About

My name is Susanne Boersma and I was born 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 fellow based at the Museum Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin (as part of the EU Horizon 2020 project), I work on curatorial projects, have organised a conference and edited two publications, and I conducted research on the aftermaths of participatory projects with forced migrants in museums. My thesis was submitted to the University of Hamburg in July 2022, and the book is scheduled to be published by Transcript Verlag in November 2022.

Please find a short overview of my professional history below or download my full academic CV here.

Photo – Susanne Boersma © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Juliane Eirich 2020

Current

PhD Candidate at the Museum Europäischer Kulturen and at the 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 and programme Murcia: In Europe’s Garden (European Cultural Days 2021) and editor of the accompanying catalogue at the Museum Europäischer Kulturen (Berlin, DE), as well as curator of the upcoming exhibition and programme for the European Cultural Days 2022 on Scotland.

Previous

Exhibitions Manager at Atelier Van Lieshout (Rotterdam, NL); Programme Assistant at S1 Artspace (Sheffield, UK); Curator at the School of Life SciencesDundee 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).

Education

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.

Skills

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.

Contact

Currently based at the Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Im Winkel 8, 14195 Berlin, Germany.