About the partners

Sandra Ahman - Sweden

Project leader and producer at the Stockholm Museum of Women’s History

My journey at the museum started in january 2019 as an intern – just before the museum opened. Now, I’m a project leader and producer planning and coordinating our events and producing content to our digital channels. I’m also in charge of our project Kvinnans Plats, a podcast that tells stories about women’s history and raises questions about sexuality, beauty norms, taxi drivers, feminist movements, basketball and the first women’s shelter for Roma women in Sweden. I’m also the official photographer at the museum. As a producer I get the opportunity to combine creativity with my passion for people, equality and representation.

My background is pretty diverse. Before joining the museum I graduated from university with two bachelors – one in Social Anthropology and one in Media and Communication. Choosing a path has not been without confusion. Due to my curiosity (and restlessness) I had some gap years as a student both working and traveling, collecting experiences from different fields. I’ve mainly worked within elder care and as a social worker coaching young people with autism in their daily life. During my studies I also worked with equality and communication projects fo the Red Cross and KTH (Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm).

Pascale Bonniel Chalier - France

Trainer and Consultant, graduated in management and European studies (Paris 8)

I founded the Master in “Cultural development and management” in ULL2 in 1989. Since then, I have been part time teacher at university and at ENSATT to teach cultural policies, project management, European cultural issues. I work part time as consultant for public authorities and cultural organisations for strategic development and cultural policies. After many years committed as deputy Mayor in Lyon, I founded an agency specialised in cultural engineering. From 2016 to 2019, I implemented the evaluation of five cultural large cooperation and network supported by Creative Europe program.

I recently committed as member of the Advisory Board of the H2020 ARTIS consortium leaded the university of Vienna, Faculty of psychology.

Julien Breunig - Germany

B.Sc., student assistant to Eva Krivanec within the Shakin’ project and an M.Sc. Student in Human-Computer Interaction at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

I completed a B.Sc. in Media-Informatics at LMU Munich. My interests are focussed on the ways we use technology to pass on information and making it accessible to an audience with very diverse needs.

Pierre Brini - France

Head of training and support actions at le LABA

I am a specialist in the different European programmes (LEADER, INTERREG, ERASMUS+, Creative Europe…), in the creative and cultural sector and in entrepreneurship. I am involved in initial and lifelong training (ARTES, ARDEC, la Belle Ouvrage) with public and private actors. I have accompanied more than 150 structures in 10 years. Former director of Mezzanine Spectacles and former co-director of the European cultural network Banlieues d’Europe, I am also an associate lecturer at the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies.

Chimen Castaing - Sweden

Senior project leader at the Stockholm Museum of Women’s History

I started at the museum in september 2021 to pursue long-term projects and collaboration with members and partners in the museum and culture sector. But in addition to conducting collaborations I also work with our strategic and brand-building communication and how we can find new financing models to develop our museum. Since we do not own our own permanent building where we as a museum can stand as a clear sender, it is also part of my job to find new ways for us to be seen, either in the city or through collaboration and participation with other actors.

In addition to my commitment to communication and culture, I also have a great interest in migrants’ rights and politics in general. In 2015, I was involved in starting Refugees Welcome Stockholm. We created an organization that mainly worked with the refugee reception center in central Stockholm and ran a shelter for transit refugees. I was responsible for communication, campaigning for donations and coordinated volunteers, and working to create opinion in the media. I am also active and committed to gender equality and diversity issues and ran in the autumn of 2017 #metoo call-out for the restaurant industry, where my goal was to create a platform for the voices that otherwise may not always be heard.

Sarah Cordonnier - France

PhD, co-responsible of the MA Development of international artistic and cultural projects since 2015

In my research and teaching, both practically and theoretically, I focus on the circulation of academic knowledge and other cultural objects – from my first doctoral investigation of the uses of humanities and social sciences in the contemporary arts, to my most recently published article, in which Camille Jutant and I analyzed the empowering effects of knowledge within an online community of knitters.

I pay particular attention to the social and critical appropriations of the tools of inquiry, whether to understand them or to foster them, asking questions such as: what are the boundaries and passages between academic knowledge and daily life? What does dissemination of knowledge do to institutions, to biographical experiences, and to knowledge itself?

