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Ethnographic collections, aspects of research, preservation and conservation | Summer school

22/08/2018 - 09:00 tot 30/08/2018 - 17:00

The Faculty of Design Sciences of the University of Antwerp, Etnocoll, the King Baudouin Foundation and FARO organize a third and last edition of this summer school. The intensive 8-day program will focus on ethnographic artefacts, bringing together experts in a collaborative and interdisciplinary workshop week.

The summer school will take eight days, including an excursion day in the weekend. Each day experts and students will discuss a topic in the morning. In the afternoon the focus is more on applied sciences and practice. During eight days, we will widen the field of research on ethnographic artifacts.

Participants will learn about the most relevant non-destructive research techniques and how to put these techniques to use. They will also acquire the skills necessary for reading, understanding and researching marks, combination of materials, different layers of dirt, coating(s), paintings, corrosion, pest damages... Following the reading and understanding of the object, types of cleaning, consolidation and gluing will be presented, discussed and sometimes practiced. Furthermore, the participants will research an ethnographic museum object. Central question: which information to gather and how to do it.

The Saturday excursion will already look at museum storages with ethnographic material and exhibitions with ethnographic displays. The following days, we will look at and discuss storage environment and materials, as well making mounting materials and storage covers.

The last day participants give a personal presentation of their own object and the report they have written during the summer school, and a group presentation about their work in the museums.

When: Wednesday 22 August 2018 - Thursday 30 August 2018
Who: Master students in Conversation Studies; professionals, working in the field of conservation of ethnographic artifacts, with at least 2 years of experience; interested parties within the field, such as cultural anthropologists.

More information: www.uantwerpen.be/ethnographic-collections

Locatie: Campus Mutsaard, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Prijs: Students: €380, Professionals: €480. University of Antwerp students are entitled to a refund of €150.
Application details: online through Mobility Online before 30 April 2018.