Rhiannon Mason at the Museums Association Conference

Key questions about the role of museums on migration from Rhiannon Mason - image credit Kat Lloyd

Key questions about the role of museums on migration from Rhiannon Mason – image credit Kat Lloyd

Rhiannon Mason recently spoke at the Museums Association conference on the topic of migration in museums – and how the sector can ‘do migration differently’. In the session, held in Birmingham last week, Mason spoke alongside Sophie Henderson, director of the Migration Museum project, and Avaes Mohammed, project leader at British Future. The full story can be found on the Museums Association website: http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/09112015-museums-urged-to-do-migration-differently

New publication on museums and identity

As part of the EC-funded project European Museums in an Age of Migrations (MeLa), Chris Whitehead and the ICCHS MeLa team (Rhiannon Mason, Susannah Eckersley and Kat Lloyd) have recently produced a policy brief for the European Commission. This brief, ‘Museums & Identity in History and Contemporaneity’, explores the roles that museums can play in representing migration, migrants and diversity in order to develop egalitarian social relations. The brief is intended to guide cultural policy and museum practice in the EU.

Download the publication: Museums & Identity in History and Contemporaneity

 

MeLa Project team starts fieldwork at the Silesian Museum

The Silesian Museum

The Silesian Museum

Dr Susannah Eckersley and ICCHS Alumnus Dr Michal Koskowski will soon be travelling to Goerlitz in Germany to undertake fieldwork at the Silesian Museum as part of the MeLa Project: European Museums in an Age of Migrations. The museum covers the culture and history of Silesia, a region with a complex past, straddling the border between Germany and Poland. To find out more about the project follow the ICCHS MeLa research team on Twitter @MelaNewcastle

European Museums in an Age of Migrations (MeLa) is a €2.9million project funded by the European Commission. ICCHS’s work within the project involves a historical and contemporary focus on the significance of museum representations of place for expressions of cultural identity in European museums. It addresses questions surrounding place-people(s)-culture relations in contemporary European museums, involving consideration of the ways in which museums construct places and their inhabitants through representational practices.

MeLa research in Hungary, Slovakia and Austria

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Chris Whitehead visited Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna to study museum representations of place, population flows and migration in the three cities. With a focus on how histories inform different European place identities he spent time looking at displays about the Ottoman Empire and its eventual repulsion at the second Siege of Vienna, the shrinkage of Hungary after the Treaty of Triannon, Communist-era Hungary and the 1956 Uprising and the ‘Velvet Divorce’ between the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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European Museums in an Age of Migrations (MeLa) is a €2.9million project funded by the European Commission. ICCHS’s work within the project involves a historical and contemporary focus on the significance of museum representations of place for expressions of cultural identity in European museums. It addresses questions surrounding place-people(s)-culture relations in contemporary European museums, involving consideration of the ways in which museums construct places and their inhabitants through representational practices. You can find out more about the project at http://www.mela-project.eu/

Research Seminar: Knut Djupedal,19 June 2013

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

1 – 2pm

Location: 18 Windsor Terrace, Chester Room
Speaker: Knut Djupedal, director and curator, Norwegian Emigrant Museum

Born in 1948, emigrated to the United States as a child, returned to Norway as an adult. Educated in the United States and Norway, Knut gained Master’s degrees in both countries. After serving as a research associate with the Norwegian Research Council for the Humanities, he became director and curator at the Norwegian Emigrant Museum, a post he has held since 1991.

Knut has been chair of the Norwegian-American Historical Association in Norway (2006-2010) and the Association of European Migration Institutions (AEMI) (1996-2002). Has curated several exhibits at the Emigrant Museum, including: “The Norwegian-American Painter Bernhard Berntsen” (2005), “The Norwegian America Line” (2008), and “Mormons, Norwegians, the Handcart Pioneers, and Torleif Knaphus” (2009).

Knut has participated extensively in international projects, including “Routes to the Roots”, with NAUSA (Carl von Ossietzky) Universität Oldenburg, Germany (1994-1997); “Norwegians in New York 1825-2000,” with the Norwegian Immigration Association in New York, (1998-2001), and “Crossing Borders,” an EU-Interreg project with the Swedish-American Center, Karlstad, Sweden (2008-2011).

He has published articles on migration, folklore, media and culture and worldview in Norwegian, British and American scholarly journals, and co-authored “Amerikabilder” (Pictures from America) in 2008.

In this session of our research seminars for 2013, Knut will discuss how The Norwegian Emigrant Museum uses material and immaterial sources from its collections – and which for the purposes of the lecture, will include the museum’s historical buildings – to tell the story of Norwegian emigration to overseas destinations, in particular the United States.

For more information on the Norwegian Emigrant Museum, please visit www.emigrantmuseum.no  or www.hedmus.no