Program

The importance of community engagement to the interpretation and conservation of museum objects is widely recognized. The role of museum objects in connecting a specific kind of community - for instance, the diaspora - has been examined to a far lesser extent. The Museum Volkenkunde’s waka project occupies a very special position in this regard.

The RCMC provides a platform for innovative research, experimentation and public engagement. Often in collaboration with external partners, we program a variety of events targeting diverse publics, from academic and museum practitioners, to artists, creatives and activists, to various local and translocal communities.

The RCMC offers several research fellowships for junior and senior researchers. A new program will be announced shortly.

The RCMC is committed to the further development of ethical and responsible approaches for the acquisition, care and display of our collections. Collections Histories, Ethics and Responsibilites thus seeks to bring various pressing themes, issues and discussions to productively bear upon Museum policy and practice.

The Research Center for Material Culture (RCMC) promotes cutting-edge research by both the museum’s research staff and by national and international researchers on the museum’s collections.