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Summer School – Migration Memory Under Construction

Date: May 24 and June 13-16, 2017
Location: Leiden, Matthias de Vrieshof 2/Room 004 (24 May and 13, 14, 15 June) / Antwerp, Red Star Line Museum (16 June)
Open to:  RMa students and PhD candidates. Members of the Huizinga Institute and the N.W. Posthumus Institute will have first access
Credits: 5 ECTS
Course coordinator: Marlou Schrover (Leiden University)

This event is jointly organized by the research schools Huizinga and Posthumus

This Summer School deals with how migration is remembered. Remembering and disrembering are conscious activities, springing from social debates and political decisions. Debates about remembering aspects of migration history, and the construction of a collective heritage (in school books, in museums, as part of a curriculum) are frequently very emotional. Claim-makers lobby for the right of ‘their’ group to be remembered, and to make (rather ambiguously) ‘our’ history part of ‘your’ history. Women, workers, homosexuals and ethnic minorities have over time claimed their place in history, and have (successfully) argued for a rewrite of the historical narrative. Authorities generally accept the emancipatory aspect of collective heritage for migrants and ethnic minorities. Denial of certain parts of history is punishable in some countries.

This Summer School deals with two subjects:

  1. The representation in museums of (elements of) migration/minority history, the choices that are made and how they are justified, and the societal debates regarding the need for remembrance.
  2. Academic debates about migration history and heritage culture: can history ever be inclusive? When and why do ideas about remembering migration change?


In order to get ECTS for this Summer School, the students have to read articles, attend all meetings, play an active role as commentators, comment on presentations of fellow students and give a presentation at the end of the Summer School. Furthermore they are being asked to write a paper (5000 words) based on the literature and presentations. The papers are to be submitted before 30 June.

The readings will be posted on a protected page, for which participants will get a password.

Participate as auditor
It is also possible to attend (a part of) the lectures as auditor. Please send an email to Rebekka Luijk ( for more information or signing up. Attendance is free of charge.


24 May

Whole day: meeting about the literature for students (in Leiden)

13 June

9:00 – 12:00
Preparation for following talks (introducing speakers, preparing comments)
Teachers: Laura Evans (Sheffield Hallam University), Marlou Schrover


12:30 – 13:00 
Michael Wintle (Huizinga Institute), Bram Hoonhout (N.W. Posthumus Institute), Marlou Schrover

13:00 – 13:45  
Sarah Hackett (Bath Spa University)
Putting a New Face on the Story of Migration: Remembering Migration at Newcastle upon Tyne’s Discovery Museum

13:45 – 14:30   
Pascale Falek Alhadeff (Brussels, conservatrice au Musée Juif de Belgique)
Brussels, safe haven? Addressing migration history as a Jewish Museum

14:30 – 15:15    
Hetty Berg (Amsterdam, chief curator Jewish Cultural Quarter)
Seeking Relevance: Jewish History as Migration History

15:15 – 15:30 

15:30 – 16:15     
Philippe Rygiel (Paris)
Migration museum Paris

16:15 – 17:00
Olaf Kleist (IIMIS Osnabrück)
Political Memories and Migration: Negotiating Belonging

Drinks and poster presentations by students

14 June

9:30 – 10:15 
Johannes Müller (Leiden University)
From diaspora to imagined minority. Mainstream religion and the appropriation of migrant identities in early modern Germany

10:15 – 11:00     
Marlou Schrover (Leiden University)

11:00 – 11:15

11:15 – 12:00 
Mirjam de Bruijn (Leiden University)

12:00 – 12:45     
Kevin Myers (Birmingham)
Struggles for a past

12:45 – 13:15  

13.15 – 14.00
Christiane Hintermann (Vienna)
Marginalized Memories: About the (In)visibility of Migration History in Textbooks, Museums and the Public Space

14:00 – 14:45  
Anouk Smeekes (Utrecht: social psychologist)
Perceptions of national history and identity

14:45 – 15:30
Elise Storck (Leiden, Young Trackers Project)
Young Track Seekers: secondary school students collect and share family photos and stories about migration

15:30 – 15:45

15:45 – 16:15     
Pieter de Bruijn (Open University of the Netherlands)
Facing Slavery: Perspectives on a Sensitive Past in the Netherlands and the UK

Drinks at Van der Werff (Leiden)

15 June

9:30 – 10:15  
Leo Lucassen (director International Institute of Social History)
Soldiers, sailors, missionaries, and diplomats. Organisational migrants and social change

10:15 – 11:00  
Irial Glynn (Leiden University)
Can teaching high school students about the migration past foster greater understanding for the diverse present?

11:00 – 11:15

11:15 – 12:00 
Valika Smeulders (Pasado Presente)
Slave heritage in museums in Suriname, Curacao, Ghana, South Africa and the Netherlands

12:00 – 12:45     
Emily Miller (London, curator Migration Museum London)
Migration memory in the UK heritage sector: the journey of the Migration Museum Project

12:45 – 13:30     
Jozefien de Bock (Ghent University, curator of the Blijven Plakken exhibition)
Making Migration Memory Visible: Scientific Rigour and Public Participation in a Project on Migration History

13:30 – 14:00       

14:00 – 17:00
Paper presentations by students
Teachers: Laura Evans, Marlou Schrover

16 June

Excursion to the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp. (It is possible to be reimbursed your travel expenses to a maximum of 25 euros.)


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