Joanna Andrysiak is the Academic and Scholarly Programme Specialist at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, where she curates public lecture programmes and coordinates scholarly conferences organized by the Research and Publications Department. Prior to joining the POLIN Museum staff, Joanna worked as a Curatorial Intern at the Department of Graphic Arts at the Louvre. She has MA degrees from University of Warsaw (in cultural studies), Jagiellonian University in Krakow (in film studies, with a study abroad programme at Middlesex University, London), and Université Paris-Sorbonne (in Slavonic studies). She has published articles on politics of memory, found footage projects and Israeli cinema.
"The first part of the Exhibiting Contemporary History programme was prepared in a very thorough, multifaceted way and turned out to be a success. The organisation was impeccable."
"The visits to Polish museums followed by meetings with the staff and insightful discussions were a great chance to use the theoretical knowledge gained during the first phase of the programme. The apt choice of the visited museums and memorials allowed the participants to discover and critically discuss the Polish memory landscape. The proposed interpretation frame for the visited sites and exhibitions will be in my opinion very useful for our future projects."
Radovan Cukić graduated at the History department of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. He worked as a history teacher in primary school from 2009 until 2011. For the last five years, he has been working as a curator of the photo collection at the Museum of Yugoslav history, where he has also been the head of the Department for research and preservation since 2015. He worked as researcher on the following exhibitions of the Museum of Yugoslav History: The Last Youth in Yugoslavia (2011), Serbia through centuries (2012) and Technology to the people (2012), and is one of the authors of the exhibitions: Traveling communique (2014) and Figures of remembrance (2015). Among his professional interests are: representations of Yugoslav history and its place in collective memory, museum collections management and policy of acquisitions, digitalisation and accessibility of museum collections to public.
"An interesting thing is that we had the opportunity to hear two completely opposite approaches in just two days. I must admit that I was quite reserved regarding Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett’s approach, but she really was up to the task. After her lecture and also after reading her texts, I’m so eager to see POLIN museum next year. Probably, that will be a great opportunity for a next round of discussions."
Andrzej Hoja studied history at the University of Gdansk where he earned his Ph.D. in 2014. From 2011 he has been involved as a curator in works on the permanent exhibitions in Pomeranian State Museum, Greifswald and Gdynia City Museum. He closely cooperates with cultural Polish and German institutions (mainly from the Pomeranian region) focusing on historical and documentary projects. In 2016, he became the head of the project department in Gdynia City Museum. Among his academic interests are oral history, micro historical approach at narrative exhibitions in museums, historical culture of Pomerania region and Polish-German relations.
"The intensive programme consisted of different approaches on exhibiting given by interesting guests. The peer to peer formula was very good to me. I took as much as possible from every topic I was interested in. The networking goal and the lecturers were satisfying and I hope to make use of the contacts I've gained thanks to the programme."
Erëmirë Krasniqi is a junior scholar from Pristina who graduated from Bard College, Berlin in Aesthetics, Philosophy and Literature and earned a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College. At Darmouth she worked as a teaching assistant for several courses (Transnational Muslim Feminisms, Krieger’s Virtual Girlfriend: Japanese Anime and the Idea of the Posthuman, Introduction to Film Studies and Film Noir), and Research Assistant for The Media Ecology Project, a digital resource which engaged new forms of scholarly production, supporting and advocating the essential work of media archives. Currently, Erëmirë is a lead researcher at Kosovo Oral History Initiative and The National Gallery of Kosovo.
Justyna Majewska was one of the curators of the Holocaust Gallery at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN. She graduated from cultural studies and is now a PhD Candidate at the Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw, Poland, a fellow of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (2014). She is a member of the editorial team publishing the collections of the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto - Ringelblum Archive. In 2016, the team was awarded with the prestigious Juliusz Zulawski Editorial Award by the Polish Pen Club. In collaboration with A. Bańskowska and T. Epsztein, J. Majewska edited Archiwum Ringelbluma, volume 15: Wrzesień 1939. Listy kaliskie. Listy płockie, (2014), published at „Zagłada Żydów. Studia i materiały”.
"I specially value excursions and ability to comment and argue about specific exhibitions that we've all seen."
Vojislav Martinov is a curator and a historian. Since 2012, he has worked at the Museum of Vojvodina (Novi Sad) in the Department of Contemporary History. He also works as a contributor for the Serbian Biographical Dictionary (Matica srpska) and the Encyclopedia of Vojvodina (Academy of sciences and arts of Vojvodina). Martinov also collaborates with the „AKO – Alternative cultural organisation“ from Novi Sad and with the „Association for the truth about People's liberation struggle (NOB) and Yugoslavia“. He is currently a PhD candidate of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanties at the Faculty of philosophy of the University of Novi Sad with main focus on the relations between the politics of memory and the museological praxis. His research interests include critical museology, cultural history, social history, antifascism, historical revisionism and ideology of nationalism.
"The fact alone that somebody is thinking about this important topic on a higher level is encouraging, and to have the opportunity to meet the other colleagues that are eager to learn, share and expand their practical and theoretical knowledge was also very motivating. The time spent during these two weeks in conversation with other curators and museum practitioners was very valuable, because it was a good opportunity to share and compare our experiences – to identify the common problems and the specific differences that we encounter in everyday practice."
Miloš Vukanović graduated from History at the History Department of the Faculty of Philosophy and obtained a Master’s degree in International relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Montenegro. In the past five years, he has held the position of a curator for the Second World War and Contemporary era, at the History museum of the National Museum of Montenegro. Vukanović is a coordinator with the Montenegrin team for the UNESCO project ‘’Renewing of the ‘Ex-Yugoslav’ Pavilion in National museum Auschwitz-Birkenau’’. He has collaborated with several institutions, among others ICOM, ICCROM, Geschichtswerkstatt Europa, Documenta, Topography of Terror or Yahad in Unum. In 2010, M. Vukanović started working with EUROCLIO and latter was appointed project coordinator and editor of EUROCLIO activities and publications for Montenegro. He is one of the founders and a board member of the Montenegrin Association of History Educators.
"The first session of Exhibiting Contemporary History was a truly perfectly planned and conducted program which covered almost all aspects of museological practice. Holding presentations and debating in a creative and pleasant work atmosphere with globally recognised experts and experienced colleagues the knowledge gained is immeasurable, while the ideas developed during this session will impact my work in the years to come. In addition, friendships and contacts made during this program will be the basis for future projects among representing museum practitioners."