The CENTRE FOR ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH ON MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE (CARMaH)
is hosting the following panel discussion to which you are warmly
Panel discussion: What are museums good for in the 21st Century?
Around the world, new museums are being built and older ones are being
revitalized. Many are interrogating and redefining their roles and
purpose; and are positioning themselves as significant actors in public
culture, aiming to prompt social reflection, inspire creativity and
foster senses of cosmopolitan citizenship. But are museums really good
at playing such roles? Do other institutions do it better? Are
collections a help or a hindrance? How productive are notions such as
‘curiosity’, ‘inclusion’ and ‘dialogue’? And what else are museums good
for in the 21st Century?
Time: MONDAY JULY 4TH, 5 – 7 PM
_Place: __CARMaH, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Mohrenstrasse
40/41, Berlin 10117; Room 408_
Seats are limited. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for
NICHOLAS THOMAS (Director of the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology,
University of Cambridge) will provide an impulse from his new book, _THE
RETURN OF CURIOSITY. WHAT MUSEUMS ARE GOOD FOR IN THE 21ST CENTURY
_(2016, London: Reaktion Books).
This will be followed by a discussion chaired by Sharon Macdonald
(CARMaH, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) with the following panel
members: Inka Bertz (Head of Collections, Jewish Museum Berlin), Verena
Lepper (Curator for Egyptian and Oriental Papyri, Egyptian Museum of
Berlin), Sven Sappelt (Curator, Humboldt Lab, Humboldt Universität zu
Berlin), Bernd Scherer (Director of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt).
Nicholas Thomas first visited the Pacific in 1984 and has worked since
on exploration, empire, art and museology in Oceania and comparatively.
His books include Possessions: indigenous art/colonial culture (1999),
Discoveries: the voyages of Captain Cook (2003) and Islanders: the
Pacific in the Age of Empire (2010), which was awarded the Wolfson
History Prize. Since 2006, he has been Director of the Museum of
Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge, which was a Finalist for the
UK Museum of the Year Prize in 2013. He has collaborated extensively
with artists and curated exhibitions for art, history and anthropology
museums in many countries.