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2013 Conference: Brave New Worlds - Transforming Museum Ethnography through Technology

Digitalize webMEG Annual Conference and AGM

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
in partnership with the University of Brighton
15 – 16 April 2013

Conference organisers:
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(Brighton Museum & Art Gallery)
and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., University of Brighton

Museum ethnography has always been shaped by technology. Before the digital age, new mediums such as photography, film and sound recordings transformed the sciences of anthropology and ethnography and brought new meaning to ethnographic museum collections. How were these technologies exploited by museums and other agencies working on their behalf? What have these technologies brought to our field? What are their legacies?

Digitalize 06 webMuseums now exist in a digital era where communication is instant and global. How are new technologies being harnessed to develop and disseminate knowledge about ethnographic museum collections? To what extent does technology facilitate 'global' dialogues? To what extent does it limit them? Is the growth of new technologies enabling wider ownership of knowledge or creating new knowledge elites? What impact is social media having upon how collections knowledge can be generated and shared? Is technology creating new cultural objects and, if so, how can these be collected or recorded?

Speakers included representatives from the British Museum, the Horniman Museum, the Tropenmuseum, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge and the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.

See conference programme and list of abstracts.

To read a full report of the 2013 conference 'Brave New Worlds - Transforming Museum Ethnography through Technology see the MEG blog.


Images: Digitalize - a digital artists' residency with SDNA at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, July 2012.

Photographs by Jim Holden

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