it.”

    “The main reason for me to come to Groningen was the unique program of this research master: even though the majority of the courses discuss topics related to cultural leadership, there is plenty of space to further explore your own field as well. For me this is an ideal combination of studying both art objects and the sector that surrounds it.

    I think these two aspects together will also form a solid base for the internship in the second year. And of course there is the exchange programme with Roma Tre and the Spring School at KNIR, which is really exciting.”

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    – Christianne Blijleven
  • Testimonial of Merel Cuperus

    “This research master is for people who have the ambition to go beyond the “normal” activities within a cultural organization.”

    “This research master is for people who have the ambition to go beyond the “normal” activities within a cultural organization, and want to explore how cultural leaders within organizations can be placed, what these leaders do and how they need to act in order to get things done. Eventually, you might have the ambition to become one yourself.

    Furthermore, the programme is quite broad and my fellow students all come from different backgrounds (arts and culture; media; history; art history; language studies; sociology). Therefore the discussions in class are fruitful and full of disagreements and opinions.”

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    – Merel Cuperus
  • Testimonial of Katherine Watson

    “Leadership is curious, responsive and reflective - it recognizes patterns and sees connections and acts and engages on multiple levels.”

    “Leadership is recognising what you do not know – what perspectives can be brought to the table to bring knowledge that you do not have – it is open, inclusive and values and respects all perspectives equally. Leadership brokers knowledge – it is always learning and co-learning, rather than being the font of all wisdom. Leadership is curious, responsive and reflective - it recognizes patterns and sees connections and acts and engages on multiple levels.”

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    – Katherine Watson
Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in Arts and Culture (research)
Croho code
60829
Course type
Master
Language of instruction
English (100%)
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Start
February, SeptemberFebruary, September
Programme form
full-time
Faculty
Arts

Cooperative endeavour

The master Cultural Leadership is a cooperative endeavour of the departments of Archaeology, History, Dutch Language and Culture, and Arts and Culture, and is supervised by a steering group consisting of the following members:

  • Bart Ramakers, professor of Historical Dutch Literature and Director of Studies for the programme
  • Barend van Heusden, Professor of Culture and Cognition
  • Annie van den Oever, Associate Professor of Arts, Culture and Media and Professor by special appointment of Film and Visual Media, University of the Free State, South Africa
  • Catrien Santing, Professor of Medieval History
  • Sofia Voutsaki, Professor of Greek Archaeology