Netherlands, Amsterdam

Museum Objects as Evidence

when 27 July 2020 - 2 August 2020
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 1000

Over the course of two weeks, participants will work closely with an interdisciplinary team of researchers, curators, conservators, and scientists from the Rijksmuseum, the Conservation Department of the University of Amsterdam, and Bard Graduate Center (New York City).

The Summer School is anchored by a series of object-focused case studies drawn mainly from the collections of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. These sessions highlight the varied ways of gathering information about the material past, allowing us to ask more profound questions about the circumstances of objects’ production and use, and in turn about the persons who made and used them. Participants will also be introduced to the use of several advanced analytical techniques. Demonstrations will be given by the scientists operating the apparatus, so that the participants can gain first-hand information about the principles and, perhaps more importantly, the possibilities and limitations of technical analysis.

Course leader

prof. Erma Hermens

Target group

This course is primarily aimed at students of history, art history, archaeology and anthropology, but other humanities students interested in questions of cultural heritage may apply. Master's and PhD level are preferred. Selection of applicants is based on academic achievement, relevant work experience and commitment to the field of conservation and research.

Course aim

Over the course of two weeks, participants will work closely with an interdisciplinary team of researchers, curators, conservators, and scientists from the Rijksmuseum, the Conservation Department of the University of Amsterdam, and Bard Graduate Center (New York City).

The Summer School is anchored by a series of object-focused case studies drawn mainly from the collections of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. These sessions highlight the varied ways of gathering information about the material past, allowing us to ask more profound questions about the circumstances of objects’ production and use, and in turn about the persons who made and used them. Participants will also be introduced to the use of several advanced analytical techniques. Demonstrations will be given by the scientists operating the apparatus, so that the participants can gain first-hand information about the principles and, perhaps more importantly, the possibilities and limitations of technical analysis.

Fee info

EUR 1000: The fee covers for participation in the programme, accommodation (12 overnight stays in The Student Hotel), orientation package, site visits, entrance fees, lunches, coffee breaks, receptions, a joint dinner and a certificate of attendance (upon request).
The course fee does not include travel to and from Amsterdam (and within Amsterdam).

Scholarships

U21/LERU Partial Scholarship
If your university is a member of the Universitas 21 network and/or LERU network then you may be eligible for a partial scholarship of € 500. You must also be a current student at that university when you apply for the summer

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