Author Archives: Bodil Axelsson

Are national museums prepared for Creative Europe?

Creativity and diversity, these two buzzwords are at the heart of the new EU programme dedicated to the cultural and creative sectors,  and proposed by the European Commission on 23 November 2011. During the next year the proposal Creative Europe, will … Continue reading

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More on great historical narratives in Europe’s national museums

José María Lanzarote Guiral reports from the second international conference on “Great historical narratives in Europe’s national museums”, held in the Louvre and Institut national d’histoire de l’art in Paris from the 25th to the 26 of November. As at the previous conference in … Continue reading

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Great historical narratives in Europe’s national museums II

This conference expands the knowledge on the ways in which museums adapt their explicit narratives to changing social and political situations. It is organised by Dominique Poulot and Felicity Bodenstein and takes place in Paris 25-26 November, as this post is published. On the conference, a … Continue reading

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National museums of Australia

Peter Aronsson Where is it? Laurajane Smith and Kylie Message, Australia National University, are the best guides you could imagine for an understanding of the dynamics of the Australian National Museum since it opened in 2001. They make me understand … Continue reading

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Balkan history – facilitating dialogues on conflicting pasts – blogpost by Peter Aronsson

Anthony Krause at the UNESCO office of Venice has called on national history museums in South East Europe to work together on a traveling exhibition. Museum leaders from 12 countries met for the third time in Torino 5-6 October for … Continue reading

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Museum beyond the nation – report from a conference session

The last two years archaeologist Johan Hegardt has been working on a project on the history of the Swedish National Historical Museum with Patrik Nordström, Fredrik Svanberg and Malin Grundberg. In this blog he reports from the session, “Museum beyond the nation”,  he … Continue reading

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Rekindling the roles of national museums in Dublin and Belfast

Thomas Cauvin is doctorial researcher at the European University Institute and is affiliated to Eunamus’ partner in Paris. He contributes to Eunamus’ research on great historical narratives. He has been invited as a guest at Unfolding Eunamus to present two recent articles … Continue reading

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Busy days

A lot of activities are going on in the Eunamus project in September. Report seems to be the word of the month. First I would like to report, in the sense of broadcasting, that we are planning two conferences. The … Continue reading

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National museums – audience experiences and identities

When I learned that Nordiska Museet* in Stockholm was among the museums that Alexandra Bounia  and Kristin Kuutma had included in Eunamus’ study on audience experiences and identities I was quite surprised. To me, the obvious choice in Sweden would have been … Continue reading

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Great historical narratives in European museums and political uses of history and memory

Museums have been casted as sites for the formulation of value. They act as political and moralizing institutions and struggle, and have struggled, with political influence and interference,  for a long period. At the same time, they are trusted societal institutions that communicate analytically … Continue reading

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