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Biomedicine in museums

Max Planck Research Network Seminar "History of Scientific Objects", Copenhagen 8 – 12 May

There are still a few vacant seats around the table at the Copenhagen station of the Max Planck Research Network’s European Wandering Seminar, “History of Scientific Objects”, 8 – 12 May. Remaining seats will be distributed according the first-come-first-seated principle. PhD students will have priority. Participation fee is 300 DKK per day (including coffee and lunches). Inquiries to Thomas Söderqvist, Medical Museion,, not later than Friday 5 May at noon.
Program (can also be read on Hugin & Munin) and background literature:

Monday 8 May

15.00 – 16.00 Wellcome! Appetizer overview of Medical Museion’s exhibitions and collections.

16.00 – 18.00 Round-table presentation of wanderers and the week’s local staff. Debriefing of wanderers’ experience in Munich

Tuesday 9 May

9.30 – 10.30 “The Medical Museion concept” (Thomas Söderqvist)

11.00 -12.30 Round-trip in the collections of Medical Museion (Ion Meyer, Anders Olsen, Camilla Mordhorst, Thomas Söderqvist)

13.30 -14.30 “Collecting biomedicine of the 21st century” (Thomas Söderqvist)

15.00 -16.45 Project presentations – I: “Human boundary objects” (Klaus Høyer) and “The multiple foetus: practicing foetuses in medicine, history and museums (Sniff Nexø)

Wednesday 10 May

9.30 – 11.30 Project presentations – II: “Researching, collecting and interviewing for a history of kidney transplantation (Søren Bak-Jensen) and “Researching and collecting virtual surgery” (Jan Eric Olsén)

11.45 – 12.45 Round-trip in the present exhibitions of Medical Museion (NN)

14.00 – 15.00 “A new medical history museum exhibition concept” (Camilla Mordhorst)

Thursday 11 May

9.30 – 11.30 Project presentations – III: “Following the minipig” (Hanne Jessen) and “Visualizing epidemiology” (Susanne Bauer)

11.45 – 12.45 Preserving recent biomedical objects — demonstration of the conservator’s laboratory work (Ion Meyer)

14.00 – 15.30 Visit to The Danish Museum of Art and Design, Bredgade 68, Copenhagen (NN)

Friday 12 May

9.30 – 10.30 “Carnevalesque medicine: Representing and displaying curious, anecdotal, unique, peculiar and monstrous biomedical objects” (Camilla Mordhorst, Thomas Söderqvist)

11.00 – 12.00 Concluding discussion about medical, scientific, museological and art objects

14.00 – 17.00 Technological objects: Visit to the History of Technology Division, Technical University of Denmark, Anker Engelundsvej 1 (Building 101A), Lyngby (Jan Tapdrup, Chris Chilvers)

Background literature:

ISIS December 2006 vol. 96 no.4 , Special issue on Museums and the History of Science

Butler, St. (1992). Science and Technology Museums. Leicester, Leicester Univ. Press.

Chittenden, D., G. Farmelo, et al., Eds. (2004). Creating connections : museums and the public understanding of current research. Walnut Creek, CA, AltaMira Press.

Daston, L. (2004). Things that talk: object lessons from art and science. New York, Zone Books

De Chadarevian, S., Hopwood, Nick (2004). Models. The Third Dimension of Science. Stanford, Stanford University Press

Findlen, P. (1994). Possessing Nature. Museums, Collecting, and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy. Los Angeles, University of California Press.

Heesen, A. te (2003). Der Schrank/the Cupboard, Mark Dion-Encyclomania. Nürnberg: Verlag für moderne Kunst: 25-38

Lindqvist, S., Ed. (2000). Museums of Modern Science, Science History Publications, USA.

Macdonald, S., Ed. (1998). The politics of display : museums, science, culture. London [u.a.], Routledge.

Pierce, S. (Ed) (1996). Exploring Science In Museums. London, Athlone Press.

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