CONF: « Exhibiting Europe. The Development of European Narratives in Museums, Collections and Exhibitions » Oslo, Interkulturelt

Exhibiting Europe. The Development of European Narratives in Museums, Collections and Exhibitions Oslo, Interkulturelt Museum/Intercultural Museum
7-9 April 2011

Europe is more than the EU. However, without the evolution of the present-day EU there would not be the same extensive literature on subjects like Europeanization, conceptualizing cultural processes in the framework of the political and economic integration; on ‘building Europe’, comparing integration critically to nation-building processes of the nineteenth century; or even on European cosmopolitism, contextualizing the same process in the light of European modernity. Especially the disciplines of Social Anthropology, Cultural and Museum Studies and Contemporary History have identified the ongoing and contested Europeanization as an important field of analysis.

This conference aims to bring these disciplines together, linking research on processes of integration, musealisation and Europeanization. The conference will therefore ask if and how discourses on Europeanization are put on display. How do they manifest themselves in permanent and temporary exhibitions? How do they affect the planning of new museums or transform the policies of existing ones? Hence, the economic, political and cultural integration processes largely driven by the European Union will be addressed from three complementary academic perspectives at the conference in Oslo in April 2011. Structured in three panels – ‘Centre and Periphery’, ‘Biographies’ and ‘Objects and Collections’ – this conference will bring together experts from all over Europe and explore the ongoing production of a European narrative and heritage in the museal field.


Thursday 7.4.2011

18.00-20.00 Opening lecture by Gerard Delanty (University of Sussex, GB):
After the end of the Grand Narratives: Representing European Heritage.
Introduction: Kersti Bale (Norwegian Research Council).
Comment and Discussion: Thomas Hylland Eriksen (University of Oslo)

Friday 8.4.2011

9.00-9.15 Introduction

9.15-10.45 Panel « Biographies »
Wolfram Kaiser (GB): From Great Men to Ordinary citizens? The Biographical Approach to Narrating European Integration History in Museums Steffi de Jong (NO): The Figure of the Witness in Second World War Museums Ines Keske (D): How a Swabian Dynasty became European. The two German so-called Staufer Exhibitions of 1977 and 2010 in Comparison

11.15-12.45 Panel « Biographies »
Anne Overbeck (D): Is Everything that Moves a European? On the Chances and Risks of Using a Biographical Approach to Display Abstract Phenomena

Panel « Biographies »: Comments and Discussion, introduced by Guido Vaglio (Museo Diffuso, I) and Wolfgang Kaschuba (Humboldt University Berlin, GER)

14.30-16.00 Panel « Center and Periphery »
Kerstin Poehls (D): Europe, blurred: Migration, Margins and the Museum Ljiljana Radonic (A): Croatia – Exhibiting memory and history on the ‘shores of Europe’
Gabriela Nicolescu (RO): Insertions: Experiments of Art in an Ethnographical Museum

16.30-18.00 Panel « Center and Periphery »
Torgeir Bangstad (NO): A Future in Ruins: Post-Industrial Landscapes as Deterritorialized Heritage

Panel « Center and Periphery »: Comments and Discussion, introduced by Nikolai Vukov (Bulgarian Institute of Folk Culture, BUL) and Klas Grinell (Museum of World Cultures, SE)

Saturday 9.4.2011

9.15-10.45 Panel « Objects »
Stefan Krankenhagen (NO): Collecting Europe. Strategies and Aporia of Collecting Today Waltraud Bayer (A): Europe – Russia – Europe Alec Badenoch (NL): Harmonized Spaces, Dissonant Objects, Making Europe?
National and Local Collections in a Collaborative digital Platform

11.15-11.45 Panel « Objects »
Nanna Thylstrup (DK): Europeana and the differences between public and commercial digitization in Europe

11.45-12.45 Panel « Objects »: Comments and Discussion, introduced by Brita Brenna (University of Oslo, NO) and Isabelle Benoit (Musée de l’Europe, B)

13.15 Guided tour through the museum

The conference will take place at Intercultural Museum in Oslo/Norway.

DEADLINE: 07.04.2011

Please contact
Stefan Krankenhagen, Anja Loy


(Fonte: H-Net Network for Museums and Museum Studies)


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