Identity on the Line
Identity on the Line


Identity on the Line

Dr. Kathrin Pabst – Project Leader
Photo: Mona Hauglid III

Dr. Kathrin Pabst is a German ethnologist, researcher, author and speaker, who is currently on leave from her position as Head of the Scientific Department at the Vest-Agder Museum in Kristiansand, Norway, to lead “Identity on the Line.” She has broad experience in both practical and theoretical sides of working with challenging, sensitive or taboo-related subjects and holds a Ph.D. in professional ethics. Her doctoral dissertation focused on moral challenges museum employees might face when working with sensitive or challenging topics involving external cooperation. She is a former Board member and Chair of ICOM Norway, and in charge of an on-going project about the concretization of ICOMs Code of Ethics for Norwegian museums. Also, she is the Chair for ICOMs International Committee on Ethical Dilemmas, IC Ethics. More information about her CV and list of publications can be found here:
Tel: +47 932 46 157

Maria Paula A. Grundetjern – Project Assistant

Maria Paula Grundetjern took over Ezanne van Niekerk’s position as a Project Assistant the 1st of October 2021. She holds a Master of Arts (MA) in International Business from EADA in Spain and a bachelor’s degree in communications with a major in advertising from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia.

Maria Paula has experience in EU projects in the North Sea Region where she has worked as responsible for communications activities.

In addition, she has worked as a communications advisor and consultant for more than seven years. She was the communications advisor of the Minister of Mines and Energy in Colombia and worked as a project director consultant for different companies in FTI Consulting Strategic Communications in Colombia.
Tel: +47 46 12 16 64

Svein Øderud – Financial Manager

Svein Øderud’s main occupation has been in the Norwegian Armed Forces. He graduated from the Naval College in Bergen, Norway, from the Naval Staff College in Oslo, Norway and finally from NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy. He has held many military positions both in Norway and abroad, among others 7 years in two different NATO Headquarters.

Svein Øderud also has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration.

After leaving the Royal Norwegian Navy he started working with EU-projects as a project manager, financial manager or project coordinator. He has 13 years experience from the North Sea Region program, the Baltic Sea Region program and the A-program between Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
Tel:+47 951 60 932

Ezanne van Niekerk
Photo: Vest-Agder Museum

Ezanne van Niekerk contributed to the Identity on the Line project from August 2019 until July 2021. She has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in Business Management.

She has experience in various projects such as project managing multi-disciplinary task teams creating online education solutions as well as the process of implementing business solutions to international private and business banking clients. She has been responsible for business operations and developing and administering processes and workflows in a variety of fields.




P1: Norway, Vest-Agder Museum

Dr. Kathrin Pabst – Project Leader
Gunhild Aaby – Project Manager: exhibition
Photo: Vest-Agder Museum

Gunhild Aaby holds a Cand philol degree in History (MA equivalent) and is head of education and cultural interaction at Vest-Agder Museum, which means she has the overall responsibility for education, exhibitions and audience activities in the museum. Through her long experience from museum work on a local, national and also international level as Norwegian national correspondent of ICOM/CECA, she has established a large network within the field of cultural heritage and the dissemination of cultural patrimony. Gunhild Aaby has participated in all the social role projects which Vest-Agder Museum has run over the last ten years, and contributed actively to project design, documentation as well as dissemination in all its varieties: written, in exhibitions, on the net, through the elaboration of educational programmes for schools, and through direct communication with various target groups.
Tel: +47 934 52 031


P2: Denmark, The House of Knud Rasmussen

Søren la Cour Jensen – Project Manager
Photo: The House of Knud Rasmussen

Søren la Cour Jensen is a historian and his main focus is on Knud Rasmussen’s life and work. He also works with industrial archaeology and industrial and business history. Søren la Cour Jensen is the manager of The House of Knud Rasmussen and its Archive. He has responsibility for donations, lending and contact to external partners. He is a member of the working group for the Arctic museum project. He is the manager of the historic photo collection and the local archive. He manages the collecting, digitalization and registration of the archive. Søren la Cour Jensen is the project manager of the Danish part of the four-year research and dissemination project Identity on the Line, supported by the EU through Creative Europe. He is the chair of ICOM Denmark (International Council of Museums) and chair of Blue Shield Denmark.
Tel: +45 287 60 343

Ivalo Katrine Birthe Foget Olsvig – Museum Curator
Photo: The House of Knud Rasmussen

Ivalo Olsvig holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Greenlandic & Arctic Studies with specialization in Museology from The University of Copenhagen. Ivalo Olsvig is employed on the EU project ‘Identity on the Line’, supported by the EU-program ‘Creative Europe’. She will help to uncover issues of identity, identity creation and migration among Greenlanders living in Denmark and the experiences and encounters that two cultures can cause. Ivalo was previously employed at The National Museum of Denmark, The Brumleby Museum and The Natural History Museum of Denmark. In addition, Ivalo Olsvig is on the support committee in Denmark for The Greenland Christmas Seal.

