My name is Susanne Boersma and I was born in 1992 in the Netherlands, after which I have moved to various countries in pursuit of a challenging and exciting academic and professional career. I graduated from the Masters Art Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of Leicester in 2016. Since then, I have been involved in various curatorial, editorial and educational projects after which I decided to take on a PhD that combined my interests. In my position as a PhD Candidate based at the Museum Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin (as part of the EU Horizon 2020 project), I work on curatorial projects and a publication, whilst conducting research on the sustainable outcomes of participatory projects with forced migrants in museums.
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Photo – Susanne Boersma © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Juliane Eirich
PhD Candidate at Museum Europäischer Kulturen and at Universität Hamburg’s department of Anthropological Studies in Culture and History as part of the EU H2020 POEM Project on Participatory Memory Practices. Curator of the exhibition, catalogue and programme Murcia: In Europe’s Garden at Museum Europäischer Kulturen (Berlin, DE).
Exhibitions Manager at Atelier Van Lieshout (Rotterdam, NL); Programme Assistant at S1 Artspace (Sheffield, UK); Curator at the School of Life Sciences – Dundee University (Dundee, UK); Dutch Teaching Assistant at the University of Sheffield (Sheffield, UK); Curatorial Assistant at LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery (Dundee, UK); Workshop Facilitator at Attenborough Arts Centre (Leicester, UK); Office Assistant at Het Balletorkest (Amsterdam, NL); Marketing & Communications Assistant at ICKamsterdam (Amsterdam, NL).
MA Art Museum and Gallery Studies at the University of Leicester; BA Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam; BA Cultural Studies at the University of Amsterdam, with a minor in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Bologna.
Languages Dutch (native), English (native), German (fluent), Italian (intermediate), Swedish (basic) and Norwegian (basic); Design Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator; Databases Filemaker Pro, MuseumPlus, MuseumPlus RIA, Adlib and EMu Collection Management System; Online WordPress, Squarespace, Google Analytics, Mailchimp and social media.
As a curator, I thoughtfully assemble artworks and/or artefacts in order to create and communicate a story. My main ambition is to develop a discourse that resonates with broad audiences and starts dialogues with small, disintegrated communities. I have worked with contemporary art (drawing, sculpture and video work) and ethnographic objects, but am also experienced in working with natural science objects and taxidermy.
In the various roles I have taken on throughout the years, I have frequently been involved in the project management of events, programmes, workshops, conferences and publications. The organisational skills obtained as part of these experiences easily translate beyond the scope of the cultural sector to other fields and companies. As a result, I am happy to take on the organisation and management of projects and events from budget planning to fundraising to getting everything up and running.
Besides curating, I have a lot of experience teaching (in different settings, amongst which secondary education, private tutoring, seminars at university and workshops in art galleries). This experience can be put to use to develop an educational programme/event as part of an exhibition, to coincide with a museum’s permanent collection or outside of the museum space. I taught Dutch at the University of Sheffield and would love to use this experience giving lectures or seminars in my field.
Research and writing
After many years of higher education and working in cultural institutions, I have become an excellent researcher and to-the-point writer. I write clear and concise articles, chapters and blog posts, as well as funding applications and policy documents in both Dutch and English. Recent research has focused on (but is not limited to) participation, cultural practices, museums, public art and social history.
Translation and proofreading
Since the start of my career, I have been writing in different languages and translating marketing texts from Dutch to English. I have experience translating video and text of artworks and for exhibitions, as well as for publications. I have proofread many articles and entire publications in editing them, and am especially proficient in proofreading both English and Dutch. I can do translations from: English to Dutch, Dutch to English, German to English, German to Dutch, Italian to English, Italian to Dutch.
Currently based at the Museum Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin, DE.