I am a university lecturer at the University of Helsinki, teaching museum studies for master’s level students. Our program is very vibrant and our students are extremely motivated. During our courses we tackle issues such as global sustainability and the signification of history, and how these broad subjects relate to everyday museum work. For example, we study such areas as the level of museums’ green handprints and the level of signification of late 19th century artists’ homes, as well as the meaning of community empowerment and pop-up museum work.
Since reading Kate Raworth’s book “Doughnut Economics” I have become interested in the concept of the “doughnut” and its potential to offer a tool for museum work as well. In your Amsterdam report your describe actions on the community level. This kind of work is also taking place in museums in Finland and I feel that there is common ground in our goals.
My own research interests lie in the area of museological value discussions and how these discussions can offer tools for museum professionals to transmit the signification of history, both to contemporary audiences and to those who deal with contemporary economic realities. I feel that the concept of the “doughnut” is a key to such work.
I would very much like to learn more about your work in Amsterdam and would like to include the key concepts of it in my research and teaching. In addition to this, I would like to explore methods regarding how these ideas could be implemented here in Helsinki.
Thank you very much in advance for your thoughts on this matter.
With Best Wishes,
Dr. Nina Robbins
University lecturer, Museum Studies
University of Helsinki