Marijana Cvetkovic - Serbia

BA in art history at the University of Belgrade and MA in UNESCO Chair Cultural Policy and Cultural Management in the Balkans at the University of Arts Belgrade and University Lyon 2. I am currently PhD candidate at the University of Arts in Belgrade

My work has been mostly dedicated to development and political articulation of the independent cultural scene in Belgrade, Serbia and the post-Yugoslav countries. I initiated and realised numerous and diverse programmes and projects in the fields of arts and culture, international and Balkan cultural cooperation, education, contemporary dance, visual arts and museum culture: I am a curator, cultural producer, researcher, programme manager, production manager, fundraising manager. I am a co-founder of Station Service for Contemporary Dance, Nomad Dance Academy – Balkan platform for the development of contemporary dance and performing arts, a unique horizontal and decentralized collaborative model inspired by Yugoslav social and political project.

I am a guest lecturer at UNESCO Chair for cultural management and cultural policy, University of Arts in Belgrade, since 2009 and hold lectures, workshops and trainings internationally.

I edited 6 books and published numerous articles.

Samuel Döring - Germany

BA, student assistant to Eva Krivanec within the Shakin’ project and an MA Student in Media Studies at Bauhaus-University Weimar and Social Theory at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

I graduated from a BA in Media and Film Studies at Bauhaus-University Weimar and Université Paris-Cité with a thesis discussing the political and subversive potential of the observational cinema aesthetics in Frederick Wisemans oeuvre. My research and informal education interests are focussed on Political and Social Theory, Theory of Documentary and Intersectional Climate Justice. With my background in informal education and with workshops I gave as a junior ambassador for Franco-German Youth Office and as an intern for Goethe-Institut Senegal on sustainable urban development I try to challenge hierarchical power structures and exchange emancipatory practices with young adults.

Milena Dragićević Šešić - Serbia

Prof. emerita of University of Arts Belgrade, founder of its UNESCO Chair

I am a researcher, an activist (Serbia, Balkans and further), a networker – not only European (although I co-founded ENCATC, and acted in ELIA, TEH, IETM…) but more and more in Africa, Arab region, Asia.

My books cover topics from cultural policy and management, to alternative art, artivism and culture of dissent (including titles: Theatre in India – from tradition to activism; Festival sur le Niger in Mali; Art Management in Turbulent Times; Populism: Arts and Media Nexus, etc.).

I am open to share and acquire subaltern knowledge – from Maaya entrepreneurship to women self-produced content throughout the world.

Katja Hettich - Germany

MA, research assistant, academic advisor and teacher in the German-French study programme European Media Studies at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (Germany)

After studying Film and Television Studies, Communication Studies, and French Literature in Bochum (Germany) and Rennes (France), I worked in the fields of literature and media studies at the universities of Bochum (Germany), Paderborn (Germany) and Vienna (Austria). I also worked as a writer of audio descriptions for blind and visually impaired persons, which has opened my eyes to seeing perceived limitations as an enriching way to connect with the world in a different way. My Ph.D. thesis focuses on the interplay between concepts of the ‘scientific’ novel and emotional reader engagement in French Realism-Naturalism. My research areas include the emotional and cognitive experience of media culture (especially film and literature), transmedial narratology, and the relationship between aesthetics, emotions and knowledge.

Camille Jutant - France

PhD, assistant professor at University Lyon 2, co-responsible of the MA Development of international artistic and cultural projects

My research interests are focussed on audience participation, heritage mediation, and digital literacies. I teach critical audience approaches, management of museums, and professional issues of digital mediations. I have been conducting audience surveys for public institutions since 2006 (Louvre museum, Musée des beaux-arts de Québec, Villeurbanne street arts festival, Réunion des musées nationaux, etc.)

Agca Saglam - France

MA, SHAKIN’ Project Coordinator at University Lyon 2

Before joining the SHAKIN’ team as the Project Coordinator in October 2022, I took part in the project as a student as part of my master’s degree in “Development of international artistic and cultural projects” at University Lyon 2. During my master studies, I especially sought to question the landscape of ethnological museums as well as the place of unheard narratives and voices within these institutions.

Today, in my research and professional ambitions, I attach particular importance to the transformation processes that cultural institutions are undergoing in the context of contemporary challenges.

