Authentic Knowledge Transfer in Museums

This inSTUDIESplus project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, will establish a seminar on authentic knowledge transfer in museums for the Master of Public History at the Historical Institute of Ruhr-University Bochum by the end of September 2017.

Aim of the seminar will be for students to deepen their knowledge about terms, methods and discourses of Public History. Based on a hands-on approach, the students will retrace these terms and concepts with the help of a case study regarding the authentic transfer of knowledge in history museums. Both existing exhibitions will be analysed and deconstructed as well as a minor aspect of an exhibition will be planned and implemented. Methods of visitor surveys will help to evaluate the exhibition, thereby enabling a discussion of further research questions related to Public History in the seminar.

Bibliographical reference:

  • Hampp, Constanze/Schwan, Stephan: The Role of Authentic Objects in Museums of the History of Science and Technology. Findings from a visitor study, in: International Journal of Science Education, Part B, 5 (2015), S. 161–181.
  • Pirker, Eva Ulrike et al. (Hgg.): Echte Geschichte. Authentizitätsfiktionen in populären Geschichtskulturen (Historische Lebenswelten in populären Wissenskulturen, Bd. 3), Bielefeld 2010.

Duration: October 2016 – September 2017
Funding: German Federal Minstry of Education and Research; Project inSTUDIESplus, Maßnahmenfed: Integrierende Studiengangsentwicklung
Project editing: Prof. Dr. Nicola Brauch, Deborah Hantke


Please contact Deborah Hantke for further information.

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