Amsterdam, July 9 – 20, 2018
Deadline for Applications: Mar 18, 2018
From 9-20 July 2018 the Rijksmuseum, the University of Amsterdam and the Bard Graduate Center, will collaborate in offering a Summer School with an interdisciplinary focus on object-based research within a museum setting. Experts in the field will provide students with an exclusive and in-depth look behind the scenes in the conservation studios, science laboratories and museum departments where they operate.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the notion of objects of cultural heritage as sources of information. In this summer programme we will examine objects from a range of disciplinary perspectives, consider the types of information they generate and unravel the stories they can tell. Over the course of two weeks, students 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 them.
This Summer School is aimed primarily at students and young professionals specializing in the fields of history, art history, archaeology, or anthropology – but other humanities students interested in questions of cultural heritage are welcome to apply as well. MA and PhD level is preferred. Selection of applicants is based on academic achievement, relevant work experience and motivation to attend.