Tel: +45 24 82 41 97

P3: Sweden, Ájtte – principal museum of Sami culture and the mountain region

Elina Nygård – Project Manager
Photo: Ájtte, Mountain and Sámi museum

Elina Nygård is head of the public department in Ájtte, Mountain and Sámi museum in Jokkmokk, a post she has been holding for a period of 13 years. Elina Nygård has worked as a producer of several permanent and travelling exhibitions at the museum, mostly with children and young people as target groups. Moreover, she has been developing public programs and marketing, both at the museum and on the web. Elina Nygård has been a member of the board of Swedish ICOM for 6 years, (maximum allowed time for board members in Sweden), a world-wide organization for museums often focusing on ethical issues. She is also active in the local and regional tourist boards, Destination Jokkmokk and Swedish Lapland, which both work with the development of tourism in northern Sweden. Being a Sami herself, she has extensive knowledge of the Sámi culture and has considerable experience from public communication in her role at the museum. Elina Nygård is the main force behind Ájttes work with audience development through use of social media and here mainly small movies, posted regularly at Youtube. A targeted Facebook strategy and posting articles on Wikipedia are among the other successful dissemination grips used.
Tel. +46 971 17 026

P4: Poland, The Museum of Middle Pomerania in Slupsk

Marzenna Mazur – Project Manager
Photo: Malgorzata Mazur

Marzenna Mazur has her degree from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, the Historical Faculty, the Institute of Ethnology, and started working at the Museum of the Middle Pomerania in Slupsk in 1986. From the beginning, she worked in the Ethnographical Department, of which she became manager in 2011. During her career she has prepared over thirty exhibitions, national and international, and was the Project Manager of several cooperation projects, e.g. with Germany. She was responsible for the permanent exhibition in the Castle Mill which exhibited the cultural reality of people living in Pomerania before and after World War II – through an ethnographical conceptualization. She is also the author of several scientific and popular science articles. She was also the originator and leader for two large EU projects, which resulted in creating the new open-air department – the Museum of the Pomeranian Folk Culture in Swolowo, which presents – among other things – the life of a rich Pomeranian farmer in the first half of the XXth century. The project received a number of awards and commendations, including Second Prize from the Pomeranian Regional Tourism Organisation and the Pomeranian Artistic Award – the Pomeranian Griffin.

Katarzyna Maciejewska
Photo: Mateusz Platek

Katarzyna Maciejewska started working in the Museum of the Middle Pomerania in 2003. In 2000, she accomplished her studies at the Szczecin University (the Scientific Faculty) specialization – physical anthropology and after a short episode of working for the Polish Army, she moved to Slupsk in 2002. In 2007 she accomplished her postgraduate studies on museology at the Mikolaj Kopernik University in Torun and in 2011 on Public Relations at the Szczecin University. In 2009 she became an assistant in the Education and Promotion Department and in 2010 – the manager of the Department. She has been responsible for several educational activities and cycles, open-air events, and exhibitions and acts as the contact with the public, media, schools, and authorities. She prepares projects for grants from different sources and annual plans for the institution. She wrote several articles, such as for the bulletin of ‘the Development Centre for Teachers’ and redacted (among others) the guide-book for the museum and the album on Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz – Witkacy. She is also an author of numerous publicity prints for the Museum. She participates in all contacts and cooperation with foreign partners of the institution.
Tel: +48 59 842 40 81

Dorota Ciecholewska
Photo: Magdalena Makarewicz

Dorota Ciecholewska started working in the Museum of the Middle Pomerania in Slupsk in 1985 after she accomplished her studies at the Gdansk University (Humanistic Faculty). She is a historian, specialized in archival objects.  First, she worked at the Ethnographical Department, then in the Science and Education Department, where she became manager in 1992. In 2000, she became a curator in the History and Arts Department, where she was responsible for the numismatics. Soon, she became the manager of the Library Department (today, it is the Library and Special Collections Department).

Among other projects, she prepared a temporary exhibition entitled ‘Slupsk Yesterday and Today’, accompanied by a publication and film in which she compared images of historical and contemporary town and the permanent exhibition which was open to the public at Museum’s new building, the White Granary, in 2019 – ‘Slupsk. A City and its People’, which presents the city, its inhabitants and their life in the post-war Slupsk. The core of the exhibition is the interviews prepared by Mrs. Ciecholewska with people who came to Pomerania after the second World War and objects acquired from donors.


P5: Lithuania, The University of Vilnius

Neringa Latvytė – Project Manager
Photo: Giedrė Tylaitė

Neringa Latvyte is a historian by training, researcher and author of a few books on the Holocaust in Lithuania. She is working on her PhD on the communication of the Holocaust memorial sites at the Faculty of Communication, Vilnius University where she is a lecturer of communication of traumatic memory and cultural heritage as well. She has published several articles on the memorialization of traumatic past in Lithuania. Her current research combines practical and theoretical challenges on transmission of traumatic unspoken memories.

