Workshops 2016

Workshop: Transforming the Museum. An Exploration

Date: May 27-28, 2016
Venue: JEWISH MUSEUM BERLIN, Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin
Organizers: Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena, Europäisches Kolleg Jena and Jüdisches Museum Berlin

During the last decades, the role of the museum has changed substantially. Former displays of objects and pictures are challenged by alternative ways of representing and staging the past. The use of media and visitor participation challenges the educational aspect that museums once offered. Conveying historical knowledge and stimulating a cognitive process of perception are being replaced by a more emotional museum experience: instead of dealing with historical facts, museums have become 'historical theme parks'. The central aim of the workshop is to discuss these developments on its historical backgrounds and develop further perspectives on roles and functions/ways of communication of historical museums/ or exhibitions. By focusing on the impact of new media and ways of staging the past, we want to take a closer look at how historical knowledge is conveyed in today's museums practice.

The program of the Workshop can be viewed here: Transforming the Museum. An Exploration

Workshop "The Museum Boom and Beyond: Concepts and Methods in Analyzing Cultures of History in Poland"

Poster: Workshop 'The Museum Boom and Beyond'

Date: April 28 and 29, 2016
Venue: Seminar room Accouchierhaus (Jenergasse 8)
Organizers: Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena and Europäisches Kolleg Jena – Representing the 20th Century

The study of cultures of history and museums in Poland has become increasingly interdisciplinary and diverse over the past few years. The twentieth century is particularly prominent in these studies, especially with regard to the social and political upheavals following the World Wars and the further developments after 1989. In terms of space, new research has tended to focus on the cities and regions of contemporary Poland, but Poland in its pre-1945 borders could be included as well. Thematically, the scholarship has been quite varied, focusing on memorial sites and museums, for instance, or on the ways in which specific historical events are represented in different media. A variety of approaches have been used in the investigation of these cultures of history while maintaining methodological diversity and multidisciplinarity as a rule.

With the interest in cultures of history in Poland increasing, it is time to address this field of study by looking at current scholarship, whether recently completed, in progress or projected. This workshop thus aims to bring together German, Polish and international scholars for a comparative conversation on their findings, lines of inquiry and arguments, resulting in a preliminary overview of the most recent research on cultures of history in and about Poland. Alongside discussions of the subjects and themes of this research, questions of methodology will be the main focus of the workshop. Can we identify specific priorities or tendencies in the methodological diversity of approaches to cultures of history that have come to dominate the practical analysis of the field? In engaging these issues collectively, we will also explore possibilities for advancing scholarship on cultures of history in and about Poland. 

The program of the Workshop can be viewed here: The Museum Boom & Beyond: Concepts and Methods in Analyzing Cultures of History in Poland

The number of participants is limited. Should you be interested in attending the workshop, then please write an e-mail to Juliane Tomann: juliane.tomann(at)uni-jena(dot)de.