“Recollecting the Nineteenth Century Museum” (International)

Deadline: February 20, 2015

Date: May 15, 2015

Location: Ryerson University, Toronto

CFP Link

Keynote Speaker: Lynne Teather

The nineteenth century was a formative period in the history of the modern museum, not least in new nations keen to establish and build cultural capital. Early museums in Canada were very often attached to institutions with an educational mandate, such as mechanics institutes, religious centres, local societies for the advancement of literature, science and art ­ and universities. But they could also be aligned with a culture of attractions, such as Thomas Barnett’s Niagara Falls Museum, that appealed to the public’s interest in curious and spectacular things. In both cases, transported European models continued to play an important and often formative role.

Please submit 250-word abstracts by February 28, 2015 to: recollectingmuseums@gmail.com


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