The Authenticity of Collections – an international and interdisciplinary symposium on authenticity, recording and digitization

Herder Institute for Historical Research on Eastern Europe, Marburg, Germany
March 7-11, 2016

As a result of the “material turn” of the last decade, collections in and of themselves have become objects of research. The materiality of collected objects, questions regarding their authenticity, selection and recording are subjects of transdiciplinary and conceptual debates. In order to investigate these complexes, connections, and interdependencies, scholars have combined methodological and theoretical approaches from various disciplines such as history, art history, archeology, and museology. In a world going ever more digital, immaterial ideas, images, and practices of preservation, necessitate a rethinking and reconceptualization of existing orders.

Combining theoretical approaches with everyday practices of collecting and in collections, this symposium will provide a forum for discussion for graduate and post-graduate students. The host institute of the symposium, the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg, is not only a place for research, but belongs to the few German institutions, where theoretical knowledge on Eastern Europe interacts directly with objects from the region (e.g. books, manuscripts, journals, images).

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