Network and partners
Until recently, many museums engaged in cultural studies avoided direct involvement in social or cultural policy disputes. This has changed dramatically over the past several decades for a host of reasons. On an institutional level, the rise of temporary and thematic exhibitions created a possibility for museums to address current events. Museums have also taken a cue from a number of outside sources, including regional museum networks, infrastructural projects offering financial support, and important issues facing the federal states of Germany. Within this context, "Europeanisation" and the acquisition of funding for cooperative, cross-border projects have created a unique dynamic. They have led to an increase in: commitment to intercultural encounters through European networks and thematic programming, collaborative projects amongst municipal and national institutions such as academies, exchange opportunities for researchers, and the professional development of museum staff through national and international professional associations. Devoted to this current range of activity, the Museum Europäischer Kulturen relies heavily on its collaboration with partner museums and its connection to national and international networks.
On a professional level, the museum works with the Institut für Europäische Ethnologie der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, with the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin (Museum Studies and Conservation programmes), as well as with the Reinwardt Academy in Amsterdam. Other partners include the associations of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Volkskunde, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde and the Gesellschaft für Ethnographie, the professional associations of the Deutsche Museumbund, the International Council of Museums (ICOM), especially with the International Committee for Museums of Ethnography (ICME), and the International Committee for Collecting (COMCOL).
Since 2000 the museum has also taken part in numerous international projects, some with funding from the EU, which confront current social and political issues such as immigration and cultural diversity. As a result, a network of museums and institutions representing various disciplines and sectors has been formed, shaping the work carried out in the Museum Europäischer Kulturen itself. As Berlin is a cosmopolitan city home to people and groups from many different cultural backgrounds, the museum is well placed to serve as a forum for intercultural exchange under the motto "Europe in Berlin". One example of such work is its "European Cultural Days", an ongoing annual series of exhibitions and events established in 2000.
At the initiative of the Museum für Deutsche Volkskunde and other European partner institutions, the pan-European "Working Group Picture Print Paper" was founded in 1981. This group holds annual conferences in various European cities and has become one of the most successful networks involved with the Museum Europäischer Kulturen, utilising professional expertise and museum loans for the purpose of exhibitions and collaborative research.
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