Hi! I am Inge Kalle-den Oudsten, PhD student at the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM). My research is a part of the CEMEC (Connecting Early Medieval European Collections) project, and runs from 2015-2019. My supervisors are Prof. dr. Robin Boast, Prof. dr. Wim Hupperetz and dr. Mirjam Hoijtink.
Within this project, my research focuses specifically on museum-visitors and the ways through which they create meanings. I am particularly interested in the role of new media in these processes. My largest case study is the "Crossroads" exhibition which was on show at the Allard Pierson Museum as a part of the CEMEC project. Here, I set up a large evaluation study: a combination of head-counting, digital and paper surveys, observations and interviews. My aim was to get close to the visitor experience, especially through these interviews. Inspired by ethnographic methods I used two different kinds of interviewing (the 'accompanied visit' and photography-led exit-interviews) through which I attempted to really look at the exhibition through the eyes of the visitor. Besides this Amsterdam case study I also analysed the permanent exhibition at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, where I also conducted several of these participant-led interviews. Currently I am busy writing up, and hope to be able to have a first-version ready at the end of 2019!
Whilst working at the University of Amsterdam I also have been active in other projects. Together with dr. Mirjam Hoijtink, I organised a conference, "The East and Europe". I also set up a mini-exhibition together with Jasmijn Visser; showcasing her work at BG2. Next to that, I supervised MA Museumstudies students in their internships.
Besides working as a PhD student I am a photographer. I do portraits, all sorts of love- and family-shoots as well as weddings. You can take a look at my work via ingephotography.nl
Before starting my dissertation, I completed the MA Museumstudies programme at the University of Amsterdam. I did my bachelor's at University College Roosevelt, a small-scale Liberal Arts and Sciences college in Middelburg. I graduated in 2013 and was awarded the honour of being valedictorian!