Conference Alert: Research and Museums

From H-Museum:

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

09.00 Registration

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

11.00 Coffee-break

11.30 "I have seen the future and it works – museum and research" Prof. Dr. Martin Roth, Director General, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden

12.00 Discussion

12.30 Lunch

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.

15.00 Coffee-break

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

16.00 Discussion

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,

10.30 Coffee-break

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

11.30 Discussion

12.00 Lunch

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

14.30 Coffee-break

15.00 Research in University and Non-National Museums
Prof. Nicholas Mayhew, Deputy Director, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

15.30 Discussion

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

10.00 Coffee-break

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

11.00 Discussion

11.30 Concluding remarks
Hans Henrik Brummer, Vice President, The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities

12.00 Lunch

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.

Contact persons

Louise Hadorph, Nationalmuseum, Box 16176, SE-103 24 Stockholm,
Tel +46 8 5195 4302, Fax +46 8 5195 4456,

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,


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