Session: #671

Theme & Session Format

Theme:
Museums and the challenges of archaeological outreach in the 21st century
Session format:
Session, made up of a combination of papers, max. 15 minutes each

Title & Content

Title:
THERE IS MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE: UNVEILING THE HISTORIES OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTIONS
Content:
The objects exhibited in archaeological and history museums today are often part of impressive and meticulously created collections whose origins can be traced back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, sometimes even before. In many cases, archival sources, old scientific publications and newspapers offer the opportunity to reconstruct the complex and fascinating histories of these collections, as well as the early curatorial practices related to them. What are the stories behind archaeological collections? How and in what cultural, political and social context were they formed? How did they evolve in time?

This session aims to explore the histories and lives of various archaeological collections in Europe and beyond. We welcome papers that explore themes such as the birth of archaeological collections and the reasons and ideologies behind them; the trajectories of the objects that constitute these collections, from discovery to their inclusion in collections (whether private or public); and the criteria employed in organising, storing, preserving and displaying collections in the past and now. We would like to encourage discussion on the exhibitions in which archaeological objects were presented, their display and the concepts behind it. Discussions might include correspondence concerning archaeological collections and the networks of scholars, amateurs and common people that formed around them; the role of collections in knowledge production, transfer and exchange; and the scientific interest raised by a specific collection in time (who researched it, why and how).
Keywords:
museology, archaeological collections, ideology, knowledge
Session associated with MERC:
no
Session associated with CIfA:
no
Session associated with SAfA:
no

Organisers

Main organiser:
Dr. Laura Coltofean (Romania) 1
Co-organisers:
Dr. Vladimir V. Mihajlović (Serbia) 2
PhD Candidate Anna Gustavsson (Sweden) 3
Affiliations:
1. Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania
2. Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, Belgrade, Serbia
3. University of Gothenburg, Sweden