Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Workshop Transforming the Museum

27. - 28. May 2016

Workshop: Transforming the Museum. An Exploration

During the last decades, the role of the museum has changed substantially. Former displays of objects and pictures are challenged by alternative ways of representing and staging the past.

The use of media and visitor participation challenges the educational aspect that museums once offered. Conveying historical knowledge and stimulating a cognitive process of perception are being replaced by a more emotional museum experience: instead of dealing with historical facts, museums have become 'historical theme parks'. The central aim of the workshop is to discuss these developments on its historical backgrounds and develop further perspectives on roles and functions/ways of communication of historical museums/ or exhibitions. By focusing on the impact of new media and ways of staging the past, we want to take a closer look at how historical knowledge is conveyed in today's museums practice.

Date: May 27-28, 2016
Venue: Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin
Organizers: Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena, Europäisches Kolleg Jena and Jüdisches Museum Berlin