Research and Museums (RAM)
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm
22–25 May 2007
Arranged by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, the Nobel Museum and the Nationalmuseum with support from The Bank of Sweden Tercenterary Foundation
The symposium will address several topics connected to research and its role in the changing museum world. There is a growing interest in museums how to communicate with the public but what is exhibited and which stories are told? Which connections are explained? Which problems are examined?
The interest in new media for communication has long been given priority instead of the question what it is that museums try to show according to its traditional role – to collect, to care for, to research and communicate. An important task is to acquire knowledge. It has to be renewed, updated, questioned and continuously discussed. This applies to collections as well
as exhibitions and communication. Leading research representatives from a number of museums and research institutes will present their views. A common motto for the symposium is our conviction that research generates exhibitions which in turn generate research.
Tuesday 22 May 2007
17.00–19.00 Registration and reception at the Nobel Museum, Börshuset, Stortorget 2, Gamla Stan
Wednesday 23 May 2007
09.30 Welcoming remarks
Prof. Gunnar Öquist, Permanent Secretary, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Chair: Hans Henrik Brummer, Vice President, The Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities
10.00 Science Museums, Curators and Academics: a Non-Meeting of Minds? Dr. Robert Anderson, Clare Hall, Cambridge, former Director of the British Museum
10.30 Research at natural history museums – materials, motivation, methodology Prof. Stefan Claesson, The Swedish Museum of Natural History
11.30 "I have seen the future and it works – museum and research" Prof. Dr. Martin Roth, Director General, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden
Chair: Prof. Birgit Arrhenius
14.00 Modes, Constraints and Perspectives of Research: Performing Scholarship at Museums of Science and Technology in a Knowledge-Based Society
Prof. Dr. Helmuth Trischler, Director of Research, Deutsches Museum, Munich
14.30 Museums as Places for "Thinking in Time"
Prof. Robert D. Friedel, University of Maryland/Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
15.30 Research of a national museum – random notes on a glorious past or contributions of international interest?
Per Kristian Madsen, Director of Research and Exhibitions, The National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen
Thursday 24 May 2007
Chair: Prof. Görel Cavalli-Björkman, Director of Research, Nationalmuseum
09.30 What is Research in Art History: Obsession, Archive, Encounter? Prof. Michael Ann Holly, Director of Research, Sterling & Francine Clark Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts
10.00 Against Consensus: Why We Need More Than Two Art Histories Dr. Michael Hatt, Head of Research, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven,
11.00 Towards an Archaeology of Scientific Knowledge: Museums and the History of Science
Prof. Marco Beretta, Institute and Museum of the History of Science, Florence
Chair: Prof. Svante Lindqvist, Museum Director, Nobel Museum
13.30 La politique de recherche de l’INHA
Dr. Antoinette le Normand-Romain, Directeur Général, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris
14.00 Academic and museum-based approaches to dress research
Prof. Christopher Breward, Deputy Head of Research, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
15.00 Research in University and Non-National Museums
Prof. Nicholas Mayhew, Deputy Director, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Friday 25 May 2007
Chair: Prof. Stefan Claesson, The Swedish Museum of Natural History
09.00 Science Museums Between Narrative Interpretation and Episodic Presence
Prof. Thomas Söderqvist, Museum Director, Medical Museion, Copenhagen
09.30 Facts and Artefacts in Cultural Historical Museums. The need for Museum research
Prof. Birgitta Svensson, Nordiska Museet
10.30 Should Museum Collections set the Research Agenda for the History of Science?
Dr. Jamesa Bennett, Museum Director, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford
11.30 Concluding remarks
Hans Henrik Brummer, Vice President, The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities
14.00 Visits to exhibitions at the Swedish Museum of Natural History or Nationalmuseum
Registration and payment
Fee: SEK 300 (reception and lunches included)
Payment should be made to:
Nationalmuseum, bankgiro 5050-6732 or plusgiro 15504-4. Please indicate your name, institution and RAM symposium on the payment slip. For payments from countries other than Sweden, please contact Louise Hadorph.
Louise Hadorph, Nationalmuseum, Box 16176, SE-103 24 Stockholm,
Tel +46 8 5195 4302, Fax +46 8 5195 4456, Lhh@nationalmuseum.se
Eva Windrup, Nobel Museum, Box 2245, SE-103 16 Stockholm,
Tel +46 8 5348 1828, Fax +46 8 5348 1820, mobile 0733-200113,
Cecilia Herbst, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Box 50005, SE-104 05
Stockholm, Tel +46 8 673 96 19, Fax +46 8 15 56 70, email@example.com
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