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Keynotes – Dr. Irina Podgorny and Prof. Eszter Fontana

On June 26-28, the Huizinga Institute will host the Summer workshop “Collections as Agents of Heritage and Identity”. In this framework, two keynotes will be held, to which we would like to invite you most cordially:

June 23

Dr. Irina Podgorny (Universidad Nacional de La Plata/Lateinamerika-Institut der Freien Universität Berlin)

Charlatans’ knowledge and traveling collections

Universiteitsbibliotheek, Singel 425, Doelenzaal, 17:00

Dr. Irina Podgorny is an Argentinian historian of anthropology and paleontology, Permanent Research Scholar at the CONICET (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, since 1995), as well as Professor (ad honorem) and Director of the Archivo Histórico y Fotográfico at the Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo of the Universidad Nacional de la Plata. Having received the Georg Forster Prize 2013 from the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, she is currently affiliated with the Freie Universität Berlin for research project on the role of scientific collections in identity formation in South America between 1850 and 1950. In her talk she will discuss travelling collections, involving questions of identity and knowledge formation against the background of the figure of the charlatan.


June 24

Prof. emerit. Dr. Eszter Fontana (University of Leipzig)

Creating Values in Museum Collections

Bushuis, Koveniersburgwal 48, VOC zaal, 16:00

Prof. Dr. Eszter Fontana is director emerita of the Museum for musical instruments in Leipzig and Professor extra-ordinary for Musicology (Organology) at Leipzig University. Prof. Fontana has restructured the Leipzig musicological collections and has developed new ways to attract public interest in and funding for new research projects on the Leipzig collection. In her talk she will discuss these strategies and provide examples from her work in the conservation, preservation and presentation of musical instruments and related objects.