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Building National museums in Europe 1750-2010

Published on 30 March, 2011

European National Museums: Identity politics, the uses of the past and the European citizen (Eunamus)


Date and meeting venue 30/31 March - 1 April 2011 Aula Prodi, Complesso San Giovanni in Monte Piazza San Giovanni in Monte 2 Bologna

30 March 2011 - Public event

Registration closed on the 21st March.


31 March/1 April 2011- Reserved to project partners, young researchers and experts only.

Registration closed



The building of national museums enables nations and states to claim, negotiate, articulate and represent dominant national narratives with regard to politics, culture, science, and their internal and external boundaries. The creation of national museums should therefore be explored as an integral part of the historical and contemporary processes that drive the dynamic foundation of nations and states.


This conference draws on a comprehensive set of national reports exploring the museum-making process in European states to pose a set of comparative questions. The main comparative themes will be the role of the active agents, the challenges that they faced and face, the visions manifest in their strategies, the integrative thrust of the museum structure (centre-periphery, state-nation), and the consequences of museum-making in relation to the of states and national identities.


The first evening of the conference is open to the public with welcome addresses and keynote speeches from Professor Peter Aronsson Linköping University and Professor Ilaria Porciani University of Bologna.


The conference’s second day is comprised of a series of thematic sessions with a row a prominent discussants such as Professors Tony Bennett, Stefan Berger, Dominique Poulot and Peter Apor. The event has a workshop character. Scholars and students with special interests in museum history are invited to apply for participation.


The event ends with summary discussions on the following day.


Building national museums in Europe 1750-2010 is the first in a series of conferences organized by the three-year research project Eunamus: European national museums: Identity politics, the uses of the past and the European citizen. This EU funded projects gathers researchers from eight leading universities.


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