Višnja Kisić - Serbia

PhD, assistant professor at the Faculty of Sport and Tourism Novi Sad, lecturer at UNESCO Chair, guest lecturer at ULL2, University of International Relations in Beijing and Upsala University

Focus of my research, teaching and practice is on participatory governance, intercultural dialogue and citizen engagement in heritage and museum field, as well as on heritage led conflicts and reconciliation politics in SEE. My research “Governing heritage dissonance. Promises and Realities of Cultural Policies” is awarded by European Cultural Policy Research Award in 2013. I have been Secretary General for Europa Nostra in Serbia since 2011, initiator of Creative Mentorship Program for young practitioners in culture and media. I have held trainings, capacity building programs, research and lectures in over 20 countries.

Eva Krivanec - Germany

PhD, assistant professor for European media culture at the Bauhaus-University Weimar

I studied theatre, film and media studies at the Universities of Vienna (Austria) and Coimbra (Portugal) and finished my doctorate in 2009 with a dissertation on theater in First World War Berlin, Lisbon, Paris and Vienna. From 2006 to 2013, I was lecturer and research assistant at the University of Vienna, and from 2013 to 2016, Humboldt Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department for German Literature of Humboldt University Berlin with a project on the history and aesthetics of music-hall theatre in Europe. My research topics are popular culture and its transnational circulations, theatre and war, and intermedia projects of the avant-gardes.

Anna Tascha Larsson - Sweden

Director of the Stockholm Museum of Women’s History

Since the start of the museum in 2018, I have been in charge of our communication and managing some of our big projects and since 2022 I am the director. Before joining SMWH, I was part of building the humanitarian relief organisation Lighthouse Relief from the ground in Greece in the role of head of communications and fundraising, and I’m now on the board of the organisation. My plans of volunteering with refugees one week in Lesvos 2015 ended up being three years in Greece. I am very driven by passion which has changed my life many times and demands me to constantly learn new things and develop new skills. Living in Greece taught me the importance of knowing your history and connecting it to the present day. The people in my village in Lesvos became world famous for their solidarity – and they told me how their grandparents came as refugees from Turkey exactly one hundred years before and built the village. Now it was their time to help. This led me to wanting to work with history, and to work for a writing of history that includes all kinds of voices and experiences.

My colleagues call me a swiss army knife regarding communication, with a background in design, art, photography, video and tv (producing and hosting shows about football), journalism and web design. I have a BA in fine arts specialising in jewellery but I have also studied communication, international relations, organisational development and management and social movements. I often combine my interests, like when I with an Iranian-Swedish friend formed a football team of Swedish artists and ex professionals and travelled to Iran as our managers, with the goal to have Iranian women allowed in the national football stadium. Most of my work and projects have been focused on equality and rights for women, children, youth and refugees.

Nina Mihaljinac - Serbia

PhD, assistant professor of cultural policy and management at the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management, University of Arts Belgrade

Besides teaching, I work as a researcher and practitioner in arts and culture in Serbia and internationally. I am particularly interested in anti-authoritarianism and self-management, so my next research phase will be dedicated to the cultural policy of the Non-aligned movement. I also enjoy visually stimulating and exciting actions (artworks, pieces..) which is why contemporary visual arts and design are my topics of interest as well; I had several exhibitions so far.

Sonia Nikitin - France

MA, Shakin project coordinator at University Lyon 2

I have completed a bi-national BA in European Media Studies, a MA Development of international artistic and cultural projects and a contemporary dance training. My interests as a researcher, cultural project manager and dancer are focussed on collaborative artistic practices, circulation of knowledge in and between academia and arts, critical pedagogy and cultural mediation. They have developed through working in arts education projects in nurseries, in cultural development in a psychiatric hospital and in curation and cultural mediation in a community arts centre in Vancouver and grow and resonate with my work in the Shakin project.

Goran Tomka - Serbia

PhD, assistant professor at the Faculty of Sport and Tourism in Novi Sad, lecturer at UNESCO Chair in cultural policy and management, guest lecturer at ULL2, University of International Relations from Beijing, China, and other

My research interests include audience studies, intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and cultural policy and management. I was a head of research and planning for long-term cultural planning of the city of the Novi Sad European capital of culture 2021. I am a national author of European Council’s Compendium for cultural policies. I have an extensive experience in international cultural policy and management trainings and research and have been close collaborator of several pan-European networks in culture such as IETM and Europa Nostra.