University of Jyväskylä

To recycle, mend or discard? -Is the museum world prepared for KonMari?

Start date: Apr 20, 2017 09:00 AM

End date: Apr 21, 2017 05:00 PM

Location: Seminaarinmäki, Vanha juhlasali, S212

The museology seminar organised by the students of museology from the department of music, art and culture of the University of Jyväskylä will be held on April 20.-21st 2017. The seminar is organised in collaboration with the Nordic Association of conservators, Finland; ICOM committee of Finland and the Finnish Museum Association. On Finland’s 100th anniversary the theme for the conference will be preservation of cultural heritage.
The main responsibility for the preservation of cultural heritage rests traditionally on museums, building conservation and archives. Conservation and restoration are key elements in this process. With the dire economic situation it is even more crucial to think about what and how to preserve for the future generations. In recent years the maintenance of our cultural heritage has been encouraged on the level of private persons and organisations. The discourse about the preservation of cultural heritage tends to evolve around the material culture, but the immaterial heritage is starting to become even more important as well.
We kindly ask for propositions on, for example, the following aspects regarding the matter at hand:
What to keep, and how to justify what to keep and what to discard?
What kind of procedures institutions or private bodies have for cultural heritage preservation?
How the decisions on what to remove from the collections are made within museum organisations and is the conservators’ view heard in the process?
What is the relationship between conservators or restorers and other museum professions?
How are the material and immaterial cultural heritages linked to one another?
If an object is destroyed or removed from the collection, how do we maintain the meanings it carries?
Students from the University of Jyväskylä are organising the museology seminar for the 21st time. Museology has been a part of the university curriculum since the 1980s. How do the values obtained during the studies increase the knowledge of how and what to preserve and what to let go? What kind of added value does studying museology give to people working with cultural and natural heritage? How do studies in museology prepare you to the aforementioned lecture propositions?
The seminar will be held at the Seminaarimäki campus area in Jyväskylä, in the Seminarium building in the old lecture hall.
We ask for the propositions to be sent to us by January 31st, 2017. There are two possible lecture lengths: keynote lecture (max. 50 minutes) and regular lecture (20-30 minutes). There will be time for questions and answers in the programme. The languages used at the seminar will be Finnish and English. The length of abstracts for lecture propositions is ca. 250 words in a Word or PDF file.
We also welcome propositions for panels, workshops and other interactive activities. The propositions should indicate:
        type of the activity
        title of the activity
        a brief abstract (ca. 250 words)
        the organisers of the activity
        the estimated length of the activity (max. 90 minutes)
        who the activity is aimed at
        the equipment needed for the activity
If you have any questions regarding the seminar or its topic, we can be reached at The abstracts should be kindly sent to the same address.

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