Call for Papers: Lost Museums Colloquium

An interesting-sounding conference given my attempts to track down former county loan collections with varying degrees of success!

The Jenks Society Presents THE LOST MUSEUM

In conjunction with the year-long exhibition project examining Brown University’s lost Jenks Museum, the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, and the John Carter Brown Library invite paper proposals for a colloquium on lost artifacts, collections and museums. (Other formats—conceptual, poetic, and artistic—are also invited.) The colloquium will be held at Brown University, Providence, RI,  May 7 and 8, 2015.

Museums, perhaps more than any other institutions, think in the very long term: collections are forever. But the history of museums is more complicated than that. Museums disappear for many reasons, from changing ideas about what’s worth saving to the devastation of war. Museum collections disappear: deaccessioned, traded away, repatriated, lost to changing interests and the ravages of time.

Gallery of Classical Antiquities, ca 1893 Gallery of Classical Antiquities, Brown University, about 1893. No longer in existence. Collections apparently lost. Courtesy Brown University Archives.

We are interested…

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