thingsthatmatter'Things That Matter' is a module offered in partnership by the Universities of Uppsala, Groningen and Durham. It takes place during the Easter Term, and consists of a preparatory ‘International Classroom’ module delivered online, and of a week-long Summer School held this year in Groningen from 18 till 22 June 2018.

“Things that Matter” addresses the tension between the materiality of sources and their digitization. The recent advances of digital technology have created new modes of reproduction and forms of consumption that have substantially reshaped the concepts of ‘object’ and of ‘collection’ at the heart of cultural institutions such as libraries and museums. 

The Summer School engages with key questions that arise from the study of the past in the digital age. These issues include the changing nature of objects such as books and scientific instruments as source materials; the history and practice of collections and collecting, digitization and its challenges, both technological and intellectual.

The module (2,5 ECTS) and summer school (5 ECTS) is open to Master and PhD Students of all U4 partner institutions in History, Art History, Archaeology, Literary Studies, Library and Museum Studies.

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