Collecting Collections in the 21st Century

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The Leverhulme Trust Collections research group at the University of Glasgow invite you to attend the first annual public event to showcase developments in collaborations across the our group's research on collections and collecting practices.

In the 300 years since the Enlightenment, knowledge worldwide has made giant steps – but that at the same time, this knowledge has become compartmentalised. Increasingly narrow specialisms deliver insight and technological advances - at a price. Knowledge reflects depth, but rarely, a breadth of understanding.

The need for a holistic vision for the academy is all the more pressing now, as researchers confront an environment where advances in digitization and an accelerating global connectivity has further increased the complexity and sheer number of accessible collections, whether these are artefacts, data or other kinds of ‘collected’ material.

By drawing on the extensive resources of the University of Glasgow, the City of Glasgow and established national and international networks, Collections presents a re-imagining of the Enlightenment ambition. Working in close collaboration with one another, the Collections researchers explore historical and contemporary collections using quantitative and qualitative techniques derived from the Sciences, the Arts and the Humanities; methodologies emerging from Big Data; and analysis from within medical disciplines.

The central themes of this event are: firstly, the knowledge and problems that are generated through investigation of human interaction with collections, particularly when research is based in interdisciplinary fields and methodologies. Secondly, the exploration of the idea of humans as collections, which generate knowledge. 

Join us for our first annual public event with guest speaker Professor Hayden Lorimer (University of Glasgow) and his talk titled 'Finders, Keepers': Possession and the Nature of Collections. There will be a Q&A after the talk before a short break with refreshments. After the break, we will continue with talks from the current Collections PhD researchers on their work and collaborations. What are the challenges of researching material cultural collections vs ethical collecting practices of data? How can we develop interdisciplinary theories and methodologies based around the theme of collections?

The evening will end with a brief introduction to the four exciting new Collections PhD projects starting in October and concluding remarks before a wine and canapes reception. 

All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you on the 19th of October. 

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