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Museums have always played a leading role in creating national citizens. In today’s global world do they also create global citizens who engage actively with diversity next door and across the world? In her lecture titled Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display, Professor Peggy Levitt, Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, will provide an overview of great changes that are on the way in museums around the world. 

The lecture, in the series Challenges of Humanities in the 21st Century, is organized by the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, in cooperation with POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. 

The lecture will be conducted in English. Free admission.

Lecture

June
26 2017

Warsaw

Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display

By some estimates, one out of every seven people in the world today is an international or internal migrant. Our cities are increasingly diverse—people from over 184 countries call London home. So how do we learn to get along? Museums have always played a leading role in creating national citizens. In today’s global world do they also create global citizens who engage actively with diversity next door and across the world? In this talk, Professor Levitt will take us around the world to tell the compelling story of how today's museums are making sense of immigration and globalization. Based on firsthand conversations with museum directors, curators, and policymakers; descriptions of current and future exhibitions; and the inside stories about the famous paintings and iconic objects that define collections, she provides a close-up view of how different kinds of institutions balance nationalism and cosmopolitanism. By comparing museums in Europe, the United States, Asia, and the Middle East, she tells the fascinating story of a sea change underway in the museum world at large.

 

Prof Peggy Levitt

Professor Peggy Levitt - Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Sociologist and author. She is Chair and Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College and a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. She is also the co-director of the Transnational Studies Initiative at Harvard. Her current research examines global citizenship and global social protection.

http://www.peggylevitt.org/

We have a rare opportunity to travel with Professor Peggy Levitt across the globe and witness the sweaping changes that are underway in museums around the world; changes that will impact the way nations tell their stories.

Associate Professor Izabela Grabowska, Ph.D., Head, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program

Challenges of Humanities in the 21st Century

“Challenges of Humanities in the 21st Century” is a series of lectures by distinguished specialists, representing various disciplines from the field of humanities. The events are aimed at students of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Studies at SWPS University, however all interested parties are welcome. The format includes post-lecture informal discussions, where doctoral students can debate the lecture topics with the invited experts. The friendly atmosphere is conducive to networking, which lends itself to opportunities of future internships at universities or research centers around the world.

Doctoral Studies at SWPS University

Doctoral Studies at SWPS University are directed to people interested in an academic career and also to those, who would like to continue their education and personal development in support of their career advancement. The interdisciplinary character of our programs allows students to participate in projects from various disciplines. Our doctoral students collaborate with scholars from the best research centers in Poland and around the world. The master-apprentice approach guarantees that each student receives individual attention and professional support.

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The event is organized under the auspieces of Global Education Outreach Program

Date and Location

June 26, 2017, 19.00

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Mordechaja Anielewicza 6
Warsaw

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