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Online-Vortrag // James Delbourgo: The Dark Side of Collecting - A Short and Twisted History

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12.11.2021
von 18:30 bis 20:00

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At what point in time did it become possible to look at a collection and imagine that one saw the inner life of an individual projected outwards? At what point did it become possible to diagnose collections as manifestations of various ills? This talk explores the long history of the collector in the cultural imagination. Is there something wrong with people who collect, what is the matter with them, what is the meaning of what is wrong with them - and how have answers to these questions changed over time?


James Delbourgo is the James Westfall Thompson Chair and Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University, where he teaches the history of science, collecting and museums. His most recent book is Collecting the World: Hans Sloane and the Origins of the British Museum (Penguin & Harvard, 2017). The Dark Side of Collecting will be published by W. W. Norton & Company.

[Thumbnail: Freud's study with couch and collection objects, Freud Museum London, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Study_with_the_couch,_Freud_Museum_London,_18M0143.jpg]

 

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