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:

  • Baur, Joachim (Hg.): Museumsanalyse. Methoden und Konturen eines neuen Forschungsfeldes, 2. unveränd. Aufl., Bielefeld 2013.
  • Eser, Thomas (Hg.): Authentisierung im Museum. Ein Werkstatt-Bericht (RGZM-Tagungen, Band 32), Mainz 2017.
  • Pirker, Eva Ulrike et al. (Hgg.): Echte Geschichte. Authentizitätsfiktionen in populären Geschichtskulturen (Historische Lebenswelten in populären Wissenskulturen, Bd. 3), Bielefeld 2010.
  • Sabrow, Martin/Saupe, Achim (Hgg.): Historische Authentizität, Göttingen 2016.

Duration: October 2016 – May 2019
Funding: German Federal Minstry of Education and Research; Project inSTUDIESplus
Project editing: Prof. Dr. Nicola Brauch, Deborah Hantke

Please contact Deborah Hantke for further information.

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