Fields: Architecture, archival and documentation studies, library and information science, ethnology, German studies, history, art history, museology, philosophy, political science, sociology, and related subjects
Henry Arnhold Dresden Summer School 2014
Power. Knowledge. Participation. Collecting Institutions in the 21st Century Dresden, 15.-26.09.2014
Technische Universität Dresden Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Application deadline: 16.05.2014
Participants: Participation in the Dresden Summer School is open to young postgraduates (PhD students, post-docs) from the relevant disciplines, as well as young museum professionals.
Outline: Museums and libraries are institutions of collecting and also of power. Historically, one of their primary roles was to display to the outside world certain claims to power, through the gathering together of precious objects of artistic, exotic, or scientific import. Subsequently, museums and libraries evolved into public institutions that represent systems of knowledge. Not only are they a reflection of the prevailing practices of collecting and exhibiting, they also engender interpretation and critical assessment of lived social realities. Institutions of collecting are therefore powerful actors which shape our knowledge of society and the world through their selection and presentation of artefacts. They have long held the prerogative to canonize and ‘officially’ interpret the works of artists, writers, thinkers, and scientists. However, this prerogative is currently being transformed by the developments of globalization and digitization. At the same time, the way they relate to other collecting institutions and to the societies they serve is also undergoing a transformation. What impact do digitalization and globalization have on existing knowledge systems and their dissemination? How is this affecting forms of public participation? How can we describe and define the role and importance of museums and libraries in the face of these fundamental changes?
The Dresden Summer School 2014 aims to examine the historical shifts in the structures of power, knowledge transfer, and participation, as demonstrated in the history of Dresden’s major collecting and exhibiting institutions. Parallel to this, participants will work with curators and representatives from the institutions themselves to develop proposals as to how past systems of knowledge can in future be modified, restructured, and disseminated through globalization and digitization.
The two-week programme will include lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and informal talks, held on-site at the institutions, in their collections, exhibitions, and storerooms. In the ‘Laboratory’, an accompanying workshop series, participants will be encouraged to seize on issues raised in the programme and to come up with their own concrete plans for possible solutions. These proposals will subsequently be presented at the end of the Summer School, in an event open to the public.
Terms: Participation costs €250 per person. Travel expenses will be covered and accommodation and catering provided.
In addition to the usual academic certification, applicants should also submit a short summary of their research topic or specialism, and a brief outline of how this relates to the focal topic of this year’s Dresden Summer School (max. 8000 characters).
The majority of events will be conducted in German. There will, however, be opportunity for certain programme components and discussions to take place in English. Please send us your application electronically via our online application portal: www.dresdensummerschool.de. Decisions on admission to the programme will be made by the end of June.
Felicitas von Mallinckrodt
Coordination: Dresden Summer School
Zellescher Weg 17
Tel.: +49 (0)351 463 37681
Fax: +49 (0)351 463 37774
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