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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
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.
21 June: DAY 1
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)
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
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
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 Institute, Warsaw)
Memory Turn in Museums?