November 25, 2022
From 10 am to 1 pm
Marvila Library, Lisbon
Recording of the session
The tensions experienced today are the result of demands for social justice that, despite not being new, have been gaining more space in the public debate and have made evident the need to better understand the past and to actively contribute to the construction of the present and the future we desire.
Both museums and schools are part of the broad educational network of our societies. This network is an opportunity to join efforts and people of different ages – especially the younger ones – in favor of education for enlightened citizenship and democratic participation.
The project “Education for Citizenship in Museums”, by the Berlin State Museums, uses objects from the collections to enable students to analyse visual references, question their origins, symbologies, stories, and debate controversial topics, such as slavery (ancient and modern), the rise of the extreme right or colonisation.
Some museums in Portugal (such as the Museum of Lisbon or the Modern Art Centre of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) have also sought to provoke a different look at their collections, inviting visitors to discover other versions of the past and to observe the present with a more critical view.
In this seminar, we will have with us Leonard Schmieding (who worked for the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, which oversees Berlin’s State Museums), David Felismino (Museum of Lisbon) and Susana Gomes da Silva (Modern Art Centre of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation). We want to get to know better their educational programmes and think about ways of school/museum collaboration that will reinforce the civic awareness of the educational community in democratic life.
Educators, teachers, museologists and cultural mediators
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