Festival mood on 18th November 2016

On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the Museum der Universität Tübingen MUT is dedicating a symposium to a central question of its existence: To what extent should scientific collections at universities or the central curatorships that supervise them act as genuine museums, to what extent should they build up professionalised museum structures and, where necessary, even act accordingly entrepreneurially? Above all: Can they do that at all and is it sensible? After all, at first glance the establishment of a museum is not necessarily one of the core university tasks of research and teaching.

This complex of questions has not only accompanied the MUT since its founding in autumn 2006. It is also viewed controversially within the network of scientific collections and the Gesellschaft für Universitätssammlungen e.V. (Society for University Collections). Even the science policy committees and the representatives of the universities do not assess the problem uniformly.

The MUT, which has committed itself to a correspondingly offensive policy, now wants to subject this question to a fundamental debate for the first time. We are therefore very pleased that we have been able to attract both competent and relevant speakers. They will each develop their own perspectives on the topic of the conference, which will also differ in detail.



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Ballroom, Alte Aula
14.00    The University of Tübingen and its MUT (Reception)
Prof. Dr. Bernd Engler
Rector of the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
14.10University as/and/versus museum? (Introduction)
Prof. Dr. Ernst Seidl
Director of the Museum of the University of Tübingen MUT
14.30University =||= Museum.
When is a museum a scientific infrastructure?
Dr. Cornelia Weber
Head of the Coordination Office for Academic University Collections, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
15.15A species of its own? University Collections in the German Museum Landscape
Prof. Dr. Eckart Köhne
President of the German Museumsbund e.V. and Director of the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe
16.00coffee break
16.30University Art Collection or University Art Museum?
Dr. Peter Nisbet
Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, Ackland Art Museum,
The University of North Carolina UNC, Chapel Hill/USA
17.15„Improvement of Knowledge.” The Museum as Core University Business in the 21st Century
Prof. David Gaimster PhD
Director The Hunterian, University of Glasgow/Schottland
Rittersaal, Schloss Hohentübingen
19.30Keynote Lecture
What does history of knowledge have to do with the museum, and does it still contain universities? On the state of affairs
Prof. Dr. Anke te Heesen
Chair of History of Science
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

After the lecture in the Rittersaal we invite you for a drink.

Music: Swing-Band „Quaternary“