National Museums and the Negotiation of Difficult Pasts

EUNAMUS international conference

National Museums and the Negotiation of Difficult Pasts

Les musées nationaux et la négociation des passés difficiles

Brussels, 26-27 January 2012

Maison des Arts, Campus of the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Organised by:

Dominique Poulot, Eunamus / Université Paris 1 / Institut Universitaire de France.
Felicity Bodenstein, Eunamus.
José M. Lanzarote-Guiral, Eunamus.

Thursday January 26th : Morning session  9:00 – 12:30

Session 1: From Artworks to human remains: restitution of cultural assets

9:00 / Christophe Loir (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and Dominique Poulot. Introduction to the conference.

9:30 / Keynote speaker: Fredrik Svanberg (Historiska Museet, Stockholm).  Bodies collected and contested: The heritage of anatomical museums.

10:00 / Lill Eilertsen (Eunamus, Oslo). Breaking the ice: Contested objects in the Arctic areas.

10:20 / Eva Silvén (Nordiska Museet, Stockholm). Contested Sami heritage: drums and sieidis on the move.

11:20 / Lotten Gustafsson Reinius  (Museum of Ethnography, Stockholm). Beyond the ritualized closure: re-locating perspectives on a celebrated Swedish-Australian restitution case.

11:40 / Andrzej Jakubowski  (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw). The Effects of State Succession on National Museums: the Negotiation of Difficult Pasts in the Post-Cold War Context.

Thursday January 26th: Afternoon session 14:00 – 18:00

Session 2: Negociating difficult pasts: Traumatic memories of war and dictatorship

14:00 / Keynote speaker: Robin Ostow (Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, and University of Toronto). Warsaw’s new Jewish Museum: Building a new history in a twenty-first century democracy.

14:30 / Sheila Watson, Andy Sawyer (Eunamus, Leicester). Museums and World War II.

14:50 / Silke Walther (Ruhr Universität, Bochum). Imagined Communities in Contemporary Holocaust Exhibitions.

15:50 / Paul Williams (Ralph Appelbaum Associates, New York). Treading Difficult Ground: The Effort to Establish Russia’s First National Gulag  Museum.

16:10 / Mathilde Le Luyer (University of Lille 2).  Repenser une mémoire européenne du totalitarisme, l’expérience des musées de l’occupation baltes.

16:50 / Simina Badica (Eunamus, CEU).  Museums of Oblivion. Exhibiting Communism in Post-Communist Romania.

17:10 / Rossitza Guentcheva (Eunamus, CEU). Communism Contested: The Museum of Socialist Art in Sofia.

Friday January 27th : Morning session 9:00 – 12:30

Session 3: Negotiating difficult pasts: shifting borders and  community identities

9:00 / Keynote speaker: Tassos Anastassiadis (McGill University, Montreal). From Ottoman refugees to EU citizens and global diasporas: Shifting boundaries of imagined communities and the global usages of the past.

9:30 / Ilaria Porciani (Eunamus, Bologna). A Tale of Three Museums. The Parenzo and Pola Museums in Istria and the Fiume  museum in Rome: hot spots for national identities.

09:50 / Simona Troilo (Eunamus, Bologna). The fabrication of Rhodes heritage. The Italian colonial politics and the question of antiquities in the Dodecanese (1914-1928).

10:50 / Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert (Cyprus University of Technology) and Alexandra Bounia (Eunamus Aegean). Reluctant Museums”: between a church and a museum. Displaying religion in Cypriot museums

11:10 / Luís Raposo (National Museum of Archaeology, Lisbon). Portuguese ancestry and contemporary disillusions: the role of the National Ethnographic Museum / National Museum of Archaeology, from late XIX century to present days

11:30 / Nabila Oulebsir (Université de Poitiers). Non-European Museums in the Time of Globalisation: Negotiating French History, Investing National Identity in the Twenty-First Century Algeria.

More information :

Program in PDF :

Previous events :

Paris, 29 juin- 1er juillet 2011.

Université Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne / Eunamus, Linköpings Universitet, Sverige.

Lieu : Galerie Colbert, INHA, 2 rue Vivienne, 75002, Paris, Salle Perrot puis Vasari.

Great historical narratives in European museums (1750-2010). Building Nations, Looking across Borders and Remenbering the Past.

Les musées européens et leurs grands récits (1750-2010). Constructions nationales, questions de frontières et usages politiques du passé.

Colloque organisé par Dominique Poulot, Professeur à l’Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Programme :

Nabila Oulebsir

Université de Poitiers / Centre Georg Simmel, UMR 8131 CNRS-EHESS

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