Breaking silences with object-centred approaches
Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência
Museu Nacional de Arqueologia
Lisbon, 15-16 November 2018
Heritage objects have the capability to break silences surrounding the history of science, collecting and knowledge production practices. By retracing the objects trajectory this enriches historiographical narratives as regards museums and their historic collections, their processes of the formation, transfer, dispersal, sale and, sometimes, disappearance. This methodology highlights the heterogeneous nature of actors and sites that channeled objects to museums, as well as the existence of extensive networks of communication and collaborative work.
This workshop intends to consider object-centered approaches reflecting on how these methodologies can be used to communicate global and local histories on the emergence and development of scientific culture and the latent potentials of innovative exhibition practices based on the invisibilities of the history of collections and museums.