Creating impact is an important issue in our POEM research. Impact has many forms and faces, beyond performance metrics it is hard to quantify, however often the non-metrical effects are the most relevant ones. Here we provide examples of POEM impact.


POEM fellows are encouraged to be published in international journals, relevant online platforms etc. For an alphabetical listing of publications from fellows and supervisors, please see here.

Clark, Hannah-Louise/ Gambell, Sarah/ Mucha, Franziska/ MacLean, Robert/ Rankin, Moira/ Rowan, Rachel (2019). Global History Hackathon Playbook Version 1.1: Practical Guidance for Hosting a Hackathon for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Glasgow, University of Glasgow. Available online

Boersma, Susanne/ Chahine, Anne/ Mucha, Franziska/ Zwart, Inge (2020, in publication). The Archive of Forgotten Memories: A Participatory Process of Reflexivity. In: What’s Missing? Collecting and Exhibiting Europe. Berlin, TBD.

Kist, Cassandra/ Mucha, Franziska (2020, in publication). Digitally enabled participation in exhibitions: empowering social platforms. In: Exponat – Raum – Interaktion. Perspektiven für das Kuratieren digitaler Ausstellungen. Göttingen, Vandenhoek & Ruprecht.

Mucha, Franziska/ Oswald, Kristin (2021, in publication). Partizipationsorientierte Wissensgenerierung und Citizen Science im Museum. In: Henning Mohr/Diana Modarressi-Tehrani (eds.). Museen der Zukunft. Trends und Herausforderungen eines innovationsorientierten Kulturmanagements. Bielefeld, Transkript-Verlag.

Boersma, Susanne (2020, in publication). Faciliatiors of Integration? The potential role of museums in integration as a two-way process. Museological Review (24). Leicester, University of Leicester. Available online

Smith, Rachel Charlotte/ Winschiers-Theophilus, Heike/ Kambunga, Asnath Paula/ Krishnamurthy, Sarala (2020, in publication). Decolonizing Participatory Design: Memory Making in Namibia. In: Proceedings of the 16th Participatory Design Conference 2020 – Participation(s) Otherwise. Manizales, Association for Computing Machinery.

Smith, Rachel Charlotte/ Winschiers-Theophilus, Heike/ Loi, Doria/ Kambunga, Asnath Paula/ Samuel, Marly Muudeni/ Abreu de Paula, Rogerio (2020, in publication). Decolonising Participatory Design Practices: Towards Participations Otherwise. In: Proceedings of the 16th Participatory Design Conference 2020 – Participation(s) Otherwise. Manizales, Association for Computing Machinery.

Kambunga, Asnath Paula/Winschiers-Theophilus, Heike/ Smith, Rachel Charlotte/ Wandai, Peter/ Antonio, Holger/ Shalumbu, Bernaddete/ Muronga, David/ Kaulbach, Peter/ Virmasalov, Veera (2020, in publication). Challenging authorities: a postcolonial interactive exhibition co-designed by Namibian born-frees. In: XVIII – Extented Reality. Proceedings of the XVIII. Berlin, International Conference on Culture and Computer Science 2020.

Tools and Services

Becoming practical and organizing change towards participatory memory practices is easy and complicated at the same time. It needs a modification of mind sets and a long breath – like all change processes. In this section we collect and provide tools and services for getting started with participatory memory practices in digital media ecologies. It provides information for mundane, practical problems in the eclectic mode of emerging questions, without aiming for completeness or systematization.

ICO’s workshop “Access to Tools”​

Strategic questions for a workshop on “Participation in Public Memory institutions”

Action Research and Participatory Design

Research is situated in societies and communities, where it creates impact in some form. Potential impact of research is a main, actively integrated and reflected element of action research and participatory design. The knowledge production is thus based on participatory, experimental and interventional research approaches. Here we share approaches and information on action research and participatory design in POEM.

Postcolonial Narratives of the Born Frees Exhibition

The Future Memory Collection​


Opening Conference POEM (Horizon 2020)
Participatory Memory Practices

Connectivities, Empowerment,
and Recognition of Cultural Heritages
in Mediatized Memory Ecologies

View the presentations, the keynotes, and the programme.

Virtual Lecture Series

Towards an open dialogue on participatory memory making​

The Virtual Lecture Series shares POEM’s knowledge network and scientific results with interested stakeholders for transdisciplinary network building. POEM’s Virtual Lecture Series aims to open a dialogue on participatory approaches in memory making.

View and discuss the public guest lectures and keynotes by our scientific and non-academic experts at the POEM Knowledge Hubs and conferences, made available as open access video talks in our Virtual Lecture Series.

Heike Winschiers-Theophilus: Where the past is still present – Co-designing digital technologies for contemporary multi-cultural Namibia

Andrea Botero: Participatory Design and the Collaborative Dimensions of Infrastructuring

Nico Carpentier: The Discursive-Material Knot and Participatory Struggles over Memory

Digital Archive of Forgotten Memories

POEM fellows created the Digital Archive of Forgotten Memories as a space to talk about the things you consider not worth preserving. The memories that you believe not worth storing for all eternity. The things that might never find a suitable place in your individual as well as the collective consciousness of our societies. In the coming two years fellows are attending a variety of different audience-centered cultural and science events, in the form of a One Stop Shop. Our One Stop Shop is an open space where we invite you, the public, to submit a memory that you would like to forget.

Community of Practice

POEM – Towards a Community of Practice (CoP) of Participatory Memory Work, Fostering Socially Inclusive, Future-Envisioning Memory Making in Europe

Communities of Practice (CoP) form around emerging problems or tasks of everyday life. They bring together people with varied knowledge backgrounds and levels of expertise, which matter decisively for coping with these challenges by learning from one another.


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 764859.