Symbiosis: Art and Science in Natural History Museums and Collections
Session 1: Natural History Museum Design
We are delighted to announce that the Symbiosis Network will be holding its next conference online on 9th, 11th and 13th November from Oxford University Museum of Natural History, supported by the University of Birmingham. The theme of the conference is Symbiosis: Art and Science in Natural History Museums and Collections. The panels will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. UK time, with free public registration. They will focus on natural history museum architecture and design (9th Nov), palaeoart (11th Nov) and how the arts and sciences can work together to address the challenges of the Anthropocene within museums (13th Nov). Confirmed speakers include representatives of the leading museums in Paris, Pittsburgh, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Porto, Strasbourg and Vienna, among others.
Session 1: Natural History Museum Design (Mon 9th Nov, 2-5 p.m.)
Since the nineteenth century, natural history museums have been designed to showcase science and the natural world through their architecture as well as their specimens. In this session, we will discuss major building projects and renovations from the twenty-first century to examine the role played by architecture and design in natural history museums today.
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Session 2: Palaeoart - Reimagining Neanderthals (Wed 11th Nov, 2-3 p.m.)
Session 3: Case Studies in the History of Palaeoart (Wed 11th Nov, 3-4 p.m.)
Session 4: Palaeoart - Modelling Ancient Life (Wed 11th Nov, 4-5 p.m.)
Session 5: The Anthropocene and the Arts in NHMs (Fri 13th Nov, 2-5 p.m.)
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Speakers in this session include:
Deputy Museum Director, Exhibitions and Public Engagement, Natural History Museum of Denmark
Deputy Director, Jardin des Sciences, Strasbourg, and President of Universeum, the European University Heritage Network, 2017-2020
Nuno Ferrand de Almeida / Maria João Fonseca
Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto
Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture, University of Birmingham, and author of Temple of Science: The Pre-Raphaelites and Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Chair: Paul Smith
Director, Oxford University Museum of Natural History