European Commission - 7th Framework Programme European Museums and Libraries in/of the age of migrations last updated: February 2015

Conference: Exhibited Knowledge

21 - 23 July 2011

Bielefeld, Germany | Universität Bielefeld


While museums are advised in their thematic and phenomenological range as well as in its role as a major "of meaning" at least since the mid-80s in the focus of interdisciplinary research, a closely related form of presentation so far less attention: the exhibition.

Exhibitions developed in the course of the 19 Century to separate cultural "demonstration and representation events" '. Related to fairs, exhibitions and museums, combined training and education with entertainment, information and knowledge with visitors attracted tens of millions. In view of the dual nature of exhibitions as media of knowledge and as special forms of knowledge presentation, it is natural to understand them as elements of a history of relationships among business, government, academia and the public. Exhibitions appear in this context as products of different knowledge levels and diverse system of rationality. As "boundary objects" in them are different rationalities of social sub-systems materialized in each idiosyncratic negotiated mixing ratios expressed.

The youth workshop is aimed at those who deal with exhibitions as negotiated presentations of knowledge assets or sources of knowledge from a primarily historical perspective. It will bring together German and international researchers with different research perspectives. This is a partly exploratory approach, which examined thematically and methodically and with regard to the exhibitions (such as world exhibitions, special exhibitions, museum exhibitions) broad-based.

The following complexes can be content of the workshop:

- The communication of scientific knowledge stocks is believed that exhibitions are often caught between different actors and knowledge. As these negotiations take place? How are they on a discursive and / or organizational level (eg, actor networks, of financing and participating institutions) visible? What methods are available?

- An explicit discussion of the materiality and mediumship of exhibitions is a particular desideratum of research specified in this context, questions about the practice of exhibiting, aspects of the production of presentations and objects, urban planning history points, and interest to the collaboration of different professional fields.

- What is the characteristic logics obey exhibitions? What is this (media) founded obstinacy of exhibitions and how to define this knowledge transfer from other media?

- Furthermore, the workshop will be devoted to the question of a systematic and historical typology of exhibitions as well as their criteria. A key question would be this: How does change depending on the target group, the presentation logic of the objects, their framing and their performance?

- Furthermore, the aim is the specific features of the exhibition as historical sources to reflect methodological: How can exhibitions are studied as time and space limited historiographical sources? How and what can be contextualized in the analysis?

- The specific issue is to capture experience of visitors to historical research under the heading of reception research, a major challenge. These are suggestions from current museological debates welcome.


Promoted by:
Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology at the University of Bielefeld


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