NaMu, Making National Museums

Program, Setting the Frames

Image2 February 2007

Linköping University 26-28 February

Conference location: Museum of Work, Laxholmen, Norrköping


Paper presenters have 5 min each person for oral presentation, commentators 15 min to draw papers together, relate to the overall questions of the conference and start of the discussion.


Keynotes given in Folksamsalen are open to the public on Monday and Tuesday.

Workshops in Alva Monday and Tuesday and the program on Wednesday in Folksamsalen are only open to registered participants.

Monday 26 February

12.00 Registration

13.00-14.00 Lunch (Stadsmuseet)

14.00-15.00 Introduction: Peter Aronsson, Linköping University; Arne Bugge Amundsen, Oslo University &, Simon Knell, Leicester University (Folksamsalen)


15.00-16.00 Keynote speaker: Stefan Berger, University of Manchester: Representations of the Past: The Writing of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century European History (Folksamsalen)


16.00-17.00 Workshop 1. Comparative strategies (Alva)
Chair: Simon Knell

Debora Meijers

National Museums and National Identity seen from an International and Comparative Perspective, c. 1760-1918

Ellinoor Bergvelt

Are national museums of Protestant nations different? The process of modernizing 19th-century national art museums in the Netherlands and in Great Britain 1800-1855’

Stuart Burch

Museum landscapes: zoning in on a complex cultural field

 Commentator: Stefan Berger


17.00-17.30 Coffee


17.30-19.00 Workshop 2. Nationalisms with and without a state (Alva)
Chair: Arne Bugge Amundsen

Anna Chrusciel

Re-thinking the remembrance of the Holocaust in Germany -National Museums and Memorials as agents for positive social change?

Christine Braunersreuther

Nation and Nationality in German Museums

Andrew Newby & Linda Burnett

‘Unionist Nationalism’ and the National Museum of Scotland, c. 1847-1866

Rhiannon Mason

Defining national museums in the UK context: why there is no National Museum of England

Lee Jeong-eun

Behind the Scenes at the New National Museum of Korea

The heavy role of the prefix ‘national’

 Commentator: Gudmundur Hálfdanarson


20.00 Buffet at Department of Culture Studies

Tuesday 27 February

09.00-10.00 Keynote speaker: Tony Bennett, Open University: Museums of Conflicted Histories in Postcolonial Contexts (Folksamsalen)


10.00-11.30 Workshop 3. Colonial and post-colonial transfers (Alva)

Chair: Peter Aronsson

Kristy Phillips

The National Museum of India: A Monument to and of the “Nation”

Tracy Buck

The National(ist) Museum: The Moment of Independence Suspended in Time

Åse Magnusson

“Sáminess” at museum

Anna Torgrímsdóttir

The Museum of Nordic Antiquities in Copenhagen 1807-1850

The concept of national museums in early 19th century

Lotten Gustafsson Reinius

Materializing modernity: Swedish imaginations and Congolese objects at the Ethnographic and Missionary exhibition in Stockholm 1907

Adriana Muñoz

From Curiosa to World Culture. The History of the South American Collections at the Museum of World Culture

Commentator: Tony Bennett


12.00-13.00 Workshop 4: Visualising the past (Alva)

  Chair: Kerstin Smeds

Karin Becker

The Photography Archive and the Narration of History

Toward a comparative framework

Secil Yilmaz

MiniaTürk: Culture, History and Memory in Turkey in the Post-1980

Thordis Arrhenius

Architecture on Display; the Open-Air museum

Eva Insulander

The exhibition as a multimodal pedagogical text

Commentator: Simon Knell


13.00-14.00 Lunch (Stadsmuseet)


14.00-15.00 Keynote speaker, Esther Shalev-Gerz, Linköping University: Reflecting spaces / deflecting spaces


15-16.30 Workshop 5: The meaning of Art (Alva)

Chair: Karin Becker

Eugenia Afinoguenova

How the Prado Became the Art Museum of the Spanish Nation

Thouli Misirloglou

National Gallery of Greece and nationalism

Susanna Pettersson

For the People’s Best. Fredrik Cygnaeus and the course taken by art in Finland

Laila Skjøthaug

The visibility zone

Henrik Holm

How can we understand and define the national museum concept?

Commentator: Esther Shalev-Gerz


17.00-18.00 Workshop 6: Trajectories (Alva)

 Chair: Svante Beckman


Johannes Siapkas &
Lena Sjögren

Ancient sculptures and national museums: Universal and local claims of antiquity

Jennifer Carter

New nation, new history: Alexandre Lenoir and the Musée des monuments français (1795-1816)

Katerina Billouri &
Iro Katsariadou

Representing Byzantium: the narratives of the Byzantine Medieval Past in Greek National Museums

Commentator: Alexandra Bounia


20.00 Dinner at Loius DeGeer (aperitif from 19.30)

Wednesday 28 February

9.00 -10.00 Workshop 7: Consuming the museum (Folksam)

 Chair: Alexandra Bounia

Mette Houlberg Rung

The National Art Museum as a Platform for Self-formation

Sarah Hughes

Representing national museums: museum books and catalogues

Palmyre Pierroux

Museology and the Problem of Interiority

Commentator: Kerstin Smeds


10.30-11.30 Workshop 8. In and out of the Nation (Folksam)

 Chair: Gudmundur Hálfdanarson

Barbara Wenk

How to explore the Nations within Europe through National Museums as Museums for Contemporary Issues

Ellen Chapman

What Makes a Museum National? National Identities at Community Museums

Cecilia Axelsson

Exploring the museum – a comprehensive approach

Commentator: Arne Bugge Amundsen


11.30-12.30 Concluding discussions (chair: Peter Aronsson)

11.30-11.50 Conclusions: Svante Beckman

11.50-12.30 General discussion


12.30 Lunch (Stadsmuseet)


(13.30-15.00 Advisory board, at Strykbrädan)



A Marie Curie Conferences & Training Courses, European Commission



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