Inge Zwart

Areas of Research

Work Package 1 “Connectivities built by institutions”
PhD Project 1


Professional take on participation (working title)


This project focuses on how professionals in memory institutions (archives, libraries, museums) cope with the requirements of PMW in their daily work. How they are conceptualising their work in relation to what participatory heritage means, how they can integrate participatory ideas and concepts in their professional practices, and how they relate to participation of underprivileged groups. Building case studies, I study professionals’ concepts and understandings of participation in its variety; considering amongst others, job roles, gender aspects, and institutional infrastructures. Doing so, I hope to create a better understanding of the European professional take on ‘participation’.




Academic Qualifications

Master of Arts in Public Humanities, Brown University, USA

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences, University College Roosevelt, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Work Experience

Program Assistant Faculty Led and Custom Programs, CIEE Amsterdam, Netherlands

PR and Communications, Mapping Slavery research project, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Exhibit Researcher and Content Developer, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

Research Assistant Public Humanities, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

Grants & Program Evaluation Intern, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Providence, RI, USA

Communications Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator, UPP Arts, Providence, RI, USA

Museum Educator, Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, the Netherlands

Research Interests

  • Public humanities
  • Collective/Public memory
  • Colonial and slavery heritage of the Netherlands


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

Zwart, Inge S.; Sabina, G. Weistra: Grenzeloos Actief: Grensoverschrijdende Samenwerking en Identiteitsvorming in Koewacht. In: Onderzoeksrapport Grensoverschijdende Identiteit en Maatschappelijk Middenveld In Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, Middelburg: University College Roosevelt, 2014.

Recent Conferences and Workshop Presentations

Zwart, I./Tran, Q.-T./ Kist, C./ Boersma, S.: “Infrastructures and future possibilities for the participation” at the digital 5th Biennial Conference “ACHS 2020 FUTURES” of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS), 26-30. Aug. 2020.

Zwart, I.: Research project and POEM One Stop Shop “Digital Archive of Forgotten Memories” (OSS) at the “Digital Cultural Heritage Day” at the Digital Humanities Lab, Uppsala University, 18. Feb. 2020.

Zwart, I.: “What do I research? Life of a PhD student” for the master programme course “Theories and Methods for ALM, Uppsala University, 14. Jan. 2020.

Zwart, I./ Mucha, F./ Boersma, S.: POEM One Stop Shop “Digital Archive of Forgotten Memories” (OSS) at the 20th anniversary conference “What’s Missing? Collecting and Exhibiting Europe”, Museum of European Cultures (SPK), Berlin, 25. June 2019.

Zwart, I.: Opening Conference POEM (Horizon 2020), Hamburg, 13-14. Dec. 2018.

Zwart, I.: “Dutch Slavery and Colonialism in the Museum Across Postcolonial Boundaries”, Conference paper at Memories de l’Esclavage et de la Colonisation: Historiographie, Arts, Musées, Le Mans Université, France, November 2017.

Zwart, I.: “Day of Public Humanities”, Lighting Talk at North Eastern Public Humanities Consortium, Newark New Jersey, USA, April 2017.

Zwart, I.: “Memorializing Slavery and Dutch Colonialism”, Guest Lecture at Brown University, Department of Africana Studies, Slavery, Materiality, and Memorialization, Providence, USA, March 2017.


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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.