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[PUBLIC LECTURE & INFORMATION SESSION] ‘The Emotional Museum’ – a public lecture and Museum Studies
posted by University Museum and Art Gallery for HKU and Public
Event Type: Public Lecture/Forum/Seminar/Workshop/Conference/Symposium
Event Nature: Culture and Arts

Event Details

How do we impose our own emotional responses on to what we see in museums?

This lecture will challenge the way we sometimes think about museums as places of scientific knowledge and understanding. Museums and galleries are places where people feel as well as think, although museum designers and we as professionals tend to prioritise sense over sensibility, dispassionate aesthetics over personal sensorial experiences. Drawing on theories of emotion this lecture will examine ways in which some museums construct certain types of emotional responses for political purposes. We will also examine the ways in which we, the visitors, involuntarily impose upon objects our own emotional responses to what we see in museums even when material culture is exhibited in a dispassionate manner. In so doing, Sheila will suggest, we run the risk of misunderstanding some aspects of heritage by experiencing them through our own emotional repertoires not those of the people to whom these objects originally belonged.

The lecture will be followed by an introduction to the part time, flexible learning courses which The University of Leicester offer to museum and gallery professionals in Hong Kong and surrounding areas, particularly the highly successful Museum Studies PGDip/Masters course run together with Hong Kong University’s School of Professional and Continuing Education, as well as opportunities for part time PhD study by distance learning.

Date/Time12/01/2017 17:30-18:30
Venue1/F Fung Ping Shan Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong

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