Festvortrag 2018 // Peter N. Miller: Museumswissenschaft as Kulturwissenschaft c. 1900: the debate about historical, decorative arts, and ethnography museums in the pages of Museumskunde



von 19:15 bis 20:30


Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Vortragsraum 242, II. OG, Katharina-von-Bora-Straße 10, 80333 München

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Between 1906 and 1910 Museumskunde published two multi-part articles by young curators on the way museums "thought"--how they collected, organized, and displayed their holdings. The first, by Otto Lauffer, focused explicitly on the differences between historical and decorative arts museums; the second, by Oswald Richter, addressed the nature of ethnographic museums. These two articles, read together, represent an attempt to re-ground the museum of objects on more solid ground. Read in the light of Max Weber's exactly contemporaneous essays on the philosophical foundations of the methodology of the cultural sciences they represent an attempt to re-think museum studies as a discipline.


Prof. Dr. Peter N. Miller

Peter N. Miller is Dean and Professor of Cultural History at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City. He is the author of Peiresc’s Europe (2000), Peiresc’s ‘History of Provence’ (2011), Peiresc’s Orient (2012), Peiresc’s Mediterranean World (2015), and History and Its Objects: Antiquarianism and Material Culture Since 1500 (2017) and  editor of Momigliano and Antiquarianism (2007),  Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick (2009; with Deborah Krohn), Antiquarianism and Intellectual Life in Early Modern Europe and China (2012; with François Louis), The Sea (2013), Cultural Histories of the Material World (2013), and co-editor of World Antiquarianism (2013; with Alain Schnapp, Timothy Murray, Lother von Falkenhausen).  He has been awarded fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He previously taught at the University of Cambridge, University of Chicago and University of Maryland, College Park. He was a research fellow at the Warburg Institute, University of London, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin/ Institute for Advanced Study, and was a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Marseille.