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Nynke Feenstra

PhD candidate

Name
N.H. Feenstra MA
Telephone
+31 71 527 2749
E-mail
n.h.feenstra@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Since 2013 I have been committed to improve the accessibility to museums for people with sensory impairment. As freelance accessibility consultant I develop museum programs and produce workshops on Deaf culture and accessibility in collaboration with WatTelt.

More information about Nynke Feenstra

Leiden Arts in Society Blog

Since 2013 I have been committed to improve the accessibility to museums for people with sensory impairment. As freelance accessibility consultant I develop museum programs and produce workshops on Deaf culture and accessibility in collaboration with WatTelt.

Research

My PhD research focuses on how to make museums more inclusive to a diversifying audience. The current debate on inclusiveness in museum theory and practice is fragmented. It is a debate either on physical access or cultural diversity. This research will deepen the debate on inclusiveness by merging these two debates into one new comprehensive theoretical perspective on inclusiveness. The main objective is to increase museums’ inclusiveness not by creating ‘special’ programs for ‘special’ groups, but by reshaping some general mechanisms of museums that exclude people. In museums, people with hearing loss are confronted with barriers as a result from physical impairment and a different social-cultural perspective. Therefore, the perspective of people with hearing loss will be used as a point of focus to analyse how exhibition design and communication exclude people. Subsequently, this research explores the possibilities to present art objects in a multi-sensory way as a tool for museum professionals to provide a museum experience that is physically, intellectually, and culturally accessible to a diverse public. My research contributes to the theoretical discourse on museums by means of the development of a new methodology for inclusive museums that combines social empowerment with securing a museum’s critical function. Investigation of the understanding of the specific concept of inclusiveness and its criteria in a museum context contributes to the social debate on inclusiveness in general.

Curriculum vitae

Education

Guest PhD Student
Research Master Arts & Culture, Leiden University
Bachelor Arts, Culture & Media, University of Groningen

Work experience

Freelance accessibility consultant: development accessible museum programs, and workshops in collaboration with WatTelt
N8|Museum Night of Amsterdam

PhD supervision

Prof.dr.ing. R. Zwijnenberg
Dr. M.A. Leigh

Grants & awards

Nomination ICOM Netherlands thesis award

PhD candidate

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • KG Moderne beeldende kunst

Work address

Johan Huizinga Building
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.20a

Contact

Lecturer

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • KG Musea en Collecties

Work address

Johan Huizinga Building
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.20a

Contact

Publications

  • Universiteit Leiden Buitenpromovendus LUCAS
  • Univesiteit Leiden Behartigen belangen algemene LUCAS promovendi
  • Nynke Hieke Feenstra (eigen onderneming) Advisering over toegankelijkheid en inclusie
  • Universiteit Leiden LUCAS Journal of the LUCAS graduate conference (JLGC)