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Summer workshop – Collections as Agents of Identity and Heritage

The Huizinga Institiute presents a Summer Workshop, cofunded by The Amsterdam School for Heritage and Memory Studies, the Amsterdam Center for Cultural Heritage and Identity and the University of Amsterdam

Dates: June 23-25, 2014
Place: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Applications: Deadline for applications is June 9, 2014


Recent research in the fields of art history, museology, musicology, history of science and heritage studies has recognized the historical and contemporary values of the collection as distinct from both the objects contained in them, and the collectors who were responsible for bringing them together. The summer workshop focuses on questions of disclosing the creation of epistemic and cultural values that become tied to collections over time both from an academic perspective and from the standpoint of public interest. The summer school shall help to explore a model for future activities in the broader field of heritage and memory studies.


Invited speakers to the workshop will be Dr. Irina Podgorny and Prof. Dr. Eszter Fontana. 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. 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 been very successful in attracting public interest in and funding for new research projects on the Leipzig collection. The workshop will consist of a two plenary lectures by each of the presenters; Dr. Podgorny will discuss the intertwinement of research collections with the construction of a cultural identity, and Prof. Dr. Fontana will talk about the creation of values in her work as director of the Leipzig Musical Instruments collection. Both plenary lectures will be followed by workshops based both on readings; the workshop will conclude with presentations by participants on their Research MA/Ph.D. research projects.

Practical information

The summer workshop will take place from 23 to 25 June in Amsterdam. The Workshop is open for participants at Research Master and PhD levels from the fields of Art History, Musicology, Theatre Studies, Cultural Studies, but also students from other programs, such as Conservation and Restoration, Heritage and Museum studies. The workshop will be held in English. There are no costs involved for participation; international participants are expected to organize their own stay.

How to apply

Applications for and questions on the Summer Workshop can be directed to Deadline for applications is June 9, 2014. The application should include a CV and a short description of the applicant’s research project, emphasizing how it relates to the workshop (max. 500 words).