Congres: “Museums and the (loss of?) the encyclopedic ideal 1780-2016” (Haarlem, 20-22 april 2017)

Van 20 tot en met 22 april organiseert het Teylers Museum in Haarmem een congres met als thema musea en het verlies van het encyclopedische ideaal in de 18de en 19de eeuw. Alle informatie over het congres vindt u hier.

The conference will deal with the question of how the relationship between science and religion, between the visual cultures of art and science, and between religion, ethics and aesthetics has changed over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, and how this affected each of these categories? How did such categories as ‘science’, ‘art’ and ‘the public’ emerge in this process? How did the universal scientist give way to the modern expert? How did research and pedagogy get disentangled? What meanings were attached to the word ‘museum’ and how did these change over time? To what extent can we speak of the creation of clear and meaningful boundaries in this process of differentiation and to what extent is the change merely cosmetic? And last but not least: do we witness a fading of such boundaries again today?

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