Making Museums Matter/CARMAH:

Museums & Populism: International Perspectives

10 am

Today, the rise of populism is one of the biggest challenges for democratic European societies. Yet the ways in which populist politics affect museums, their audiences and staff, their programmes and exhibitions, as well as cultural policies are rarely discussed. In this session, researchers and museum professionals come together to address the impact of populist politics on European museums, discuss the issues that museums are facing, and present strategies that museums have developed in order to challenge the rise of populism. Three inputs by museum professionals from the UK, Poland and Germany will provide insights into the different experiences of populist politics across Europe. In addition, the research project ‘Challenging Populist Truth-Making in Europe’ (CHAPTER) will provide early empirical results on the experiences of European museum stakeholders with the impacts of populism.

The online event will take place in English.


– Bridget McKenzie (Climate Museum, UK)
– Jacek Kołtan (European Solidarity Centre Gdańsk, Poland)
– Hilke Wagner (Albertinum Dresden, Germany)
– Julia Leser (Humboldt University Berlin), Alice Millar (UCL London), Marlena Nikody (Jagiellonian University, Kraków)

Moderated by:

Sharon Macdonald (Humboldt University Berlin) & Christoph Bareither (Tübingen University)

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