Pleasant problems

The last week I have had my hands full of reports on the development of national museums in Europe and abstracts on current issues in museum research.  I am parallelly coordinating an Eunamus conference in Bologna and a series of four sessions on museum research at the conference Current Issues in European Culture Studies, ACSIS 2011.  And I am overpowered by the interest these events have generated already.

The project’s very own conference: Building National museums in Europe 1750-2010, takes place in Bologna 30 March – April 1. Eunamus Italian partner, Professor Ilaria Porciani, has made a great job in putting together the program for the public opening and researchers from all over Europe have produced a set of very interesting reports that will be discussed in thematic sessions the following days. A lot of people have registered already, but we can accommodate a few more on the public opening, so if you are not too far away from Bologna March 30, do join us!

The pleasant problems come out of the fact that I received no less than 24 highly relevant and promising abstracts for the session Eunamus co-organises at the ACSIS conference in Norrköping in June. The planned twin session turned into a series of four sessions and I spent several hours to combine the abstracts into four fairly coherent themes. The themes are: Media and landscapes in museums, exhibitions and archives * Education, participation and networking in relations between museum and society * The role of colonial heritage and migration in museums and society * Collecting and collections in museums, society and cultural spaces

Bodil Axelsson

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