The workshop will be based on experiences from a museological projects in Egypt and Palestine with the focus on the creation of gender related exhibitions and museums in the Middle East.
The specific focus will be on ways to engage and activate the many lairs of experiences found among a wide range of highly different (primarily female) stakeholders representing different countries or regions. This may include diverse groups, from academics from different university departments (anthropology, gender studies, history, museology) and curators, to activists, museum user, students from varied subjects and not least the those who’s stories are told , in the creation of exhibitions and museums.
The presentation departs from experiences gained from two specific projects: "Preserving the Palestinian Heritage" (2013-2015), which had as its main focus the training of young museum professionals in Palestine through practical museum work, such as, renovating the exhibitions of a local museum and the registration of a larger collection of Palestinian textiles and costumes, and "Towards a Women's Museum in the Middle East"; (2016-2017), which had as its focus the development of an exhibition, which could serve as a test case for the future development of an actual women's museum in the Middle East. The result was the exhibition "Doing well - Don't worry- Women, Work and Mobility" was presented in Cairo and Beirut in 2017.