Sylvia Wackernagel

Sylvia Wackernagel

Since 2012, Sylvia Wackernagel is Museum Learning and Outreach Officer at the GRASSI Museum of Ethnography in Leipzig, Germany. An ASEMUS member, the GRASSI Museum of Ethnography is part of the Dresden State Art Collections.

Sylvia Wackernagel’s special interests include social inclusion, museum communication, dialogue-based and participatory learning. She first joined the GRASSI Museum in 2009, gaining her first insights into the practice of museum learning and mediation, as well as designing and delivering educational activities for primary school children, families and young people in the context of the temporary exhibition ‘Amazonia – Indigenous Peoples from the Rainforests and Savannahs’. As part of the collaborative exhibition project ‘The Power of Giving’, Sylvia was also invited to share her professional experience at the U’mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay, Canada.

Following the General Conference of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) held in Rio de Janeiro in 2013, Sylvia Wackernagel is also serving as Secretary of ICOM’s International Committee for Museums and Collections of Ethnography (ICOM-ICME).

Sylvia Wackernagel received a MA in Anthropology and Spanish Linguistics from the University of Marburg, Germany, after completing two semesters at Laval University, Canada, and Wroclaw University, Poland.

Internships at the National Museum of Ecuador in Quito and the Rautenstrach-Joest Museum – Cultures of the World in Cologne, Germany, fostered her passion for the museum sector.Another internship in a development cooperation project in the Dzanga-Sangha Special Forest Reserve, Central African Republic, left a stong impression, ‘bringing to light the destructive nature of asymmetric power relations in international cooperation’.

Currently she is enrolled in an e-learning museum studies programme at the University of Ulster, UK.

Sylvia Wackernagel was given a grant in the 2014 edition of ASEMUS’ Educational Exchange and Outreach Programme.

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