Lost Museums: Colloquium on the Ephemerality and Afterlives of Museum Collections

In conjunction with the year-long exhibition project examining Brown University’s lost Jenks Museum, the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology and the John Carter Brown Library invite paper proposals for a colloquium on lost artifacts, collections and museums. Conceptual, poetic, and artistic formats are also invited.

The organisers are interested in the process of decline and decay — the taphonomy of institutions and collections — as a means of shedding light on the history of museums and libraries (considering the ways in which material things reflect and shape the practices of science and the humanities) and encouraging dialogue as museums think about current and future collections practices.

The colloquium is to be held May 7-8, 2015 at Brown University, Providence, R.I., USA

CFP Deadline: September 15, 2014

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