Henry Arnhold Dresden Summer School 2017

Materiality

New Perspectives on Culture and Technology


18–29 September 2017


Against the backdrop of continual technological innovations, the question of what constitutes ‘material’ has gained fundamental significance. How does the perception of materials, colours, bodies, texts, and objects change when the materiality is transformed, loses or gains substance, and emerges in an ever-changing variety of new forms? The question of materiality goes to the very heart of the natural sciences and humanities. After all, the way we look at material things is not only influenced by cultural and historical factors, but is also weighted with meaning and significance: nature, culture, and technology all have their own individual relationship to ‘material things’, with each creating its own conceptual framework and ways of accessing the physical world.

The aim of the Henry Arnhold Dresden Summer School 2017 is to create space for the various perspectives on the theme of materiality that have emerged from culture, the natural world, and technology, while fostering an extensive exchange of ideas between them.

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The Henry Arnhold Dresden Summer School is an interdisciplinary programme for young academics and museum professionals. It takes its name from the honorary fellow of the TU Dresden, Henry Arnhold, whose philanthropic spirit and close ties to Dresden, the city of his birth, have inspired diverse partnerships between the city’s cultural and academic institutions. As a joint project between the TU Dresden, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr, Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek, and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, the Dresden Summer School draws from the resources of a broad network of major partners. The project aims to bring together high-level speakers and experts from the participating institutions to discuss topical issues relating to how museums and libraries perceive themselves, their mission, and the state of collections and exhibitions in the future. The discussions cover underlying theoretical concepts but also include concrete practical approaches.

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