Tel: +3705 219 3290

Donata Armakauskaitė

Donata Armakauskaitė has more than 10 years’ experience of working in different cultural organisations as well as international cultural programmes and cultural infrastructure renewal projects. She is also involved in various cultural, historical and sociological research projects. Donata is a Ph.D researcher at Vilnius University Faculty of Communication preparing a dissertation on social capital, developed in the museums. Dissertation includes theoretical approach to the social capital and its development through the main museum activities: preservation of cultural heritage, research and communication (including informational, educational and other innovative activities). At the moment Donata is also working with the newly established Museum of Urban Wooden Architecture (MUWA) in Vilnius, where a team from 4 people are creating a new museum and consultation centre in a restored wooden house.


P6: Slovenia, National Museum for Contemporary History

Urška Purg – Project Manager
Photo: National Museum for Contemporary History, Slovenia

Urška Purg is an ethnologist and cultural anthropologist and museum counsellor in the National Museum of Contemporary History. Nearly a decade ago, she found herself having a knack for museology in all its forms, and the contextualisation of museums on the national and international level. Since then, she has been passionately working on participatory museology projects tackling the topic of inclusive museums. Having also a degree in social pedagogy contributes a great deal to the challenges she is facing.


Tel: +386 13 00 96 10

Corinne Brenko
Photo: National Museum for Contemporary History, Slovenia

Corinne Brenko is a historian, publicist, former radio journalist. She holds an M.A from King’s College London, where she researched 18th century history and culture focussing particularly on the process of othering, as well as on the representation and (re)definition of femininity and female sexuality within the Enlightenment. A lover of powerful stories and storytelling of all forms, she has worked as a radio journalist and presenter for RTV Slovenia for almost a decade, recently she has been creating and experimenting with podcasts.

Dr. Kaja Širok
Photo: National Museum for Contemporary History, Slovenia

Dr. Kaja Širok contributed to the Identity on the Line project from September 2019 until January 2021. She is a research fellow at the Faculty of Arts (Department for Sociology), University of Ljubljana and former director of the National Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia. A historian by training, her PhD in cultural studies focused on contested memories and identity making in the border area between Italy and Slovenia. Her current research addresses museums and memory studies, with special attention paid to the creation of national historical narratives related to identity formation, contested memories, revisionism and (re)interpretations of history. She has published several articles on the memorialisation of the past in museum exhibitions and is active in several EU projects.  Kaja Širok is a member of the Academic Committee of the House of European History in Brussels. She is the president of ICOM Slovenia, board member of ETHCOM, ICOM’s standing committee for ethics, and ICMEMO (International Committee of Memorial Museums in Remembrance of the Victims of Public Crimes).

P7: Croatia, The Ethnographic Museum of Istria

Dr. Lidija Nikocevic – Project Manager

Dr. Lidija Nikočević is a doctor in the field of intangible culture. She has dealt with memories, ideas of heritage, oral traditions and is an experienced interviewer. She has done research in difficult topics and has published texts on the anthropology of borders (about the new border between Slovenia and Croatia and changes in everyday life), and migrations. On the latter theme she prepared an exhibition that was awarded first prize in Croatia in 2009 (by the Croatian Museum Association) and the book on the same topic was awarded first prize as the best book connected to a museum project by the same institution in 2010. She is an experienced museum professional on both a national and an international level: she was Chair of the ICOM National Committee 2010-2013, Treasurer of the ICOM Committee ICME (2001-2007). In the Identity on the Line project she will interview the targeted group of Istrian emigrants, deepening and enlarging the already started research on a similar issue. Furthermore, she will record the material and communicate it directly and indirectly through different media (workshops, exhibition, web pages).
Tel: +385 915 428618

Dr. Tamara Nikolic Djeric
Photo: Dragana Gavrilovic

PhD Tamara Nikolić Đerić (1983) senior curator, holds degrees in Cultural anthropology and Indology. Since 2008 has been working for the Ethnographic Museum of Istria. Along with research, exhibition production, documentation, and digitization activities, she started and still runs the first Ethnographic film festival in Croatia, ETNOFILm, dedicated to visual documentation and interpretation of intangible cultural heritage and the ethnography of everyday life.

Since 2014 Nikolić Đerić collaborates as professional program manager with Ecomuseum Batana (UNESCO Register of Good safeguarding practices, 2016). Since 2017 collaborates with UNESCO (ICH sector) as trainer for the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the safeguarding of ICH. Fields of interest comprise visual, feminist and economic anthropology, museum management, ecomuseology and intangible cultural heritage.
Tel: +385 98 1688367