Open lecture: Heritage/Museums in contemporary society & two case studies from Croatia
- Date: –18:00
- Location: Campus Gotland Sal B22
- Lecturer: Darko Babic
- Organiser: Research Node Cultural Heritage at Campus Gotland.
- Contact person: Mattias Legnér
Welcome to an open lecture within the framework of the Research node Cultural Heritage.
Although from the outside the museum/heritage world may seem static, it is at this moment extremely dynamic. Inclusiveness, co-curating, participatory approach, sustainability and so on are among the most used words in museum/heritage theory and practice today.
This lecture will explore these trends foremost by examining two Croatian case-studies. The first is the Museum of Broken Relationships. The MBR is 'off the beaten track' of the museum establishment but is extremely popular among visitors. It both directly and indirectly challenges conventional ideas of the museum by addressing the emotional side as the most important through the catharsis experience it offers to museum donors and its visitors simultaneously. The second case looks at diverse perceptions around museum/heritage related work as it addresses atrocities (difficult heritage). This is done by comparing the interpretation of an ex-war area from the recent (1991-1995) conflict in the SE Europe (Croatia) with the still contested interpretation at another site (WWII memorial and museum of the ex-Nazi concentration camp). By using case-studies, the lecture questions the roles and responsibilities museums and heritage institutions have in contemporary society and attempts to redefine some theoretical elements in human-museum-heritage relations.
Darko Babic, (Assistant Professor PhD in Museum/Heritage Studies) is acting Chair of the Sub-Department of Museology & Heritage Management, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences University of Zagreb, Croatia. He has gained experience working as project manager on international projects, as an organiser of museum/heritage conferences, as an archivist and as assistant on national TV. Beside his University tasks Darko is active in contributing to the advancement of museum/heritage profession serving as Chairman of ICOM-ICTOP as well ICOM Croatia. His research interests include topics related to museums/heritage and development, management and interpretation.