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

23/08/2017 - 09:00 tot 31/08/2017 - 17:00

The Faculty of Design Sciences of the University of Antwerp, FARO, Etnocoll and the King Baudouin Foundation organize a second edition of this summer school. The intensive 8-day program will focus on organic materials, particularly 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 on practice. During four 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, gluing and consolidation 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 two 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.

All blog posts on edition 2016 can be found on the FARO website.

Practical information

An intensive 8-day program from 23 till 31 August 2017 at the Faculty of Design Sciences of the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

The target groups of this summer school are:

  • Master students conservation studies
  • Professionals working in the field of conservation of ethnographic artefacts, with at least 2 years of experience
  • Interested parties withing the field, such as cultural anthropologists

380 EUR (students), 480 EUR (professionals)

The application deadline is 30 April 2017.
Interested? You can find further information on the website of the University of Antwerp.