Online Conference: MUSEUMS FIT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. THE CHALLENGE OF TECHNOLOGY

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Type: 
Conference
Date: 
June 21, 2021 to June 22, 2021
Location: 
Poland
Subject Fields: 
Digital Humanities, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies

 

Museums Fit for the 21st Century. The Challenge of Technology

Free Online Conference organized by DigiCONFLICT and the European Solidarity Centre 

21–22 June 2021

FOLLOW THE CONFERENCE AT THIS LINK: youtube.com/ecsgdapl

Registration is not required

 

This international conference will consider the digital turn in the museum institution as an important derivative of wider societal and cultural changes. The vivid worldwide discussion around museums and digitization centred on how to keep at pace with rapid change of technological innovation, is not accompanied by reflection on the dangers and challenges brought by the digital turn. By producing digital heritage, expanding the museum space to the Internet, integrating users with the museum public, melting interaction with education, transforming museums into industries – the application of technology can arguably alter and distort the nature and the mission of the museum institution. Not taking the new technological means and tools as granted, this conference will ask whether their application has truly transformed museums to fit our century and transformed them into community-based, open and democratic institutions, which address contemporary conflicts and challenges.

 

Conference Programme

 

21 June: DAY 1

14.00–14.30

Welcome & Introduction

Basil Kerski (Director of the European Solidarity Centre)

Jacek Kołtan (European Solidarity Centre) & Ewa Manikowska (DigiCONFLICT / Institute of Art Polish Academy of Sciences)

 

14.30–16.30

Panel 1: The Museum Institution in the 21st Century

Chair Ewa Manikowska (DigiCONFLICT / Institute of Art Polish Academy of Sciences)

 

Łukasz Bratasz (Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences)

Heritage Science: The Rise of a New Discipline

Jos van Beurden (Free University of Amsterdam)

Colonial Collections, Restitution and Technology - Adnusting to New Realities

Armando Perla (University of Montreal)

Digitization as a Tool for Democracy: The Development of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Swedish Museum of Movements

 

22 June, DAY 2

 

10.00–12.00

Panel 2: The Impact of Digital Technologies on Education and Exhibitions

Chair: Alicja Jagielska-Burduk (University of Opole)

 

Mateusz Jasik (Museum of Gdańsk)

Multimedia in Museum Education – A Real “Must-have”?

Mariusz Gąsior (Independent Scholar)

Transforming Photographs into a Digital Exhibition

Andrzej Jakubowski (University of Opole / University of Amsterdam)

Protecting Intellectual Property in Museums: the Challenge of a Narrative Exhibition 

 

13.00–15.00

Panel 3: Technology and the Memory Turn 

Chair: Jacek Kołtan (European Solidarity Centre)

 

Stanisława Trebunia-Staszel (Jagiellonian University)\

 

Between Words and Silence: Digitization and the Difficult Past

Paweł Sawicki (Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum)

Virtual Community of Remembrance: The memory of Auschwitz on Social Media

Bernhard Purin (Jewish Museum Munich) 

Jewish Museums in Europe: Advancement or Persistence?

Zofia Wóycicka (German Historical InstituteWarsaw)

Memory Turn in Museums?

 

Closing Remarks

 

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