Museum: A Culture of Digital Copies

Museum: A Culture of Digital Copies

This conference takes its point of departure in the apparently obvious paradox: Museums are commonly described as storehouses for the real and authentic object, but have eagerly been embracing new copying technologies since the beginnings. On the one hand, digitalization can be seen in continuation of older practices. On the other hand, digital technologies apparently offer the possibility of reproducing, recreating, reconstructing, re-enacting, replicating and disseminating originals and copies in an abundance of new (and mixed) ways.


In order to unfold this paradox, we will address the following key questions: How can these changes in new reproduction technologies help us pose new questions to the history of museums and collections? Are they altering the status of objects and collections? Are the roles of museum users and the work of museum professionals being redefined as curatorial agency with digital copies is not limited to the latter? What are currently the best digital museum practices and how do they influence the museum institution and its users.


Confirmed speakers

  • Anaïs Aguerre, Director, Culture Connect, UK
  • Anders Houltz, Associate Professor, Head of Research, Centre for Business History, Stockholm
  • Jenny Kidd, Senior Lecturer, School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Cardiff University
  • Ross Parry, Professor, Museum Studies, Leicester University
  • Merete Sanderhoff, Curator and Senior Advisor, Statens Museum for Kunst, DK
  • Sarah Werner, PhD, independent researcher



The conference is organised by professor Hans Dam Christensen, University of Copenhagen, and associate professor Lise Skytte Jakobsen, Aarhus University, as a part of the research project Museum. A Culture of Copies, funded by the Research Council of Norway:


See also special issue in the research journal Culture Unbound, Vol. 9, Issue 1, 2017 and forthcomming book Museums as Cultures of Copies: The Crafting of Artefacts and Authenticity (Routledge, Dec.)

The Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen - Njalsgade 76 - 2300 - Copenhagen S


November 15, 2018, 10.00 - 16.30

Museum: A Culture of Digital Copies

Venue: Auditorium 4A.0.69