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Comparing: National Museums, Territories, Nation-Building and Change. NaMu IV, Linköping University, Norrköping, Sweden 18–20 February 2008
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Department of Culture Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2008 (English)Conference proceedings (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In earlier conferences of NaMu: Making National In earlier conferences of NaMu: Making National Museums, we have explored the complexity of defining National Museums laboured with contemporary narrative analyses and dealt specifically with how diversity and difference are negotiated in an increasingly globalized world.

The fourth conference in the series held at Linköping University 18-20 February 2008 took an explicit historical and comparative outlook dealing with some of the main questions of the NaMu program, stressing methodological issues and comparative strategies. Eight thematic sessions were introduced by seminal key-notes giving European, global and methodological feeds to the dialogue over disciplinary and national borders:

  1. Comparing relationships between different forms of national museums and their related academic disciplines. To what extent were and are they part of institutions of knowledge? Do they present a coherent approach to memory politics? To what extent are there autonomous logics operating in the evolution of cultural, historical, technical, natural and art national museums?
  2. Comparing the narratives told in and by museums: how do they evolve over time? What “us” and what “others” were constructed with what means? Do they differ between countries structurally?
  3. Comparing the role of national museums in the overall history of their setting (relating to disciplinary, esthetical, political and economical developments. Are they forming nations, creating hegemony, arguing for change, disrupting order or integrate?

Some answers and the basis for more intelligent questions are to be found in this volume.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press , 2008. , 319 p.
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings, ISSN 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online) ; 30
Keyword [en]
National Museums, Marie Curie, Identity politics, nationalism, museology
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-42466Local ID: 64799OAI: diva2:263323
Building National Museums in Europe 1750–2010. European National Museums: Identity Politics, the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen, Bologna 28-30 April 2011. EuNaMus Report No. 1
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2013-02-21Bibliographically approved

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