Emotion networking

Emotion networking is a method that enables critical thinking by professionals, students and others about heritage in the museum, classroom, on the street or online. Heritage thinking is an understanding that heritage becomes relevant only through negotiation and that the relationships are not static. This method was developed by Hester Dibbits and Marlous Willemsen and is part of several national and international research projects.


Professionals, policymakers and educators often find it difficult to explain the complex dynamics of heritage processes. To address this need, the Heritage Lab organises training sessions, workshops and seminars in collaboration with Imagine IC. During these sessions, we map emotion networks based on actual heritage case studies. Afterwards, participants are more conscious of the historic dynamics that are part of heritage processes and of their own role in that creation.

Every heritage question demands a different answer. That is why we tailor our sessions so that the question can be addressed in the right way. A workshop consists of an introduction and a mindmap followed by a discussion. Each workshop lasts for 3 hours. Do you have specific needs for a workshop you are organising? We would love to help you: please contact us at rwa-heritagelab@ahk.nl.

Seminar emotion networking

Twice a year, we organise an emotion networking seminar. Participants learn about research into emotion networking, the projects that currently use emotion networking as a methodology and other exciting developments. They are also taught how to use emotion networking in their own practice and how to guide such sessions.