SAWA Virtual Series Glossary Project

Due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, SAWA currently takes place as virtual series. 20 former participants of the SAWA Program are working on a trilingual glossary. It will contain museological terms explained in Arab, English and German. In small mixed groups with two to four participants from the MENA region and Germany, every team finds a different approach to a term. This leads them to reflect on their personal perspectives and to identify translational challenges. They are accompanied by the SAWA lecturers in regular sessions. The result of the program will be an online publication that is going to be published by the end of the year.

Regular Program

Current and relevant topics such as Diversity Management, Interpretative Planning and Community Museology are integral parts of the exchange. Close contact with the teachers and intensive professional exchange on equal terms offer opportunities for future collaborations, joint projects and the emergence of new international, regional and local networks. In a safe environment there are also discussions about barriers and difficulties in the museum practice. Participants are confronted with practical problems as teachers speak openly about the challenges of contemporary museum practice and take real examples from their own field.

“Working with different participants in each activity
helped me to open my mind to different cultures
and also to different ways of working in museums.”

Former SAWA Participant 2018

Participants emphasize that SAWA is not comparable to other further education programs in the museum sector. They state that as an added value, in each exchange, numerous discussions with museum workers have given them insights into areas of museum practices that they were previously unaware of. Participants do not just spend time together. They live, eat, work and think together. This changes the participants not only on a professional but on a personal level as well. They realize that what remains in the end are not the differences but the similarities.

Module 1
What is a museum?

Local and International perspectives   

Module 2
Collecting and Documenting

Participative strategies for past and present

Module 3
Curatorial Strategies

From single to shared authorship 

Module 4
Museum Communication

Access, Engagement and Interpretation