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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.

Henry Arnhold Dresden Summer School 2016

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Cultural Institutions in Social Discourse


3–14 October 2016

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The first Dresden Summer School took place from 1 to 12 October 2012. With its theme "From the Display Cabinet to Web 2.0 – Museums, Libraries, and Archives in the Digital Age", some 24 participants attended a series of lectures, workshops, and excursions and discussed the impact of digitization on the work of institutions specializing in the collection and display of objects and manuscripts. The speakers included high-ranking scholars such as Peter Strohschneider and Hartmut Böhme as well as pioneers of the Internet such as the author Katrin Passig.

The second Henry Arnhold Dresden Summer School ran from 15 to 26 October 2014, this time on the theme "Power, Knowledge, Participation: Collecting Institutions in the 21st century". The 23 selected participants joined renowned specialists and representatives from the institutions to develop new ideas and perspectives on how previous knowledge systems can be modified, restructured, and represented by globalization and digitization. In 2014 guests included Horst Bredekamp, Lambert Wiesing, and Daniel Tyradellis.

The Henry Arnhold Dresden Summer School 2015 "Culture in Times of Uncertainty" aimed to discuss strategies and opportunities that can be undertaken by cultural institutions to meet the challenges arising from this uncertainty and to develop ways of dealing with it.

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