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Curating History

Dates:
  • Wed 11 Oct 2017 09.00 - 18.00
  • Thu 12 Oct 2017 09.00 - 18.00
  • Fri 13 Oct 2017 09.30 - 13.00
  Add to Calendar 2017-10-11 9:00 2017-10-13 13:00 Europe/Paris Curating History

Wednesday 11 October - Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana
Thursday 12 October - Museo Galileo
Friday 13 October - Sala degli Anelli, Villa Salviati

Museums display objects constructed in historical complexity which cannot be explained by one single narrative. This complexity constitutes an obstacle for museum actors, who are assigned the task of providing an interpretation that can never embrace the entirety of the narratives contained in one object. Additionally, this difficulty expands when objects have to be placed in the narrative of permanent exhibitions, which present certain specific constraints.

Permanent exhibitions are at the core of the work of most museums. Even if ‘permanent’ does not mean eternal, these exhibitions are the public expression of the museum’s collections and mission. Thus, considering the limitations in both presenting the historical complexity of objects and taking into account the constraint of choosing a narrative for permanent exhibitions, we wish to look out for ways in which the museum can be turned into a place of convergence where curators, researchers and audiences can think historically about objects.

Are there new and old ways of curating history in permanent exhibitions? How is it possible to bring together museums, academia, and the public? In organising this workshop, we would like to offer a place for discussion where curators and scholars from a broad variety of institutions (museums, universities, research institutes etc.) elaborate a joint reflection in both theoretical and practical terms, structured around four sessions: History, Responsibility, Mediation and Communication (between Curators & Scholars).

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Wednesday 11 October - Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana
Thursday 12 October - Museo Galileo
Friday 13 October - Sala degli Anelli, Villa Salviati

Museums display objects constructed in historical complexity which cannot be explained by one single narrative. This complexity constitutes an obstacle for museum actors, who are assigned the task of providing an interpretation that can never embrace the entirety of the narratives contained in one object. Additionally, this difficulty expands when objects have to be placed in the narrative of permanent exhibitions, which present certain specific constraints.

Permanent exhibitions are at the core of the work of most museums. Even if ‘permanent’ does not mean eternal, these exhibitions are the public expression of the museum’s collections and mission. Thus, considering the limitations in both presenting the historical complexity of objects and taking into account the constraint of choosing a narrative for permanent exhibitions, we wish to look out for ways in which the museum can be turned into a place of convergence where curators, researchers and audiences can think historically about objects.

Are there new and old ways of curating history in permanent exhibitions? How is it possible to bring together museums, academia, and the public? In organising this workshop, we would like to offer a place for discussion where curators and scholars from a broad variety of institutions (museums, universities, research institutes etc.) elaborate a joint reflection in both theoretical and practical terms, structured around four sessions: History, Responsibility, Mediation and Communication (between Curators & Scholars).


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Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Workshop

Organiser:
Charlotte Bellamy (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
Déborah Sarah Dubald (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
Bruno A Martinho (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)

Contact:
Bruno A Martinho (EUI - Department of History and Civilization) - Send a mail

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