Netherlands, Amsterdam

Museum Objects as Evidence

when 9 July 2018 - 20 July 2018
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 1000

Museum Objects as Evidence: Approaches to the Material World
The purpose of this Summer School is to introduce you to the notion of objects of cultural heritage as sources of information. Over the course of two weeks, you will be led through a series of object-driven examinations of pieces from the Rijksmuseum and other collections by a team of researchers, curators, conservators and scientists from the Rijksmuseum, the Conservation Department of the University of Amsterdam and the Bard Graduate Center (New York City). This method of gathering information from the objects allows us to ask more profound questions about the circumstances of their production and use, and in turn about the persons who made and used these objects.

For this Summer School, the Rijksmuseum and the University of Amsterdam collaborate under the flag of the Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS), of which they are founding partners.

Course leader

Coordinator; Prof. dr. Ella Hendriks

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

Learning goals
At the end of the course, students will:
- be aware of the potential that objects of cultural heritage have as historical evidence;
- have a basic understanding of the material traces left by the making process, use and conservation of objects of cultural heritage;
- understand the techniques of examination and analysis used to investigate objects of cultural heritage;
- be able to formulate relevant historical questions that can potentially be answered by investigating objects;
- be able ultimately to achieve new interpretations of objects by synthesizing the approaches and outcomes of the different kinds of investigation introduced by the course;
- have built a network of experts and fellow-students;
- be introduced to various professional practices.

Fee info

EUR 1000: The course fee is € 1000. This fee covers for participation in the programme, orientation package, site visits, entrance fees, lunches, coffee breaks, 2 drinks receptions, a joint dinner and a certificate of attendance (upon request). The course fee does not include travel to and from Amsterdam nor housing.


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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