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Scientific Collections on the Move: Provincial Museums, Archives, and Collecting Practices (1800-1950)

Description du projet

Les nombreuses dimensions de la provenance des objets de musée

Les appels au rapatriement d’objets de musée ont considérablement augmenté ces dernières années. Le projet SciCoMove, financé par l’UE, étudiera l’histoire des collections scientifiques en paléontologie, en anthropologie, en botanique et dans les sciences appliquées connexes. S’appuyant sur l’historiographie la plus récente de la science et des collections scientifiques, le projet se détourne des grands musées pour s’intéresser aux plus petits afin de démontrer une vision plus complexe, moins centralisée et moins hiérarchique des échanges scientifiques internationaux. Enfin, SciCoMove dressera un bilan plus précis des nombreuses dimensions des pratiques de collecte scientifique et des contacts multilatéraux entre l’Europe et l’Amérique latine. Les connaissances générées sur la provenance des objets permettront aux musées de mieux répondre aux demandes sociales, en particulier en ce qui concerne le rapatriement, et aideront les scientifiques à mieux utiliser les collections historiques dans leurs recherches.

Objectif

SciCoMove promotes international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaborations between historians of science, scientists and museum professionals from 9 countries in Latin America and Europe with a view to trace the history of scientific collections in paleontology, anthropology, botany and related applied sciences. Its ambition is to reassess their significance and to develop new historical knowledge applicable to their curatorship, utilization by researchers and communication to the public. Drawing on the most recent historiography of science and scientific collections, SciCoMove focuses on the past, but it addresses current issues faced by science museums regarding repatriation demands and the dialogue with “source communities”. Its originality is based: 1 – on the shift of focus from major to smaller museums in the “provinces” or “peripheries” in order to outline a more complex, less centralized and less hierarchical vision of scientific exchanges; 2 – on a conception of collections as nodes in networks of circulation and as structures producing knowledge, rather than as heritage and conservation institutions. Accordingly, SciCoMove focuses on objects “on the move” and on the scholarly practices and sociability of the agents who made these moves possible. In line with its objective to better account for the multiple dimensions of science collections and for multilateral interchange between Europe and Latin America, SciCoMove promotes collaborations on equal terms between Latin American and European teams, in a multilateral and multilingual context of mutual training and sharing. The team has a majority of women. The research combining the material study of objects and investigations in archives will be carried out through case studies and workshops on crosscutting themes. It will feed into training seminars. A digital exhibition will communicate research results, in line with EU policy promoting the public understanding of science and citizen science.

Coordinateur

UNIVERSITE DU MANS
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 156 400,00
Adresse
AVENUE OLIVIER MESSIAEN
72085 Le Mans
France

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Région
Pays de la Loire Pays de la Loire Sarthe
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Liens
Coût total
€ 156 400,00

Participants (10)

Partenaires (5)