Judy Jaffe-Schagen has been involved in the Master's programme since 2017. In addition she works as an independent historian. Judy’s general focus lies with the challenges of multidirectional memory in conflict societies.
She has a masters in social-economic history from the University of Amsterdam and has been a researcher at museums like the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam, the Zaans Museum in Zaandam, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
Her PhD research, at the VU University in Amsterdam, focused on the meaning of location on the relationship between people and objects and the role museums play in the formation of nation-states.
She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Amsterdam and at Haifa University and a research fellow at Research Institute for Culture, History and Heritage, VU University Currently, she is conducting research on the interaction between museums and memorial sites and, as part of the research programme at the Reinwardt Acadamy, she is researching the role heritage professionals play in commemoration practices.
Judy is the author of Having and Belonging: Homes and museums in Israel, published in 2016 by Berghahn. In this book she discusses the role locations have on the relationship between people and objects and in the role museums (could) play in building convivial societies.