National Museums in a Changing Europe

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  • This conference of the Eunamus research consortium studying 'National Museums, Identity Politics, the Uses of the Past, and the European Citizen' is organised by the Central European University's Department of History in Budapest, Hungary running December 12-14, 2012.

    The conference is an opportunity to bring together researchers studying national museums and professionals responsible for taking these institutions forwards. It offers an opportunity to consider the past and present, but with the aim of debating the future. The conference considers holistically the role of the national museum in the context of change. Researchers, museum and cultural policy professionals, and postgraduate students, are invited to submit abstracts of maximum 300 words. Please include contact details and affiliation.

    Eunamus Consortium

    The Eunamus consortium is led by: Peter Aronsson, Linköping University (Sweden); Alexandra Bounia, University of the Aegean (Greece); Arne Bugge Amundsen, University of Oslo (Norway); Constantin Iordachi, Central European University (Hungary); Simon Knell, University of Leicester (United Kingdom); Kristin Kuutma, University of Tartu (Estonia); Ilaria Porciani, University of Bologna (Italy); and Dominique Poulot, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (France).

    Conference Fees and Grants

    All participants (except invited speakers) must take care of accommodation and travel themselves. There will be a minor conference fee to cover receptions, coffee etc.

    Conference Topics

    The conference will be shaped around the following questions:

    • How should the institutional inheritance of national museums (purpose, culture, philosophy, etc.) shape their future role?
    • How do the historical narratives and material collections of national museums contribute to division and contestation? How do they, or might they, build bridges between nations and communities?
    • How have national museums been instrumentalised in government policy? How have they become socially active?
    • How do national museums contribute to the values, perceptions and identities of citizens?
    • In a changing Europe, how can national museums contribute to greater social cohesion? How can the stories national museums tell and the treasures they display, be mobilised to build connections across Europe?

    Central to this conference is a dialogue between museum professionals, professional organisations, policy makers and university researchers. While academic researchers can operate outside of the professional and institutional constraints that shape practice, the role of national museums in building greater European cohesion can only be developed within a framework of energetic, proactive professionalism. National Museums in a Changing Europe provides a forum for debate and dialogue between those who study national museums and those who daily shape these institutions and who are charged with taking these institutions forward.


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