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Léontine Meijer-van Mensch

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The Netherlands, Deputy Director of Museum for European Cultures

Ms. Leontine Meijer-van Mensch is Deputy Director at Museum Europäischer Kulturen Staatliche Museen (Museum for European Cultures) in Berlin. Before, she was lecturer in heritage theory and professional ethics at the Reinwardt Academy (Amsterdam, the Netherlands).

She studied new and theoretical history and Judaic studies in Amsterdam, Jerusalem and Berlin and she was a postgraduate in European Cultural Heritage Studies in Frankfurt/Oder with a focus on museology. Léontine worked for a variety of exhibition projects in Germany, Poland and in the Netherlands, for instance as a researcher and as an educator in the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam. Before returning to Amsterdam in January 2006, she was the project coordinator of the Europa Fellows II research programme at the Collegium Polonicum in Słubice (Poland) and lecturer of cultural management and museology at Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder. She is a board member of COMCOL, the ICOM-International Committee for Collecting and an international board member of the International School of Museology, Celje, Slovenia. She moderated the Erfgoed Arena at Reinwardt Academy till January 2011. Her Ph.D. research focuses on the museology discourse in the German Democratic Republic and its international resonance. Her main interest is in remembrance culture and contemporary collecting.

Léontine’s broad international background, knowledge and experience of European cultural heritage and museological developments provide her with a profound sense of history and current trends. She is an insightful theoretical museologist contributing to the ongoing museological discourse.

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