Symbiosis: Art and Science in Natural History Museums and Collections
Session 5: The Anthropocene and the Arts in NHMs
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 5: The Anthropocene and the Arts in NHMs (Fri 13th Nov, 2-5 p.m.)
Natural history museums have a key role and responsibility in addressing the environmental crises of climate change, habitat loss and mass extinction brought about by the impact of modern human societies on the natural world. In this final session, we ask leading experts from museums around the world to reflect on how museums can meet this challenge and on how the arts can help enhance their engagement with public audiences at this crucial juncture.
You can register for the other sessions using the links below:
Session 1: Natural History Museum Design (Mon 9th Nov, 2-5 p.m.)
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.)
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Speakers in this session include:
Director General of Research, Muséum nationale d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris
Associate Curator of Anthropocene Studies, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh
Curator and Historian of Art, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bristol
Luiz Alberto Oliveira
Chief Curator, Museum of Tomorrow, Rio de Janeiro
Co-Chair: John Holmes
Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture, University of Birmingham
Co-Chair: Paul Smith
Director, Oxford University Museum of Natural History