Dr. Volker Rodekamp

Volker Rodekamp was born in Bielefeld in 1953. In 1980 he received his doctorate after graduating with degrees in Ethnic Studies, Ethnology, Journalism and Economics from the Universities of Braunschweig and Münster. He went on to complete a practical internship at the Rhenisch Open-Air Museum Kommern/State Ethnological Museum. In 1983 he became director of the Museum of History, Regional and Ethnic Studies in Minden and in 1986 was also appointed head of the Cultural Affairs Office of the city of Minden. Dr. Rodekamp has acted as director of the Leipzig Museum of City History since 1996. In addition to frequent lectureships at the University of Münster, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the University of Leipzig, he is an active participant in several research organisations, trade associations, scientific advisory boards and foundations and is a member of the Commission for Ethnology and Folklore in Westphalia. He remains involved in research on the theory and practice of museum work, handcrafts, cultural theory and practice and tourism. Volker Rodekamp was appointed to the Executive Board of the German Museums Association in 2003 and has served as President of the German Museums Association from 2010 to 2014.