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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Institut für Europäische Ethnologie | Termine | Panel discussion: What are museums good for in the 21st Century?

Panel discussion: What are museums good for in the 21st Century?

Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMaH)
Wann 04.07.2016 von 17:00 bis 19:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200) iCal
Wo Raum 408
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The Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMaH) is hosting the following panel discussion to which you are warmly invited.

Panel discussion: What are museums good for in the 21st Century?

Around the world, new museums are being built and older ones are being revitalized. Many are interrogating and redefining their roles and purpose; and are positioning themselves as significant actors in public culture, aiming to prompt social reflection, inspire creativity and foster senses of cosmopolitan citizenship. But are museums really good at playing such roles? Do other institutions do it better? Are collections a help or a hindrance? How productive are notions such as ‘curiosity’, ‘inclusion’ and ‘dialogue’? And what else are museums good for in the 21st Century?

Time: Monday July 4th, 5 - 7 pm
Place: CARMaH, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Mohrenstrasse 40/41, Berlin 10117; Room 408

Seats are limited. Please email carmah-conference@hu-berlin.de for registration.

Nicholas Thomas (Director of the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Cambridge) will provide an impulse from his new book, The Return of Curiosity. What Museums are Good for in the 21st Century (2016, London: Reaktion Books).

This will be followed by a discussion chaired by Sharon Macdonald (CARMaH, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) with the following panel members: Inka Bertz (Head of Collections, Jewish Museum Berlin), Verena Lepper (Curator for Egyptian and Oriental Papyri, Egyptian Museum of Berlin), Sven Sappelt (Curator, Humboldt Lab, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Bernd Scherer (Director of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt).

Nicholas Thomas first visited the Pacific in 1984 and has worked since on exploration, empire, art and museology in Oceania and comparatively. His books include Possessions: indigenous art/colonial culture (1999), Discoveries: the voyages of Captain Cook (2003) and Islanders: the Pacific in the Age of Empire (2010), which was awarded the Wolfson History Prize. Since 2006, he has been Director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge, which was a Finalist for the UK Museum of the Year Prize in 2013. He has collaborated extensively with artists and curated exhibitions for art, history and anthropology museums in many countries.

 

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