SAWA Museum Academy

AKTUELL - Call for Application - SAWA Museum Academy 2019/20

What is SAWA?
... the first ever explicitly transcultural capacity building program for current and future museum personnel in the Arab countries and Germany
... dedicated to the exchange of ideas on Appropriate Museum Studies across continents and cultures to encourage learning from and with each other 

The SAWA Term
... starts with a 2-week course in autumn in Sharjah/UAE followed by a 10-day course the following spring/summer in Berlin. Participants need to take part in both courses within one academic year. The intensive course is limited to 16 participants (8 from the MENA Region and 8 from Berlin)

The SAWA Modules
... address museological subjects such as 

  • What is a museum?
    Local versus International perspectives
  • Collecting and Documenting:
    Participative strategies for past and present
  • Curatorial strategies:
    From single to shared authorship
  • Museum Communication:
    Access, Engagement and Interpretation

The SAWA Method
... combines learning from experts with hands on exercises, which means that theoretical input is always reassessed in practice-orientated group work. It allows the participants to gain insights not only into the practice of the Sharjah Museums and the State Museums of Berlin, but also to exchange best practice from each participant’s institutions.

The SAWA Staff
... consists of specialists from respective fields of museology and museum practice in Europe and the MENA Region. Each module’s content is jointly developed and taught by a European-MENA-based pairing.


teaching together - learning together - developing an integrated curriculum together 


The SAWA Cooperation
... is a joint initiative of the Sharjah Museums Authority, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Department of Museum Studies at the University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW) and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, with the kind support of SMA and the Goethe- Institut.

Who can apply?
Applicants should either be in the early stages of a museum- related career or currently be enrolled as a graduate student at a University with a focus on museum-orientated studies. Excellent English language skills are a prerequisite. 

Participants can also apply for a grant.


SAWA - Gemeinsam Lernen!

Die SAWA Museum Academy (SAWA ist Arabisch und bedeutet „zusammen, gemeinsam“) ist ein Bildungsprogramm für beschäftigte und zukünftige Mitarbeiter und Mitarbeiterinnen von Museen im arabischen Raum und in Deutschland. Die SAWA Museum Academy bringt westliche und arabische Museumspersonen zusammen, um im Austausch alle Arbeitsbereiche des Museumsmanagements und der Museumswissenschaft kennenzulernen. Tandems von erfahrenen europäischen und arabischen Museumsexpert_innen lehren die Module des Programms, und SAWA Museum Academy Methoden erlauben den Teilnehmenden, Gemeinsamkeiten sowie kulturbedingte Unterschiede zu erklären, zu verstehen und für die Arbeit im Museum nutzbar zu machen.

Mehr Informationen:

Prof. Dr. Susan Kamel