About the Centre for Museum Studies

The Centre's main areas of expertise are museums and the history of knowledge, museums and the politics of identity, and how museums organize and manage culture and nature.

Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, Palais de la Porte Dorée – Paris, facade Photo: Saphinaz Amal Naguib

The Centre for Museum Studies was opened on the 12th of april 2011 and aims to link the museological research undertaken at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS) with that conducted by other parties elsewhere.

Research at the Centre encompasses a wide range of museal institutions.

Today, many of the existing distinctions between museums of anthropology/ethnology, art and natural history are being challenged.

Among the central themes of the research carried out at the Centre are the origins, structures, developments and renegotiations of these demarcation lines.

What do we study

The Centre for Museum Studies conducts interdisciplinary research into museums and musealization processes.

We are interested in the historical development of the museum as an institution and the academic fields of study associated with this development. The changes are closely linked to varying ideas related to aspects of human culture and natural history that are worthy of protection and preservation.

We are concerned with the contribution of museum practices to the shaping of our understanding of both our past and future, as well as of the physical landscape surrounding us.

We are also interested in the ways museum institutions are evolving today and creating novel understandings of phenomena such as the past, national and regional identity, art and aesthetics, national and foreign cultures.

The Centre's fields of research

- the history of museums

- the biographies of objects

- identity and institution building

- exhibition analysis

- the development of disciplines and museum formation

- processes tied to cultural heritage

The Advisory Group

The Centre for Museum Studies' Advisory Group acts as the Centre's advisory body.

Name Title Institution
Alberti, Sam Dr. The Royal College of Surgeons of England
Berkaak, Odd Are Professor University of Oslo
Bouquet, Mary Dr. Utrecht University College
Klonk, Charlotte Dr. Humboldt University
McGhie, Henry Head Of Natural Sciences University of Machester


Published Apr. 4, 2011 2:00 PM - Last modified Nov. 22, 2017 2:43 PM